Friday, May 26, 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May and the Bombing at Manchester Arena

After the explosion at the Ariana Grande concert inside the Manchester Arena, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, stood before the world and reported that a bomb was detonated at the "conclusion of a pop concert which was attended by many young families and groups of children.... deliberately targeting innocent, defenseless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives."

Please take a moment to think about the Prime Minister's words. This was supposed to be a family night—with innocent children. At a family concert staring Ariana Grande.

Sky News was interviewing several of the parents who heard or witnessed the bomb. 

The arena was "full of beautiful, young girls and boys and families. It was just tragic to think that such a great family evening has now ended in such horror."

One visibly shaken man explained that both his daughters, 12 and 10 years old were there.

Another couple who attended with their daughter said, "I feel sorry for the young children. How can you target seven, six-year-old children at a kids concert?" The father remarked that this "should have been the best day of her life."  

The best day? Not the day she is married. Not the day she has children or gets to see grandma. A pop concert.. a pop concert should have been the best day of her life?

That same father ended with, "no nine-year-old should see anything like that."

What? What should no child see? Death and carnage? Well, what people are not saying is what other thing children should not see.

Ariana Grande. Yep. That is a picture of her.

This was a concert primarily for young girls, the Prime Minister Theresa May stressed, and she spoke of girls who had received these prized concert tickets as a Christmas gift and had been eagerly anticipating this evening for months. Young innocent girls and boys between the ages of 9 and 18.

Here is one of her recent music videos:

Ariana Grande concert for little girls included explicitly vulgar lyrics to her song, Side by Side:
This new style with the fresh type of flow Wrist icicle, ride dick bicycle Come true yo, get you this type of blow All these bitches, flows is my mini-me Body smoking, so they call me young Nicki Chimney Rappers in they feelings 'cause they feelin' me Uh, I-I give zero f*#ks and I got zero chill in me Kissing me, copped the blue box that says Tiffany Curry with the shot, just tell them to call me Stephanie Gun pop and I make my gum pop I'm the queen of rap, young Ariana run pop 
and Touch It:
Cause every time I see you, I don't wanna behave I'm tired of being patient, so let's pick up the pace Take me all the way Aint' nobody gonna touch it, touch it, touch it     
Now let's return to the Prime Minister's words about the terrorist, "deliberately targeting innocent, defenseless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives."

And parents gave their little girls Christmas gifts of tickets to this vile concert.

Later I heard an interview dealing with why the terrorist hate us so much. "Do they hate our freedom?" was the question. It was interesting to hear a British commentator being honest enough to admit that some of the terrorists' problem with the West is their hatred of our freedom for women to dress like whores and act worse than prostitutes. Many radicalized Muslims despise our western values that Ariana Grande epitomizes--a radically immoral, "liberated" young woman.

I can't help but feel, as a Catholic, I am in a confusing and ghoulish nightmare where there are no longer any good guys. 

As in the days of Noah... 
The Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that their every inclination of the thoughts of their heart was only evil continually. Genesis 6:5


Anonymous said...

One cannot win souls to Christ via judgmental condemnation, victim blaming and hatred. Periodically I check in on your blog which is more downgrading than uplifting. This is a prime example. So if the parents would not have taken their kids to such a "vile concert" (your words), they would not have been killed? Victim blaming. More of your judgmental, condemning, hateful words: "radically immoral", "ghoulish nightmare." Please. Do you feel better about yourself now? Maybe try reading Luke 7:36-50 and Luke 6:42. Or perhaps it is difficult for someone who grew up on a "perch" (your bio on Amazon) observing the underlings to understand how these families felt. Perhaps you weren't born to understand. Because after all, "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God." (Mark 10:25)

Teresa Beem said...

It is interesting to read your comment. I remember my father saying that after he preached a sermon people some people would come up to him and say "Wow! that was harsh!" And others would say, "Oh those sweet words!" I have learned that people read into the words of the author, their own worldview. There was nothing I wrote even close to the idea that if those parents had not taken those children the they would be alive. Terrorism is happening in churches, schools, etc. You added some assumption that I didn't make. That connection came from your head, not my words. But again, that is not a condemnation of you, everyone does that, it is human nature to surround what we read and hear with our own experience. My heart was grieving for everyone involved.

As a Christian, I worry very much where we live in a world where a good family evening is going to a concert of this sort and is considered "wholesome" where leaders say that a night like this should have been the "BEST" night of their young children's lives. This should concern every Christian.

Teresa Beem said...

Now to your more personal points. I am going to assume you are a Seventh-day Adventist, because they seem to be the most upset by this blog. Most Christians do not become offended or read into my blogs the darkness you do and you seem truly upset by my posts. And that is because I point out some of the problems within Adventism. That's pretty normal to become angry when your value system is challenged. I felt the same way when I was SDA. However, our emotions do not change facts. And sometimes we need the courage to look at the facts even if it upsets us terribly.

(Oh, just a quick note: I was referring to the terrorist bombing as the "ghoulish nightmare" which I am sure you would agree.)

And when I read your understanding of the "perch" I was referring to on my bio, I now understand your intentions. You think I was meaning that I was above people. Well, I was meaning that AS A CHILD my window was on the second story and I looked down upon our yard. For you to understand that as an arrogant statement tells me a lot about why you do not understand the meaning of my blog. At this point anything I write will be intentionally misunderstood. I wish you only the best and God's blessings.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for responding.