(American Thinker) -- "Too long a sacrifice / Can make a stone of the heart," the Irish poet W.B. Yeats wrote, having witnessed the violence of the 1916 Easter Rising and its aftermath. In an America more divided than ever, and with the left more radicalized than ever, there are all too many hearts of stone.
The Washington shooting of Steve Scalise and other Republican lawmakers back in June; the attack on Sen. Rand Paul last week; and now the massacre in Southerland Springs, Texas – all of them appear to have been carried out by persons motivated at least in part by leftist ideology. The baseball field shooter, James Hodgkinson, was a left-wing activist who hatred President Trump and targeted Republicans. The attack on Rand Paul was reportedly carried out by a neighbor who held extremely liberal views and may have attacked Paul because of political differences.
Now there is the Texas shooter, who has been variously reported to have been a leftist and a radical atheist. There is certainly proof that Devin Kelley posted strongly worded comments on atheism. There is proof that he endorsed numerous liberal causes. There is also evidence that Kelley was aligned with "United Against Fascism," a far-left political group. Whether his political views were the primary motive for his actions remains to be seen, but clearly his attack on a conservative white church was not random.
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