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Bloviating Zeppelin: America Still Niave: Ignorance At Christmas

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(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

America Still Niave: Ignorance At Christmas


By Dr. LaMaurice Gardner
Oakland County (Mich.) Sheriff’s Office

What would you do if in the middle of Catholic Mass, on one of the holiest days of the year, someone yelled out “Allahu Akbar?”

It was late Christmas Eve and my 17-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son were preparing to leave for midnight Mass at Shrine of the Little Flower Catholic Church in Royal Oak, Mich. The church is quite a distance from our home and the weather was bad. Worried about drunk drivers on the holiday eve, my wife was hesitant to let our newly licensed daughter drive so far so late. But our daughter was persistent and my wife gave in.

I had my own apprehensions. Having read books and attended terrorism lectures by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and John Giduck — as well as hearing from numerous Israeli and UK terrorist experts at IACP conferences — I was sensitive to the vulnerability of American houses of worship to terrorist attacks, especially on high-profile religious holidays. A good 10 minutes behind my kids, I decided to leave too and catch up with them for the service.

At the church, my daughter greeted me with, “What, you don’t trust me?” I blamed my surprise attendance on my wife’s paranoia, and we all settled into my favorite pew in the back of the sanctuary. At midnight, a procession of altar boys and priests entered, followed by the executive priest, a monsignor. Mass began and the spirit of the season filled the capacity crowd.

I felt a little odd this Christmas Eve, because for the first time I was wearing a chain badge beneath my sweater. I always carry my gun off duty, a practice I learned in a Street Survival Seminar 10 years ago that has been further emphasized time and again in Dave Grossman’s lectures (“Never be a sheep when you are a trained sheepdog”).

That night, I considered the chain badge added protection against possible friendly fire in case the shit hit the fan. Having seen one of my captains as well as a K-9/SRT deputy at services before, I knew I was probably not the only LEO present, not to mention veteran and active-duty servicemen from Iraq and Afghanistan.

This midnight Mass was typical of previous years: song, ceremony, apostolic readings, a reading of the gospel. After the gospel, with everyone seated both in the audience and at the altar, there was a brief lull, then suddenly, from nowhere, came a shout: “Allahu Akbar!”

My world froze. Those two words are the common war cry of Islamic Jihadis. Immediately I went to condition orange. One hand was on my weapon, the other prepared to push my kids to the floor for their protection. I scanned the church for a target, anticipating an imminent explosion of flying shrapnel or gunfire. In my head I heard my SRT sergeant’s range command echo, “Two to the head!” No thought of body shots on a suicide bomber.

When I couldn’t identify a primary target, I looked for anyone in the crowd who followed suit and yelled the same homicidal chant. Everything was in slow motion and what was milliseconds seemed like minutes. I didn’t know if the dead silence was my auditory exclusion or shock from the parishioners. All I knew was that I was a sheepdog on automatic pilot.

Then the orator of the death chant stood and identified himself: the monsignor. He followed his striking words with, “I bet you didn’t expect to hear that!” He then went on with a homily about the greatness of God.

I didn’t hear a word that came out of his mouth for the next 10 minutes. Adrenaline rushed through my bloodstream, and my heart was racing. Not to mention I was pissed. I was ready to push my kids to the floor, jump over the pew, and run toward the perceived threat with the intention of taking it out — or die trying. I would hope that every officer/warrior at that service had also been ready to engage.

I suppose training, discipline, and FATS-machine shoot/no-shoot scenarios paid off, because no aggressive action took place. The sermon went on and the sheep went on grazing. But my daughter knew. She looked at me and recognized the combat mode. She asked, “Isn’t that what the terrorists say?” I responded, “Yes, it is.”

I calmed myself with deep breathing and convinced myself the monsignor really didn’t understand what he had done.

Eventually the service ended and the monsignor said, “Go in peace.” As I left the church, I saw him at the door. I calmly explained the threatening nature of his words and suggested he try to choose his words more wisely. He just laughed off my comments and went about his way.

I guess the saying is true, “No one understands the coliseum’s ring as clearly as the gladiator.” We do live among a community of sheep. Only those of us who have been there or who are trained to be there understand the terrorist threat we are under. I seriously doubt that anyone would have escaped with the “Allah Akbar” statement unchallenged in Israel or the UK, where sensitivity and awareness are much greater.

Although the outcome was benign, this Christmas Eve experience seems important to share for two reasons. First, to let the warriors who are protecting us overseas know that there are warriors here too, protecting your families and friends from terrorist threats on the home front. And to remind officers nationwide to be prepared. I was lucky, but I was trained and prepared in mind and body.

This time it was a false alarm. Next time it could be real. Pray for peace but prepare for war.

About the Author
LaMaurice Gardner, Psy.D., is a Veterans Affairs psychologist who also serves as a psychologist for several law enforcement agencies in Michigan, including Detroit P.D. He is a SRT hostage negotiator and reserve lieutenant for the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office in Pontiac, Mich.

Any time of the year, any time of day, any point in time, the naivete of Americans can be absolutely staggering.


What is a Sheepdog? Go here.


Blogger Old NFO said...

Excellent post and excellent points... The Father obviously does NOT understand the mood of the sheepdogs...

Sat Dec 24, 08:18:00 AM PST  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Linked at Infidel Bloggers Alliance.

Sat Dec 24, 08:55:00 AM PST  
Blogger Z said...

What possessed that MOnseigneur? THAT IS NUTS! man.

Merry Christmas, BZ...xx

Sat Dec 24, 09:26:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

NFO: facts in evidence.

AOW: thank you kindly!

Z: and Merry Christmas as well, Z!


Sat Dec 24, 11:10:00 AM PST  
Blogger TexasFred said...

He should have shot that Gawd-Damned Monsignor on general principle.

Merry Christmas BZ, to you and yours...

I was raised in the Catholic church, haven't been back to one since I was 17 years old, that 41 years now, and a stunt like that BS is ALL I need to read to know, I won't be going back.. EVER!

Sat Dec 24, 11:25:00 AM PST  
Blogger mrchuck said...

Same as yelling fire in a crowded theater.
Just dumb, and agree with "Old NFO".

Been awhile since we've had a muslim "Alla hu Akbar" shooting.

Sat Dec 24, 11:31:00 AM PST  
Blogger Greybeard said...

Ain't it wonderful?

Sat Dec 24, 10:45:00 PM PST  
Blogger christian soldier said...

our Christian 'leaders' STILL do not get it!
one of the teachings of islam is---taqquia-(sp)-- one may lie to further the cause of islam...

Merry CHRISTmas-BZ-


Sun Dec 25, 12:32:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Christian Soldier: unfortunately a true story. And what you write about Taqquiya is ABSOLUTELY TRUE.

Merry Christmas. . . !


Sun Dec 25, 10:40:00 AM PST  
Blogger rumcrook™ said...

I don't believe all Muslims are evil but I know Islam us rooted in evil and Christians & Muslims do not worship the same god. My own gut feeling after much research is alah is demonic, that's my personal theological point of view His actions were an afront to Christ as well as a dangerous thing to do.

Sun Dec 25, 12:16:00 PM PST  
Blogger ASM826 said...

I hope he's looking for a new church.

Mon Dec 26, 07:15:00 AM PST  

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