By Robert J. Garrison
France is under attack again by radical ISIS supporters. Details are still coming out but what appears to have happen was two men, that claim allegiance with ISIS stormed a church during Mass and slit the throat of the priest and stabbed a nun.
According to reports, one of the attackers was a terrorists, convicted of trying to join forces in Syria, was out on bail and ordered to be monitored by an electronic tag. According to a United Kingdom paper The Daily Mail, his bail terms allowed him to be unsupervised between 8.30am and 12.30pm. Note, the attack happened between 9am and 11am.
European society is under attack. In the midst of this tragedy, one of many; the French people have got to start to wonder what good these emergency powers that were extended can do against these kinds of attacks? Another question is, did the influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees that are streaming into Europe from Syria play a part in these safety concerns of the citizens in Europe? Also will these attacks sway the Pope to change his call that Europe must welcome these refugees?
It might be too early to answer these questions right now, but one can’t help but to think that the process of screening these hundreds of thousands refugees is overwhelmed. It’s also clear that the process that is in place, if there is one, isn’t working to weed out the terrorists.
Yet the world is in a war against barbarians of hate. Society should condemn hate in all its forms without concern for political correctness. We can’t worry about hurting people’s feelings when we have barbarians of hate seeking to hurt our free society and its citizens.
Please know this isn’t an anti-Muslim article, nor is it an attack against all Muslims. It is against HATE, pure and simple. It’s against barbarians that are storming the gates of our societies to spread hate and intolerance towards those different from themselves. WE all must rally together and defend our society against these barbarians of hate.
What is more powerful? Hate or Love? I say Love is because Love can build things up, while hate does nothing but destroy. I end this article by leaving you with the words of Jesus from John 13:34-35
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (ESV)
I believe in Jesus, but whether you do or not, we can still follow the sediment of His words and Love one another.
Robert J. Garrison is a political and religious contributor for The Systems Scientist
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