Today marks the third anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombings.
As per Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, April 15th will be known as One Boston Day in which “random acts of kindness and spreading goodwill” is encouraged.
While getting a hug from the Boston Ballet Nutcracker Bear and free admission into the Museum of Fine Arts is all well and good, kindness and goodwill are empty gestures without remembering there was an act of evil committed in this city and the religious ideology that inspired that evil is alive, well and not going away no matter how much we want to pretend it isn’t there.
Let me put it this way. If instead of detonating explosives at the Boston Marathon, the Tsarnaev brothers had instead targeted African American parishioners inside a church would the City of Boston be pushing hugs with the Boston Ballet Nutcracker Bear? No, everyone from the Mayor on down would be speaking out against the evils of racism and rightly so. As such I see no reason why we cannot speak out against the evils of Islamic jihadist terrrorism on the anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing.