Three Christian terrorists who called themselves “The Crusaders” have been sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in federal prison for plotting to bomb a mosque in Kansas.
The three Christian terrorists were convicted last April 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.
Late last week the three Christian terrorists, Patrick Eugene Stein and Curtis Allen of Kansas and Gavin Wright of Oklahoma, were sentenced for their crimes. The Wichita Eagle reports:
U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren sentenced Patrick Stein, the alleged ringleader, to 30 years in prison and Curtis Allen, who drafted a manifesto for the group, to 25 years. Gavin Wright, who authorities said helped make and test explosives at his mobile home business, was sentenced to 26 years.
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.
The Associated Press reports that the men were also associated with a militia group calling itself the Kansas Security Force.
Last October, prior to sentencing, lawyers for the convicted domestic terrorists asked the judge for leniency in their sentencing because the three had been radicalized by the violent rhetoric of Donald Trump.
Associated Press reports that defense attorneys asked the court to take into account “what they called President Donald Trump’s rhetoric encouraging violence.”
At the time of sentencing U.S. District Judge Erin Melgren dismissed defense attorneys’ request, noting:
We have extremely divisive elections because our system is to resolve those through elections and not violence.
Bottom line: Three Christian terrorists who called themselves “The Crusaders” have been sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in federal prison for plotting to bomb Somali Muslims in Kansas.