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Imagine that you're going to church on a Sunday. You're ready for a nice, uplifting time listening to your pastor and communing with your friends. Suddenly a man in a military vest and camouflage stands up and begins to shout that God has commanded him to kill you and your friends at church.

Sounds like a nightmare, doesn't it. Well, this particular nightmare actually took place in a Texas church recently, and was diverted only through the quick thinking of the congregation's pastor.

The almost-terrorist was Rasheed Abdul Aziz a 40-year-old resident of Cherokee County, Texas. He burst into the office of Reverend John D. Johnson III minutes before the 11 a.m. morning service was about to begin and told Johnson that God had commanded him to kill members of the congregation.

Johnson is the pastor of the Corinth Missionary Baptist Church, and members of the congregation likely feared for their lives at the appearance of Aziz in tactical gear complete with a combat helmet.

Luckily, Johnson was able to diffuse the situation and talk to Aziz until he calmed down. It's not clear exactly what he said to the would-be-terrorist, but it is clear that whatever he said worked. Congregation members were able to leave the building safely and Aziz was placed under arrest.

Later, Aziz was charged with illegal possession of a firearm as a felon and also with making a terrorist threat. According to Texas state law, Aziz was guilty of a terrorist threat on at least two counts, "[placing] any person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury," and "[preventing] or [interrupting] the occupation or use of a building, room, [or] place of assembly."

America is a country which values free speech but it's clear that Aziz was delusional and likely insane to believe that God had commanded him to kill members of a church congregation. Thank you, Pastor Johnson and the Texas authorities for making sure that this lunatic will spend a long time behind bars.

Source: CBS19

 

 

 

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