Bigoted New York Daily News

The following is a very bigoted article by an obvious hater of any kind of religious belief whatsover and does not reflect the view of the author of this blog. Most notably that it is one thing to arm oneself for self defence and another to actively go out and murder people in the name of religion.
Many Americans identify as messianic Jews, Nicholas Thalasinos was not Jewish by birth or conversion and was a believer in Jesus. Though people like Thalasinos observe many biblical laws and adopt some Jewish practices and holiday observances, messianic Jews like Thalasinos are not accepted as Jews by any of the major Jewish denominations. 

San Bernardino bloodbath born of bigots


Nicholas Thalasinos and his wife, Jennifer, in a wedding photo. Thalasinos was killed in the shootings at a social services center in San Bernardino, Calif., on Wednesday.


Nicholas Thalasinos and his wife, Jennifer, in a wedding photo. Thalasinos was killed in the shootings at a social services center in San Bernardino, Calif., on Wednesday.

They were two hate-filled, bigoted municipal employees interacting in one department. Now 13 innocent people are dead in unspeakable carnage.

One man spent his free time writing frightening, NRA-loving, hate-filled screeds on Facebook about the other’s religion.

The other man quietly stewed and brewed his bigotry, collecting the kind of arsenal that the Facebook poster would have envied.

What they didn’t realize is that except for their different religions they were in many ways similar men who even had the same job.

One man, the Muslim, was a loser who had to travel all the way to Pakistan to get himself an email bride. (I refuse to add to their fame by using the killer and his murderous wife’s names.)

That wife radicalized him and fueled his hatred. The FBI is investigating her ties to Al Qaeda and ISIS. Go to the Middle East, meet your new wife, meet some terror leaders, begin your wedded bliss back in the USA.

The other man, the victim, Nicholas Thalasinos, was a radical Born Again Christian/Messianic Jew, who also connected with his future wife online and had traveled across the country to meet her.

The killer, however, became half of an Islamic Bonnie & Clyde, while the other died as the male equivalent of Pamela Geller.

The killers deserve every disgusting adjective thrown at them. And more.

But the victim is also inaccurately being eulogized as a kind and loving religious man.

Make no mistake, as disgusting and deservedly dead as the hate-filled fanatical Muslim killers were, Thalasinos was also a hate-filled bigot. Death can’t change that. But in the U.S., we don’t die for speaking our minds. Or we’re not supposed to anyway.

Thalasinos was an anti-government, anti-Islam, pro-NRA, rabidly anti-Planned Parenthood kinda guy, who posted that it would be “Freaking Awesome” if hateful Ann Coulter was named head of Homeland Security. He asked, “IS 1. EVERY POLITICIAN IS BOUGHT AND PAID FOR? 2. EVERY POLITICIAN IS A MORON? 3. EVERY POLITICIAN IS RACIST AGAINST JEWS?” He also posted screeds like, “You can stick your Muslim Million Man march up your asses,” and how “Hashem” should blow up Iran.

His Facebook page warns that “Without HEALTHY PREGNANT WOMAN (Democrats) would have NO SOURCE of BABIES to SACRIFICE and SELL!”

We have freedom of speech but even so, a city worker should refrain from such public bigotry. Municipal workers have been fired for spewing and posting racial and sexual slurs.

On the other side, the killer and his Jihad-loving Pakistani wife were keeping their hatred quiet, while legally assembling an arsenal of assault weapons, 7,000 rounds of ammo, and illegally making 15 pipe bombs under their neighbors’ noses.

Whatever spurred the carnage, the end result was the murder and maiming of innocent people enjoying a holiday party.

Keeping an arsenal is a protected right, but using the term, “Christmas” party? Now that could be trouble.

Messianic San Bernardino victim was ‘gentile’ supporter of Israel, the Jewish people

By Uriel Heilman

Nicholas Thalasinos renewing his marital vows with his wife at a Jewish-style ceremony, 2013. (Facebook)

(JTA) – While America puzzles over the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, many American Jews are puzzling over an additional element: the religious identity of victim Nicholas Thalasinos.

Pictured on his Facebook page wearing a scarf-style tallit prayer shawl, Thalasinos, who was killed along with 13 others in Wednesday’s shooting at a center for people with disabilities, has been variously identified in media reports as a Jew, a Zionist and, in some cases, a messianic Jew.

Just two weeks ago, Thalasinos reportedly got into a heated argument about the nature of Islam with co-worker Syed Farook, whom authorities said perpetrated the horrific San Bernardino attack along with his wife, Tashfeen Malik. Investigators announced Friday that they were treating the attack as a terrorist act motivated by Islamic extremism. Both husband and wife were Muslim, and authorities said Malik had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in a Facebook post.

Thalasinos “knew Syed. He worked with him,” Jennifer Thalasinos, the victim’s wife, told the New York Post. “He knew he [Farook] was Muslim, and with our faith, they may not necessarily have got along.”

What was that faith? Nicholas Thalasinos apparently identified as a messianic Jew, but not as Jewish.

Bat Zion Susskind-Sacks, an Israeli who struck up a Facebook friendship with Thalasinos about a year ago, provided JTA with the transcript of an online conversation she had with him in September. Writing soon after he and his wife renewed their vows in a Jewish-style ceremony complete with huppah canopy and tallit prayer shawls, Thalasinos said: “As a gentile who loves HaShem, I know my place is to support Israel and the Jewish people.”

Thalasinos’ final Facebook post, made early Wednesday, seemed to affirm this identity. In the post, sharing an anti-Semitic message he said he received, he wrote of the alleged sender: “He ALSO assumes I’m a JEW – a great Compliment, I should keep him around for that reason alone!

READ: Messianic Judaism: A sect of Christianity with some Jewish practices (MyJewishLearning)

Like many Americans who identify as messianic Jews, Thalasinos was not Jewish by heritage and was a believer in Jesus. Though they observe many biblical laws and adopt some Jewish practices and holiday observances, messianic Jews are not accepted as Jews by any of the major Jewish denominations. One of the best-known messianic missionary groups, Jews for Jesus, actually is comprised in large part by Christians.

Susskind-Sacks, like many Jews, is irked when people who are not born Jewish and believe in Jesus call themselves messianic Jews.


Thalasinos, who was 52, said in his exchanges with Susskind-Sacks that he was raised a Catholic and “a Pagan,” and that he only came to Jesus later in life. Thalasinos’ wife, who could not be reached by JTA for comment, told the Post he became a “born-again messianic Jew” in 2013.

Nicholas Thalasinos posing for a photograph with his wife, Jennifer Thalasinos. (Courtesy)

“When I was in darkness (I was not a Righteous man) I cried out to Jesus (as I mistakenly called Him) and He lifted the veil from my eyes and the weight from my heart,” Thalasinos wrote Susskind-Sacks in September.

When Susskind-Sacks asked why, if he loved Israel and the Jewish people and adopted some Jewish practices, he didn’t convert to Judaism, Thalasinos replied: “I believe in Yeshua (an aspect of G-D that grants Salvation). I will not lie to a Rabbi and let him believe otherwise to do this – no matter how much I want to.”

Messianic Jews typically refer to Jesus by the Hebrew name Yeshua.

READ: Slain Messianic Jew had argued Islam, Israel with San Bernardino shooter

Thalasinos was by all accounts was an ardent Zionist – or pro-Zionist, as his Facebook page suggested (Susskind-Sacks said she told him only Jews can be Zionists).

“Nicholas was a great supporter of Israel, no question about that. He felt he was put on this earth to follow Hashem and God’s people,” Susskind-Sacks said.

Thalasinos’ wife, Jennifer Thalasinos, told the Post that her husband might have been the person whom media reports said got into an argument with Farook the morning of the shooting.

“He’s very outspoken about Islamic terrorism and how he feels about politics in the state of the country,” Jennifer Thalasinos said of her late husband, who worked for the county as a public health inspector. “So I’m sure he probably had plenty to say to him.”

After the shooting, Nicholas Thalasinos’ Facebook page was flooded with expressions of condolence and grief, with many posts memorializing him with Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead.

Facebook friend Erica Karas said she believed Thalasinos was killed because of his love for Jews and Israel.

“It is my honest belief that Nicholas was murdered because of his alliance with Israel and Jewish people,” Karas wrote. “Blessed be the memory of Nicholas Thalasinos! He loved Yisrael and Jewish people.”