I was reading about the horrific decapitation of Fr. Jacques Hamel in church yesterday (emphasis added),
One of a pair of ISIS knifemen who stormed a church in Normandy before slitting the throat of an elderly priest has been named as known terror threat Adel Kermiche.
The 19-year-old ‘ISIS soldier’ was being monitored with an electronic ankle tag after he was arrested for twice attempting to flee France to join the terror group in Syria.
Despite having been released early from prison, Kermiche’s bail conditions allowed him to roam unsupervised between 8.30am and 12.30pm, leaving him free to murder the priest in the attack carried out between 9am and 11am.
Kermiche and his accomplice – also known to French police – forced 84-year-old Father Jacques Hamel to kneel before filming themselves butchering him and performing a ‘sermon in Arabic’ at the altar of the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, according to witnesses.
It reminded me of another incident almost nine years ago at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, when a gunman entered and started shooting during the service, killing four people. In Colorado, however, church security guard Jeanne Assam returned fire and killed the shooter, preventing the deaths of many others at the megachurch.
Few targets are softer than churches. French authorities are aware of this – and yet allowed a known terrorist to roam unsupervised.
French citizens are not only not allowed to arm themselves, it is unthinkable, totally out of the question to the French mentality, as Juliette pointed out.
Still, the sad reality is that, if an armed guard was placed every moment of the day and night at the door of every church in every country in the world, an attacker would just kill them and go ahead with his/her plans. The real defense comes from courageous people like Ms Assam.
We hear a lot from Liberals, especially from Liberals who have never studied the Bible, on how Christians “should turn the other cheek,” as if by accepting our Lord Jesus as our Savior we are meant to become sitting ducks.
The truth, however, is quite the opposite, as Fr. George Rutler explains (emphasis added):
The Catholic Church has always maintained that the defiance of an evil force is not only a right but an obligation. Its Catechism (cf. #2265) cites St. Thomas Aquinas: “Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for someone responsible for another’s life, the common good of the family or of the State.”
I urge you to read the article, A Christian Duty in the Face of Terror. As priest is slaughtered by ISIS at the altar, the West must wake up. The future depends on it.
Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.