A church in Newtown, which has been used for vigils in honor and memory of the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary, had to be evacuated due to a bomb threat.
When there are tragedies, especially mass shootings such as what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, religion reaches out. In most cases, it can be positive as church leaders are ready to reach out to the families of the victims. Unfortunately, there are cases that are just bad and completely tasteless. The controversial and very far right leaning Westboro Baptist Church, which the Southern Poverty Law Center designates as a hate group, have announced plans to picket a vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Massacre where most of the victims were just young children. According to Shirley Phelps-Roper, they are doing it to “praise God's judgment and execution.”
Currently, there are plans to resist the WBC's picketing. Also, officials of the Connecticut State Government are working to keep the WBC from showing up. The WBC might want to think twice now as the hacker group called Anonymous has repeatedly hacked into the WBC website and posted the personal information on the congregation's members.
However, this isn't about the WBC; though, the WBC decided to “pickits its nose” in the direction of Newtown. This is an example of people that wish to hurt the victims' families and close ones even more and create more anger, unrest, and so forth. The St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown which has been used to hold vigils in honor and memory of the Sandy Hook Elementary victims, received a bomb threat. Today's mass at St. Rose of Lima was one of the largest mass of people coming together to grieve for the victims.
A bomb threat was made to the church. The threat remained a threat as there were no bombs found. Law enforcement officials gave the A-okay after church attendees were evacuated. While there were no bombs or explosive devices found, the church closed for Sunday. It will reopen tomorrow for a Monday Mass.
After getting the call from the church, police in SWAT gear came to the scene. One former resident, visiting from Southbury, was in tears. She said that the church was the house of God and questioned why people had to leave in fear.
Those that came to the church seeking closure in prayer found only more sadness and hurt because of the bomb threat that was made to the church. The perpetrator of the bomb threat has yet to be identified. The police say that whoever made the threat will be prosecuted by the full arm of the law.
Despite people trying to make things even worse, there is still growing support for the victims. Support is coming from all over the country. One blogger in Atlanta wrote a Christmas poem for the victims. There's even a Facebook page for an initiative called “Teddys for Newtown” which has received plenty of likes and members.