Rudolph the Red-Handed Terrorist
After nearly four years on the run, Eric Robert Rudolph may be getting some breathing room from law enforcement officials. According to a recent CNN report, the FBI is “scaling back its search” for the suspected 1996 Olympics bomber after spending more than $30 million in the hunt for the missing fugitive.
Rudolph, who some speculate has disappeared into the wilds of the mountains of North Carolina, has been charged with placing in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Olympic Games a bomb that killed one person and injured more than 100. He is also suspected of the double bombing at the Otherside Lounge, a gay and lesbian bar, in Atlanta on February 21, 1997.
Since May 1998, Rudolph has been on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List.
He was remembered recently in two letters received by a shoe store in Andrews, North Carolina and by the Andrews Journal newspaper–purportedly sent by the Army of God. According to an Associated Press report, “The typed letters were topped with the words ‘Eric Robert Rudolph’ and ‘May God be with you,’ ” and they vowed to use “lethal force” to stop abortions.
The letters said: “We the remnant of the god-fearing men and women of the United States of Amerika [sic] do officially declare war on the entire child killing industry.” Because “all of the options have expired, we are forced to take arms against you. Our life for yours–a simple equation. Dreadful. Sad. Reality, nonetheless. You shall not be tortured at our hands. Vengeance belongs to God only. However, execution is rarely gentle.”
The Army of God has had a higher profile of late. Shortly after the New Year’s Day beheading of three homosexuals in Saudi Arabia, the Rev. Michael Bray, the so-called chaplain of the Army of God, praised the executions. In an article posted at his website, Bray writes: “While the Christians among us westerners would decline to emulate our Muslim friends in many ways…we can appreciate the justice they advocate regarding sodomy. Might these fellows also consider an embryonic jihad? Let us welcome these tools of purification. Open the borders! Bring in some agents of cleansing. We have no standards of citizenship. Perhaps the issue can be forced and we can get some discussion going.”
Bray, author of A Time to Kill and co-host of the annual antiabortion terrorist-fest known as the White Rose Banquet, also praised the actions of antiabortion terrorist Clayton Lee Waagner. After escaping from an Illinois jail, Waagner spent ten months on the lam. Before he was captured in early December, he admitted to sending letters claiming to contain anthrax to hundreds of abortion clinics. “The use of anthrax or the threat of the same is not popular,” Reverend Bray said, “especially in the wake of 911. But it was certainly effectual. Abortuaries were closed all around the country. Babies were, by all facts of statistics, saved from death.”