Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Ironically, Terrorist Threats Boost Attendance in Australia

Victorians defied the threat of terrorism Sunday as more than 1000 resolute worshippers celebrated Christmas in the church that was the target of a planned mass-casualty attack.

Undeterred by a thwarted plot to bring terror to the heart of Melbourne, large crowds flocked to the CBD to enjoy a sunny Christmas Day.
It's a lovely cathedral and the see of the Archdiocese of Melbourne.  For those curious, "CBD" stands for "central business district"; what we commonly call "downtown".

It has ever been thus.  When threatened with martyrdom, Christians have a stubborn habit of walking towards it in a combination of defiance and faith.  However, Aussies seem to have a moxie that Americans used to have, as even non-theists were in attendance, if just to prove a point.  I doubt most of my countrymen would walk into a church for any reason these days.