Prayers for Manchester

May 23, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Manchester, England, today, where (at this writing) 22 people have died and there are 59 known to be injured after an apparent suicide bombing attack.  It’s believed to have been a nail or shrapnel bomb, set off outside Manchester Arena as the crowd was leaving, following a concert by pop singer Ariana Grande, who has canceled upcoming tour dates.  Police reportedly arrested a 23-year-old suspect “in connection” with the bombing, but the investigation is still white hot and not much is yet known for certain.

ISIS has not officially claimed “credit” for the explosion, but its supporters are celebrating on social media, calling it payback for UK military jets bombing Syria and Iraq.  Since Ms Grande’s audience is largely innocent preteen and teenage girls, it once again shows just how cowardly and depraved the followers of this sick movement are.  But then, that comes as no surprise to anyone who has seen how they ruthlessly torture, rape, murder and brainwash the children of their own nations in the Middle East.  This is a fast-changing story, so keep monitoring the Internet and news channels for the latest developments. 

Please join me in saying a prayer for the victims of the car attack in Times Square yesterday in which one person died and 22 others were injured. The fatality was Alyssa Elsman of Portage, Michigan, just 18. She was a beautiful young tourist, excited to be in the home of Broadway and bright lights. Her 13-year-old sister was hospitalized with injuries.

Early fears that it might be a terrorist attack gave way to suspicions that the driver, Richard Rojas of The Bronx, was out of his mind. He leapt out of the car acting violent, wild-eyed and erratic. He reportedly said he wanted to kill everyone and he wanted the police to kill him instead of tackling and arresting him. It was later reported that he’d been smoking a form of synthetic marijuana that might have induced a psychotic episode. It does give a terrifying illustration of the futility of trying to stop acts of mindless violence by banning anything that might be used as a weapon. If someone is determined to kill, they’ll get a gun, or if not, a knife, or even a car used as a speeding projectile. We could even ban hammers, and while law-abiding citizens were using rocks to drive nails, some people would be attacking other people with them. It sadly shows that you can’t stop evil by simply banning every tool that can be misused, you have to focus on the messed-up minds that drive people to kill other people.