Updated: Dec 11, 2018
I was On Air when an explosion rocked the Fox TV Studio in NYC. After my segment, Security instructed us to shelter in place, but a news team was allowed out to the street, and I joined them.
A bomb had been placed at the base of the BARTMAN statue on the raised plaza outside Fox Studios at Avenue of the Americas and 48th Street.
The plaza is a serene urban space with greenery and benches, but horror had transformed it. Four young people lay dead, one mortally wounded, arrayed in a semi-circle, ripped and riddled by shrapnel.
As a Doctor of Divinity, I was allowed by the NYPD to hold the hand of the wounded young woman as she passed from this world, may God bless her sweet young soul.
I was witness to similar horror in Laos working with the HALO Trust. 80 million unexploded bombs, known locally as “bombies,” were left by the United States in the 60’s and 70’s. Each year they still kill and maim thousands who step on them, or kids who play with them.
But I have never seen a blast as cruelly precise as the one outside Fox. Shrapnel tore through the victims above the waist, decimating the head and torso, but not the legs. The one survivor had, by the Grace of God, dropped her phone battery while swapping it out, and had knelt down to retrieve it.
A Detective at the scene describe the shrapnel as “uniform, like buckshot” radiating in “a six-foot kill zone,” outside of which victims had sustained only superficial injuries.
I write now from the ambulance where I ride with Latisha Gates Thompson, the survivor of the blast, who suffered wounds to her head and back.
Before the anesthetic allowed her sleep, Latisha told me she and her best friend, Vanessa, had been down the street at Chipotle when they got an APpOCALYPSE “LookU1” alert: a “High Value Player” needed support to “Liberate” Bartman from “The Other.”
They ran, because the LookU1 alert meant with their proximity, they were already winning points, but if they were among the first to help ”Liberate” Bartman, they would share the energy the HVP “Shed” in defeating and drawing power from the Other.
They found the HVP easily – he was dressed in white, yelling, “Come to me, come to me!” Latisha and five other players arranged themselves in a “Maximum Destruction Zone” and were cheering and laughing when the MVP shouts, “Yes, we got the power! F*** them all!” and holds up his phone and dramatically presses it.
“We were welding a rip in the Galactic Fabric to keep the OTHER out,” Latisha told me. But instead they opened up an Evil that swallowed five of them whole. Dear Lord, we pray for their safe passage to You.
And while we pray for the victims and their families, let us also make tribute to them by texting and telling everyone with a phone:
APpOCALYPSE KILLS! DO NOT PLAY IT!
DELETE APpOCALYPSE NOW!
There have now been scores of explosions and scenes of slaughter in cities across North America, Europe and the Commonwealth -- everywhere APp is available.
We are all asking why. I believe I am not alone among people of faith with a simple thought:
First, ScarySmart put the Devil online in Devilsgame.
Next, they slipped Satan into APpOCALYPSE, and onto the phones that tens of millions hold close and dear.
Now, worldwide, rings of misguided youth have become bloody pagan sacrifices. To what false god, you might ask.
By appealing to the basest instincts in us – lust, violence and greed – and invoking Satan online and via mobile devices, ScarySmart has led us from playing a “game” with the Devil to a true and terrible Apocalypse.
Today I witnessed Evil with a 6 foot kill zone, 6 intended victims (5 slain), on 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas). I am no believer in numerology and this 6 6 6 convergence is likely just cursed coincidence, but make no mistake.
ScarySmart: Ye have summoned the Beast.
Now, only God knows how this ends.