…and not brown or a Muslim at all. Who could possibly have anticipated that?
Indeed, the Austin bomber was the archetypal white male Christianist “prolife” conservative: Homeschooled, domineering, went to a little Evangelical Church. With all the standard-issue views of a Trumpian.
In 2012, when he was 17 years old, Austin bombing suspect Mark Conditt laid out his political views in a series of blog posts he wrote for an Austin Community College course on U.S. government.
No motive for the bombings has been disclosed, either by the bomber or by authorities. Four bombings in Austin over 17 days left two people dead and four injured. Another bomb exploded in a FedEx distribution facility, and one unexploded bomb was found at another distribution center. Authorities identified the 23-year-old Conditt as the bombing suspect who died in a bomb explosion during a confrontation with police early Wednesday, the American-Statesman and KVUE have reported, citing local and federal law enforcement sources.
On the blog, Conditt described himself as a conservative. It’s not clear whether politics played any role in the bombings, but the blog posts provide insight into Conditt’s thinking as he was growing up.
He wrote that he was against gay marriage and abortion and in favor of the death penalty.
He also wrote that he supported doing away with the sex offender registration system.
“So you have a guy who committed a crime. Will putting him on a (sex offender) list make it better? wouldn’t this only make people shun him, keep him from getting a job, and making friends? Just for a crime that he may have committed over 15 years ago as a adolescent? On a side note, one fifth of all rapes are committed by a juvenile,” Conditt wrote.
On abortion, he wrote: “First, if a women does not want a baby, or is incapable of taking care of one, she should not participate in activities that were made for that reason. Second, if we are going to give women free abortions, why not give men free condoms, or the like? Is it not up to the couple to take these preventive measures?”
Naturally, on Facebook, astute Christianists from the Party of Personal Responsibility are zeroing in on the TRVTH:
I suspect an anti capitalism, not my president, Antifa connection.
Yeah. Nailed it. A white male Evangelical “prolife” guy blowing up people of color and talking about how sex offending males just need to be left alone. That definitely does not fit the Alt Right profile or anything. Must be Antifa. It needs to be Antifa. It shall be Antifa.
The magical thinking of the Trumpian Christianist is never more in evidence than with the diabolical parody of the creative Word of God that thinks it can just lie an alternative reality into existence by the power of the word.