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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Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

Who was Aaron Alexis? Latest updates in shooting rampage at Washington Navy Yard.

Aaron Alexis, 34. (Fort Worth Police Department / via AP/Washington Post)

Aaron Alexis, 34. (Fort Worth Police Department / via AP/Washington Post)

(Washington, D.C.) – Family, friends and a nation are mourning those who were brutally murdered in a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday. Now federal and local investigators are trying to get to the bottom of who the shooter really was, how he could possibly have received “secret” clearance to be on a Navy base given his history of violence and mental instability, how he got weapons onto the base, and whether he had accomplices.

As we pray for the Lord to comfort the loved ones of those lost — and to heal and comfort those who were wounded — here are the latest developments in this latest American mass murder saga:

  • HISTORY OF MENTAL ILLNESS: “U.S. law enforcement officials are telling The Associated Press that the Navy contractor identified as the gunman in the mass shootings at the Washington Navy Yard had been suffering a host of serious mental issues, including paranoia and a sleep disorder,” reports AP. “He also had been hearing voices in his head, the officials said. Aaron Alexis, 34, had been treated since August by the Veterans Administration for his mental problems, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the criminal investigation in the case was continuing. The Navy had not declared him mentally unfit, which would have rescinded a security clearance that Alexis had from his earlier time in the Navy Reserves.”
  • HISTORY OF VIOLENCE: “Aaron Alexis lived for a time in a bungalow in the woods near a Buddhist temple in Fort Worth, where he occasionally joined Thai immigrants in meditation,” reported the Washington Post. “Aaron Alexis died Monday in a gun battle with police at the Washington Navy Yard after he allegedly killed at least 12 people. Along the way, the man named as the shooter in Monday’s mass killing at Building 197 was discharged from the Navy Reserve, arrested after firing a bullet through his downstairs neighbor’s ceiling and then asked to leave his Fort Worth apartment. One Navy official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that Alexis was discharged in January 2011 for “a pattern of misconduct” and that the 2010 gun incident in Texas played a role in his departure. Another Navy official said Alexis was given a ‘general discharge,’ a classification often used to designate a blemished performance record. In some cases, a general discharge can make it difficult to land a civilian job. But Alexis, 34, had no such trouble. He moved from Fort Worth to Washington about a month ago, friends said, and was hired as an hourly tech employee for The Experts, a Hewlett-Packard subcontractor that is updating computer systems at Navy and Marine Corps installations worldwide. He was scheduled to begin work at the Washington Navy Yard this month.”
  • HOW DID HE GET WEAPONS ONTO THE BASE: “Authorities investigating Monday’s D.C. shooting spree believe the gunman  brought a shotgun, legally purchased from a suburban Virginia gun shop, to the Navy Yard and acquired additional weapons at the scene, according to three law  enforcement officials,” reported the Washington Times. “The officials said Aaron Alexis of Fort Worth, Texas, a 34-year-old discharged Navy engineer, entered the building with a Remington 870 12-gauge shotgun that he’d  purchased last week in Lorton, Va., and was later found with two additional  weapons, a Glock handgun and an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. One scenario authorities were investigating was that he obtained the handgun and  the rifle at the scene, possibly from victims. But officials cautioned the  evidence analysis was still very fluid Monday night.”
  • WAS IT TERRORISM? At first glance, there doesn’t appear to be a linkage between Alexis and any terror group, or extremist group. We’ll have to see how the investigation develops. But this headline is worth noting from Friday, September 13th: “Al Qaeda calls for attacks inside United States.”
  • OBSESSED WITH VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES? The U.K. Telegraph reports “Washington navy yard gunman ‘obsessed with violent video games’” — reportedly played up to 16 hours at a time.


Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

500 “Youths” That Could Have Been Obama’s Kids Rampage Through Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, Assault Shoppers and Police

CBS Channel 2 calls the rioters “mischievous”.

The warmest day of the year so far brings hundreds of mischievous teens to Michigan Avenue… [But] Police are calling it ‘mob action’.

CBS 2 is learning about multiple incidents in at least four different locations along the Magnificent Mile and in the Gold Coast, yielding a slew of arrests.

Things got pretty bad, very quickly with many innocent shoppers and tourists caught in the middle of a very chaotic situation… Hundreds of teens littered Michigan Avenue and State Street near Chicago… Things started to go bad around 6:00 p.m. Saturday, with teens purposely bumping into people, and causing fights among themselves.

… “You had a group of teens, close to maybe 500. They assaulted a Chicago police officer that was on a mounted on a horse and all of a sudden they assaulted a citizen walking the streets, just a normal citizen shopping and enjoying the weather,” said [an eyewitness].

Later that night, a man was attacked around 10:45 p.m. while walking near Chicago and Dearborn. Sources tell us he was jumped and punched in the face by a group of teens. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

In a separate incident, a group of woman say they were attacked by a mob of girls on the CTA Red Line. The women reported a robbery once they got off the train at the State and Monroe station. Eleven females were arrested—10 juveniles and one adult—and charged with battery. Two of the teens were charged with strong- armed robbery.

According to commenters at Chicago police blog Second City Cop, not only isn’t national media covering the story, even the local media isn’t telling the whole story:

TOURISTS BEWARE: You are not getting the whole story. I was coming home from work at 7:30. The savages were randomly attacking people. Go to Woodfield if you want to shop. Chicago is not safe.

You’d think such vicious racially motivated hate crimes would receive wide-spread national media attention, but they don’t. As a rule, reporters and prosecutors ignore the racist motivations of black-on-white mob attacks. In news articles like this one the thugs are invariably described only by their age — “kids” or “teenagers” — while any mention of their race is studiously omitted, as if it had nothing to do with the crimes.

Or “mischievous teens”.

In related news from gun-free Chicago, “2 dead, 20 wounded over the Easter weekend.”

Thank goodness law-abiding citizens can’t defend themselves in Chicago. Some of those poor “youths” might have been hurt.

Chicago, like Detroit, represents Democrats’ policies writ large: as with the Motor City, we are witnessing the breakdown of the civil society, brought to you by secular immorality, unfettered redistribution of wealth from makers to takers, and incentivizing the single-parent family.

But don’t worry, folks: if Michelle Obama has her way, at least the “youths” who attack you during your next shopping trip won’t be obese.

Doug Ross @ Journal