So, quick: What do you call someone who cobbles together a homemade explosive device that he will then plant in a public building in order to make a political point and to achieve certain ends by striking fear into the targeted group?
Silly you. They’re only terrorists now if they’re Muslim. Good Christian Amurricans who make their own IED’s are plain old … well, the one who made the bomb in this story isn’t called anything but a “25-year-old” in this story from MSNBC, filed under the heading “Crime and Punishment”:
RIVERDALE, Md. – A man who told police he made a pipe bomb to attack an abortion clinic was arrested Thursday, shortly before the device went off in a friend’s home while authorities tried to disable it, according to court documents.
No one was injured by the explosion, which started a fire that burned the top floor of the Riverdale home, officials said.
Some friends of Robert F. Weiler Jr. had tipped off police about the 25-year-old’s plans Wednesday night.
. . .
According to an ATF affidavit, Weiler planned to bomb an abortion clinic in Greenbelt and use a .40-caliber handgun he had stolen from a friend to “shoot doctors who provided abortions.”
How much do you want to bet that his church, his friends and his family will not be put under surveillance to watch for “fiery sermons” and incitement to terror?
How much do you want to bet that if his name was Salim Ibrahim and he lived in Dearborn and attended a mosque, this would be a story about terrorism?
H/T Thomas, who got it from AmericaBlog.
UPDATE: Shakespeare’s Sister argues that this kind of thing is the direct result of a culture that tolerates eliminationist rhetoric from the likes of Ann Coulter. I’m not so sure I agree, given that abortion-clinic bombings were a lot more frequent in the pre-O’Reilly era. But go read, and see what you think.
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