Homegrown Christian terrorist Eric Rudolph is apparently still terrorizing his victims from inside one of the allegedly most secure prisons in America. Though housed in the most secure sections without access to a computer essays written by Rudolph have been put up on the Army of God website.
In one piece, Rudolph seeks to justify violence against abortion clinics by arguing that Jesus would condone â€œmilitant action in defense of the innocent.â€
In another essay about his sentencing, Rudolph mocks former abortion clinic nurse Emily Lyons, who was nearly killed in the 1998 bombing in Birmingham, and her husband, Jeff. He uses pseudonyms rather than naming the couple, but there is no doubt he is describing them.
Rudolph recalls how Emily Lyons, in court, described the pain of her injuries and made an obscene gesture at Rudolph as she showed off a finger mangled by the blast. Rudolph writes: â€œIt was a great speech and one that the denizens of freedom should be proud to enshrine in a museum somewhere. Perhaps they could put it next to MLKs â€œI Have a Dream.â€™ They could call it â€œI Have a Middle Finger.â€
What really gets my goat is that prison officials are claiming that stopping him would be infringing on his freedom of speech. The Bureau of Prisons expressly permits such an infringement if there is cause to believe that the prisoner’s speech is a threat to the public or connected to criminal activity.
Consider for a moment the situation John Walker Lindh is in. He’s serving a twenty year sentence and part of the sentence is that he not speak Arabic. He is also under a gag order that expressly forbids him from making public statements about his sentence.
Yet Rudolph – a terrorist for Jesus who admitted to being behind four bombings – can send out essays defending the use of violence against American citizens?