Written by R. Todd Mangum
Friday, 19 December 2014 00:00
An old superstition says that bad things happen in threes.
I don’t believe in that superstition – but I nonetheless am chilled by the slaughter of innocents this past week that occurred in three horrifying acts. First, there was the news of the Taliban in Pakistan reviving their notoriety for terrorism by carrying out a military style attack on a school, deliberately targeting and killing 132 children. Meanwhile, Boko Haram in Nigeria went on another rampage, again killing andtargeting women and children for kidnapping into sex slavery.
Then, as though to underscore that such terrors are not just in distant lands far away, right here in my home town of Souderton, a man, allegedly in a nasty custody fight with his ex-wife, murdered six people (including the children’s mother right in front of them), before fleeing to the woods and taking his own life
“Come on, God. Why must such horrors happen – at Christmas time no less?” I find myself praying.