Doing “God’s work” – Robert Lewis Dear, the Christian terrorist who shot and killed three and injured nine others at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs was extremely evangelistic, obsessed with the world coming to an end, and believed Christ’s forgiveness was a license to kill.
The New York Times reports Dear had a history of praising previous attacks on abortion providers, and said anti-abortion terrorists were doing “God’s work.”
In addition, anonymous associates report Dear praised as “heroes” members of the Army of God, a group that has claimed responsibility for deadly attacks on abortion providers in the past.
In a sworn affidavit as part of her divorce case, Barbara Micheau, Dear’s ex-wife, said the following about the future Christian terrorist:
He claims to be a Christian and is extremely evangelistic, but does not follow the Bible in his actions. He says that as long as he believes he will be saved, he can do whatever he pleases. He is obsessed with the world coming to an end.
The New York Times explains:
Ms. Micheau described Mr. Dear as a serial philanderer and a problem gambler, a man who kicked her, beat her head against the floor and fathered two children with other women while they were together. He found excuses for his transgressions, she said, in his idiosyncratic views on Christian eschatology and the nature of salvation.
For example, Dear wrote the following on one marijuana site in 2005:
Turn to JESUS or burn in hell! WAKE UP SINNERS U CANT SAVE YOURSELF U WILL DIE AN WORMS SHALL EAT YOUR FLESH, NOW YOUR SOUL IS GOING SOMEWHERE.
When taken into custody Friday night, Dear told police: “No more baby parts.” The remark was an apparent allusion to heavily edited, deceptive and dishonest videos about Planned Parenthood designed to generate public outrage and political support for a campaign to defund the organization.
Dear, 57, is currently being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, a charge that could carry a minimum penalty of life in prison or even the death penalty if he’s convicted.
The formal filing of charges in the case, and the next hearing for Dear, is set for December 9.