Jason Jones, producer of the pro-life movie “Bella” and a father of seven, wrote a moving reflection on the 38 minutes between receiving the ballistic missile alert on his phone and learning that it had been a false alarm, according to The Daily Caller.
‘So it’s today,” Jones said to himself as he loaded his family into the car and headed for a cave—to put as much mountain between his family and Pearl Harbor as possible, he said.
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When Jones, a filmmaker and father of seven, saw the alert, he had one thought: “So it’s today.” Jones was prepared: he grabbed a go bag and his Glock nine-millimeter handgun, packed his family into the minivan, and took off for the Waianae mountain range. He ignored the speed limits. The goal: put the mountain range in between his family and Pearl Harbor, which he thought could be a target. The Joneses would take shelter in nearby Makua Cave, which local lore says is haunted. “I told my family, ‘that’s our rally point,’” he told The Daily Caller on Sunday.
Jason’s two oldest kids, a son and a daughter, are adults and live out of the house. The other five kids are between the ages of four and eleven. When his oldest daughter called, Jason remembered thinking, “If we we don’t intercept this missile, this could be the last time I hear my daughter’s voice,” he said. All across the island, families were having similar “just in case” conversations in anticipation of a possible missile strike.
The Jones children had questions. (Missile sirens will have that effect on four-year-olds.) Why did this happen? What if it had been real? Would they go to Heaven? After doing his best to answer their questions, Jason’s message to his kids was: “Thank God for this experience,” which represented a chance to feel empathy for families fleeing war in other countries. Rushing your family out of the house, fearful that your children will become casualties of war: that’s an experience most Americans are fortunate enough not to experience. But it’s a grim reality for Christians and other religious minorities persecuted in the Middle East.
Here’s his viral Facebook post on the event:
Jones’ expressed the gratitude he felt as he thought of Christians in the Middle East whose everyday was like the day he got the accidental alert.
On the drive home, my ten-year-old son said, “Dad, why don’t we just nuke North Korea off the face of the earth, so we don’t have to worry about this anymore.”
“Are there children in North Korea son?” “Yes.” “Are they as precious as you?” “I don’t know.” “Of course they are, son.” “Are there fathers in North Korea, son?” “Yes.” “Are their lives as precious as your father’s?” “It is better to suffer injustice than inflict injustice.”
It will be hard for people outside of Hawaii to understand the profound impact of this false alarm. A neighbor child told us how her family hid in the closest and her mother cried for an hour. A family prayed the rosary and “waited to meet Jesus.” Another friend told me, “I watched TV and hoped it was a mistake.”
As a filmmaker, writer, and activist I have reflected on democide and total war for almost three decades. Travelled the world from Sudan to Iraq. A year ago this week I was in eyeshot of ISIS traveling with Yazidi and Kurdish soldiers as they fought to defend their families; families that had fled annihilation seeking shelter in caves.
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Today, in Hawaii, I hid in a cave fleeing the annihilation of my family.