Police believe they have now found the man responsible for a New Year’s Eve fire at a Pensacola clinic that provides abortions, and that the motive was simply that he was against abortion.
According to the Washington Post, Bobby Joe Rogers, a homeless man who often was seen in the area across the street from the American Family Planning clinic, intentionally set the blaze using a beer bottle full of gasoline and a t-shirt. After starting the fire, he then admitted to waiting at the car wash across the street while he watched the fire catch and spread.
His motive? He was “strongly” against abortion. ”Rogers admitted to intentionally setting fire to the clinic due to his strong disbelief in abortion,” the affidavit stated, and “he stated (he) was further fueled when he recently witnessed a young female entering the clinic while he was sitting amongst anti-abortion protesters.”
The clinic had been the focal point of not only previous violence and firebombing, but repeated protests by anti-abortion groups hoping to provide “sidewalk counseling” to the women entering in an attempt to talk them out of having an abortion. The clinic, which is the only one to provide abortions in the city, is a frequent and recent target of 40 Days For Life Pensacola, who have “denounced” the arson while at the same time reminding their followers that ending abortion “is a matter of LIFE and DEATH. We cannot afford to sit back.”
How can such inflammatory rhetoric not be expected to incite violence by those who follow them? And what exactly was the group saying that would make an man who was against abortion believe that burning down the clinic was the right thing to do?
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