The white supremacist who fatally shot three people at Jewish sites in Kansas last year told jurors he didn’t care what sentence was handed down and was sentenced to death.
Neo-Nazi and former Ku Klux Klan leader Frazier Miller, Jr., fatally shot Dr. William Corporon and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Underwood, outside a Jewish center in Overland Park, Kansas, as they arrived for a community event. He then drove to a Jewish retirement community where he fatally shot Terry LaManno, who was visiting her mother. #StopTheHate
On August 13, 2016, Imam Maulana Alauddin Akonjee, the leader of a New York City mosque, and a friend, Thara Uddin, were fatally shot in a brazen daylight attack as they left Saturday afternoon prayers. Oscar Morel, 35, was charged with murder. Police said Imam Akonjee, 55, and Uddin, 64, were shot in the head as they left the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque in the Ozone Park section of Queens shortly before 2 PM. Both men were later pronounced dead. #StopTheHate
A shooting took place inside the community hall of the Holy Ghost Tabernacle Ministries in Jersey City, New Jersey, during a party, which left a 17-year-old boy, Leander Williams, dead and two girls aged 12 and 16 wounded. Daequan Jackson, 18, was charged with murder after surrendering to police. #StopTheHate
Gunman Mark Storms fatally shot 27-year-old Robert Braxton III during Sunday services in a Keystone Fellowship church. Storms, 46, argued self-defense, but was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison for manslaughter. The victim was allegedly acting agitated, telling people to leave him alone during Sunday services at the church. Storms approached with his hand on his loaded gun with the safety off. He told Braxton to step outside, Braxton punched him in the head, and Storms fired the fatal shots.
Nine black worshippers, including their pastor, were killed by Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white supremacist, after he prayed with them for nearly an hour. The shooting happened at historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Roof was convicted of federal hate-crime and obstruction-of-religion charges and has been sentenced to death. #StopTheHate

The Queens Federation of Churches Asks Disney to Stop Supporting A&E’s Hate Programming

January 3, 2019

Mr. Robert Iger
The Walt Disney Company
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521

Dear Mr. Iger:

I write to object to anti-religious programming produced and aired under your auspices. The Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath program aired on A&E is an outrageous attack on the Church of Scientology and, by inference, other new religious expressions which are less known by the public at large. This is precisely the same method of incubation for the rampant racism in our society – false claims about a class of people are too often accepted uncritically as fact by those without personal experience with members of the demonized class.

As a United Methodist minister, I have been Executive Director of the Queens Federation of Churches for the past 41 years. The Queens Federation is an ecumenical council of Christian congregations in the Borough of Queens, City of New York. For most of those years, I have been a member of the national Committee on Religious Liberty, originally organized by the National Council of Churches and now under the auspices of the Religious Freedom Project of the Newseum Institute. I have served as Moderator of this Committee since 2000, which meets regularly in Washington and brings together score of attorneys and advocates from many diverse religious and secular organizations concerned to protect religious liberty.

Protecting the right of persons to practice the faith of one’s choice – and to organize together for that purpose – is a basic human right supported not only by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

It is incumbent on all of us to work to protect this basic right and to combat every form of religious intolerance which, ultimately, works to incite violence against individuals and religious organizations. Recent news headlines confirm the violence borne of extreme bias and hatred.

Many acts have been committed against Scientology churches, threatening individual Scientologists. These have been incited by Leah Remini and her TV show, and by others who also seek to demonize new religious movements. Having watched some of the series episodes, it is clear to me that an assembly of disgruntled persons expelled by the Church for misconduct appear to certify each other’s falsehoods to an otherwise ignorant audience.

I cannot understand why Disney provides support for the Leah Remini series on A&E. Surely there are more prudential ways of generating revenue than instigating religious bias and bigotry.

Unless we defend the religious liberty of everyone, it will not long exist for anyone.

Please substitute more wholesome programming for this dangerous hate-baiting series.


N. J. L’Heureux, Jr.
Executive Director
The Queens Federation of Churches