Buzz is cycling around the webverse that Jared Loughner is Jewish.
Here's an email I received that set me checking this out. I have traced it back to a site whitenewsnow dot com, that advocates for the release of Edgar J. Steele, who according to Wikipedia
, was the attorney for Aryan Nation before he was jailed for hiring a hitman to kill his wife.
Here's the article the email included, offered as a screen capture. (We don't want to provide a link to a hate site from our site):
This article will not comment on any accusations in the posting. We're trying to sort out what facts are known.
Searching the web produced for loughner and Jewish found only very small sites, many with anti-semitic or anti-zionist perspectives (often the first is a thin veil for the second, though many critics of Zionism are not antisemitic.) After about 30 minutes of search, a reference showed up at Politico, asking the question in the title, JTA: Is Loughner's mother Jewish?
Bauman reported to pieces of the puzzle.
"Tierney believes that Loughner was very interested in pushing people's buttons--and that may have been why he listed Hitler's Mein Kampf as one of his favorite books on his YouTube page. (Loughner's mom is Jewish, according to Tierney.)"
"Loughner complains that when he tried to join the military, he was handed a "mini-Bible." That upset him: "I didn't write a belief on my Army application and the recruiter wrote on the application: None," he wrote on YouTube.
The JTA article, by Ron Kampeas, adds the following information:
Already, some white supremacy sites are using the marital information.
"Amy Joanne Totman and Randy Loughner were married on April 24, 1986 in Pima County -- or perhaps that's the day they got their license, Arizona state records show. No judge is listed -- perhaps suggesting they were married by clergy? I'm not so well versed in these matters.
In any case, Totman is an old English name, and seems fairly common. I'm not seeing any connection, except for what Tierney thinks he remembers -- and even if he remembers correctly, his informant was likely Jared, who may be less than reliable."
The claims of the posting, saying that Loughner is Jewish and a member of the same synagogue, Congregation Chevarim, as Congresswoman Giffords.
A call to the Rabbi for the synagogue from OpEdNewscom has not yet been responded to.
Update: Exclusive Interview With Gifford's Rabbi
This will be posted very shortly.
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