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#1 Hum

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 15:22

HOLYOKE, Mass. –  Holyoke police are looking for a man they say interrupted a church service and robbed several members of the congregation at gunpoint.

Lt. James Albert says the masked suspect entered the Pentecostal church at about 2 p.m. Sunday, announced the robbery, and took personal items, including cellphones, from several of the roughly 20 worshippers.

One of the congregants called police after the robber ran off.

The suspect was described as a thin, Latino man wearing a black T-shirt, pants and hat.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call police.

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#2 Aheer.R.S.

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 15:26

/facepalm

 

Honestly, some people.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 15:31

church are easy target:

churchgoers mostly don't carry guns to to the church,

churchgoers usually carry some cash for the usual 'donation'.

 

monetary gain with almost no risk.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 15:43

I guess the Lord didn't see that coming ...



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 15:44

Church goers...supposed to turn the other cheek.  Easy pickings.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 15:45

The church robs people every Sunday and what they get is tax free.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 15:58

This will precipitate what George Carlin was always looking forward to: guns in church.

 

 

bull**** aside, this is a horrible thing to do. People are there with their family and friend, entirely defenceless and some scumbag comes in robs them. I hope justice finds the perp quickly.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 16:22

and now Im thinking of the diner scene from pulp fiction... (at the beginning of the movie)



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 16:24

This will precipitate what George Carlin was always looking forward to: guns in church.

 

 

bull**** aside, this is a horrible thing to do. People are there with their family and friend, entirely defenceless and some scumbag comes in robs them. I hope justice finds the perp quickly.

 

It's no different to robbing people anywhere else.  Easy pickings are easy pickings. Frankly, I'm surprised it doesn't happen a lot more.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 18:03

 Frankly, I'm surprised it doesn't happen a lot more.

 

I imagine you will see more of it as since people have lost more and more respect for religion. 



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 18:07

It's no different to robbing people anywhere else.  Easy pickings are easy pickings. Frankly, I'm surprised it doesn't happen a lot more.

 

True, but even as an atheist (staunch, militant, outspoken, arrogant, which ever anyone wants to call me) robbing people in a place of worship leaves a bad taste in my mouth. It seems like a pretty vulnerable place to me.

 

 

I imagine you will see more of it as since people have lost more and more respect for religion. 

 

For all you know the perp might be religious himself. And this crime very well may have simply been opportunistic, not a social commentary on society attitude towards religion.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 18:15

For all you know the perp might be religious himself. And this crime very well may have simply been opportunistic, not a social commentary on society attitude towards religion.

 

Maybe, but I'm doubting it. A generation ago this would have been unheard of. Religious houses was thought of as untouchable, even by the most vile of criminals. 



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 18:18

Maybe, but I'm doubting it. A generation ago this would have been unheard of. Religious houses was thought of as untouchable, even by the most vile of criminals. 

 

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but people have been destroying and desecrating places of worship for thousands of years.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 18:29

The bible saidth, "provide for your family"   It doesn't say how :p



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 18:32

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but people have been destroying and desecrating places of worship for thousands of years.

 

Not in America.