Parkland Shooter Receiving ‘Piles’ of ‘Fan Letters,’ Officials Sharing Only ‘Wishes for His Soul’

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who killed 17 people in February and wounded almost 20 others after opening fire in a public high school, is receiving “piles” of “fan letters” in jail, his defense attorney mourns. Officials will not read Cruz such material, but will only share the very few that extend “wishes for his soul and to come to God.”

“There’s piles of letters,” Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein told the Sun Sentinel. “In my 40 years as public defender, I’ve never seen this many letters to a defendant. Everyone now and then gets a few, but nothing like this.”

He said that many of the 100-200 letters and cards are from teenage girls who are swooning over Cruz, offering him support or friendship. Older women and men have written to Cruz as well, and some have enclosed photographs that are sexually provocative.

“The letters shake me up because they are written by regular, everyday teenage girls from across the nation,” Finkelstein said. “That scares me. It’s perverted.”

“I’m 18-years-old. I’m a senior in high school. When I saw your picture on the television, something attracted me to you,” one letter from Texas reads, according to the Sun Sentinel. “Your eyes are beautiful and the freckles on your face make you so handsome.”

The girl then provided Cruz with a description of herself, including her bra size. She drew hearts and smileys on the envelope.

“I have freckles like yours,” a teen from the United Kingdom wrote. “I think you’re beautiful. … Oh, and I forgot to mention that I’m a girl lol.”

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One woman from Chicago sent Cruz photographs of herself in a bikini as well as a close-up of her backside.

Officials at the Broward County Jail open all the letters, and anything that is deemed obscene or a threat is returned. Cruz does not personally read any of the correspondence, and his defense attorney says that only the letters that contain prayers for his soul and exhortation to get right with God are read to him.

“We read a few religious ones to him that extended wishes for his soul and to come to God,” Finkelstein stated, “but we have not and will not read him the fan letters or share the photos of scantily-clad teenage girls.”

According to reports, Cruz requested a copy of the Bible, but it has not been provided as he is in isolation on suicide watch.

Finkelstein said that he is concerned that “everyday boys and girls are starting to view him in an elevated way, looking up to his fame and notoriety.” In addition to receiving cards and letters, an estimated $800 has been sent to Cruz’ commissary account, and groups have also been formed online that contend that Cruz himself is a victim because he suffered with mental illness and was bullied.

Some letters and online posts recognize that what Cruz did was wrong, but express a feeling of being drawn to him as they worry about his well-being and want to offer themselves as a pen pal.

Finkelstein said that he is allowing outlets to view some of the love letters from teenage girls, as well as the suggestive photographs, to show the ongoing “awfulness” of the matter.

“It’s important that the community understand that as this case continues, the awfulness will continue to spread,” Finkelstein said. “Everything about this case is awful and evil.”

Jesus said in Mark 7:20-23, “That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile the man.”

It is why He taught, as written in John 3:3, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”


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  • Susan Perelka

    Abba Father, You are a God Who redeems,Who forgives, Who gives mercy to those who will repent and turn to You. Lord, please forgive this man his sin against You, and send laborers across his path who will share the good news of salvation by Grace through faith in Your beloved Son Jesus our Messiah. Lord, let Your truth counter the lies he has been told by the evil one. Have mercy on him, while he still has time before Your Day of Judgement, while the door to Your Ark (Jesus) of rescue is still available to him. By Your Holy Spirit convict his heart of his sin against You and his need of our Savior. Let Your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Reveal Your Son to him, so that the Son can reveal You Father to him by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Love hopes that he will choose wisely and be saved. Thank You Father for Your loving-kindness towards mankind through Jesus by Grace through faith. AMEN

    • Susan Perelka

      Abba Father, I don’t only ask my above prayer for this young man only, but also for those who have sent him letters of admiration. Please Lord, have mercy and open their eyes to see the lies the enemy has told them. I hope they will turn to You and be healed. Set free from satan’s grasp and placed in the loving arms of Jesus Christ. You are a God who is longsuffering, desiring all to come to repentance. I pray that some will find the Way, the Truth and the Life through Your beloved Son. AMEN

      • Samuel Abraham

        Thank you, Susan.

      • Faithwalker

        In Jesus name amen!

  • Charlene

    Whenever I see a mug shot, I can’t help but think, “This was somebody’s baby once.” Why do some people do such horrible evil? What choices did they make along the way? I hate to see anyone burn himself out at such a young age. Such a waste.

    • Croquet_Player

      Yes indeed. We can and must do better as a society to provide mental health care and support to people at risk. He was 19. Now, I know 19 is an adult, that’s the law. But it still seems awfully young to me. To say nothing of the fact that there were apparently loads of earlier warning signs for this person along the way. With every tragic event, we learn more about criminals in general and mass shooters in particular. It is the rare mass shooter who commits their crime with no documented previous history of known danger signals. These include, but are not limited to, the following: Domestic abuse, as victims or perpetrators. Frequent run-ins with the law. Diagnosed PTSD. Repeated violent outbursts at school or workplaces. Obsessions with violence, and weapons. Radicalization on far wingnut internet sites. Substance abuse. Now, none of these things in and of themselves should single someone out, nor should they. But we have to start paying attention, and provide help where we can. It’s very complicated, but I think we can put a dent in complicated problems. We must try.

  • Croquet_Player

    Alas, this is nothing new. High profile criminals receive all sorts of “fan mail”. Usually it’s from very troubled, lonely people who see themselves as “misunderstood”, and view the criminal (or “alleged criminal”, as in this case, to be scrupulously fair since he hasn’t had a trial yet) as “misunderstood” too. So they reach out to someone they only saw on the news. It’s tragic. They need mental health support.

  • ISA41:10

    More proof liberalism is a mental disorder

    • Interesting coming from a person who appears, from his avatar, that he is a racist. That tends to show the run-of-the-mill ignorance we’ve come to expect from far-right, white supremacists. I consider that to be very poor, early childhood parental nurturing. It demonstrates a complete lack of morality and ethics and reflects more on who you are than to whom you condescend.

      • ISA41:10

        Does the truth bother the liberal?

        The transference neuroses of liberals:

        Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr., M.D. ‘‘The Liberal Mind The Psychological Causes of Political Madness’’ 2006
        pp 328-330:

        The Values of the Liberal Mind

        Like all other human beings, the modern liberal reveals his true character, including his madness, in what he values and devalues, in what he articulates with passion. Of special interest, however, are the many values about which the modern liberal mind is not passionate: his agenda does not insist that the individual is the ultimate economic, social and political unit; it does not idealize individual liberty and the structure of law and order essential to it; it does not defend the basic rights of property and contract; it does not aspire to ideals of authentic autonomy and mutuality; it does not preach an ethic of self-reliance and self-determination; it does not praise courage, forbearance or resilience; it does not celebrate the ethics of consent or the blessings of voluntary cooperation. It does not advocate moral rectitude or understand the critical role of morality in human relating. The liberal agenda does not comprehend an identity of competence, appreciate its importance, or analyze the developmental conditions and social institutions that promote its achievement. The liberal agenda does not understand or recognize personal sovereignty or impose strict limits on coercion by the state. It does not celebrate the genuine altruism of private charity. It does not learn history’s lessons on the evils of collectivism.
        What the liberal mind is passionate about is a world filled with pity, sorrow, neediness, misfortune, poverty, suspicion, mistrust, anger, exploitation, discrimination, victimization, alienation and injustice. Those who occupy this world are ”workers,” ”minorities,” ”the little guy,” ”women,” and the ”unemployed.” They are poor, weak, sick, wronged, cheated, oppressed, disenfranchised, exploited and victimized. They bear no responsibility for their problems. None of their agonies are attributable to faults or failings of their own: not to poor choices, bad habits, faulty judgment, wishful thinking, lack of ambition, low frustration tolerance, mental illness or defects in character. None of the victims’ plight is caused by failure to plan for the future or learn from experience. Instead, the ”root causes” of all this pain lie in faulty social conditions: poverty, disease, war, ignorance, unemployment, racial prejudice, ethnic and gender discrimination, modern technology, capitalism, globalization and imperialism. In the radical liberal mind, this suffering is inflicted on the innocent by various predators and persecutors: ”Big Business,” ”Big Corporations,” ”greedy capitalists, ”U.S. Imperialists,” ”the oppressors,” ”the rich,” ”the wealthy,” ”the powerful” and ”the selfish.”
        The liberal cure for this endless malaise is a very large authoritarian government that regulates and manages society through a cradle to grave agenda of redistributive caretaking. It is a government everywhere doing everything for everyone. The liberal motto is ”In Government We Trust.” To rescue the people from their troubled lives, the agenda recommends denial of personal responsibility, encourages self-pity and other-pity, fosters government dependency, promotes sexual indulgence, rationalizes violence, excuses financial obligation, justifies theft, ignores rudeness, prescribes complaining and blaming, denigrates marriage and the family, legalizes all abortion, defies religious and social tradition, declares inequality unjust, and rebels against the duties of citizenship. Through multiple entitlements to unearned goods, services and social status, the liberal politician promises to ensure everyone’s material welfare, provide for everyone’s healthcare, protect everyone’s self-esteem, correct everyone’s social and political disadvantage, educate every citizen, and eliminate all class distinctions. With liberal intellectuals sharing the glory, the liberal politician is the hero in this melodrama. He takes credit for providing his constituents with whatever they want or need even though he has not produced by his own effort any of the goods, services or status transferred to them but has instead taken them from others by force.
        It should be apparent by now that these social policies and the passions that drive them contradict all that is rational in human relating, and they are therefore irrational in themselves. But the faulty conceptions that lie behind these passions cannot be viewed as mere cognitive slippage. The degree of modern liberalism’s irrationality far exceeds any misunderstanding that can be attributed to faulty fact gathering or logical error: Indeed, under careful scrutiny, liberalism’s distortions of the normal ability to reason can only be understood as the product of psychopathology. So extravagant are the patterns of thinking, emoting, behaving and relating that characterize the liberal mind that its relentless protests and demands become understandable only as disorders of the psyche. The modern liberal mind, its distorted perceptions and its destructive agenda are the product of disturbed personalities.

        • Does the conservative not have the ability to formulate and write his own opinions. Is the conservative a hollow person filled only with the opinions of others but without the ability to express them in his own words? You must cut and past the opinions of others?

          This is the usual propaganda/sophistry that from ultra conservatives that molds the common, conservative mind to hate others, especially those who desire a WE society and not a ME society. Conservatives simply cannot accept that not everybody is born with the same abilities, physical or mental.

          All of your post is hate filled diatribe having NO real analysis, but filled entirely of generalization, much of it misleading or just plain wrong. Nothing is given in depth.

          Many (most?) conservatives should gaze in the mirror now and then, and realize the abysmal hypocrisy many on the far right tend espouse. They believe so strongly in INDIVIDUALISM, crying loudly against any perceived government intrusion into their lives. Yet they are so quick to use the government as a blunt instrument with which to bludgeon the rest of society into bowing to their religious beliefs and life style. That’s individualism?

          Questions for civil discussion/debate:

          Do you believe that homosexuals should be allowed to seek happiness through marriage? Why or why not?

          How would you go about molding the nation in concert with your worldview? Would you change the Constitution? Do away with it? Have only Christians be allowed to govern?

          There are many questions I have that I would like to present and get YOUR opinion. But each one would require more than just accusations and assumptions about what others believe.

          • ISA41:10

            Truth is ALWAYS the enemy with liberals……….ALWAYS!!!!

            Liberalism is the one ideology that buys into that way of thinking which KEEPS the ONE population chained to dependence, victimization mentality and an absence of hope, independence and self-reliance. That is why they need illegals. They need to make and keep them dependent on the government teat!

            The Progressive ideology requires that ideology itself must override reality. Truth, reason, common sense, logic, cause and effect, the input from our five senses — all are superseded by the ideological narrative.

            If Homosexual marriage deserves the same rights as Heterosexual marriages than they deserve to have a child provided to them, even though they cannot conceive it themselves. Same sex couples cannot conceive a child without involving a third party. This is “unnatural” as “unnatural” can be.

            I cannot imagine being a child of this arrangement. My “father” is some anonymous sperm donor, or you two dads “rented” an anonymous woman’s womb to grow me in? I would be very concerned about the mental stability of the anonymous parent, also, because it would be a person who didn’t care what kind of life their child would have.

            The truth when it comes to the real statistics regarding the gay lifestyle is this; expectancy of 46 years for gay men, the incidences of certain cancers related to their lifestyle that are way out of whack with the general population, the hugely disproportionate numbers of suicides, and the general negative mental health, AIDS, etc, etc, etc. It is a sin that will lead you to hell. But, there is a way out and that is through Jesus Christ. Stop fooling yourself and living a lie.

            The Constitution IS the law of our land and Demoncrats spit on every chance they can. Demoncrats are LAWLESS!!!! Remember this; we have no Constitutional Rights, we have God-granted rights. The purpose of the Constitution was to restrain government. The Bill of Rights should actually be called the Bill of Government Limitations. Individual citizens cannot violate the Constitution. Only governments can.

          • Still insisting on incivility and thoughtless bumper sticker slogans? Must you continue to use uncivil hate speech and not make any attempt to engage in civil dialogue?

            Why do you hate people who desire that all citizens have equal OPPORTUNITIES and the liberty to choose for themselves which opportunity they will follow?

            Do couples of the opposite sex who can’t have children have the right to adopt? Of course they do. Same sex couples do as well. Don’t equate gays for pedophiles. There many OBJECTIVE studies–referenced online–that show homosexuals, percentage wise, are any more likely to be pedophiles than heterosexuals.

            So, with all your mouthing off about individual rights, its so interesting that you want to take them away from others. I get it.

            So tell me. What should society do with children born intersexual? Which gender would you assign them or would you ban them from marriage for life? Many parents of intersexual children will decide which gender they want the child to be, and then order the surgery while they are still babies.

            Sometimes parents choose wrong and the child grows up to discover he has the wrong genitalia because of the surgery and that he is really a female. Would you deny that person the right to seek happiness through marriage? Or, perhaps you believe that genetics have nothing to do with gender?

            I would really like to discuss this with civility.

          • Jer9:23

            This is why………

            Some statistics about the homosexual lifestyle:
            One study reports 70% of homosexuals admitting to having sex only one time with over 50% of their partners (3).

            One study reports that the average homosexual has between 20 and 106 partners per year (6). The average heterosexual has 8 partners in a lifetime.

            Many homosexual sexual encounters occur while drunk, high on drugs, or in an orgy setting (7).

            Many homosexuals don’t pay heed to warnings of their lifestyles: “Knowledge of health guidelines was quite high, but this knowledge had no relation to sexual behavior” (16).

            Homosexuals got homosexuality removed from the list of mental illnesses in the early 70s by storming the annual American Psychiatric Association (APA) conference on successive years. “Guerrilla theater tactics and more straight-forward shouting matches characterized their presence” (2). Since homosexuality has been removed from the APA list of mental illnesses, so has pedophilia (except when the adult feels “subjective distress”) (27).

            Homosexuals account for 3-4% of all gonorrhea cases, 60% of all syphilis cases, and 17% of all hospital admissions (other than for STDs) in the United States (5). They make up only 1-2% of the population.

            Homosexuals live unhealthy lifestyles, and have historically accounted for the bulk of syphilis, gonorrhea, Hepatitis B, the “gay bowel syndrome” (which attacks the intestinal tract), tuberculosis and cytomegalovirus (27).

            73% of psychiatrists say homosexuals are less happy than the average person, and of those psychiatrists, 70% say that the unhappiness is NOT due to social stigmatization (13).

            25-33% of homosexuals and lesbians are alcoholics (11).

            Of homosexuals questioned in one study reports that 43% admit to 500 or more partners in a lifetime, 28% admit to 1000 or more in a lifetime, and of these people, 79% say that half of those partners are total strangers, and 70% of those sexual contacts are one night stands (or, as one homosexual admits in the film “The Castro”, one minute stands) (3). Also, it is a favorite past-time of many homosexuals to go to “cruisy areas” and have anonymous sex.

            78% of homosexuals are affected by STDs (20).

            Judge John Martaugh, chief magistrate of the New York City Criminal Court has said, “Homosexuals account for half the murders in large cities” (10).

            Captain William Riddle of the Los Angeles Police says, “30,000 sexually abused children in Los Angeles were victims of homosexuals” (10).

            50% of suicides can be attributed to homosexuals (10).

            Dr. Daniel Capron, a practicing psychiatrist, says, “Homosexuality by definition is not healthy and wholesome. The homosexual person, at best, will be unhappier and more unfulfilled than the sexually normal person” (10). For other psychiatrists who believe that homosexuality is wrong, please see National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality.

            It takes approximately $300,000 to take care of each AIDS victim, so thanks to the promiscuous lifestyle of homosexuals, medical insurance rates have been skyrocketing for all of us(10).
            Gay parade in New York

            Close-up of one of the New York “Gay Parades”
            Homosexuals were responsible for spreading AIDS in the United States, and then raised up violent groups like Act Up and Ground Zero to complain about it. Even today, homosexuals account for well over 50% of the AIDS cases in the United States, which is quite a large number considering that they account for only 1-2% of the population.

            Homosexuals account for a disproportionate number of hepatitis cases: 70-80% in San Francisco, 29% in Denver, 66% in New York City, 56% in Toronto, 42% in Montreal, and 26% in Melbourne (8).

            37% of homosexuals engage in sadomasochism, which accounts for many accidental deaths. In San Francisco, classes were held to teach homosexuals how to not kill their partners during sadomasochism (8).

            41% of homosexuals say they have had sex with strangers in public restrooms, 60% say they have had sex with strangers in bathhouses, and 64% of these encounters have involved the use of illegal drugs (8).

            Depending on the city, 39-59% of homosexuals are infected with intestinal parasites like worms, flukes and amoebae, which is common in filthy third world countries (8).

            The median age of death of homosexuals is 42 (only 9% live past age 65). This drops to 39 if the cause of death is AIDS. The median age of death of a married heterosexual man is 75 (8).

            The median age of death of lesbians is 45 (only 24% live past age 65). The median age of death of a married heterosexual woman is 79 (8).

            Homosexuals are 100 times more likely to be murdered (usually by another homosexual) than the average person, 25 times more likely to commit suicide, and 19 times more likely to die in a traffic accident (8).

            21% of lesbians die of murder, suicide or traffic accident, which is at a rate of 534 times higher than the number of white heterosexual females aged 25-44 who die of these things(8).

            50% of the calls to a hotline to report “queer bashing” involved domestic violence (i.e., homosexuals beating up other homosexuals) (18).

            About 50% of the women on death row are lesbians (12). Homosexuals prey on children.

            33% of homosexuals ADMIT to minor/adult sex (7).

            There is a notable homosexual group, consisting of thousands of members, known as the North American Man and Boy Love Association (NAMBLA). This is a child molesting homosexual group whose cry is “SEX BEFORE 8 BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.” This group can be seen marching in most major homosexual parades across the United States.

            Homosexuals commit more than 33% of all reported child molestations in the United States, which, assuming homosexuals make up 2% of the population, means that 1 in 20 homosexuals is a child molestor, while 1 in 490 heterosexuals is a child molestor (19).

            73% of all homosexuals have had sex with boys under 19 years of age (9).

            Many homosexuals admit that they are pedophiles: “The love between men and boys is at the foundation of homosexuality” (22).

            http://www.traditioninaction. org/HotTopics/a02rStatistcs.html?utm_source=Shekinah+Today+Ministries+List&utm_campaign=83476d12df-Prophetic+Alert+-+Call+to+FAST+%26+PRAY%21&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ec8ffa89fe-83476d12df-304028357

          • Ah, your “source” is dedicated to the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church and Catholic traditions. Yes, that would certainly be your foundation and the reason you rage against what you believe to be the sins of others.

            One study reports 70% of homosexuals admitting to having sex only one time with over 50% of their partners (3).

            So what? It is none of your business. They are autonomous individuals. It hurts you in no way (and you didn’t site the study).

            Many homosexuals admit that they are pedophiles: “The love between men and boys is at the foundation of homosexuality” (22).

            More heterosexuals are pedophiles than homosexuals (just look at the Catholic Church, for example). Of course, many of the priests can be homosexual as well.

            Why can’t you simply mind your own business, worship you god as you will which you have every right to do. Become outraged only at pedophilia. Never condemn an entire group for the crimes of the few.

            Pedophilia is a CRIME *just like “Judge” Roy Moore committed. It is a mental disorder and the perpetrators should be hospitalized for an extended period of time in well funded facilities given psychological help.

          • ISA41:10

            SODOMY is the primary method by which AIDS is spread and it only got in to the ‘heterosexual’ population via BISEXUAL perverts who then SODOMIZED their wives or female sexual ‘partners’ . HOMOSEXUALITY is a LEARNED PERVERSION and there is no HOMO gene in the human DNA it is also a BIOLOGICAL DEAD END and NATURE abhors DEAD ENDS. If God had created ‘Adam and Steve’ instead of ‘Adam and Eve’ there would have been no HUMAN RACE. Oh and HOMOS are notoriously PROMISCUOUS so the thought that they will ‘HONOUR’ their marriage vows is frankly PREPOSTEROUS which is just ANOTHER mockery to be inflicted on the ‘Moral MAJORITY’. THIS is what ODUMBO and liberals are CELEBRATING.

      • ISA41:10

        Also, Obama is not only the WORST pResident this country ever had he is the worst person to EVER set foot in America and this includes people like Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, etc. This man believed in and voted for killing babies born alive.

        ONLY a sick and evil person can believe this way!!!

        • What you are saying is very misleading, but I’m quite sure you will hold to your belief no matter what simply because you are against abortion.

          From FactCheck:

          It is worth noting that Illinois law already provided that physicians must protect the life of a fetus when there is “a reasonable likelihood of sustained survival of the fetus outside the womb, with or without artificial support.”

          President Obama supported that. The bills against which he voted were not necessary.

          I, too, am against abortion as is virtually everyone. But I am more against the government controlling their reproductive lives–that is the INDIVIDUAL WOMAN’S, AND HER DOCTORS.

          Sometimes it is necessary as Reagan said, depending on the circumstance. Do you believe in personal autonomy? Would you like the state to regulate your sex life? How about laws against contraceptives for women?

          Apparently you don’t believe all the invectives of Rossiter’s diatribe. You seem to be very big on believing that the individual is the ultimate economic, social and political unit–at least for women, but you insist on it for yourself.

          • ISA41:10

            Truth is ALWAYS the enemy with liberals……………ALWAYS!!!!

            Why Jesus would not vote for Barack Obama

            In February 2004, U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle, sent a fund-raising letter with the “alarming news” that “right-wing politicians” had passed a law stopping doctors from stabbing half-born babies in the neck with scissors, suctioning out their brains and crushing their skulls.
            Michelle called partial-birth abortion “a legitimate medical procedure,” and wouldn’t supporters please pay $150 to attend a luncheon for her husband, who would fight against “cynical ploy[s]” to stop it?
            But that’s not why Obama’s opponent Alan Keyes said Jesus Christ wouldn’t vote for him.
            Obama recalled Keyes’ statement in a recent USA Today opinion piece but omitted his reasoning. I know his reasoning, because I was there. As a nurse at an Illinois hospital in 1999, I discovered babies were being aborted alive and shelved to die in soiled utility rooms. I discovered infanticide. Legislation was presented on the federal level and in various states called the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. It stated all live-born babies were guaranteed the same constitutional right to equal protection, whether or not they were wanted. BAIPA sailed through the U.S. Senate by unanimous vote. Even Sens. Clinton, Kennedy and Kerry agreed a mother’s right to “choose” stopped at her baby’s delivery. The bill also passed overwhelmingly in the House. NARAL went neutral on it. Abortion enthusiasts publicly agreed that fighting BAIPA would appear extreme. President Bush signed BAIPA into law in 2002.
            But in Illinois, the state version of BAIPA repeatedly failed, thanks in large part to then-state Sen. Barack Obama. It only passed in 2005, after Obama left. I testified in 2001 and 2002 before a committee of which Obama was a member. Obama articulately worried that legislation protecting live aborted babies might infringe on women’s rights or abortionists’ rights. Obama’s clinical discourse, his lack of mercy, shocked me. I was naive back then. Obama voted against the measure, twice. It ultimately failed. In 2003, as chairman of the next Senate committee to which BAIPA was sent, Obama stopped it from even getting a hearing, shelving it to die much like babies were still being shelved to die in Illinois hospitals and abortion clinics.
            (As chair of that same committee, Obama once abruptly ended a hearing early, right before Scott and Janet Willis, the parents of six children killed as a result of Illinois’ drivers licenses for bribes scandal, were to testify in favor of Choose Life license plate legislation. I was there for that one, too. The Willises had traveled three hours. Reporters filled the room. Obama stalled. He later killed the bill when no one was around.) So, the reason Keyes said Jesus Christ wouldn’t vote for Barack Obama was because of Obama’s fanatical support of abortion to the point of condoning infanticide. I have framed on my wall a Chicago Sun-Times cartoon published during the campaign. Obama is holding a sign with “LIVE BIRTH ABORTION” on it. God is reaching down from heaven to a baby in front of Obama, and the baby is reaching up to God. Obama is yelling at God, “You keep out of this!”

            In his USA Today opinion piece, Obama admitted being “nagged” by the Jesus-wouldn’t-vote-for-him statement, but only because he wished he’d given a different comeback. Obama insinuated opposition to abortion is based only on religion, lecturing pro-lifers like me to “explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all.” I don’t recall mentioning religion when I testified against live-birth abortion. I only recall describing a live aborted baby I held in a hospital soiled utility room until he died, and a live aborted baby who was accidentally thrown into the trash. Neither do I recall religion being brought into the partial-birth abortion ban debate. I recall comparisons made to U.S. laws ensuring animals being killed are treated humanely. I recall testimony that late-term babies feel excruciating pain while being aborted. Obama stated pro-life proposals must be “amenable to reason.” OK, Sen. Obama, let’s reason. Explain why you support abortion for whatever rationale, at whatever gestation, by whatever means. Explain why you support infanticide, if banning it might interfere with abortion. Then, since you brought it up, explain how, despite all that, you think Jesus should vote for you, either now or in the hereafter, particularly given His statement, “It would be better to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around the neck than to face the punishment in store for harming one of these little ones.”

  • It is certain, in my mind, that Cruz is, indeed, a victim. His actions before the shooting were cries for help which he was obviously given in insufficient amounts. The fault for this lies in that help he did not get.

    People who condemn him for the killings, honorific as they are, should, instead of clambering for the death penalty or that what he needed was more religion are wrong. Society failed a mentally challenged person who was in desperate need of serious psychological help.

    That’s been a question of mine for decades; Are people who’ve sustained mental damage, either by physical or psychological trauma, and who commit such a crime as murder/mass murder to be burned in Hell forever by the Abrahamic God who loves all the world? Such a condition can happen to the most faithful. Do Christians simply say that these people didn’t have enough faith or that Satan had gotten to them (perhaps by demonic possession, and that they don’t deserve salvation?

    It seems to me that these are questions that must be addressed by true believers. The brain is a very complex thing and many things can go wrong, completely changing a person.

    • 1PierreMontagne1

      Like so many other mass shooters Cruz is a Liberal – he self identified on Instagram as a Communist and even as an ISIS supporter – little wonder the Instagram account was shut down. A decided killer typically aware of right and wrong and deliberately choosing what would hurt and what he could do to perform the most damage to terrorize society towards change. Any mass shooter is of the same mindset as the suicide bomber. For some reason that only appeals to Liberals they see themselves as having a duty to make excuses for these psychopaths.

      • A liberal? First, you provide no evidence whatsoever. Second, The fact is that he has been (apparently) wrongly accused of belonging to a white nationalist (extreme conservative) group.

        According to Snopes:

        Following misrepresentations by a white nationalist leader and coordinated efforts by internet trolls, numerous researchers and media outlets spread a seemingly false claim that the man charged with killing more than a dozen people at a Florida high school belonged to an extremist group.

        Law enforcement agencies say they have no evidence so far to support this claim, and the rumor appears to have been perpetrated by white nationalist trolls themselves.

        Would you happen to be a member of that group spreading falsehoods (fake news)? If not, show your evidence–not hearsay.

        You see, I like truth. I condemn either side for their deceptions. Do you?

        • ISA41:10

          In 1865, a Democrat shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States.

          In 1881, a left wing radical Democrat shot James Garfield,
          President of the United States – who later died from the wound.

          In 1963, a radical left wing socialist shot and killed John F. Kennedy,
          President of the United States.

          In 1975, a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at Gerald Ford,
          President of the United States.

          In 1981, a registered Democrat shot and wounded Ronald Reagan,
          President of the United States.

          In 1984, James Hubert, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 22 people in a McDonalds restaurant.

          In 1986, Patrick Sherrill, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 15 people in an Oklahoma post office.

          In 1990, James Pough, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 10 people at a GMAC office.

          In 1991, George Hennard, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 23 people in a Luby’s cafeteria in Killeen, TX.

          In 1995, James Daniel Simpson, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 5 coworkers in a Texas laboratory.

          In 1999, Larry Asbrook, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 8 people at a church service.

          In 2001, a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at the White House in a failed attempt to kill George W. Bush, President of the US.

          In 2003, Douglas Williams, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people at a Lockheed Martin plant.

          In 2007, a registered Democrat named Seung – Hui Cho, shot and killed 32 people in Virginia Tech.

          In 2010, a mentally ill registered Democrat named Jared Lee Loughner, shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed 6 others.

          In 2011, a registered Democrat named James Holmes, went into a movie theater and shot and killed 12 people.

          In 2012, Andrew Engeldinger, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people in Minneapolis.

          In 2013, a registered Democrat named Adam Lanza, shot and killed 26 people in a school in Newtown, CT.

          As recently as Sept 2013, an angry Democrat shot 12 at a Navy ship yard.

          More recently, on June 14 2017, a registered Democrat named James T. Hodgkinson, 66, from Belleville, Ill., a suburb of St. Louis, shot Steve Scalise, the majority whip of the House of Representatives and 3 others.

          Clearly, there is a problem with Democrats and guns.

          Not one NRA member, Tea Party member, or Republican conservative was involved in any of these shootings and murders.

          SOLUTION:

          It should be illegal for Democrats to own guns.
          We don’t need gun control, we need Democrat control.
          Guns don’t kill people, Democrats do!

          • So, instead of offering civil dialogue like a decent human being, you post more hatred, blaming Liberals for virtually everything. While I’d much rather have civil dialogue and try to come to some common ground with you, it appears that you want none of it. Apparently your hatred is far too deep.

            But, of course, you do not offer any details, so we do not really know if the murder was a liberal or perhaps someone else with a different motive.

            Therefore, I’ll just point out that conservatives certainly do their share of hate murders against liberals, but I’ll provide a bit more detail:

            Liberals killed by Conservatives
            because of the differences in their beliefs
            ( listed in reverse chronological order ):

            June 10, 2009 : The attempt by the 88 year-old, long time anti-semitic, holocaust-denying James Von Braun to kill as many as possible at the D.C. Holocaust Museum.

            By mid 2009, the 30-year campaign of violence against the rights of women to have access to abortion as recognized by the U.S. Constitution, as interpreted by its official guardians included :

            8 cold-blooded murders

            17 attempted murders

            41 bombings

            406 death threats

            5,800 acts of vandalism

            175 arsons

            May 31, 2009: Prominent late-term abortion provider George Tiller is shot and killed in the Wichita church where he was serving as an usher, by a long time “pro-life” crusader.

            July 27,2008, Two people were killed and seven others injured when a gunman named Jim Adkisson opened fire inside the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church during the morning performance of a children’s play. A four-page letter written by Adkisson found in his car described his “hatred of the liberal movement,

            Have you ever heard of liberals burning down a conservative church? Neither have I, and I’m in my seventies. It’s always the other way around. Here’s a List of Attacks Against Black Churches in the Past 25 Years.

            Oct. 23, 1998: Dr. Barnett Slepian is fatally shot in his home in a suburb of Buffalo, N.Y. Militant abortion opponent James Kopp is convicted of the murder in 2003 and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

            Jan. 29, 1998: A bomb explodes just outside a Birmingham, Ala., abortion clinic, killing a police officer and wounding several others . Eric Rudolph (who imagines himself a soldier in “the Army of God”, later plead guilty to that incident and the deadly bombing at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Rudolph explained why ”The purpose of the so-called Olympic movement” is to ”promote the values of global socialism as perfectly expressed in the song ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon. . . . The purpose of the Olympics is to promote these despicable ideals.”

            Jan. 16, 1997 ( a year earlier) : Two bomb blasts an hour apart rock an Atlanta building containing an abortion clinic. Seven people are injured. Rudolph is charged by federal authorities in October 1998.

            Dec. 30, 1994: John Salvi opens fire with a rifle inside two Boston-area abortion clinics, killing two receptionists and wounding five others. Sentenced to life without parole, he kills himself in prison in 1996.

            Nov. 8, 1994: Dr. Garson Romalis, who performs abortions in Vancouver, Canada, is shot in the leg while eating breakfast at home.

            July 29, 1994: Dr. John Bayard Britton and his volunteer escort, James H. Barrett, are slain outside a Pensacola, Fla., abortion clinic. Barrett’s wife, June, is wounded in the attack. Paul J. Hill, 40, a former minister and anti-abortion activist, is later convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

            Aug. 19, 1993: Dr. George Tiller is shot in the arms as he drives out of parking lot at his Wichita, Kan., clinic. Rachelle “Shelley” Shannon is later convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison. ( a subsequent assassin was more successful.)

            March 10, 1993: Dr. David Gunn is shot to death outside Pensacola, Fla., clinic, becoming the first U.S. doctor killed during an anti-abortion demonstration. Michael Griffin is convicted and serving a life sentence.

            The Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States were an attempt by extremely conservative religious fanatics to kill as many Americans as they could because they view Americans as diabolical liberals.

            April 19, 1995 : 168 people died and over 800 were injured in the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City by Timothy McVeigh and his friend Terry Nichols, ultra-conservative militia movement, which hated what it considered the liberal government under President Bill Clinton. It is the deadliest domestic terrorist attack in the history of the United States and was the deadliest act of terrorism within U.S. borders until September 11, 2001.

            June 18, 1984: Jewish radio show host Alan Berg in Denver, Colorado, is assassinated by the white supremacists known as ‘The Order’.

            It’s silly for conservatives to blame liberals – as they often do – for the actions of every nutcase who isn’t a white Christian native-born tax-paying heterosexual English-speaking American. Here’s a perfect example, a conservative Christian clergyman who uses that method to argue the very opposite of what I am arguing in this page : somethingaintright

            Massacre of the Greensboro,N.C. Five by white racists on November 3, 1979. Sandy Smith, a nurse and civil rights activist; Dr. James Waller, president of a local textile workers union who gave up his medical practice to defend workers; Bill Sampson, a Harvard University graduate in the school of divinity; Cesar Cause, an immigrant from Cuba who graduated magna cum laude from Duke University; and Dr. Michael Nathan, chief of pediatrics at Lincoln Community Health Center in Durham, NC, a clinic that helped children from low-income families.

            Harvey Milk played an essential role in the story of the emergence of the gay community. He was chosen by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 most influential politicians of the 20th century. But in 1978 a conservative rival shot and killed both him and the mayor in San Francisco’s city hall. The homophobic jury responded to the killer’s “twinky defense” by giving him a five year sentence.

            Orlando Letelier (Leading liberal Chilian activist, educator and diplomat, & his assistant were car-bombed in Sept., 1976 in Washington, D.C. because of his powerful opposition to conservative dictator Pinochet )

            Doctor Martin Luther King was clearly killed in 1967 by a conservative who hated the liberal agenda that King represented.

            On Feb. 21, 1965, Malcolm X, a former Nation of Islam leader, was assassinated by Black Muslims in New York City. Although there’s considerable confusion over this killing, the most likely scenario is that killers had conservative motives to eliminate this liberal leader.

            The murder of Episcopalian seminarian Jonathan Daniels who was working for racial justice and equality in Alabama, in 1965, prompted outcries from many and is believed to have been a turning point in America’s battle for equality among the races. ‘One of the most heroic Christian deeds of which I have heard in my entire ministry and career for civil rights.” (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) His denomination recognized Daniels as an official martyr and dedicated August 14 to his memory.

            Black Mississippian James Chaney, and two white New Yorkers Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were murdered near Philadelphia, Mississippi, when they tried to register black voters in Mississippi during Freedom Summer, 1964 by members of the KKK. (Why did Ronald Reagan select this same town in 1980 as the place from which to launch his presidential campaign?).

            In the early morning of Sunday, September 15, 1963, four members of United Klans of America, a Ku Klux Klan group, planted 22 sticks of dynamite with a delayed-time release outside the basement of the church. At about 10:22 a.m., when twenty-six children were walking into the basement assembly room, the bomb exploded, instantly killing four young girls.

            Bethel Baptist Church
            This Birmingham, Alabama church served as headquarters from 1956 to 1961 for the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACMHR), which was led by Fred Shuttlesworth and active in the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement. KKK church bombing The ACMHR focused on legal and nonviolent direct action against segregated accommodations, transportation, schools and employment discrimination. It played a crucial role in the 1961 Freedom Ride that resulted in federal enforcement of U.S. Supreme Court and Interstate Commerce Commission rulings to desegregate public transportation. The church buildings were bombed on three separate occasions between 1956 and 1962. The three-story Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was a rallying point for civil-rights activities through the spring of 1963, and is where the students who marched out of the church to be arrested during the 1963 Birmingham campaign’s Children’s Crusade were trained. The demonstrations led to an agreement in May between the city’s black leaders and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to integrate public facilities in the country.

            In 1921, Baldwin-Felts detectives hired by the local mining company assassinated Sid Hatfield, police chief (and former miner) who had tried to protect miners from interference in their union drive in Matewan, West Virginia, sparking off an armed rebellion of 10,000 West Virginia coal miners at “The Battle of Blair Mountain,” dubbed “the largest insurrection this country has had since the Civil War”.

            The bloodiest race riot in the history of the United States took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921, when the white community burned down the black community, killing about 300 of the residents, because they were jealous of the prosperous and flourishing community the African Americans had established (proving how wrong the white stereotypes were).

          • Jer9:23

            Because liberalism is a mental disorder!!!

            Felons register as Democrat over Republican by 6 to 1

            https://www.bizpacreview. co…

          • So, you do not believe that a person who served his debt to society should have his rights restored? You think keeping them from voting will encourage their reintegration into society and not make them feel that society as shoved them aside for life? You’d rather have them return to a life of crime?

            Is that why you approve Republican gerrymandering and voter suppression? You don’t believe in open and fair elections? Actually, nether the RNC nor the DNC do, but it’s the RNC cheating the voters of their states through voter suppression and gerrymandering.

          • ISA41:10

            What? Ever wonder why Republicans Want Voter ID?

            *In 59 voting districts in the Philadelphia region, 0bama received 100% of the votes
            With not even a single vote recorded for Romney.
            (A mathematical and statistical impossibility)

            *In 21 districts in Wood County Ohio, 0bama received 100% of the votes where GOP inspectors were illegally removed from their polling locations and not one single vote was recorded for Romney. (A statistical impossibility)

            *In Wood County Ohio, 106,258 voted in a county with 98,213 eligible voters.

            *In St Lucie County, FL, there were 175,574 registered voters but 247,713 votes were cast.

            *Palm Beach County, FL had a 141% voter turnout.

            *In one Ohio County, 0bama won by 108% of the total number of eligible voters.

            FACT:
            Obama won in every state that did not require a Photo ID and lost in every state that did require a Photo ID in order to vote.

            The Democrat Party: afraid of people speaking the truth about their failures and corruption. DEMS are opposed to voter ID laws to ensure their voter fraud can sway close elections.

            The demos can’t win a honest election without some kind of fraud or deception. It’s what they do.

  • Fee

    Howard Finkelstein is exactly right: Everything about this case is wicked and evil, including this young man who needs urgent deliverance. Hate to say this, but I bet if he were Black, he wouldn’t be getting all these fan letters and obvious slaps on the wrist. The folks who are “applauding” him and showering him with money, gifts, perverted photos, and compliments are obviously under the influence of the same demon spirits that influenced him to commit the heinous acts of violence and murder that he did. God doesn’t wink His eye at sin and is calling all people to repentance.