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Saturday, 14 February 2004

Topic: The Culture

Practicing Religion in These Times: Empty Rhetoric versus Actually Doing Something (if you can...)

In and earlier post Janet Jackson, Jesus and Newsweek I said some unkind things about religion. Sorry.

But then there's this.

See Ex-Ranger pleads guilty in abortion-bombing plot
Larry Lebowitz, The Miami Herald, February 13, 2004

The basics:
A former Army Ranger inspired by anti-abortion activists pleaded guilty Friday to devising a plot to blow up abortion clinics and gay bars nationwide.

Stephen John Jordi, an evangelical Christian from Coconut Creek with a flaming cross tattooed to his right forearm, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted firebombing.

In stark contrast to his agitated, grizzled appearance after his Nov. 11 arrest, Jordi was calm and clean-shaven during the brief hearing at U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale.

In return for the guilty plea, prosecutors John Schlesinger and Gerald Greenberg agreed to drop two other counts: spreading explosive information and possession of an unregistered firearm.
This evangelical Christian seems to be ready to God's work.

Yes, evangelical Christians claim to be about love, and justice in this world. This guy seems to be a little heavy on the justice side.

And how does one get to where Steve here got?
Estranged siblings said Jordi had become increasingly impassioned about a bombing campaign after the arrest of Eric Rudolph last May.

Rudolph, who is accused of orchestrating a bombing campaign against abortion clinics, gay bars and the Atlanta Olympics park, disappeared into the Appalachian Mountains for five years before he was captured last May.

Like Rudolph, Jordi was planning to embark on a firebombing campaign targeting abortion clinics, gay bars and churches that refused to take a tough stance against abortion.

Authorities said Jordi was banking on survival skills he learned in the Army so that he could hide in the mountains between bombings, like Rudolph.

Jordi also corresponded last year with Florida Death Row inmate Paul Hill, who was convicted for the 1994 murders of a Pensacola abortion doctor and his bodyguard.

Jordi and the informant flew to Starke to for Hill's execution on Sept. 3. They were photographed outside the prison with leading members of a militant anti-abortion group called The Army of God.
Well, The Army of God is a curious concept. Steve here thinks he is doing, or was attempting to do, God's will.

Yes, that's not how some others understand God's will. Some chat about love and tolerance.

This business about "purifying the world of evil" through the use of military skills is anomaly, pretty much - save for our official foreign policy these days.

Maybe at the end of Steve's prison term there's a place for him in the second Bush administration, somewhere in the State Department, once Colin Powell is shown the door. He's got the basic concepts down pat. Or maybe he'd fit in at Justice, working for John Ashcroft.

Hey, it's not like these ideas of his come out of nowhere. He's in tune with the zeitgeist.

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