The cover picture was a photo with the number 1488, which is used by neo-Nazis and white supremacists to evoke David Lane’s “Fourteen Words” and the Nazi slogan Heil Hitler.
We hate Lane and especially his Fourteen Words. Lane was a member of the KKK despised by National Socialist Germany:
Bowers’ social media posts also attacked African Americans with racial slurs and images related to lynching, and attacked women who have relationships with Black men.
We oppose Jim Crow laws. (But what can we infer from the observation that Bowers, despite his declared hostility to Jews, does not attack women who have relationships with Jewish men?)
Bowers is reported to have claimed that Jews were aiding members of Central American caravans moving towards the United States border and to have referred to members of those caravans as “invaders”.
We strongly support the caravans. As for Jews aiding the caravans, what we have always encouraged in response is for non-Jews to provide so much more effective aid to the caravans that they need no longer depend on Jewish aid out of lack of choice. This is the only correct way to cut out Jews who infiltrate good causes.
Of course, a broken clock is still correct twice a day:
he criticized President Donald Trump for being a “globalist, not a nationalist” and for supposedly being controlled and surrounded by Jews.
Trump is indeed not a nationalist, as relatively educated journalists have pointed out:
only not in the way Bowers thinks, just as globalism (a purely economic ideology aimed at elimination of autarky) also does not mean what Bowers thinks it means. And yes, Trump is indeed controlled by Jews, specifically Jews who are even more anti-immigrant than he himself is:
With that said, all the Jews killed by Bowers deserved a far worse fate than what they got:
The shooting occurred while Shabbat morning services and a bris were being held inside the building.
because anyone who turns up at an event to celebrate an eight-day-old, utterly helpless baby being irreversibly mutilated without his own consent, expressly in order to subject him to pain:
Most prominent acharonim rule that the mitzvah of brit milah lies in the pain it causes, and anesthetic, sedation, or ointment should generally not be used. …
Eliezer Waldenberg, Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg, Shmuel Wosner, Moshe Feinstein and others agree that the child should not be sedated, although pain relieving ointment may be used under certain conditions; Shmuel Wosner particularly asserts that the act ought to be painful, per Psalms 44:23.
deserves to die a much more painful death than by being shot. So what we have here is one of those cases of a wrong motive (judging by his own statements, I doubt that justice for the circumcision victim was at all on Bowers’ mind when he opened fire) leading to a somewhat pleasing result (11 Jews dead precisely because they made the decision to attend a celebration of violent circumcision, and Bowers himself – a WN who might conceivably have targeted Central American refugees in the future – now locked away). The only disappointment is that all the dead Jews are elderly, which probably means that their deaths will have negligible long-term demographic effect (they were relatively unlikely to have further reproduced even had they stayed alive).
Let us not waste this opportunity to spread awareness about what Judaism actually is. Challenge people to explain how they can possibly feel pity for those who got shot, when every one of the shot was a self-admitted sadist at a gathering that socially normalizes a form of violence against non-consenting children that would be considered criminal if inflicted upon non-consenting adults.
What I would like to see one day is a former bris victim shooting up a synagogue to avenge himself. Someone like that, unlike Bowers, would be someone whom I would wholeheartedly defend against punishment by the law.