Bishop Robert McManus of Worcester, Massachusetts blames Boston Marathon jihad bombings on violent video games

“The bishop urged residents to treat neighbors and strangers from different traditions with ‘respect and try to understand the differences.’ ‘If we allow differences to cause suspicion among us, we”re not helping to create a social contract in which people can live together harmoniously.'”

Apparently if only people in the Boston area had put down the video games and treated Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with respect, the Marathon jihad murders would never have happened. Once again a Western leader displays the unconscious paternalism and ethnocentrism that mars so much of the West’s response to Islamic jihad: their assumption is that Muslims are passive, helpless people who can do nothing but react to what the West does or does not do. The idea that Muslims may have ideas of their own, and that some of them may hate us for reasons of their own that are derived from Islamic texts and teachings, and that that hatred cannot be dislodged by any amount of “respect” from non-Muslims, never enters their minds.

1. “My decision to ask Mr. Spencer not to speak at the Men’s Conference resulted from a concern voiced by members of the Islamic community in Massachusetts, a concern that I came to share. That concern was that Mr. Spencer’s talk about extreme, militant Islamists and the atrocities that they have perpetrated globally might undercut the positive achievements that we Catholics have attained in our inter-religious dialogue with devout Muslims and possibly generate suspicion and even fear of people who practice piously the religion of Islam.” — Bishop Robert McManus of Worcester, February 8, 2013

2. Two members of the Islamic Society of Boston set off jihad bombs at the Boston Marathon, murdering three, April 16, 2013

“Bishop McManus calls for restraint,” by Shaun Sutner for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, April 21:

WORCESTER “” As the post-Marathon drama unfolded in the Boston area, Central Massachusetts” most prominent religious leader called for tolerance while acknowledging that many Americans” first reaction to Monday”s attacks and their aftermath is one of anger.

“When we encounter these horrific experiences of violence, part of our human reaction is to respond with anger, frustration, and even rage,” said Bishop Robert J. McManus, head of the Worcester Roman Catholic Diocese, said Friday in an interview at his chancery office.

“That might be the first step, but if we remain in the position of anger and revenge, then nothing will ultimately be gained toward achieving the common good for society,” he continued.

Bishop McManus noted that Worcester, like Boston and its surrounding communities, is a multicultural community with many different faiths, cultures and religions.

The 26-year-old suspect killed overnight and his 19-year-old brother “” who is still being sought by police “” are connected to the Chechnya region, a hotbed for Islamic terrorists.

The bishop urged residents to treat neighbors and strangers from different traditions with “respect and try to understand the differences.”

“If we allow differences to cause suspicion among us, we”re not helping to create a social contract in which people can live together harmoniously,” he said.

The bishop decried the prevalence of violent imagery in American culture.

The bishop noted that bullying has been recognized as a nationwide problem and that violent video games and movies captivate youths and adults with no letup in popularity.

“We Americans live in a terribly violent society,” he said. “I”m concerned for our young people because they are becoming immune to violence.

New Bedford, Massachusetts: Two Muslims from Kazakhstan arrested, associates of Boston Marathon jihadis
FBI: Foreign government identified Boston jihadi Tamerlan Tsarnaev as a "follower of radical Islam"
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  1. says

    I read this blog and Atlasshrugs and others who would probably be defined as “hate mongers” or “Islamophobes” and my reaction to the Boston bombings was one of sadness and horror and tremendous grief for the victims. I wasn’t overcome with rage or anger or a desire for revenge.

    I don’t know what the Bishop’s world is like at all. I saw the resolve and spirit of the people of Boston displayed after the second suspect was captured and there was no rage or anger, just joy and civic pride in being Americans.

  2. says

    “If we allow differences to cause suspicion among us, we’re not helping to create a social contract in which people can live together harmoniously,” he said.

    social contracts in which people can live together harmoniously are Un-Islamic

  3. says

    It’s always the fault of the victims, that’s how Islam rolls. Videogames are an American invention and very popular in Japan, one the most peaceful places on Earth. Tsk, tsk, tsk…

    “…. people can live together harmoniously”—

    Oh, harmoniusly… just like non-muslims and apostates live in muslim majority nations and nations with a sizeable muslim pop. like Thailand, India, Phillipines, Nigeria, Burma, Kenya, Russia… etc. Oh, the buffoonery. Will it ever end?

  4. says

    I think many Christians in the US have gone past the valid Christian teaching that we must love our neighbor, and that we’re all sinners who fall short of God’s glory—-and they now no longer really believe that Christianity is true and Islam is false.

  5. says

    It is a shame that that eight-year-old boy was not “immune to violence.”
    Someone should buy that fatuous cleric a dictionary and a copy of the catechism of the Catholic Church.

  6. says

    This Bishop McManus’ willful ignorance is malevolent because it goes beyond “mere” ignorance. He is a facilitator of Islam’s destructive pathologies because of his pathetic excuse-making for the world’s most terrible religion.

    Muslims have been killing in the name of their religion, Bishop, for centuries, long before any video games were invented, and when they have done so, unlike Christians who strayed from their religion’s teachings when they killed in the name of their faith, they were acting in accordance with their warped creed. Deep shame on you, Bishop. You are an enabler of evil.

  7. says

    In case it’s slipped anyone’s mind, the good padre Bishop McManus is in the line of the Apostolic Succession an obligation of which is to lead lost souls to salvation through Jesus.

    Catholics in the Worc Diosese should justifiably feel all warm and fuzzy knowing that their eternal fate in the hands of such a loon?

  8. says

    Honestly, Robert, I see this as a corroboration of your own view on these issues, that goes so far as to almost constitute praise.

    I would love to see this guy exposed for the bumbling fool that he is, but unfortunately, he is in a large cadre of company, who will only see the most specious and inept reasoning on his part, as some pious desire to make the world better place.

    Cannon fodder.

    I’m Reminded of on of the last lines delivered by Harrison Ford, in K-19: “What good are honors from such men?” What sanction or boon must you plead for, from the likes of one such as this. We are far better off alone.

  9. says

    “We have reason to believe, based upon the evidence that was found at that scene [of the home of Muslim brothers dd] – the explosions, the explosive ordnance that was unexploded and the firepower that they had – that they were going to attack other individuals,” [Boston Police Comm’r] Davis said. “That’s my belief at this point.”

    Found among all this lethal hardware were copies of Bishop McManus’s February 2013 statement. Highlighted in yellow hi-lite marker and underlined several times were these words of the bishop, “That concern was that Mr. Spencer’s talk about extreme, militant Islamists and the atrocities that they have perpetrated globally might undercut the positive achievements that we Catholics have attained in our inter-religious dialogue with devout Muslims and possibly generate suspicion and even fear of people who practice piously the religion of Islam.”

    At the bottom of the bishop’s statement was the marginal note, “These people are going to be so easy to take over. We should have the bishop over for the next Eid ul-Fitr. LOL”

  10. says

    I am no expert on Christianity. However, can this bishop be considered a christian while closing his eyes to his brethen being butchered all over the world?

  11. says

    Sam makes a good point. How can Bishop McManus be considered a Christian, if he is so negligent of his flock that he closes his eyes to monthly reports about the global Muslim persecution of Christians, such reports as these:

    February, 2013

    January, 2013

    December, 2012

    November, 2012

    October, 2012

    September, 2012

    August, 2012

    July, 2012
    June, 2012

    May, 2012

    April, 2012

    March, 2012

    February, 2012

    January, 2012

    December, 2011

    November, 2011

    October, 2011

    September, 2011

    August, 2011

    Wake up, Bishop! You are not supposed to sleep while your flock is getting eaten by ravening wolves.

  12. says

    Why do I have a feeling that this dolt would have been refusing to shelter Jews in Germany, before and during hitlers time in power?? He is a complete idiot who would have insisted he was in ‘dialogue’ with the nazis, while actively enabling them and assisting them in every way possible….

  13. says

    I attended Mass this evening in a RC Church one mile from the home of murdered 8 year old Martin Richard. One of the “prayers of the faithful” was the following:

    “let us pray for those who may feel alienated and unaccepted by their communities”. I remained silent and did not respond to this dhimmitude.

    It seems that Cardinal McManus and Cardinal O’Malley of Boston are promoting this kind of sociological/psychological whitewash of the jihadists’ murder rampage.

  14. says

    “The bishop urged residents to treat neighbors and strangers from different traditions with ‘respect and try to understand the differences.’ ‘If we allow differences to cause suspicion among us, we’re not helping to create a social contract in which people can live together harmoniously.'”
    ………………………………..

    What a tool. If more people had been suspicious of the brothers Tsarnaev, maybe this Jihad atrocity could have been foiled.

    More:

    The bishop decried the prevalence of violent imagery in American culture.

    The bishop noted that bullying has been recognized as a nationwide problem and that violent video games and movies captivate youths and adults with no letup in popularity.
    ………………………………..

    What possible evidence does McManus have that these Jihadists were bullied”or that they played video games?

    Meanwhile, the evidence is mounting that they were pious Muslims bent on Jihad.

    More:

    “We Americans live in a terribly violent society,” he said. “I’m concerned for our young people because they are becoming immune to violence.
    ………………………………..

    Again, *what crap*. In what way were Tamerlan and Dhokar Tsarnaev “our young people”? Tamerlan is reported as saying that he *hated* Americans.

    And what American young people are bombing the Boston Marathon? Only Muslims…

    And this is a textbook Jihad attack, of the sort that Muslims pull off on a regular basis in Dar-al-Islam.

    The only thing that this had to do with America is that we were foolish enough to give these Jihadists “sanctuary” a decade ago.

  15. says

    My word! This guy is worse than clueless – he’s an enabler (not to mention a coward). He does not realize the damage that he is doing to his “flock” by not apprising them of the dangers of Islam – if he even bothered to do any research himself.

    But I am not surprised. He is like one of those “shepherds for hire” that Jesus spoke about, who will cut and run at the first sign of danger, because he really does not care about those entrusted to him. What an idiot!

  16. says

    Yes, “joy and civic pride in being Americans” is very nice. It’s also apparently comforting enough to absolve a segment of the population that would simply move on and forget the potential for more of the same violence from another segment of the population which is betting such comfort soothes the desire to move towards PREVENTION of further carnage on all sides. Such prevention involves understanding the enemy doctrine, and that upsets those who cannot/will not confront reality and prefer to seek joy and civic pride as the solution.

  17. says

    “This Bishop is about as bright as, Rowan Williams”

    Never forget this brilliant piece of writing: Heere Bigynneth the Tale of the Asse-Hatte

    http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2008/02/heere-bigynneth.html

    7 …The pilgryms toward Canterbury wended
    8 Wyth fyve weke holiday leave extended
    9 In hybryd Prius and Subaru
    10 Off the Boughton Bypasse, east on M2.
    11 Fouer and Twyntie theye came to seke
    12 The Arche-Bishop, wyse and meke
    13 Labouryte and hippye, Gaye and Greene
    14 Anti-warre and libertyne…

    93 …The pilgryms shuffled for the door
    94 To face the rule of the Moor;
    95 Poets, Professors, Starbucks workers
    96 Donning turbans, veils and burqqas.
    97 As they face theyr fynal curtan…

  18. says

    I had the same basic thought too about the urge to move on and get their lives back to normal. However I doubt anyone will really ever forget what happened there at the Boston Marathon, but people do have to live their lives as positively as possible. Otherwise what’s the point?

    The biggest challenge seems to be overcoming the defense mechanism of the left which wants to believe in some basic goodness and equality of all people. You know, the utopian vision. Every time I say anything about the teachings of Islam and devout Muslims I get the same reaction about the violent passages in the Bible and fundamentalists. As if there is an equivalence in contemporary life.

    Too bad more Muslims haven’t developed the same ability of self criticism towards their scriptures. Too insecure/narcissistic?

  19. says

    Thanks for that link, Gerald. That Boston hockey crowd sang the anthem with such strength, and spirit, and so harmoniously! Never heard a stadium crowd sing quite like that before. The jihadists failed miserably in their purpose.

  20. says

    Hello RCCA, welcome!

    You wrote “Too bad more Muslims haven’t developed the same ability of self criticism towards their scriptures. Too insecure/narcissistic?”

    No, a few do try to develop self-criticism, we see their stories on the web occasionally. They tend to get killed.

  21. says

    There is no equivalence between our societies at a certain fundamental level. We have some of the same sociological elements because we’re all human and as such we’ve been forced to develop the same ways and means for large-scale concentrations of humans to co-exist. But when it comes to the religious tenets both communities (the Christian and the Muslim) live by, there are certain elements that sure make for precarious assimilation!

    The refusal of Muslims to realize the possibility, the NECESSITY, for a transformation of some aspects of their religious credo is tragic. The content and the rigidity w/which it was infused at its birth will forever hamper Islam. Mohammed took the basics from the other principal religions w/which he came into contact and then he tried to overwhelm their influence by subsuming them into his philosophy. I think half the mess is because Mohammed was so busy trying to infuse his new religion w/novelty and himself w/superiority and the status of a holy man that he codified things and then never allowed anyone else to alter it. In other words, he lived long enough to ensure no one else tinkered w/what he’d wrought and that rigidity would remain forever a part of the religion. Nonetheless, there were individuals who did tinker w/Islam and who created different branches of Islam. But that kind of turmoil always involved bloodshed and infighting that remain volatile to this day.

  22. says

    St. Paul told all Christians to “be as though you are bound with them,” speaking of those Christians who were tortured and imprisoned for their faith.

    If you walked into a Catholic parish on a Sunday and asked the rabble (before they make their post-Communion immediate exits) who people like Pastor Youcef or Asia Bibi are, they would have no idea.

    The Church is more worried about Earth Day or hurting some minority’s feelings. Catholics are called to be doormats.

    To strengthen any here who may despair, remember the words of St. John Chrysostom: The floors of hell are lined with the skulls of bishps.”

    The bishops lit the fire that burned Joan of Arc alive. American bishops always been mostly elitists, soft, pusselguts who sit around debating liturgical colors and axing Holy Days while the faithful suffer. They are now a wing of the Democrat Party, also.

  23. says

    Sam, this is from a fundamentalist Protestant, not a Roman Catholic.

    Christians are forgiven sinners this side of Glory, not finished saints. Our sins of thought, word, and deed are so deeply ingrained and heinous that only the Second Person of the Holy Trinity’s becoming man and dwelling among us, working righteousness, offering himself for our sins on the cross, and rising from the dead on the third day can save us.

    Much as I think that Bp. McManus is being deliberately blind to avoid being cussed out by his prim and PeeCee neighbors, and he makes me glad to be a Protestant living far from the city of Boston, I refuse to engage in a Christian form of “Takfir”.

  24. says

    Cormac

    you may like to join with me in *my* prayer, every Friday.

    I pray for three things: 1/ the utter and total defeat of the Jihad 2/ the relief and deliverance of all non-Muslim persons who are suffering persecution and oppression at the hands of Muslims and 3/ the conversion of Muslims to Christ.

  25. says

    Yes.

    And also, one would expect a Christian to acknowledge and accept that **evil exists**, and **has always existed**.

    This fool of a Bishop says:

    ”The bishop decried the prevalence of violent imagery in American culture.

    The bishop noted that bullying has been recognized as a nationwide problem and that violent video games and movies captivate youths and adults with no letup in popularity.

    “We Americans live in a terribly violent society,” he said. “I’m concerned for our young people because they are becoming immune to violence.”

    Well, this is just sheer flabby, wimpy, wobbly PC **rubbish**.

    Violence has always been part of humanity, as has violent imagery. To pretend this is primarily an **American** cultural phenomenon is sheer nonsense.

    Bullying, again, is not something restricted to **American** culture. Cowards attacking those they perceive as weaker than themselves, or victims, is unfortunately a **human** trait.

    What, exactly, does ‘bullying’ have to do with the murderous brothers who murdered three people and maimed for life I don’t know how many others ?

    What do ‘violent video games’ have to do with what these evil scumbags did ? Maybe Bishop Moron thinks the SS had been watching violent video games when they carried out the Einsatzgruppen atrocities ? Had Stalin been watching violent video games when he ordered the murders of millions of Kulaks ?

    Well, we could all give plenty of examples, but the point is clear.

    But not **one word** from this pathetic fool about the **religiously mandated violence** in the Koran, the violence spewed by imams throughout the muslim world, the religious **obligation** of muslims to kill us.

    We can be thankful that not all muslims take their religious ‘obligation’ to heart, (at the **moment**) but it was the Koran and the foul mohammed that gave these two evil monsters the excuse to murder and maim innocents, not watching Riverside Dogs, or playing too many sessions of Call of Duty.

  26. says

    OOps! This keyboard sticks sometimes.

    BISHOP McManus (who, by the way, as bishop, is supposed to have the “fullness of the faith”).

    Now that’s a laugh!