CSA member Jake Mannon shared a story that appeared on onenewsnow.com.
On June 3, 2011, Al-Qaeda spokesman, American born Adam Gadahn, released a two hour video tape encouraging jihadists to purchase weapons and go on lone wolf missions against western institutions and sacred places.
He stated, “Muslims in the West have to remember that they are perfectly placed to play an important and decisive part in the Jihad against the Zionists and crusaders, and to do major damage to the enemies of Islam, waging war on their religion, sacred places, and things, and brethren,” says Gadahn. “This is a golden opportunity and a blessing.”
In this Al-Qaede propaganda piece, he states jihadists should exploit America’s gun laws, obtain weapons and strike. Although he doesn’t mention churches explicitly, he does encourage followers to take it upon themselves and not wait for anyone to direct them.
Additionally, several Al-Qaeda leaders are seen in the video praising terrorists who have struck as a lone person, including the underwear bomber, and the army officer who assaulted Fort Hood. He encourages his followers to not worry about being arrested because he has seen many others who have been arrested and released.
ABC News states, “Gadahn, a 32-year-old California native, was born Adam Pearlman, the grandson of a Jewish urologist. His parents changed their name to Gadahn after becoming…Christians. After converting to Islam, Gadahn moved to Pakistan in 1998 and then became a senior commander in al Qaeda.”
In a reader poll, OneNewsNow.com asked its readers the percentage of churches who have heightened church security. They asked, “Does your church have any security measures in place as a safeguard against terror-related attacks?”
At the time of this writing, 8800 people had responded, and 15% believed their church had increased security, 58% said no, and 26% did not know.
Those affiliated with Church Security Alliance are church leaders and church members who understand there is an ever present threat against Christian churches and organizations, and choose to educate themselves about the issue and assess whether their church is at risk.
However, there are a vast number of churches who have not adequately planned for a crisis or mass casualty event involving a terrorist attack, in spite of documented threats against “sacred places” and intelligence gathered on the battle field regarding jihadists’ training tactics.
In several violent encounters including churches, schools and public places, spontaneous heroes have been the difference between low casualty rates and mass casualties. Many of these incidences have been stopped by a person who took action to stop the killing of innocent life through empty hand tactics, rushing the attacker, or shooting the attacker.
CSA continues to encourage local churches to examine their security plans, stay vigilant, and keep watch. Although many churches believe terrorists are serious in their threats, far more choose to ignore the threat and do nothing.