Saturday, September 25, 2010

Nothing to see here, only a Muslim teen experimenting with bombs, please disperse

Teenager responsible for bomb near Islamic Center
PORTLAND, ME (NEWS CENTER) -- "Police say there were no injuries or damage caused by a chemical bomb that went off in a parking lot near the Islamic Society of Portland. The bomb went off in the lot between the Islamic Society and Back Bay Grill around 8:00 PM Tuesday night. Portland Police say Islamic elders came forward to tell them that a 13 year old from the Society was experimenting and was responsible for the bomb. Another bomb was also found undetinated [sic]. Police say it's unclear if charges will be filed against the teenagers."

Does it allay your fears any after reading headlines like these...

'Qaida gearing up for small-scale attacks in US'
Al-Qaeda likely to attempt 'less sophisticated terrorist attacks'
Terror Threat 'Most Significant Since 9/11'
US can absorb another 9/11 said Obama
France on alert for terror attacks

...to read that the Islamic elders said that the teens were experimenting with bombs at their Islamic Center? It doesn't make me feel any better. Oh, and that second bomb? It was found under a car at a nearby popular restaurant. Weasel Zippers did the digging and found a fascinating picture by putting together the puzzle pieces:

Maine: Muslim Prayer Room or Jihadi in Training Boom-boom room?
You make the call:
(WCHS6.com)–Police say there were no injuries or damage caused by a chemical bomb that went off in a parking lot near the Islamic Society of Portland. The bomb went off in the lot between the Islamic Society and Back Bay Grill around 8:00 PM Tuesday night. Portland Police say Islamic elders came forward to tell them that a 13 year old from the Society was experimenting and was responsible for the bomb. Another bomb was also found undetinated. [sic] Police say it’s unclear if charges will be filed against the teenagers.
"Hel-lo!  Unclear if charges will be filed????  Excuse me.  A similar case in Maine resulted in charges against Infidel teenagers all right!  (h/t FReeper wtd)"
(WMTW.com) — Windham police say a total of 13 chemical bombs went off in town Tuesday that resulted in two juveniles and an adult being charged with six counts each of criminal use of explosives, a Class C felony. No one was injured in the afternoon incidents.
Travis Carignan, 18, of Westbrook, was charged with criminal use of explosives. The juveniles were 16-year-old males who attended Windham schools, said Sgt. Peter Fulton of the Windham Police Department. The teens combined toilet bowl cleaner and aluminum foil in Poland Spring water bottles for the explosives. A couple mailboxes were damaged by the bombs that went off throughout town.
"Oh, and about that second “undetinated [sic] bomb”? It wasn’t in a freaking mailbox – it was under a car at a nearby restaurant."
(WGME13.com) — The Portland Police Department is investigating a small explosion in the Bayside neighborhood. Officers responded to Portland Street around 8:00 o’clock on Tuesday night after a homemade chemical bomb went off near the Islamic Society of Portland and the Back Bay Grill. Police then found a second device underneath a vehicle that was parked nearby, but they were able to disable it before it exploded. Police say the homemade bombs were chemicals in a plastic bottle. No one was injured. Police say their investigation continues.
FYI –  The president of the Islamic Society of Portland is a SCIENCE TEACHER at a local high school.
“One of the rationales for (fasting) is, you feel the hunger and think, ‘What about those people who have nothing to eat?’” said Abdullahi Ahmed, president of the Islamic Society of Portland.
Ahmed, a science teacher at Deering High School who lives in Westbrook, came dressed in a business suit and a paisley tie. He is working on his doctorate at the University of Maine. He and his wife, a nurse, have four children. He said that as an American Muslim, he has a sense of belonging that eclipses the hostility of Terry Jones, the pastor in Florida who threatened to burn copies of the Quran, Islam’s holy book, to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
We are in a war. We forget, but we are under constant attack. We know that since the beginning, we have been attacked on any and all fronts by Satan. Worse, our enemy, satan, has over a 6000 year head start on us here in the end of the end times. Paul spoke of our warfare in 2 Cor 10:3-4; "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses,"

It is a good warfare, "This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:" (1 Timothy 1:18-19)

It is constant warfare: "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:" (1 Peter 5:8)

Jesus in us is greater than anything. We do not fight with bombs nor with planes or with sword. We fight with prayer, appealing to Him Who is above all things to intercede. We fight with knowledge of His word. We fight with faith. It IS a time when satan will be doing his utmost to interrupt or break any Christian's faith and to prevent any faithless person from becoming a believer. It is a dangerous time, in the physical and in the supernatural. The principalities and powers are gathering for their final fight (Ephesians 6:12) because satan knows his time is short (Rev 12:12).

So be sober, be vigilant! DHS Chief Janet Napolitano said,  "Unlike large-scale, coordinated, catastrophic attacks, executing smallerscale attacks requires less planning and fewer pre-operational steps..." but also "there are fewer opportunities to detect such an attack before it occurs,"

In the coming days any one of us may suffer a spiritual attack. I see them rising in my own circle of friends. Little to big things; physical infirmities to character attacks to arguments and division at otherwise healthy churches. And according to those leaders in-the-know, attacks in the natural are also increasing and will increase. We may be caught in one of these "less sophisticated" attacks, riding a bus in Cleveland, or driving  over a bridge in Poughkeepsie, and become a victim or know someone who is a victim of such an attack. Because they are 'less-sophisticated' or smaller doesn't make them any less tragic to go through. But it is an opportunity to stand on Jesus' strength. It is an opportunity to pray in advance. It is an opportunity to follow Peter's command to be sober and vigilant. And following a biblical command is always good, no matter the circumstance surrounding  the need for it.

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