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Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Friday, April 15, 2005

Atlanta Olympic bomber confesses. Press yawns.

I hadn't heard word one about this. Although the media was all over Richard Jewell when he was a prime suspect, the fact that the actual bomber was caught doesn't seem to have garnered much media attention. Why would that be? Well, they just might be accused of being crackpot liberals. You see, the man who killed two and injured 120 turns out to be a Christian fundamentalist on a moral crusade against homosexuality and abortion.

From Crooks and Liars:

ATLANTA - A defiant Eric Rudolph pleaded guilty Wednesday to carrying out the deadly bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and three other attacks, saying he picked the Summer Games to embarrass the U.S. government in front of the world “for its abominable sanctioning of abortion on demand.” Because I believe that abortion is murder, I also believe that force is on

His statement is here

This seems like the story cable news would be tripping all over each other to cover round the clock. It has everything any producer could want. A mad bomber right out of a Hollywood script that attacked the Olympics. He killed two people and injured 120! That's like almost three football teams.

White Supremacist ties and anti-semitic values. 250 pounds of dynamite just waiting for the fuse to be lit. There should be hundreds of protestors camped outside the Atlanta courtroom lashing out at judges and prosecutors for not seeking the death penalty. James Dobson should be on FOX News declaring that "the whole legal system is out of control and are derailing our judicial system. We have the death penalty for a good reason. How could any civil minded judge go along with this plea bargain anyway?" I can see signs held up amid the gaggle of the press that reads: "God said an eye for an eye!" Oh wait, sorry....he's an anti-abortionist. He believes in the culture of life. He hates gays too. Sorry, my mistake.

(Update): All Spin Zone has more: There are a lot of people out there who, if not overtly agreeing with Rudolph's actions, at least sympathize with the "moral forces" that drove him. Some of those people are running the country.

(Update) LaShawn Barber: I’m going on record to say that I’m appalled by what Eric Rudolph did.