3 Columbus churches vandalized with graffiti overnight
Posted: Aug 31, 2014 6:26 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 01, 2014 12:24 AM EDT
COLUMBUS, Ind. – Columbus 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. “Is there somebody that really believes this that we’re all infidels so they felt the need to write it all over our church? “ asked Father Marcote. “Is this some sort of nasty prank? Is this someone that’s trying to incite people against Muslims? I mean I don’t know,” he added. … The priests at Saint Bartholomew’s said they’ve been contacted by members of the local Muslim community in Columbus who have condemned the vandalism and offered to help clean it up. Full report here.
The part of this article that concerns me most is the response of the priest. “Is this some sort of nasty prank? Is this someone trying to incite people against Muslims?”
The three churches were targeted because they are Christian. And Christianity is so woefully uninformed about Islamists and what their agenda is that they attribute the painting of the Quranic passage not to Islam but to vandals. Why not at least conclude the obvious, the vandals are Muslims? Yes, I read the last sentence. Yes, I agree with you. All Muslims are not Islamists. There are many Muslims who are embarrassed by the actions of the vandals, in fact, I am sure a majority; but at least the Muslims offering to clean the graffiti off the church walls are willing to see the obvious. The hand holding the paint can was most probably a Muslim.
Islam has two “heads”; one is non-violent and the other violent. Which head will prevail according to Scripture? The violent one. Revelation 13:7-8. Read more here.
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According to the Koran, battling infidels who do not submit to Allah (as opposed to loving your neighbor and blessing your enemy per Yeshua Messiah) is a sure path to Paradise.And there are two kinds of Muslims: those who believe and practice Islam in its entirety, and those who beleive and practice Islam in moderation. For both groups the entire Koran is the will of Allah. So the issue is how much they put into practice.