The Baltimore riots reminded me of a passage I read last eve from Richard Norton Smith's excellent new Nelson Rockefeller biography about the 1971 Attica prison riot.
About 1000 prisoners took over the New York prison, taking 42 security guard hostages, threatening their execution. An immediate effort by security forces to retake the prison was pressed only halfheartedly, ultimately withdrawing into a siege. The inmates demanded and received on site representation by Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, ACLU radical lawyer William Kuenstler and New York Times journalist Tom Wicker.
Predictably, Farrakhan and Kuenstler inflamed the crisis, with the latter demanding the prisoners be transferred to "non-imperialist" countries. Negotiations continued for days to no good effect, and finally Governor Rockefeller, falsely informed that hostages were being mutilated, ordered recapture of the prison. Forty three were killed, including 10 hostages, most of them mistakenly by security bullets. more >>
Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency in Baltimore City Monday night and activated the National Guard as pockets of West Baltimore erupted in flames and rioters looted and clashed with police shortly after the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray who died on April 19, after suffering serious injury while in police custody.
"Today's looting and acts of violence in Baltimore will not be tolerated. In response, I have put the Maryland National Guard on alert so they can be in position to deploy rapidly as needed. I strongly condemn the actions of the offenders who are engaged in direct attacks against innocent civilians, businesses and law enforcement officers. There is a significant difference between protesting and violence and those committing these acts will be prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law," Hogan warned in a statement released Monday night.
"My thoughts and prayers go out to the men and women in uniform who are actively working to stem this violence and several who [have] been injured in the line of duty. These malicious attacks against law enforcement and local communities only betray the cause of peaceful citizens seeking answers and justice following the death of Freddie Gray," said Hogan. more >>
The Baltimore Police Department's Criminal Intelligence Unit said Monday that law enforcement have received a "credible threat" that members from the Black Guerilla Family, Bloods, and Crips gangs are threatening to "take out" police on the same day that Freddie Gray is laid to rest.
The Department issued a press release on Monday announcing the threat.
"The Baltimore Police Department/Criminal Intelligence has received credible information that members of various gangs including the Black Guerilla Family, Bloods and Crips have entered into a partnership to 'take out' law enforcement officers," the press release read. more >>
In his Sunday sermon on April 12, "Pope Francis referred to the 1915 Turkish mass killings of Armenians as the 'first genocide of the 20th century.'"
This papal declaration instantly flared into a diplomatic uproar. It absolutely infuriated Turkey's Islamist President Tayyip Erdogan, who "warned" the Pope against repeating his "mistaken" statement.
There was actually no mistake about it: The fact is, the Armenian Genocide cost 1.5 million Armenian Christians their lives, along with another million Assyrian and Greek believers. more >>
Three family members of a Muslim woman who converted to Christianity then married a Christian man were all charged with the murder of an Iranian activist they blame for influencing her conversion in Texas on Wednesday. The father was also charged with murdering the Christian convert's husband 10 months after the activist was killed.
Her father, Ali Irsan, 57, is charged with capital murder in the case. His wife, Shmou Ali Alrawabdeh, and their 21-year-old son, Nasim, are charged with murder according to KHOU.
Gelareh Bagherzadeh and Coty Beavers were both shot to death in 2012 for their relationship with Nesreen Irsan, a young Muslim woman who left her home and faith to marry Coty, a Christian. Nesreen's father, Ali Irsan, was upset with her decision and decided to punish her by killing her husband and the woman he blamed for encouraging Nesreen to convert to Christianity. more >>
A Michigan Catholic priest believes faith in Jesus might not be enough for his congregation when it comes to protecting themselves from outside forces and a growing criminal threat in the area.
Father Edward Fride of Christ the King Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan, penned a letter titled "We're Not in Mayberry Anymore Toto," addressing parishioners on the topic of protection by using a narrative that compared residents' mindset in the area to that of people found in the fictitious city of Mayberry, a town featured in the 1960s hit "The Andy Griffith Show."
"It is very common for Christians to simply assume that they live in Mayberry, trusting that because they know the Lord Jesus, everything will always be fine and nothing bad can happen to them and their families. Those who have followed the Lord Jesus for more than 20 minutes, however, have often experienced first-hand that the reality of living in a fallen universe can be very different," he wrote. more >>