When someone says, “Without a belief in some external thing giving the universe meaning and prescribing rules, I would probably be a selfish person who sees others as objects and hurts them without a second thought,” I just go ahead and translate that to, “I’m not a moral person.”
I mean more likely it’s the case that such people just don’t understand how they would actually act in the absence of such a belief. But seriously, if your position is that God has to tell you not to kill people for you to believe it’s wrong, that’s messed up.
I wondered last night, half-asleep, whether the casual use of Hitler/Nazis (and their analogues) as both over-the-top villain figures and the representative epitome of antisemitism sets up (allows?) the privileged to forget that antisemitism still rages along, that Hitler’s monstrosity is alive and well in the modern world, and existed long before he came along.
Three people were reported dead on Sunday in a possible anti-Semitic shooting attack at two buildings serving the Jewish community near Kansas City.
A gunman opened fired in the parking lot of the Overland Park Jewish Community Center and the nearby Village Shalom retirement home, both in the Kansas City suburb.
"At around 1 p.m. today, Overland Park police received multiple calls regarding a shooting on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, 5801 W. 115th Street. Additional calls were received by police of another shooting at the Village Shalom Retirement Community, 5500 W. 123rd," according to the Overland Park Police Department.
“Three victims are confirmed deceased. A person of interest has been taken into custody at this time,” the police spokesman said.
CNN reported that the deceased included a teenager and an elderly woman.
During the initial developing story, a spokeswoman for Overland Park Regional Medical Center said the hospital was treating a 14-year-old male who suffered a gunshot wound and who was in critical condition.
The gunman fired toward a total of five people, three of whom were confirmed dead, authorities investigating the incident said at a press briefing.
Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass said it was too early to label the attacks as anything other than “vicious acts of violence.”
He stated that two males were killed outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas and one female at the nearby Shalom Village retirement home.
He confirmed that police had a white male in his 70s in custody for questioning. He added that the man was unknown to police until today.
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City said on Facebook that no shooting had occurred inside its campus, and it had released home all the participants of its programming. Overland Park, the second biggest city in Kansas, is a short drive away from the state’s main Jewish concentration in Kansas City.
According to Kansas’s KSHB 41 Action News, police were holding one suspect in custody, who was reported as yelling “heil Hitler” as he was being detained.
The entire JCC campus was locked down.
One witness was quoted by KSHB 41 Action News as saying that a man, presumably the shooter, had aimed a gun at him before shooting the windows of his vehicle.
US Federal Bureau of Investigation officials were helping local authorities investigate the two shootings, CNN cited FBI spokesman Joel Sealer as saying.
The JCC of Greater Kansas City announced that it would be closed on Monday.
“We will post more information following a debriefing at the Overland Park Police Command Center and a 5:00 pm press conference, which will be carried live,” the JCC said on Facebook.
The Jerusalem Post was unable to reach the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City for further comment.
The shooting comes only weeks after the Anti-Defamation League released a report describing an increase in physical assaults against Jews despite an overall 19 percent decrease of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States.
In its Annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, the ADL reported that there 751 incidents in 41 states and Washington, DC — among the lowest number since 1979, when the ADL began collecting data. The number of incidents has been steadily declining for the past decade.
I am asking for my followers, Jewish and non-Jewish, to spread this like wildfire. Antisemitism isn’t often discussed in social justice circles, but I need y’all to know that hate crimes are committed against us. So far, I have only been seeing this circulate among Jews on Tumblr, but I want it to go farther than that.
I want this to lead to a larger discussion about antisemitism. I don’t want it to be derailed merely as a discussion about gun control. I don’t want people asking if the shooter had mental illness. I want people to acknowledge that the shooter is a blatant antisemite. I want people to know why we often have cop cars parked outside our synagogues. I want people to know why we are still afraid.
So, new glasses, new prescription. I’ve realized part of what was disorienting me about things at a distance with the new lenses was the sheer detail. I haven’t seen so well in years, and it feels kind of overwhelming (though I can already feel my eyes getting used to it).
Last term, I confided in a professor that I was struggling with anxiety attacks and depression. She seemed understanding.
A few weeks after the class ended, I learned that she had brought the issue up at an informal departmental gathering, telling grad students and professors that anxiety is often an “excuse” used by students who want an easy ride.
Okay so that’s obviously very generic! But those are the ones I’ve been obsessing over lately. Cats are probably the best for me. Lots of affection when you look for it, but also fine with being left to their own devices for longer periods of time.
Larger dogs are great but I find the smaller they get, the more annoying they get. Yapping and jumping and so on. German shepherds forever. Or maybe just Bob forever. I miss Bob.
Rats are the only ones I haven’t had before, and I’m mostly going off of them being incredibly adorable.
Snakes are chill but I’m pretty sure that’s because they don’t have the capacity to not be chill as long as you don’t hurt them. They’re cute and all, but not much going on in the way of personality, at least not in a way that’s easily understood and empathized with.