Pope plans to canonize priest killed by terrorists

Pope Francis says that he wants to make Father Jacques Hamel, the French priest killed by Islamic terrorists as he was celebrating mass, a saint.  The usual miracles are not necessary, it turns out, because Father Hamel was martyred for his faith.  The pope also said that the persecution of Christians is satanic. [Read more…]

The 9/11 attacks 15 years later

Yesterday was the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  I remember the shock and the horror of that day, watching it all unfold on television.  I also remember the unity that Americans felt in the aftermath–how we all pulled together, the emotions we all shared, from grief about those 3,000 who died to inspiration from those rescue workers who gave their own lives for others.  There was a palpable sense of patriotism in the days that followed the attacks, uniting conservatives and liberals, Democrats and Republicans, ordinary folks and the cultural elite.

I even thought that postmodernism might be over.  People were talking about good and evil, as if they were moral absolutes.  There wasn’t much moral relativism or cultural relativism when it came to the terrorists and what they did to our country.  And those planes flying into those buildings were not a “construction” of our own minds.  Truth must exist after all.

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“How terrible for him to lose his bomb”

Writing for the British Spectator blog, Douglas Murray discusses Europe’s summer of terrorism and has some choice words for journalists and politicians who are in denial about its connection to Islam. [Read more…]

Terrorists attack a church

Two Islamic terrorists burst into a church during Mass in Normandy, France.  They beheaded the 84-year-old priest, critically-wounded a nun, and took four hostages.  The terrorists were killed by police snipers.  ISIS has taken responsibility for the attack.

Churches would be natural targets for terrorists.  This particular congregation was said to be on one of those hit list of targets circulated by ISIS, so as to encourage “lone wolf” attacks.  See this for a report on an  American list, which is said to include churches.  The FBI is said to be contacting those listed, but I’m curious what authorities are doing for their security.

Does your church have a security protocol in place?  Should it?  Or should churches not resist evildoers and instead embrace martyrdom if it comes?

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ISIS attacks America, kills 50 in Orlando

Omar Matteen called 911 at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning, pledged allegiance to ISIS, then opened fire in a crowded gay bar, killing at least 50 and wounding 53 more.  After a three hour hostage standoff, he was killed by police.  The attack is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.  On Thursday, ISIS threatened to attack Florida. [Read more…]

F.B.I. is treating San Bernadino shootings as terrorism

The married couple that killed 14 people and wounded 21 at a center for the disabled in San Bernadino, California, had jihadist connections.  The shooting might have elements of workplace violence, since the male assailant worked there and apparently was angered at a Christmas party, but the FBI is handling the case as a counterterrorism investigation. [Read more…]