News from St. Francis 7/30 – 8/6/17

Recently, an acquaintance shocked me with a comment that not only surprised but also angered me. Out of the blue, he raised the issue of the Manchester Arena bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in May that killed 23 and wounded 250 others. The gist of his comment was that the police knew about the plans for the bombing and, yet, allowed the heinous attack to take place. I could scarcely believe what I was hearing, and made it abundantly clear that I thought what this person said was utter rubbish. I noted that reports may have circulated that the perpetrator of the bombing may have been on the authorities radar, but that is much different than knowingly allowing an attack to occur. However angry I may have been, I was also deeply saddened that this individual was susceptible to such nonsense and felt comfortable enough to share it with a relatively new acquaintance.

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