The assaults on Muslim houses of worship continues in the United States. Have a look at this article: http://www.azfamily.com/story/34837845/vandal-breaks-into-islamic-center-of-tucson-destroys-copies-of-quran. Now, at this time, police aren't sure this was a hate crime. Of course, they don't want to jump to conclusions. However, this center has been the target of vandalism in the past. At least they have a photo of the suspect this time.

I am very alarmed by the direction the United States is heading. Also in the news last week, a Jewish community center here in Tucson got a bomb threat over the phone. And this has been going on all over the United States, including Jewish cemeteries vandalized, synagogues vandalized, mosques vandalized. Anyone see the pattern here? Both Muslims and Jews are being targeted. The reasons are this: First, yes, Muslims are already targeted because of ignorance and misperceptions. The Jews are targeted because they are perceived as being "liberal Democrats" who defend Muslims.

I am very alarmed by all of this because we know, historically, where these attacks eventually lead. President Trump is far more concerned with tweeting out false accusations of being persecuted by the former president than he is in condemning these attacks. What attacks such as this do is generate fear and distrust in communities. That's the intended goal. Hmmm... so what do we usually call this? Could it be...terrorism?

Yes, that is what this is. This is terrorism that is basically being directed towards people exercising their First Amendment rights to free worship. You know, we keep hearing all this crap from the government about all the military personnel who died defending our freedom. Okay, well, you know what? They died in vain if that same government is going to sit there and act like these attacks are just little blips on the radar or the equivalent of kids shoplifting bubble gum. The Department of Justice is being sent on wild goose chases to find non-existent evidence that Obama tapped Trump's phone instead of told to get a handle on this very real beginning of a right-wing terrorist movement.

It all starts with vandalism and then escalates. We know that from history. One very primary ideal of a free nation is that houses of worship should be safe and secure places of refuge. These are houses of God! Does anyone in the Trump Administration remember that? You know: God? Remember Him? This is a Bill of Rights issue. The very first right, the First Amendment, is supposed to guarantee freedom of worship. When people are threatening that right, they must be stopped. As in drop what you're doing and get over there and stop this. As in shut up about YOU, Donald, and get on the horn and tweet out demands this stops immediately. People are looking for leadership from this guy, they might as well be looking at it from a tadpole in a shallow pond.

Of course, this is the same government that has stated they haven't ruled out actually sending in police to arrest undocumented immigrants who sought sanctuary in churches in the United States. In Western Civilization, the ideal of churches being sanctuary off-limits to government is ancient. In many countries, not even a king could go into a church to snatch someone who went in there for sanctuary. However, the United States government would like to break with well over 1,000 years of history and go into churches to arrest women and children who are there for sanctuary. In other words, to snatch them right out of God's house. Can anyone now see why houses of worship are so vulnerable to attack? Because the government itself has just said they're no longer off-limits.

When a nation forgets God, it loses its soul. God told us to love our neighbors. He didn't say they should look like us, eat the same foods, or attend the same houses of worship. He said love your neighbors---no exceptions. He said love your neighbors and there weren't footnotes. The United States government now feels itself above God. Which is why they have no problem with threatening to go into churches to arrest undocumented immigrants. This is not proper. There needs to be the concept of sanctuary. Things off-limits. Things you don't do. Houses of God must be respected---period. No exceptions. And peoples' right to worship must be defended and the government was tasked with doing that. Because if people are scared to go into God's house for fear of being attacked, well, we might as well sell the Bill of Rights on eBay and see what we can get for it. Because it no longer holds true.

 

Jack Perry is a writer who lives with his wife in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. When talking about the ambitions and goals of the United States government, Jack warns: "Always Assume It's A Scam." Jack writes, bakes bread, and is a Path pilgrim and wayfarer of this world.