So there are people trying to say that the AR-15 mass murder in a Pittsburgh synagogue was an attack on conservatives because the synagogue was a conservative Jewish synagogue. Numerous Jewish people have taken pains to explain that Conservative Judaism isn't a political orientation and in fact many Conservative Jews are politically liberal. I should mention that the rabbi in our group of friends heads a Conservative Jewish congregation. He's politically liberal and much of the congregation is as well. There are political conservatives in the congregation too.
Despite numerous Jewish people explaining this on twitter, people with profiles that say things like Christ-follower, 2A, conservative, are insisting they're wrong. I guess Evangelicals or whatever they are now know more about Judaism than Jews and even rabbis.
Of course the shooter didn't attack the synagogue congregants and guests gathered for a bris because he thought they were political conservatives. He probably didn't know the particular Jewish denomination when he picked his target. According to news reports, while he was attacking, he was saying that all Jews must die, not conservatives must die.
His social media accounts reveal that he's a white supremacist who had supported Trump but he decided at some time since the election that Trump is controlled by Jews, so he no longer approves of Trump. Recently he was angry about immigrants and the caravan Trump was hyping, and claims arising in some GOP quarters that George Soros, who is Jewish and a frequent target of antisemitic derision, organized and funded the caravan.
Remember that “Conservative” here means Conservative Judaism, a denomination that believes scriptural law is binding but evolving. It has nothing to do with small-c political conservatism. https://t.co/8pnMyc1Iyc— Benjamin Freed (@brfreed) October 27, 2018
A reminder for people unfamiliar with Jewish demoninations: that the attacked synagogue is identified as “Conservative” doesn’t mean its politically conservative. It’s the name of a denomination.— Jacob Remes (@jacremes) October 27, 2018
To Jewsplain a bit: Tree of Life is a "Conservative" synagogue, which doesn't necessarily mean what you think it means. It's a denomination w/in Judaism (think Episcopalian or Baptists within Protestantism) and you get the drift. Please RT b/c people are already going nuts.— Jordan Hoffman (@jhoffman) October 27, 2018