Austin Bomber Suspect Mark Anthony Conditt Wrote Right Wing Blog
Suspected Austin, Texas, bomber Mark Anthony Conditt wrote a right wing blog (video below).
Mark Anthony Conditt reportedly blew himself up in a vehicle after police tracked him to a hotel based on evidence gathered from a FedEx store where he allegedly shipped at least two parcel bombs.
KVUE notes that Conditt was wearing a disguise (video below) when he walked into the FedEx store to mail the packages, but police were still able to gather enough information about his identity.
The Austin-American Statesman reports that Conditt kept a right wing blog in which he supported death penalty, but opposed gay marriage and abortion.
The 23-year-old home-schooler wrote the blog in 2012 for a course on U.S. government at Austin Community College.
Conditt used classic conservative logic to explain his view on abortion:
First, if a women does not want a baby, or is incapable of taking care of one, she should not participate in activities that were made for that reason. Second, if we are going to give women free abortions, why not give men free condoms, or the like? Is it not up to the couple to take these preventive measures?
The accused serial bomber also claimed that homosexuality is “not natural”:
Just look at the male and female bodies. They are obviously designed to couple. The natural design is apparent. It is not natural to couple male with male and female with female. It would be like trying to fit two screws together and to nuts together and then say, “See, it’s natural for them to go together.”
The alleged murderer also shared his views on the death penalty:
Living criminals harm and murder, again – executed ones do not.
Fox News host Geraldo Rivera said that Conditt may have targeted Austin because it is a liberal city (video below):
One point I want to make about Austin, Texas particularly because I believe there is in the location, in the nexus of these crimes, there is some explanation.
Austin is not only the capitol of Texas, it’s also the hub of the main campus of the University of Texas. It is a dot of deep blue in a sea of red. A very liberal town. They want to keep Austin weird — that’s one of their slogans.
So there was a lot of attention to this liberal island in a conservative sea. That might have had something to do with his choice of targets and the timing of these.