So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Saturday, December 5, 2015

The story of Bennetta Betbadal and her family, victims of the murderous Malik and Farook.

In the wake of the atrocity committed against innocent people in San Bernardino, California, comes the personal stories of loss and grief caused by the diabolical actions of a husband and wife, Tashfeen Malik and Syed Rizwan Farook, who left behind their own six month old infant daughter to eventually contend with the fallout of her parent's horrific violence. Fortunately, the daughter has her uncle's family and grandparents to look after her. Sadly, however, many families have had their parents, husbands and wives, friends and co-workers stolen from them by two seemingly ordinary individuals who elevated their adherence to a death cult above the sacredness of human life.

Malik & Farook; Bonnie and Clyde.

We live in times not very different from the Dirty Thirties when murderers like the infamous Bonnie (Parker) and Clyde (Barrow) shot up the MidWest and terrorized many good folk struggling in the aftermath of the Great Depression. Bonnie and Clyde's motivation was money and the allure of fame. A twisted and malevolent fame, no less, achieved through cruelty and a reckless disregard for life, limb and property. Their cruelty and the pursuit of a diabolical cause or ideal puts Malik and Farook in the same category as those domestic terrorists who robbed, maimed and killed their way to notoriety in the 1930s. Given the evidence of thousands of rounds of weapons, ammunition and explosive devices, there is little doubt that, had Malik and Farook not been stopped by police, they would have attempted to create an even larger legacy of violence and death not unlike that of Bonnie and Clyde whose own massive arsenal of guns and ammunition enabled them to pursue their diabolical mission.

Bennetta Betbadal: mother, wife, scientist, refugee.

Here is the story of one of the many victims of the violence perpetrated against her and her family by Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik. The victim's name is Bennetta Betbadal. 
Assyrian Woman Killed in San Bernardino Shooting Fled Iran to Avoid Islamic Extremism
By Larry Altman
Posted 2015-12-04 01:22 GMT
Bennetta Betbadal, born in Iran in 1969, fled to America when she was 18 to "escape Islamic extremism and the persecution of Christians that followed the Iranian Revolution," her family said in a statement.
On Wednesday, she was among the 14 victims shot to death at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino by a husband and wife under investigation for possible Islamic extremism [news reports now confirm Malik and Farook were linked to Islamist extremists: Click HERE].
The family statement said Betbadal settled in New York City after she came to America and eventually moved to California, where she married her husband (Arlen Verdehyou), a police officer at Riverside Community College, in 1997.
They moved to Rialto and had three children, two boys and a girl now ages 10, 12, and 15. After graduating from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in chemistry, Betbadal took a job as an inspector with the San Bernardino County Health Department in 2006.
Verdehyou said he and his wife exchanged texts at 8 a.m. Wednesday. He told her he had withdrawn money from the bank and would do some Christmas shopping. He told her to have a great day.
Betbadal left the house excited about a presentation she was scheduled to give to her supervisors and co-workers at their annual meeting at the IRC.
"She decorated a beautiful Christmas tree," her husband said.
The couple, religious Roman Catholics, were married in March 1997.
According to her LinkedIn account, Betbadal also had a bachelor of science degree in biotechnology. She spoke Farsi and Assyrian and listed her skills as government, policy, research, training, analysis, community development, policy analysis and program development.
On Thursday, Verdehyou was with his two sons and daughter at their Rialto home as they awaited word of Betbadal's fate. Although he had not heard from her since their Wednesday morning text exchange, he was holding out hope.
The news finally arrived when coroner's officials came to the door.
Family members said Betbadal's greatest love was for her husband, her children and her extended family. A gofundme account was established to assist them.
In the statement issued to the news media, the family said: "It is the ultimate irony that her life would be stolen from her that day by what appears to be the same type of extremism that she fled so many years ago."
Rest in peace, Bennetta. May flights of angels lead you to paradise and peace.

May Malik and Farook meet with the justice they denied their victims. May God grant them a swift and just judgement.

May the infant daughter of Malik and Farook come to know the sacredness of life and choose to follow a way of peace and respect for all human life. Amen.

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