On July 24, 1994 former Presbyterian minister Paul Hill murdered two people and seriously injured a third in a terrorist attack on a Pensacola, Florida abortion clinic. From the Wikipedia article:
Paul Jennings Hill (April 30, 1954 – September 3, 2003) was an anti-abortion activist and a terrorist connected to the Army of God, who was convicted of the murders of physician John Britton and his clinic escort, James Barrett, outside a Pensacola, Florida abortion clinic on July 29, 1994. In addition to the two murders, Hill seriously wounded Barrett’s wife. Sentenced to the death penalty under Florida law, Hill died by lethal injection, making him the first person to be executed in the U.S. for killing an abortion provider, though several others were imprisoned on similar charges at the time.
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, George L. Wilson of Children Need Heroes and Drew Heiss of Street Preach are planning to celebrate Hill and other terrorists (Shelley Shannon and James Koop) during “Paul Hill Days” (July 26-29). Frederick Clarkson at Talk to Action and John J. McKay at Archy have more details, as do Greg Laden and PZ Myers.
It never ceases to amaze me that the US government tolerates and coddles some terrorists, while allegedly waging a “war on terror”. How is it that in this time of “war” some terrorist organisations run by religious extremists are tolerated? It seems to drive the point home that the “war on terror” is only a marketing campaign to get politicians elected, while spending other people’s blood (be it American soldiers or Iraqis attending a wedding).