Calls out anti-religious hate from “the left”
Left-leaning Newsweek magazine reports on Sunday’s ‘Fox & Friends,’ featuring a discussion on the escalation of horrific crimes at houses of worship, including Christian churches, mosques and synagogues. The panelists, Highland Park, Illinois, Rabbi Evan Moffic and Muslim scholar and physician Qanta Ahmed linked the vicious rhetoric of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and her use of anti-Semitic stereotypes to a rise in anti-Jewish attacks in the U.S.
Moffic said, “I think we just simply have to be aware of these awful stereotypes about Jews. When Ilhan Omar said, “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby,” and she said Israel has “hypnotized the world,” she’s drawing on these stereotypes that have murdered millions of people in the Holocaust, which just happened 75 years ago…it’s exactly because of that rhetoric. He added, “Jews have never felt more vulnerable in the United States.”
Of particular interest is the panelists warned Americans that anti-religious persecution, particularly from “the left,” is on the rise.
This AP list of over a dozen murderous acts committed in houses of worship — which should be hallowed sanctuaries — dating from 2012. It doesn’t include the senseless depravity that occurred at a San Diego-area synagogue on Saturday, the last day of Passover. One woman, standing to shield the rabbi, was murdered and the rabbi, along with an 8-year-old girl and her uncle, visiting from Israel, were wounded.
The shooter John Earnest, 19, has also been linked to a recent arson blaze at a nearby mosque.
Saturday’s rampage could have been much worse. An off duty U.S. Border Patrol agent, providing security, is a member of the synagogue, and was attending the service when gunfire erupted. He was one of two men who rushed Earnest. They are being hailed as heroes for curtailing the attack.