Serial Bomber Identified As Failed Conservative Blogger Turned Terrorist
Conservative slacktivist turned terrorist
Beginning March 2, 2018, the city of Austin, Texas was under attack by a serial bomber, with six explosive packages being sent out in total. Of these, one was deactivated but five went off, killing two people and injuring five others.
The terrorist’s name was Mark Anthony Conditt, and, thanks to strong investigative work from state and federal law enforcement officials, he was identified and located before he could distribute his latest parcel. Unfortunately, he reportedly detonated it upon being seeing approaching SWAT, resulting in him dying and one officer being injured.
In the aftermath of this horrible affair, people are wondering the same things: who was this guy and why did a guy in his mid twenties feel the need to terrorize innocent people? The investigation is still being conducted, but the news media is starting to get more information, and the picture being painted isn’t friendly.
Lauren McGaughy and Jackie Wang of The Dallas Morning News have gathered information based on interviews with Conditt’s neighbors. One said that his family and him were churchgoers that were “extremely nice.” Like many noted killers that have suffered from sociopathy in the past, though, it is worth pointing out that they often put on a facade that perfectly fools people close to them.
However, the biggest clue as to what his motivations may have been lies in a blog he ran on blogspot called “Defining my Stance” under the username “Tavar.” In it, Conditt made various posts about his views on such sociopolitical topics as abortion, the death penalty, and gay rights among others, all of which out him as yet another socially authoritarian conservative.
For example, when it came to gay rights, Conditt openly attacked the concept, using a ridiculous slippery slope argument championed by Republicans in the past:
“In addition, political protection of a sexual practice is ludicrous. I do not believe it is proper to pass laws stating that homosexuals have ‘rights.’ What about pedophilia or bestiality? These are sexual practices. Should they also be protected by law? If homosexuality is protected by law, why not those as well?”
His views on the other aforementioned topics were just as disgusting to say the least.
Now, it is very possible that none of these stances had anything to do with his ultimate decision to become a terrorist, but they are a sign that he was a disturbed individual that needed help. Many people hold these positions, but less go out of their way to actually advocate for them on an open platform.
Image taken from Danene Conditt’s Facebook Page