I assume the performers mean well. I assume they intend their concert to be an act of redemption and healing for the people of Manchester, England. But does this hurting city really need a performance featuring Ariana Grande, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus (among others)? Is this the best way to bring healing to these open wounds?
Before I go any further, let me allow some of you (my critics) a moment to blast me. In fact, I'll write out what you're thinking to save you the trouble.
Perhaps it's something like this: "Who in the (obscenity) do you think you are? What gives you the right to tell the people of Manchester what's best for
them? It's antiquated religious hypocrites like you who are messing up the world. So, go find a rock and hide under it, old man. We could care less what you have to say."
Do you feel better now? Did that help you vent?
Good. Then let's move on and try to have a fair-minded, heart-to-heart conversation. I mean to help, not hurt, to be constructive, not destructive.
Of course, whatever concert is or was held, however degraded or debased it might be or have been, it does not merit a terrorist attack. God forbid!
Even if the performers sang the vilest songs and had a corrupting effect on young people. Even if they mocked every religion on
the planet. Even if their words and actions were deeply offensive, you don't blow up their audience with a bomb. Never!
You don't maim them. You don't injure them. You don't kill them. No, no, no, no. (Rather than write it out, I'll just say "a thousand times no!")
The suicide bomber was doing the devil's work, not God's work, and there is no possible religious justification for his acts.