By Dan Calabrese
Sorry to get some of you excited. OK. No I’m not.
We are often told by our friends on the left that evangelical Christians and “white nationalists” are actually a greater threat of terrorism than Islamic extremists. The real danger, they tell us, comes from “home-grown terrorists” who listen to right-wing radio and read web sites like this one.
So every time we hear of a terror threat being thwarted, we take our cue from these people and await the news that the would-be bomber was Pastor Jim from the First Baptist Church of the Nazarene. Another such opportunity came yesterday when the FBI announced it had foiled a planned attack against Cleveland and Philadelphia for the Fourth of July. Who would be this home-grown, Gospel-preaching bomber?
Demetrius Pitts, 48, who had expressed allegiance to the al Qaeda militant group, was arrested on Sunday after a meeting with an undercover FBI agent where he said he planned to plant a bomb at a parade celebrating the U.S. Independence Day holiday and intended to target other locations in Cleveland and Philadelphia.
Many major American cities mark the holiday with fireworks and parades, and typically ramp up security around such events.
An undercover FBI agent helped Pitts pick the location for his planned attack, near a planned fireworks show and multiple U.S. government buildings, the FBI said.
“I’m gonna be downtown when the – when the thing go off. I’m gonna be somewhere cuz I wanna see it go off,” Pitts told an undercover FBI agent who he believed was affiliated with al Qaeda, the FBI said in court documents.
Oh well. Maybe Pastor Jim is still putting together his bombs. There’s always next time.
Dan writes Christian spiritual warfare novels and does all kinds of other weird things too. Follow all his activity by liking him on Facebook!