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And I told myself I was going to keep it light this week on the blog. Had to break the promise. I will probably come back to this topic in a more in-depth form later.

Suspected gunman James W. von Brunn

Suspected gunman James W. von Brunn

A rifle-wielding white supremacist entered Washington’s Holocaust museum on Wednesday afternoon, fatally shooting a security guard before being wounded himself by return fire from other guards, authorities said.

 Stephen Tyrone Johns, a six-year veteran of the museum’s security staff, later “died heroically in the line of duty,” said Sara Bloomfield, museum director.

Law enforcement sources identified the suspect as James W. von Brunn, an 88-year-old white supremacist from Maryland. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which focuses on human rights, said Brunn has “an extremely long history with neo-Nazis and white supremacists.”

“I am shocked and saddened by today’s shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum,” said President Obama, who just days earlier had spoken emotionally about the Holocaust when he visited Buchenwald, a former Nazi concentration camp with Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel.CNN

Holocaust museum guard Stephen T. Johns

Holocaust museum guard Stephen T. Johns

I still don’t understand how people can have that much hatred toward others. After watching the news and then going to work yesterday afternoon, I was saddened as well. But strangely I wasn’t really shocked by the news. And that’s actually what made me do some thinking.

I wasn’t shocked because there’s so much hatred festering in the country right now. Just last weekend I wrote about the suspect in the assassination of the abortion doctor who called the media to warn that more violence will occur.

The Homeland Department of Security issued a report in April that signs of extremism are on the rise.

The DHS/Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) has no specific information that domestic rightwing* terrorists are currently planning acts of violence, but rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues. The economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment. DHS

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The funeral of the assassinated abortion doctor, George Tiller, took place yesterday in Wichita, Kan. It brought out about 900 people.

Tiller, one of the nation’s few providers of late-term abortions, was killed by a gunshot last Sunday in the foyer of his own church, Reformation Lutheran, while he was serving as an usher and his wife was singing in the choir. Tiller’s clinic in Wichita was among a few in the U.S. performing third-trimester abortions, and that made it a target of regular protests. Most were peaceful, but his clinic was bombed in 1986. Tiller was also shot in both arms in 1993. Topeka Capital-Journal

What stood out to me about Saturday’s funeral was the small group of protestors who stood outside the church.

17 demonstrators showed up from Westboro Baptist Church, known for picketing soldiers’ funerals to present its message that their deaths are God’s punishment for Americans’ tolerance of homosexuality.

They held signs such as “God sent the shooter” and “Abortion is bloody murder.” Topeka Capital-Journal

I can only imagine God up in heaven saying, why are they bringing me into this? Those crazies are not representing me!

As soon as I saw those pictures, I was like, Whaaaat? Really? You’re standing outside this man’s funeral promoting that God is responsible for his death? No matter what side of the abortion issue you fall on, that’s just so wrong.

What type of church would promote those types of teachings? I just don’t understand. How can the members of Westboro feel for the unborn babies but not for a man who was shot down a week ago while attending church?

Today, I saw that the suspect in the assassination made a call warning of more violence.

Scott Roeder called The Associated Press on Sunday from the Sedgwick County jail where he is being held on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the death of George Tiller.

Roeder told the AP: “I know there are many other similar events planned around the country as long as abortion remains legal.”

He wouldn’t elaborate. Associated Press

So he just wanted to let people know that more domestic terrorism will occur. Wow. I don’t even know what to say about that. Well, yeah, I do. People are so scared of terrorists coming from abroad, that they don’t even see that these homegrown extremists are capable of the same acts.

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