Washington, D.C.—People For the American Way President Michael Keegan today released the following statement in response to the horrific attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Penn. According to authorities, 11 people have been killed.
“Like so many other Americans, we are shocked and horrified by this morning’s attack. Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and their community.
“All signs point to the fact that today’s shooting was fueled by anti-Semitic, right-wing conspiracy theories. The killer was apparently motivated to attack these particular people because they had recently expressed their love and support for refugees–a position that was once a cherished, even sacred ideal in this country.
“It should escape no one’s notice that this atrocity takes place in the context of President Trump’s constant escalation of his anti-refugee rhetoric and in the face of anti-Semitic attacks on individuals labeled as ‘globalists,’ that are advanced by right-wing media and politicians.
“We mourn the deaths and injuries suffered today, and we lament the irresponsible behavior by individuals in our government that fuel this toxic and dangerous atmosphere.”
People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy. Learn more: http://www.pfaw.org.