Catholic churchgoers attending St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Riverside, CA were verbally abused by Muslim passers-by last Sunday. Mothers that stood outside the church during service to attend to their babies were assaulted in a drive-by style attack as Muslim men stopped in front of the establishment and through a bull-horn shouted the words, “Allahu Akbar.”
As the Sunday worship service ended and the catholic priest, Father Josiah Trenham, prepared to read the gospel, several mothers with infants strolled casually outside to prevent the church’s mass from being interrupted by their cries. However, as they were outside tending to their little ones, a group of men pulled up to the curb in front of the Riverside church and through an open passenger window repeatedly shouted the Islamic phrase – known as the Takbir – through a megaphone.
The shocked mothers drew their babies closer to their bosom and exchanged worried glances. “Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!” The cries shouted through the bull-horn echoed through the silence of this calm Sunday morning. These words meaning “God is greater” have often been shouted in the moments before a terrorist attack. Anyone could imagine the alarm that these words generated among the people standing outside of the church.
Even though witnesses were able to give the police a detailed description of the green Honda Civic, there were no laws that were broken.
“Be calm and keep a special vigilance over the property and our children while we are at church,” Trenham wrote in an email that was sent to church parishioners in which he recounted the disturbing event. “Pray that these provocative young men might repent of their intimidation and be saved.”
Ryano Mauro, a professor of Homeland Security at Liberty University and national security analyst for the Clarion Project said that “many churches are now hiring self-defense instructors for classes or security guards that include off-duty police.”
He also stated, “If you are an Islamist terrorist seeking self-glory, executing a priest will bring you more attention than executing an average civilian.”
Trenham told FoxNews last week that the situation remains “tense and tenuous,” and said that the church is now staffed with security officers on hand for all regular services. “It is a deep sorrow to live this way in the new America,” he said.
H/T [Gateway Pundit]