deal, Rudolph tells investigators where in western North Carolina he has stashed explosives, which are found and destroyed, according to the Justice Department. April 13, 2005: Rudolph pleads guilty to four bombings in Alabama and Georgia, including the Olympic Park blast. He agrees to be sentenced to four consecutive terms of life in prison. In an 11-page written statement handed out by his attorneys, Rudolph reveals for the first time his motives for the attacks. Following are excerpts of his statement: "I have deprived the government of its goal of sentencing me to death. The fact that I have entered an agreement with the government is purely a tactical choice on my part and in no way legitimates the moral authority of the government to judge this matter or impute my guilt. Abortion is murder. And when the regime in Washington legalized, sanctioned and legitimized this practice, they forfeited their legitimacy and moral authority to govern. I am not an anarchist. I have nothing against government or law enforcement in general. It is solely for the reason that this government has legalized the murder of children that I have no allegiance to, nor do I recognize the legitimacy of, this particular government in Washington. There are those who would say to me that the system in Washington works. They say that the pro-life forces are making progress, that eventually Roe v. Wade will be overturned, that the culture of life will ultimately win over the majority of Americans, and the horror of abortion will be outlawed. Yet, in the meantime thousands die everyday. I ask these peaceful Christian law-abiding Pro-Life citizens, is there any point at which all of the legal remedies will not suffice and you would fight to end the massacre of children? How many decades have to pass, how many millions have to die? I think that your inaction after three decades of slaughter is a sufficient answer to all of these questions. No politician in Washington will ever seriously threaten abortion on demand. And the fools who listen to them, in their hearts, know this but do not care. You so-called 'Pro-Life,' 'good Christian people' who point your plastic fingers at me saying that I am a 'murderer,' that 'two wrongs don't make a right,' that even though 'abortion is murder, those who would use force to stop the murder are morally the same,' I say to you that your lies are transparent. Answer me, is the causus belli of promoting democracy in the Middle East more weighty for waging war than the systematic murder of your own citizens? Along with abortion, another assault upon the integrity of American society is the concerted effort to legitimize the practice of homosexuality. Homosexuality is an aberrant sexual behavior, and as such I have complete sympathy and understanding for those who are suffering from this condition.
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