Eric Rudolph, the Olympic Park bomber who also killed one person and maimed another when he bombed a women’s clinic in Birmingham, is keeping busy writing essays from prison. He has one of his wackjob pals post them to the Army of God website (no, I’m not going to link).
In one piece, Rudolph seeks to justify violence against abortion clinics by arguing that Jesus would condone “militant action in defense of the innocent.” [Yeah, I guess that's why Jesus called on his followers to murder the people who crucified him. Oh, wait -- he didn't.]
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: “It 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 `I Have a Dream.’ They could call it `I Have a Middle Finger.’” [Gee, aren't you proud? Its really brave to make fun of someone who was injured by a bomb that you set.]
Jeff Lyons, Emily’s husband, is concerned that Rudolph’s ramblings could incite more violence against clinic workers. The Bureau of Prisons can reject inmate correspondence
…for “the protection of the public, or if it might facilitate criminal activity.” That includes material “which may lead to the use of physical violence.”
So far, the Bureau hasn’t responded to queries as to whether Rudolph’s writings violate the rules, but this is worrisome:
A Justice Department report last fall criticized the [supermax] prison [where Rudolph is held, along with Unabomber Ted Kaczyinski and 9/11 plotter Zacarias Moussaoui] for not properly screening inmate mail. It determined that three men convicted in the World Trade Center bombing were able to send dozens of letters overseas to suspected terrorists.
I expect Eric and the Army of God get around the restrictions by avoiding overt exhortations to attack abortion providers, but the website lionizes perpetrators, which can be a real draw for unbalanced publicity-seekers who want to be “martyrs” for the cause.
Whatever your position on abortion, sane people don’t use or advocate bombs or guns to get their way. Eric Rudolph is a kook. He’s also a creep and a coward. His victims and their families have to live with the damage he inflicted on them. I wish they never had to hear his name again.