The first soldier in the upcoming Christian War on Culture has been dealt with. But note the arrogance with which he behaved at sentencing:
In the Atlanta courtroom, Rudolph sat stone-faced and answered questions calmly and politely. But in Birmingham, Ala., he winked at prosecutors as he entered court, said the government could "just barely" prove its case, and admitted his guilt with a hint of pride in his voice.
With his head tilted back, Rudolph looked down his nose slightly as U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith in Birmingham asked whether he set off a 1998 blast at an abortion clinic there that killed an off-duty police officer and maimed a nurse.
"I certainly did, Your Honor," Rudolph said.
Emily Lyons, who lost an eye and nearly her life in the clinic attack, wept and said she was almost physically ill as she watched in court from her front-row seat.
"He just sounded so proud of it. That’s what really hurt," she said.
Rudolph issued the statement laced with Bible verses to justify bombs packed with roofing nails and screws, saying the attacks were eye-for-an-eye retribution for a society and a government that sanctions abortion.
"Because I believe that abortion is murder, I also believe that force is justified … in an attempt to stop it," Rudolph wrote in the statement handed out after he entered his pleas.
In court in Birmingham, he drummed his fingers on the side of a lectern as a prosecutor told of the Wal-Mart hose clamp that was found inside the body of off-duty policeman Robert "Sande" Sanderson and the pieces of a remote control receiver in the nurse’s body.
What a dick.