Evil as Fanatical Impiety

  • Daryl Koehn


The world was stunned by the September ii bombings of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. What is perhaps even more shocking is that this bombing was not that unusual. In 1995, Timothy McVeigh blew up the federal building in Oklahoma City. During the past few years, American authorities have identified and foiled other terrorist plots hatched by United States citizens. A Florida militia planned to destroy a nuclear power plant, while Michigan militia members made arrangements to bomb two federal buildings. A group in Missouri plotted to kill thousands at the opening of a military base in Fort Hood, Texas. Meanwhile, militia in northern Montana amassed machine guns and pipe bombs to be used to murder a score of local officials. Anticipating that the National Guard would be summoned to restore order, the militia planned a second attack on the rescuers. They apparently hoped that other right-wing militants would join them in a revolution to overthrow the United States government and establish a new regime controlled by white Christians.1


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    Daryl Koehn, Rethinking Feminist Ethics (New York: Routledge, 1998), ch. 4.Google Scholar

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