From what I understood at work today, Father Alexios is okay. He is in the hospital, having sustained four blows to the head with the tire iron. This maniac chased him three blocks, and told the police that he was yelling "Allah akbar," when he was, in fact, yelling, "HELP ME!" It was made quite clear that the marine mistook him for a Muslim. Poor Fr. Alexios doesn't speak much English, so there was no way for him to defend himself from the marine's mistaken presumption.
He doesn't wear a cross because he is a monk, from what I understand. I'm not sure what that means, actually, but that is what I was told.
I know that people have meant it innocently, but there is nothing funny about this. I find it absolutely horrifying that anyone would do this to another person, Muslim or not. And knowing Fr. Alexios, it horrifies me even more, as he is a kind, humble, loving person. And personally, I can't say I would object to a long prison sentence. I don't believe in capital punishment, but when a person is so obviously volatile as this marine, I would hope they would put him somewhere where he can't hurt any other innocent people.
Please pray for Fr. Alexios. He was almost martyred today.