(Image by By the Providence Lithograph Company (http://thebiblerevival.com/clipart/1907/ex20.jpg) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons) Details DMCA
The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood was the scene of a brutal slaying on Oct. 27th, 2018.
Shouting "all Jews must die," lone gunman Robert Bowers was arrested and charged with the shootings.
Having no previous criminal record what might have propelled 46-year-old Bowers the alleged perpetrator to suddenly burst into deadly action?
Words have power and with freedom of speech comes the responsibility to use our words for the benefit of all.
A word is dead
When it is said,
I say it just
Begins to live
(Emily Dickinson - 1896)
The power of the spoken word can move man to acts of great kindness and conversely to violence and brutal murder. What role do words and rhetoric play?
We must differentiate between summoning people to violent action and creating a charged environment that empowers them to engage in anti-social behavior.
Did words alone incite Bowers to act? (click on next page)