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Guilty Plea in Plot to Blow Up Abortion Clinic

By July 30, 2007

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In April, I wrote about an incident where an IED was left outside an abortion clinic in Austin, Texas. Paul Ross Evans was arrested shortly thereafter and he has pled guilty. What police found on him and in his apartment, though, should be enough to send a chill down the spines of anyone in America who supports personal autonomy and abortion rights.
Evans, 27, who pleaded guilty Friday, had the name and address of Austin lawyer Sarah Weddington, who successfully argued for the decriminalization of abortion in the landmark Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court case. He also had the names and addresses of a stem-cell researcher, a rabbi and a pornography production company, all in California. ...Weddington said Friday that she has been threatened numerous times and police told her that Evans had her name. She said she had never heard of Evans until his arrest. ...

A later search of Evans' apartment, according to the plea agreement, found the following books: "Pipe and Fire Bomb Designs," "Special Forces Demolition Techniques," "The Turner Diaries" and "The Pelican Brief."

"The Pelican Brief," a legal thriller by John Grisham, was marked on a page about a bombing, the plea agreement said. "The Turner Diaries," a 1978 novel that tells in part about a militia blowing up federal buildings, was written by the founder of the National Alliance, a white supremacist organization.

Source: Austin American-Statesman

As disturbing as this is, it's really not surprising. People who hate enough to actually plant bombs outside abortion clinics don't just hate abortion their extremism has become so extreme that their enemies are no longer so narrow and limited. Christian terrorists like Paul Ross Evans also tend to hate Jews (at least those in Hollywood, but not necessarily Israel), women, atheists, liberals, immigrants, etc.

This certainly shouldn't come as a surprise. All extremist religious movements have broad targets that they attack in the name of religious purity. They never go after just one, narrowly defined enemy. They have many, many complaints about modernity most of which center around personal autonomy in defiance of submission to the Will of God. The idea of people living their own lives and making their own choices about what pleases them or seems best for them is anathema to most traditionalist religious systems.

July 30, 2007 at 3:35 pm
(1) tracieh says:

They had an article in our Sunday paper locally. As usual, nothing about his motives. No mention of his religion. However, if he had been a Muslim planting a bomb at a government building, what do you bet his religion would have been in the very first sentence?

The only hint they provide in the article is:

He told the station that he was an artist and that his brain disorder caused him to draw “evil things, demons.”

They also claim mental impairment–which may be connected as well. Still, if it were a mentally ill Muslim who’d done it…?

November 29, 2007 at 7:35 am
(2) John Scott says:

Christian terrorists like Paul Ross Evans

Who said he was Christian?

November 29, 2007 at 8:01 am
(3) Austin Cline says:

Who said he was Christian?

I haven’t seen any news report specifically identify him as a Christian; at the same time, I rarely see Christian terrorists specifically identified as Christians in news reports. The religion of Muslim terrorists if mentioned far more readily and easily than the religion of Christian terrorists. This requires readers to form conclusions based on the evidence given.

In the case, the evidence we have is: no anti-abortion terrorism has ever been committed in America by non-Christians, Evans targeted an abortion clinic and a pro-choice lawyer, Evans tried to send bombs to a religious group that denies the divinity of Jesus, and Evans has tattoos of hands in prayer and a cross. All of this justifies concluding that Evans was likely a Christian and to say so.

Now, I’ve given you the evidence I have indicating he likely was and your response to a request that you provide evidence for your claim to the contrary was to tell me to go find it myself as if it were my job to figure out whether or not your claim could be supported. Sorry, not going to do it.

If you feel like posting on this topic again but aren’t including the relevant evidence, please think twice because these comments exist for discussion and dialogue, not posturing and baseless accusations. If you keep up with the latter rather than the former, you won’t be permitted to continue posting.

March 22, 2011 at 8:18 pm
(4) Zero says:

WHat idiots are lumping him in with the rest of us Christians?
I go to the oldest Baptist church in my area and even I think that chuckleheads a complete moron. But don’t try to be clever and blame this on us.

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