Rudolph attacked the Centennial Olympic Park in an attempt to thwart the celebration and cause the event to close, drawing attention to his issues with the government, homosexuality,abortion, and mixed-race couples. Rudolph consequently bombed two abortion clinics and a night club that had a lesbian night, claiming to be a “soldier” in the Army of God and fight against these evils that continue to ruin America (Chapman, 2013).Sense of PurposeEric Rudolph, a self-proclaimed “soldier” of the Army of God, was introduced to alt-rightextreme religious ideology as a teenager in the 1980’s, however, Rudolph was known to be a loner and secretive. Eric Rudolph, much like Theodore Kaczynski, formed his own radical beliefs and conclusions though his exposure to extreme political views began as a teen in North Carolina. Eric Rudolph’s neighbor Tom Branham, was a father figure to Rudolph and his brothers, but who had an extreme view of politics. This experience combined with his brief experience with the Church of Israel in Missouri, formed the ideological baseline that would later manifest itself as ultra-violent, alt-right, Christian avenger mentality (Wilkinson, 2003). Rudolph also studied history, politics and religion and through his own volition developed a sense of duty to fight the tyranny of the U.S. Government and fight against the sanctioned crimesof homosexuality, inter-racial marriage, and abortion among others.Becoming a soldier of God’s ArmyEric Rudolph never claimed that any experience in his life was the driving force behind his development into a “soldier” of God. Rudolph’s life was not perfect, he, his mother and his brothers all struggled. Though he was not directly influenced by a group of people with a
ERIC ROBERT RUDOLPH 4purpose to radicalize, Rudolph simply experienced cognitive transitions that were emergent experiences that shaped his cognitive disposition with respect to religion, government, abortion, human sexuality and race. Sageman’s Four Prongs - Moral Outrage, Frame to interpret the World, Resonance with personal experience, and mobilization through networks - best describe how Rudolph came to be.
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