American Family Association radio host Sandy Rios claimed today that the anniversary ceremony yesterday for the victims of last year's Boston Marathon bombing may have opened the city up for another terrorist attack.
According to RightWingWatch.org, Rios warned that because "we" have denied and ignored God, there may be another "onslaught" (audio below).
The anniversary event was not a religious service, but The Los Angeles Times reports that Vice President Joe Biden did mention God at the ceremony, "We will never yield, we will never cower, America will never ever, ever stand down. We are Boston. We are America. We respond, we endure, we overcome, and we own the finish line! God bless you all, and may God protect our troops.”
The Associated Press notes that bombing survivor John Wallis said, "We certainly experienced a terribly tragic moment for a lot of people, but at the end of the day, we're okay and that was God's grace letting us be okay."
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There were reportedly other mentions of God and religious leaders also spoke, but that didn't satisfy Rios who slammed the city's "Boston Strong" slogan.
"Only by God’s grace was it not worse than it was, only by God’s grace Boston could’ve been wiped out, there could’ve been thousands of casualties, it could’ve been a whole lot worse, they could have been devastated as a city, they could have been in a situation where they couldn’t recover," said Rios. "It’s only by God’s grace and mercy that it wasn’t worse than it was. It was not because of ‘Boston Strong.'"
"And I have to say, because we have denied him and ignored him and refused to acknowledge him, we cannot assume and in fact we can probably likely count on the fact that God, unless he does on behalf of the people that are called by his name, those of us that serve him, unless he hears our prayers above what we see happening in this country, I’m not sure that there will be something to stop the next onslaught," added Rios.