A gunman who expressed hatred of Jews exploited doors that were unlocked for worship to target a Pittsburgh synagogue, killing 11 people and wounding six.https://t.co/H93nvzjnx5
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 28, 2018
Twitter users slammed the post. This message from Imraan Siddiqi, Executive Director of CAIR-AZ, is pretty representative.
So we’re all supposed to lock ourselves inside while we’re at our houses of worship?
What’s this victim-blaming BS? https://t.co/B9UpvAlZlV
— Imraan Siddiqi (@imraansiddiqi) October 28, 2018
“Maybe don’t let Nazis (or anyone) have access to high-capacity killing machines,” he wrote.
Newspaper veteran Helen Kennedy also lashed the AP for emphasis on the synagogues doors.
“‘Exploited’ is a fucked up word to use for an unlocked door,” she wrote. “It suggests an error to be taken advantage of. Does AP believe houses of worship should routinely be locked?”
She later added, “I’m not religious, but this strikes me as a perversion of what a house of worship should be: a haven, not a fortress.”
Law&Crime got in touch with an Associated Press spokesperson Sunday morning, and we were told that our request for comment would be forwarded.
It’s not a good day to be their social media person. The tweet in question has about 1.4K responses as of Sunday morning. Compare that to 432 retweets and 690 likes.
“Fire whomever wrote this garbage,” wrote user @Eviljohna. This has 1.2K likes, 31 retweets and two replies.
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