Three Christians killed by former KKK leader in Jewish Community Center shooting rampage in Kansas. Please pray for those grieving.

Mindy Corporon, the daughter & mother of two of the victims, speaks to reporters. "I know they are in heaven together."

Mindy Corporon, the daughter & mother of two of the victims, speaks to reporters. “I know they are in heaven together.”

(Washington, D.C.) — My heart is broken for the family and friends of those who were brutally murdered in Kansas, and for the Jewish community there, as well. Please join me in praying for them amidst one of the most horrific acts of intended anti-Semitism in the U.S. in recent memory.

As it turns out, three Christians, not Jews, were the ones shot and killed by a former senior KKK member at a Kansas Jewish Community Center and a Jewish retirement center on the eve of Passover. 

Authorities quickly apprehended the shooter — who yelled “Heil Hitler!” as he was arrested — and he is being held on first degree murder and federal hate crimes charges.

Dr. William Corporon, a medical doctor, and his grandson, Reat, were murdered in the rampage. They were both Protestants and from a devout Christian heritage.

“William Lewis Corporon was a man of strong faith. His father was a Christian minister, and so was his grandfather,” reported the Kansas City Star. “Reat, a Boy Scout in Troop 92 who had 22 merit badges and was working to become an Eagle Scout, was a bright and enthusiastic student who loved to sing and act. He competed in seven debate tournaments in the first semester of his freshman year at Blue Valley High School.”

“I know they are in heaven together,” said Mindy Corporon, the daughter of William and the mother of Reat.

Thus far, the name of a Catholic woman also killed has not been released by authorities.

  • “My heart and prayers are with all those who were affected by today’s events,” said Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, a strong Christian (and personal friend), who is known as pro-Israel and very supportive of the Jewish community. “We will pursue justice aggressively for these victims and criminal charges against the perpetrator or perpetrators to the full extent of the law.”
  • “On the eve of the Passover holiday, where Jews around the world celebrate the festival when the ancient Israelites broke the shackles of tyranny, the Jewish community of Kansas City was struck by a tyrant,” said Rabbi Marvin Heir, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights organization.
  • “We condemn the murders, which according to all the signs were committed from hatred of Jews. … The state of Israel together with all civilized people is committed to fighting against this plague,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • President Obama also spoke out against the crimes.

Again, please keep praying for the families and friends of those killed who are grieving their losses this day. Please also pray for the members of the Jewish community who have been traumatized by this vile act of anti-Semitism.

“The suspect in the Passover Eve killings of three people at two Jewish community centers near Kansas City is a former Ku Klux Klan leader with a history of spewing vitriol against Jews, law enforcement officials said on Monday,” reports Reuters. “Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, faces local and federal prosecution on hate crime charges after his arrest on Sunday for a shooting spree that killed a teenager and his grandfather outside a Jewish community center, and a woman visiting her mother at a nearby Jewish retirement home….None of the victims was Jewish. The boy and his grandfather were members of an area Methodist church and the woman attended a Catholic church.”

Excerpts:

  • Cross, of Aurora, Missouri, had a prior criminal history and was known by law enforcement and human rights groups as a former senior member of the KKK movement and someone who had long made public comments against Jewish people, according to the FBI.
  • Both the Southern Poverty Law Center, a leading anti-hate group, and the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR) have tracked Cross, who also goes by the name Frazier Glenn Miller, for years. The groups say he was involved in creating an armed paramilitary organization in North Carolina 20 years ago.
  • The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) said Cross is a “raging anti-Semite” who has posted online commentaries that include “No Jews, Just Right” and calls to “exterminate the Jews.”
  • Cross is a former leader of both the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the White Patriot Party, groups aimed at the unification of white people, targeting African Americans and others for intimidation, according to the SPLC. He served time in prison on weapons charges and for making threats through the mail, the group said.
  • The IREHR said he idolizes Adolf Hitler.
  • “His worship for Hitler and Hitlerism is real,” said Leonard Zeskind, president of IREHR, in a statement issued Monday.

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Please join me Tuesday in New York for book tour event with an Orthodox Rabbi. RSVP today. We’d love to have you join us.

EVENT-TESTAt the moment, I’m in Israel, but on Tuesday – as part of The Auschwitz Escape book tour – I will be speaking at a Synagogue in Manhattan, in an event hosted by an Orthodox Rabbi.

The event will be called, “Are We Still Alone? In a time of crisis, will there be Christians standing with Jews?”

Will you join us?

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Chancellor of Ohr Torah Stone, and the chief rabbi of the Israeli community of Efrat (ancient “Ephratah,” near Bethlehem), will be one of the main speakers. I will be the other.

The evening will be moderated by David Nekrutman, executive director of the Center for Jewish Christian Understanding and Cooperation. (CJCUC was founded by Rabbi Riskin.)

Please make plans to join us for a very special evening as we discuss the themes of the novel, some of the key lessons of the Holocaust, whether Christians risked their lives to save Jews, why many Jews felt alone during World War II, what Jews and Christians need to know about each other in light of history, and where Jewish-Christian relations stand today.

We also look forward to taking your questions.

** NOTE: Very important, the event is free, but you must RSVP to attend as there is limited seating. Please see below.

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 7:30pm
  • Lincoln Square Synagogue
  • 180 Amsterdam Avenue
  • New York NY 10023

RSVP to Ohr Torah Stone: (212) 935-8672, or email to ohrtorahstone@otsny.org.

We are planning to have a book signing afterwards.

Again, I am really looking forward to this event with Rabbi Riskin. Please sign up to come and encourage your family, friends, synagogue members and church members to RSVP and come with you.

>> To order your copy of The Auschwitz Escape, please click here.


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I’ll be interviewed on Fox News from Jerusalem this Sunday on “The Auschwitz Escape” & new poll results. Please join us.

Fox-logoFYI — For week two of the book tour I will be in Israel doing a range of media, including U.S. radio and TV shows.

On Sunday, I am scheduled to be interviewed by anchor Shannon Bream on the Fox News Channel from Jerusalem around 1:20pm eastern (which is evening in Israel).

Topics: The Auschwitz Escape and the exclusive new poll that Tyndale and I conducted with McLaughlin & Associates.

I hope to release new numbers with Shannon.

In the meantime, here are links to the poll numbers we have released so far.

If there are any changes to the schedule, I will communicate them via Twitter. Thanks so much. I hope you can join us for the Fox interview.

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Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

Please join me for book tour event with an Orthodox Rabbi at a Synagogue in Manhattan. RSVP today. We’d love to have you join us.

EVENT-TESTI’m both humbled and excited to announce that as part of The Auschwitz Escape book tour, I will be speaking at a Synagogue in Manhattan, in an event hosted by an Orthodox Rabbi.

The event will be called, “Are We Still Alone? In a time of crisis, will there be Christians standing with Jews?”

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Chancellor of Ohr Torah Stone, and the chief rabbi of the Israeli community of Efrat (ancient “Ephratah,” near Bethlehem), will be one of the main speakers. I will be the other.

The evening will be moderated by David Nekrutman, executive director of the Center for Jewish Christian Understanding and Cooperation. (CJCUC was founded by Rabbi Riskin.)

Please make plans to join us for a very special evening as we discuss the themes of the novel, some of the key lessons of the Holocaust, whether Christians risked their lives to save Jews, why many Jews felt alone during World War II, what Jews and Christians need to know about each other in light of history, and where Jewish-Christian relations stand today.

We also look forward to taking your questions.

** NOTE: Very important, the event is free, but you must RSVP to attend as there is limited seating. Please see below.

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 7:30pm
  • Lincoln Square Synagogue
  • 180 Amsterdam Avenue
  • New York NY 10023

RSVP to Ohr Torah Stone: (212) 935-8672, or email to ohrtorahstone@otsny.org.

We are planning to have a book signing afterwards.

Again, I am really looking forward to this event with Rabbi Riskin. Please sign up to come and encourage your family, friends, synagogue members and church members to RSVP and come with you.


Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog