A trio of white Christian terrorists that called themselves “The Crusaders” have been convicted of plotting to bomb a mosque in Kansas.
The three Christian terrorists were found guilty earlier this week in a 2016 domestic terrorism plot to bomb a Kansas apartment complex that is home to mostly Somali Muslims and is also used as a mosque.
a federal jury found Curtis Allen, 50; Gavin Wright, 49; and Patrick Eugene Stein, 49, each guilty of one count of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction as well as one count of violating the housing rights of their would-be victims.
Wright was also convicted of lying to the FBI.
All three men face life in prison.
According to reports, the Christian terrorists were big supporters of Trump, hated Hillary Clinton, despised Muslim refugees, and wanted to “wake people up” and “start a race war.”
At the time of his arrest, Curtis Allen’s Facebook page showed multiple anti-Muslim posts, including posts promoting violence against and the killing of Muslim people.
In addition, Allen posted Christian based hatred against LGBT people, including an image from Deuteronomy with the following text:
Deuteronomy chapter 22 verse 5. Read your bible everyone. The whole transgender issue is an abomination in the eyes of God
At the time of their arrest, acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall told reporters that the accused men were members of a small Christian militia group called “The Crusaders.”
The Associated Press reports that the men were also associated with a militia group calling itself the Kansas Security Force.In her opening statement of the trial, prosecutor Risa Berkower said:
They wanted to send the message that Muslims are not welcome here — not in Garden City, not in Kansas, not in America.
Defense attorneys for the convicted terrorists argued that there was no conspiracy to bomb the apartment complex and mosque, only some “banter” among friends, claiming that the banter was free speech, protected by the U.S. Constitution.
Instead of a conspiracy, defense attorneys argued the men were entrapped by an over zealous FBI informant.
However, according to reports the defendants conducted surveillance to size up potential targets; stockpiled firearms, ammunition, and explosive components; and even prepared a manifesto describing their beliefs to be published after the bombing.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the verdict “a significant victory against domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”
The Christian terrorists now face up to life in federal prison. Sentencing is scheduled for June 27.