The National Terrorism Advisory System released a bulletin on June 7th warning ‘houses of worship’ are ‘possible targets’ amid a ‘heightened threat environment’ in the US.
“In the coming months, DHS expects the threat environment to become more dynamic as several high-profile events could be exploited to justify acts of violence against a range of possible targets. These targets could include public gatherings, faith-based institutions, schools, racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, government facilities and personnel, U.S. critical infrastructure, the media, and perceived ideological opponents.”
The bulletin said “threat actors have recently mobilized to violence due to factors such as personal grievances, reactions to current events.”
“Given a high-profile U.S. Supreme Court case about abortion rights, individuals who advocate both for and against abortion have, on public forums, encouraged violence, including against government, religious, and reproductive healthcare personnel and facilities, as well as those with opposing ideologies.”
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops hasn’t confirmed whether rumors they were warned about “credible threats” if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
Their spokeswoman Chieko Noguchi said:
“The USCCB does not discuss security matters publicly; we encourage the faithful to be vigilant and if they are aware of any suspicious activity, they should report it to their local law-enforcement.”