When a white supremacist attacked a predominately black church in Charleston, SC earlier this year, murdering nine, it made national news for weeks.
When an armed Muslim man walked into an East Texas church this past Sunday threatening to “slay infidels,” a mainstream media more obsessed with political correctness than protecting the public ran away from the story.
Authorities say a man who was arrested for making threats against an East Texas church, allegedly did so citing God as the reason for his actions.
On Sunday at 2:10 p.m., the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Corinth Church located on FM 346 near Lake Palestine.
The caller said an unknown black male was wearing a camouflage helmet, camo pants, tactical vest and boots entered the church around 2:00 p.m. The caller also stated they could see what appeared to be a pistol in his pocket. The man was later identified as Rasheed Abdul Aziz, 40, of Flint.
According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, witnesses said the suspect appeared distressed and stated he was a man of Islam, and that God had told him to “slay infidels.” Several parishioners brought Aziz into a room away from others at the church while another person called the Sheriff’s Office.
Before law enforcement arrived at the scene, Aziz left the church and headed north on FM 346 into Smith County. Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office notified Smith County and Cherokee County deputies remained in the area in an attempt to locate Aziz, who was not found.
Cherokee County deputies returned to the area several times in an attempt to locate the suspect, and returned to the Church between 6:00 p.m. and 6:20 p.m., in case Aziz returned during evening service times.
At about 6:45 p.m. Cherokee County deputies again responded to the church due to a report from a passer-by about a vehicle matching the suspect’s vehicle description seen leaving the church, headed north into Smith County again.
Smith County was again alerted, and deputies from both departments searched the area, but were unable to locate Aziz.
At around 8:20 p.m. Smith County reported they had Aziz in custody, resulting from a call they responded to on Beautiful Hills Drive in Flint, Texas. According to the Smith Count Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was found inside thte Pine Trail Shores subdivision.
At this time, Smith County has charged Aziz with unlawful possession of a firearm.
Cherokee County is currently gathering further information on the initial incident at the Corinth Church, and criminal charges are expected to be filed through Cherokee County within 24 hours.
Aziz was arrested with an illegally-acquired Taurus 9mm pistol and what appears to be at least two 12-rounds magazines and 70 rounds of ammunition.
The incident comes after President Barack Obama secretly and unilaterally decided to import more than 10,000 un-vetted Syrian Muslim refugees, many of whom are military-aged males.
ISIS and other terrorist groups have made clear their plans to send terrorists into western countries within the stream of refugees, a decision that Chairman Michael McCaul, of the House Homeland Security Committee, calls “very dangerous.”