So much for peace on earth and goodwill to all. Who would have thought only two decades ago that a nativity scene would need heavily armed guards? The guards at Canterbury Cathedral situation demonstrates an inherent clash of values.
Christianity is already virtually wiped out in the middle east by jihadist thugs and its well on its way on Western soil, unless Westerners have a change in attitude and wake up.
“So much for peace and goodwill to all men: Machine gun police guard Canterbury cathedral and its nativity scene as security is stepped up across the UK in the wake of attack on Berlin”, by Rebecca Camber, Liz Hull and Andy Dolan, Daily Mail, December 20, 2016:
Within the hallowed grounds of one of the most famous Christian buildings in England, the traditional Christmas nativity scene should have been a place of peace and tranquillity.
But yesterday crowds who gathered to appreciate the sacred scene at Canterbury Cathedral were confronted by the fearful sight of armed police bearing assault rifles patrolling the manger where the figure of Baby Jesus lay.
The extraordinary image offers a chilling glimpse of Britain braced for a possible terrorist attack just days before Christmas in the wake of atrocities in Berlin and Turkey.
Security was stepped up dramatically around the UK yesterday after a total of 12 people were killed and 58 injured when a truck was driven into crowds at a Christmas market in Berlin, hours after a Russian Ambassador was assassinated in Turkey on Monday night.
Within hours of the carnage which Islamic State claimed responsibility for, police in Britain responded by throwing a ring of steel around potential major targets including the Changing of the Guard.
In an unprecedented move, Scotland Yard announced that roads around Buckingham Palace would be closed to vehicles from today and additional barriers placed around the guard movements over the next three months.
The measure was described as a ‘necessary precaution’ to protect the substantial number of military personnel and huge crowds drawn to the spectacle which takes place daily between 10.45am and 12.30pm.
Elsewhere in the country, other forces dispatched scores of officers to Christmas markets in towns and cities to prevent a copycat attack….
Police say there is no intelligence to suggest an attack in Britain is imminent.But there are fears that the call from ISIS could lead to a lone wolf attack from any of the 400 militants who have returned here from fighting in Syria or Iraq……