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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Student Planned to Use Bombs on Protesters at Falwell Funeral

posted by on May 22 at 13:57 PM

Holy shit!

Authorities arrested a Liberty University student for having several gasoline-based bombs in his car.

The student, 19-year-old Mark Ewell of Amissville, Va., reportedly told authorities that he was making the bombs to stop protesters from disrupting the funeral service.

Three other suspects are being sought, one of whom is a soldier from Fort Benning, Ga., and another is a high school student. No information was available on the third person.

Authorities were alerted to the potential bomb plot by a concerned relative of Ewell.

Via ABC News

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Yay for Jesus!

Posted by Boomer in NYC | May 22, 2007 1:59 PM

It's almost too bad that christian extremist bombers don't tend to be suicide bombers.

Posted by wwjd | May 22, 2007 2:01 PM

Just an FYI. The target of the attack would have been Fred Phelps and his clan. I'm glad the attack was averted, but part of me is sorry that Phelps & Co didn't burn in a lake of fire.

Posted by elswinger | May 22, 2007 2:06 PM

And what, bombs wouldn't disrupt the funeral?

Posted by Sean | May 22, 2007 2:15 PM

Bomb the protesters? Something'sville Amissville in in youngsville's nogginville.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | May 22, 2007 2:20 PM

Losing the Phelps traveling performance artists would be unfortunate.
Just because they don't know they're comedians doesn't mean they aren't brilliantly funny.

Plus they show exactly how ridiculous the "mainstream" evangelical churches are with their own scriptural adherence.

Posted by dirge | May 22, 2007 2:25 PM

i don't care how atrocious phelps and his ilk are (and they are, quite), they have a right to free speech, and the right-wing whacko nut job religious fanatic kid planning to silence them with gasoline bombs is just awful. and these are the people that claim that we'd have no morals without religion? please. i'm with kant, morality brings religion, but does not come from it.

Posted by jameyb | May 22, 2007 2:27 PM

It seems to me that had they succeeded they would have been very useful idiots indeed.

1.) No more Phelps.
2.) Would have shown the world that Christianists are an equal threat and menace to Islamists.
3.) Bush would have been forced to decry Christian Terrorists with ideological links to Falwell.

Seems like it would have been an insignificant expense to expose Christianists for what they (potential) are.

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | May 22, 2007 2:36 PM

3.) Bush would have been forced to decry Christian Terrorists with ideological links to Falwell.

ya think? there is no way on god's green earth his handlers would allow that, even if his pea brain could conceive of it.

Posted by maxsolomon | May 22, 2007 2:54 PM

@6 - Point of clarity: it's inaccurate to call Phelps and his ilk part of the "mainstream" church. They're more of a self-contained cult, like the Branch Davidians or something.

Posted by Hernandez | May 22, 2007 2:55 PM

those of you on here that wish that he'd been able to carry out his gas-bombs plans against phelps are no better than "terrorists"... don't you realize that this sort of thinking just adds to the problem rather than any solution?

Posted by jameyb | May 22, 2007 2:59 PM

Nice to see Falwell taught his students and followers well and to set an example

Posted by Blaire | May 22, 2007 3:04 PM

@11 its just a little abstract venting about a possible internecine conflict within the religious right. they certainly deserve it for all the devastation they are causing here and abroad.

But the Phelps clan need to stay where they are. They are the best thing for national unity since 9/11, and its a good thing that the country can be united in its hatred of these psychos. especially when they use the same rhetoric as the Christian Right writ large

Posted by Vooodooo84 | May 22, 2007 3:06 PM

At least everyone can now relax and attend a fun-filled afternoon of lynching in Lynchburg. Praise!

Posted by Original Andrew | May 22, 2007 3:21 PM

#11 I guess I wouldn't want them fire-bombed, but if they were doused in pig shit, that would make my day.

Posted by elswinger | May 22, 2007 3:30 PM

Unless this is a plot to get more Rapturites to show up at his ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 22, 2007 3:35 PM

It's nice to see the extremist radical right turn on one another, the crazy fuckers.

Posted by Smarty Pants | May 22, 2007 3:37 PM

It's sort of like watching Alien vs. Preditor.

At least the Phelps group is honest and open in their hatred. I hope they never lose that.

Posted by monkey | May 22, 2007 3:55 PM

A protest at the Falwell funeral? Why bother? It's not like there's any danger of him coming back.

Just let those silly-assed folk put his dead, irrelevant, and (I'm sure) fully formaldehyded ass in the cold, cold ground.

Posted by Bauhaus | May 22, 2007 4:05 PM


Posted by Ignis | May 22, 2007 4:44 PM

If, when, there is a theocracy in this country the top Christian sect will destroy all others. As it will likely be the super fundies, not quite the radical right, there will still be a judgement upon any nonbelievers or believers that don't follow their specific rule of law. It would be another inquisition. Don't, for a minute, believe it could not happen.

Posted by the time has come | May 22, 2007 4:57 PM

You can look up his profile on Facebook.

I almost sent him an email telling him how cute he was, imagining he wouldn't appreciate getting hit on by a gay librul (or a liberal gay), but then I thought better of it, considering he just got busted for making bombs.

Posted by Luke Film | May 22, 2007 6:25 PM

Dr. Falwell was a friend to all. He only wanted to communicate Gods love to each of you and explain the plan of salvation. That would be a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Repent of your sins and make him Lord of your life. He was sold out to reaching a lost world.

Posted by friend of falwell | May 22, 2007 6:39 PM


I think that if everyone followed the examples Christ set while on Earth, the world would be a much better place. And last I checked, Jesus wasn't into making homemade bombs, nor was he blaming the murder of thousands of innocent civilians in a terrorist attack on gays and feminists.

Posted by Kay | May 22, 2007 7:44 PM

There will never be a Xtian theocracy here because the various flavors don't trust each other - although I have been a little creeped out by the seeming willingness of the Catholics and Mormons to join with the Baptists and their ilk on select social issues.

But the barely supressed predjudices lurk just below the surface. That's what makes the Romney canidacy so interesting. How long will it take before the Xtian fundies heads explode over this "cultist"?

Posted by Religion is for Retards | May 22, 2007 9:51 PM

@ 23:

Posted by I'm not using a name | May 22, 2007 10:01 PM

@10 - point of clarity?

I was referring to the vast network of evangelical churches as "mainstream" churches. Each "fundamentalist" evangelical subset has its own list of scripture that must be interpreted literally while ignoring the rules from the other 95% of the Bible.

Or else they'd all go to church on Saturday, have separate buildings for when their womenfolk are "unclean, not borrow or lend money, etc.

Posted by dirge | May 22, 2007 11:53 PM

@27,That has bugged me for a long time. Why do christians go to church on Sunday when it is clear from scripture that it is a sin (no different than homosexuality), and then give Gays crap about their lives?

Posted by sorry you are all going to burn in hell | May 23, 2007 1:20 AM

It's all about tradition.
Not even the most fundie Christian will admit to living the laws of Isreal, they could be called out (even more so) on their hypocracy.
Early Christian leaders wanted to convert the masses, and the masses were used to public worship on the Sun's Day. Early Christians (about 100-200 years after Christ) also wanted to distinguish themselves from Jews, before about 100 AD Christians were cool with being a subset of Judaism.
So after Martin Luther's big tantrum against Rome, the just kept Sunday because they still didn't want to be associated with dirty Jews, and they were just used to going to church on Sunday.

Posted by Enigma | May 23, 2007 8:46 AM

Ah yes, firebombing as conflict resolution. Liberty University sure did a great job of teaching that kid "values."

*eyes rolling*

Posted by Geni | May 23, 2007 1:19 PM

Everything is sacred, including Nothing. Yay!

Posted by Mr. Catnip | May 23, 2007 8:52 PM

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