“He said people are going to die today, that’s what he said to me,” said the pastor.
“Aziz first approached a deacon outside the church and asked to see the pastor for prayer,” according to KITV. Had the deacon drawn cartoons of Muhammad? Had the pastor committed some act of “Islamophobia”? Or did Rasheed Abdul Aziz choose the Corinth Missionary Baptist Church for his jihad simply because the Qur’an commands Muslims to fight against and subjugate the “People of the Book” (9:29), a command that doesn’t single out the “People of the Book” who have “poked Muslims in the eye,” but applies to all of them whether they have offended delicate Muslim sensibilities or not?
Forty-year-old Rasheed Abdul Aziz was arrested Sunday for allegedly threatening the Corinth Missionary Baptist Church in Bullard. Aziz had a gun, was wearing a camouflage helmet, camo pants, tactical vest and boots when entered the church around one o’clock.
According to Pastor John Johnson, Aziz appeared distressed and said that god had told him to “slay infidels.”
“He said people are going to die today, that’s what he said to me,” says Johnson.
Johnson says Aziz entered the church through a side door, ended up in the conference room where Johnson and others were.
The conversation with Aziz lasted about 5 minutes, and in those five minutes, Aziz reportedly told Pastor Johnson he was representing Allah and god had sanctioned him to kill and slay people. During that conversation, Johnson says that he was able to see that Aziz had a gun.
“Immediately my mind went to the fact that I knew we had several children and young members that were playing and running in the fellowship hall, I mouthed to them, this man has a weapon, I need you guys to go.”
Johnson believed that the only key to getting out alive that day was to calm Aziz down.
“I believe that his intent was when he came to our church was to actually kill somebody,” says Johnson.
Monday morning, when church deacon T.J. Johnson showed up to church, he opened the front door and found a note that Aziz had left behind.
The note says: “My name is Rasheed, you helped me at a time of need, this house is blessed by God and all faiths.”
It was a strikingly peaceful note that Pastor Johnson says does not reflect Aziz’s demeanor that day.
“It was very clear that he was very angry when he entered the building and he attempted to escalate himself,” says Johnson….