April 29, 2019

End the hate

by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

Hate showed its ugly face again.

Last Saturday at Congregation Chabad in Poway, California, a community about 22 miles north of San Diego, wearing sunglasses, John Earnest, a 19-year-old student at California State University San Marcus, pointed his automatic rifle at Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein.

"I couldn't see his eyes. I couldn't see his soul," Goldstein shared in a news report.

Earnest, who had just shot a close family friend, 60-year-old Lori Kaye, took aim at Rabbi Goldstein and then shot off one of the Rabbi's index finger on one hand and then severely wounded the other.

The gunman killed Kaye and wounded three others - including an 8-year old girl and uncle who was visiting from Israel.

Reports indicate the gun jammed and an off duty armed border patrol agent, who had been invited by Rabbi Goldstein to always attend armed as a precaution, chased after the shooter.

Earnest is also suspected in setting fire to an Escondido California mosque on March 25th.

We must all individually do our part to eliminate this hate filled ugliness from our society. There has been far too much of it as of late.

Earlier this year on March 15 in New Zealand, 50 people were killed by a shooter at two mosques in Christchurch. The attacks began at the Al Noor Mosque and then continued at the Linwood Islamic Centre. Fifty people were killed and fifty more injured.

On October 27 last year, the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh was attacked. During the Shabbat morning services 46-year-old shooter Robert Gregory Bowers killed eleven people and injured seven others.

On a horrific day in November of 2017, 26 year-old Devin Patrick killed 26 people and wounded 20 others at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

A few months earlier on September 24 in the same year, Emanuel Kidega Samson was charged with killing a woman and wounding six others at Brunette Chapel Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee.

Remember the headlines from June 17, 2015, when 21-year-old Dylann Roff murdered nine African Americans? Senior pastor and South Carolina Senate member Clementa C. Pinckney was among those who lost their life during a prayer service at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston in South Carolina. Three victims survived.

In Nigeria it's difficult to keep up with the massive numbers of churches that are being burned in the western African country and the number of Christians slaughtered.

For too long there has been hatred between all religions.

However, these terrorist acts aren't being carried out by people of faith. They are coming from the mentally-ill filled with hate. Hate in whatever form it appears is always ugly and often people are hurt.

We have to stop the hate.

We have to stop it in politics, social media, entertainment and religion. Hate consumes the soul, lashes out in ugliness and leaves severe wounds, scars and takes precious lives.

Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and author of American Issues, Every American Has An Opinion and ten other books. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group or organization.

This article is the sole opinions of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of PhotoNews Media. We welcome comments and views from our readers.


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