Christopher Johnson, a non-Catholic who has taken up the cudgels so frequently for the Church that I have named him Defender of the Faith, suggests that if you are not nervous about Jihad, you probably should be:
Columbus [Indiana] Police said they’ve never had anything like it – three churches vandalized in the same night.
Someone spray painted them on the outside. It’s the words used, though, that have some people asking if this was more than a prank.
“It was just one word. It said ‘Infidels!’” Father Doug Marcotte said of what was spray painted on Saint Bartholomew’s Catholic Church in Columbus overnight Saturday.
Parishioners saw that, along with the word “Qur’an 3:151″ on their way into mass Sunday morning.
“It’s certainly not a warm and fuzzy verse. It talks about the infidels, their refuge being the fire,” explained Father Marcotte.
Specifically, that passage of the Qur’an reads: “We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve for what they have associated with Allah of which He had not sent down [any] authority. And their refuge will be the Fire, and wretched is the residence of the wrongdoers.”
Saint Bartholomew’s wasn’t the only Columbus church vandalized.
“It’s really bizarre and the fact that they hit two other Christian Churches. It’s not like we’re all in a line. So why did they pick the three of us?” asked Father Marcotte.
Outside East Columbus Christian Church and Lakeview Church of Christ, members there found the same kind of graffiti Sunday morning.
Go here to read the comments. Just punks? Unlikely, since punks tend not to be literate enough to cite the Koran or any other text. The Islamic Society of Columbus has condemned the vandalism:
The Islamic Society of Columbus is deeply concerned about and saddened by the events of vandalism that occurred this weekend. Our community condemns such actions and believes that Columbus is not a place for such a behavior. We send our deep regret and offer a strong support to our fellow community members of East Columbus Christian Church, St. Bartholomew Catholic Church and Lakeview Church of Christ. We hope that the authority will apprehend the perpetrator(s) soon.
Thanks to a feckless immigration policy, Islam has established such a presence on our shores that even an out of the way place like Columbus, Indiana, population 40,000, forty miles south of Indianapolis, has an Islamic Society. Jihad is a movement spreading throughout the Islamic world. The idea that American muslims will be immune to this movement is not supported by the facts, no matter how many protestations of regret, perhaps heartfelt, from Muslim authorities are given after the fact. Bad ideas have consequences just as good ideas do, and the confidence that the US melting pot can assimilate all groups from around the globe, no matter the beliefs they bring with them, is turning out to be a very bad idea.