The Tree of Life Synagogue’s Rabbi said something on CNN from the Torah (Genesis 8:21) that has been swirling in my head ever since: “…every inclination of the the human heart is evil from childhood.” This verse illustrates the root cause of hatred in this world, but tie that to another verse from Genesis (3:14-15) and you gain another layer which explains why both the Jews and the authentic Christians are targets of persecution.
Jewish doctors and nurses at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) in Pittsburgh put their personal feelings aside to help save the life of the evil man who wanted to “kill all the Jews” as he opened fire at a synagogue, murdering 11 worshipers.
Robert Bowers, 46, was shot multiple times himself and taken to AGH. In addition to killing eight men and three women, he wounded six other people, including four police officers, before surrendering Saturday.
Another nurse, whose father is a rabbi, “came in from a mass casualty drill and took care of this gentleman.”
Cohen was one of the first people on the scene–he lives in the neighborhood and heard gunfire from his house.
“I was standing there…and you could start hearing very quickly what was going on,” he said.
Cohen commends his doctors, nurses and staff for stepping up.
“We are here to take care of sick people. We’re not here to judge you. We’re not here to ask ‘Do you have insurance or do you not have insurance?’ We’re here to take care of people who need our help,” he said.
Cohen says he and Bowers had a brief conversation at the hospital.
“When I stopped in, I asked him how he was doing. Was he in pain? And he said, ‘No. He was fine,’” Cohen said.
Cohen says Bowers then asked him who he was.
“I said I’m Dr. Cohen, president of the hospital. Then I turned around and left,” he said. “The FBI agent who was guarding him said, ‘I don’t know if I could have done that.’ And I said, ‘If you were in my shoes, I’m sure you could.’”
The Rabbi of Tree of Life in Pittsburgh was pressed by several news outlets to assign blame to the shooting. The media outlets, hoping that the Rabbi might at least hint that the murders were the result of political rhetoric, were likely disappointed by his response. I applaud Rabbi Myers for standing firm on the true teachings of God, as prescribed in the Torah.
Washington Free Beacon, Paul Crookston –
Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers said Monday that only the shooter bears responsibility for the attack that killed 11 at the Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday.
CNN host Alisyn Camerota pressed Myers about whether the shooter chose to attack because of the influence of others.
“Do you blame anyone for what happened there at the Tree of Life, beyond the gunman?” Camerota asked.
“I don’t really foist blame upon any person,” Myers said. “Hate does not know religion, race, creed, political party. It’s not a political issue in any way, shape, or form. Hate does not know any of those things.”
“It exists in all people,” he said.
Camerota said that might be true but asked, “What lights the match of hate?”
Myers quoted the first book of the Bible, Genesis, to say that man’s sinfulness is an ancient problem.
“I think you’re raising one of those great questions that people far smarter than I can answer,” Myers said. “But I do recall this: if we look in the Bible after the story of the flood and Noah, God regretfully says to Noah, ‘I have learned that man from his youth is prone to evil,’ which is, you would think, a horrific thing for God to tell us.”
“The message I get from that is, yes, there is the possibility of hate in all people. But there is also the possibility of good,” he said.
In the wake of the attack, many in the media have blamed President Donald Trump for the attack, even though the suspected killer posted anti-Semitic material online calling Trump a “globalist” with too many Jewish associates.
Myers argued all people are capable of choosing good and he said his email inbox was full of people from “every religion, people just pouring out their hearts, giving their support.”
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Since the creation of the first family (Adam and Eve), Satan has had it in for God’s chosen line–the line that would bring about Messiah. We read in Genesis 3:15, “And I will put enmity between you (Satan) and the woman (Eve), and between your offspring (those who oppose the God of Creation) and hers; he (Messiah) will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The suspect in the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue expressed hatred of Jews during the rampage and told officers afterward that Jews were committing genocide and that he wanted them all to die, according to charging documents made public Sunday.
Robert Gregory Bowers killed eight men and three women inside the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday during worship services before a tactical police team tracked him down and shot him, authorities said in state and federal affidavits, which contained some unreported details on the shooting and the police response.
“I just want to kill Jews,” Bowers told an officer, according to one of the documents.
Officials released the names of all 11 victims during a news conference Sunday, all of them middle-aged or elderly. The victims included a pair of brothers and a husband and wife. The oldest was 97.
Mayor Bill Peduto called it the “darkest day of Pittsburgh’s history.”
International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on October 13, 12 Christian men from Darfur were arbitrarily arrested by officers from the Sudan National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) for mingling with the local Muslim community. Reverend Kuwa Shamal confirmed, “The arrests were done at Nyala market while the young men were interacting with Islam adherents, building rapport for witnessing, when Sudan’s security authorities surrounded them and led them to the police station, handcuffed.”
Darfur is a predominantly Muslim, war-torn region. The constant conflict between the Arab Muslims and Christians led to the secession of South Sudan in 2011, after which Sudan pressed harder for adopting stronger Islamic policies.
Commenting on the incident, a lawyer who represents Christians prosecuted in Sudanese courts, expressed, “Until now, the Christians have not been asked what was happening or given a chance to explain what they were doing. This is a total breach of the law of the land that gives freedom of worship and sharing of one’s faith. It is also unlawful to detain anyone without trial.”
Adding to the matter, Rev. Kuwa said, “Some of the arrested men are disciples that I baptized in 2015 when they left Islam and converted to Christianity. The detainees have been doing a recommendable work of sharing the Good News in Darfur, and we pray for their immediate and unconditional release.”
Christians in Sudan who convert from Islam often face discrimination and hostility as a result of their faith. They are considered apostates who deserve the death penalty, according to radical Muslims throughout Sudan.