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Pat McMahon

Updated Apr 15, 2014 - 6:43 am

Passover prejudice

This is the first day of Passover, and in Kansas, it is also the first full day for some to accept the reality that they will never see some of their family members again.

The shootings began around 1 p.m. Sunday in a Jewish community center's parking lot in metropolitan Kansas City. A 14-year-old boy and his grandfather who drove him there for a singing audition were killed on the spot.

The gunman then went to a Jewish retirement community where he shot and killed a woman visiting her mother. She was a Catholic. The other two victims were Methodists.

Why even mention that?

Because their assassin clearly intended these deaths to be symbolic of his raging anti-Semitism. Frazier Glenn Cross has spent most of his 73 years devoted to white supremacy and a hatred of Jews. He had been a leader of a Ku Klux Klan group and, yet, the only thing he ever did that brought him national attention was to mistakenly murder three Christians.

To them I say, shalom.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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