Alerts like the one released by the FBI have become commonplace around major events and holidays, said Arnold Bogis, a former Harvard fellow and homeland security consultant. But he said they can help spur local authorities to dispatch extra patrols or be “a little extra-vigilant” around larger gatherings or religious congregations.
“You don’t need an ISIS or a group like that to inspire people to target a church,” he said, pointing to the 2015 massacre of nine people at a South Carolina church at the hands of a white supremacist.
“They’re the ultimate soft targets.”They don't have to be. Arm for church.