The dimly lit intersection of 60th and Spruce in Philadelphia grew even darker at 11:40 PM Thursday night when the ISIS-inspired and hate-filled Edward Archer began firing at Officer Jesse Hartnett. Archer fired at least 11 rounds at Hartnett, striking him three times and leaving the officer seriously wounded.
Law enforcement sources have said Archer made a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in 2011 for Hajj, and he went to Egypt in 2012. These trips may have resulted in a radical indoctrination that corrupted his mind and then erupted in this assassination attempt on Officer Hartnett.
Archer, and others like him, believe they’re defending the honor of Muhammad when they kill people who violate the teachings of Islam. The attack on Officer Hartnett is an attack on anyone who wears the uniform because they are sworn to uphold the Constitution of the USA and not Sharia Law.
The actions of Archer are a stark contrast to Christianity. While these radicals think it’s necessary to protect the honor of Muhammad, Jesus never asked His disciples to defend His.
The focus of Jesus was on forgiveness and turning the other cheek. It was never exacting revenge like the beheading-bigots of radicalism.
I’ve made this request too many times over the past year, and I make it once again now: Please remember to pray for the safety of our law enforcement officers.
Officer Hartnett, you are in my prayers.