Murder: The Invevitable Result of Racism

The most popular post I’ve ever written has been “The Black Jesus”.  I don’t think it’s because it’s particularly  well written or even that controversial, per se, but it gets a tremendous amount of hits (for me), probably just because of the title.

I was amazed to find that, as of 5:30 pm EST , this posting has had over 6,000 hits just for today, something that this blog has never even come close to experiencing. On top of this were a a couple of cryptic comments on the post that I couldn’t really understand.  Then I heard the awful news and it began to make sense.

There was a shooting today at the Holocaust museum and the gunman has been identified as the white supremacist James von Brunn. The reports are not very clear yet but it seems that anywhere from one to three people were shot before the police shot von Brunn, who is apparently alive and hospitalized.

What kind of deranged man does something like this? Well, we got a little bit of an idea on March 11, 2008 when Mr. von Brunn left us with this lovely thought:

Jesus Christs tells us to love our enemies, forgive them, turn the other cheek, give them our cloak and coat; give away our personal belongings and follow Him. Have you done this?
Do you know any alleged Christians that have ?

Nietzsche said, “The last Christian died on the cross.”

One cannot love your neighbors and segregate them. Therefore. Multi-cukturalism is a prerequisite to being Christian. It is for that reason the POPE advocates open borders with Mexico. The word CATHOLIC means “UNIVERSAL” The Churdh ALWAYS has sought a united World under CHRIST. The ILLUMINATI too seeks One World Government – which may be why Henry Kissinger, ZIONIST, visits the Vatican so frequently.

James von Brunn-88

The sad thing is, that although these kinds of words are obviously the product of a deranged and hate filled mind, they are by no means very rare. I’ve had plenty of others  visit this site who have expressed similar ideas.  Some I’ve let stand, others were too violent or obscene, so I deleted them.

How can anyone claim that racism in this country is dead, when terrible things like this are still being done? We all know damn well that there are more people out there than we would like to believe who are cheering and applauding murderous nut cases like von Brunn (although perhaps not always in public).

No? Heard any good Jewish jokes lately?

  1. #1 by saradode on June 23, 2009 - 11:27 am

    Hi, Christian,

    I’ve done a lot of thinking about those “miracles” too. I think that some of them must have been, as you say, tools (given by God) whose only purpose was to get people’s attention and distinguish him from all the other “prophets”, etc., who must have been milling around at the time, so that he could teach what was really important. I dare say he was hesitant to do those kinds of things in some instances, because he would have known how easily swayed into misinterpretation people can be when they see such things–they would likely have focused on the “miracles” themselves, and overlooked the more serious mission in favor of all the fireworks.

    But I also agree that SOME of the miracles had a purpose that was part of the teachings themselves–the healing of “lepers” and others thought to be “unclean”, especially. Those things would have demonstrated in visible ways what words might not have been able to convey as well–God’s desire, reflected by Jesus, that we reach across those human-created divisions and care for all without discriminating.

    Oh, gee…sorry, Mr. von Brunn…hope I didn’t upset you with that dreadful idea…


    • #2 by Christian Beyer on June 23, 2009 - 11:59 am

      Sara, we talked about this in church the other day. In Mark’s Gospel, when they crossed the lake and encountered a storm, why did the disciples, mostly experienced fisherman, wake up their teacher, who was not? Did they expect sailing advice from him? Did they expect him to calm the storm? (Apparently not, according to the story).

      Were they just perhaps a bit panicked, a tad hysterical, and felt that Jesus should be experiencing the same emotions, rather than sleeping peacefully? And when they awakened him, does he join in their concern, their worry? Not at all. He admonishes them for their fear and anxiety. And then he tells the storm to calm down, which it does.

      Or did it? Perhaps the calm presence of Jesus was infectious, was calming itself. With this new ‘different’ perspective perhaps the seas no longer seemed as fearful, as dangerous as it had a few moments before.

      And isn’t that what Jesus can do in our lives? When we are in the midst of panic, anxiety, stress and call out to him for help, do the circumstances always change – does the storm disappear? Or do we find the strength to deal with our circumstances. so that our trials somehow, with the help of Christ’s eternal perspective, seem to diminish?

      I don’t know. But I think that’s an interesting take on this particular miracle.

  2. #3 by saradode on June 23, 2009 - 12:55 pm

    Yes–I think it’s really important to try to see past the literal when thinking about the “miracles” (or the events that may have been perceived or later re-interpreted or even embellished as miracles) and to what Jesus had in mind when he was doing what he did–to what the deeper, symbolic meaning might have been, and what he was trying to show us.

    I mentioned the healing-type events, but you’ve brought up another type that’s also really significant–the miracles meant to inspire faith (not “faith” as it’s commonly interpreted these days–as adherence to a narrowly defined set of beliefs, but as an understanding that God is available to have a relationship with all of us, and to work through and care for us…if we allow it). That “allowing” can definitely let the “storms” of everyday life that surround us not necessarily subside, but leave us peaceful and unharmed. (Sheesh–that sounded really hokey as I wrote it, but the concept isn’t hokey, I don’t think! 🙂 )


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