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October 9th, 2012
05:41 AM ET

Man arrested in plot to blow up 48 churches in Oklahoma

By Joe Sutton, CNN

Authorities in Oklahoma have arrested and charged a 23-year-old man who they say planned to blow up 48 area churches.

Gregory Arthur Weiler II was arrested last week at a motel in Miami, Oklahoma, according to Ben Loring, first assistant district attorney for Ottawa County.

Authorities were tipped off to the plot by workers at the motel about 90 miles northeast of Tulsa. One discovered a duffel bag full of Molotov cocktails near the outside trash, while a room service employee reported suspicious items in Weiler's room, said Loring.

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  1. Mustafa

    for getting caught?????

    you make a lot of sense..... not.... ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ™‚

    October 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  2. Atheist Hunter

    Report this CNN! Some Christian!
    http://www.wnd.com/2012/10/obamas-ring-there-is-no-god-but-allah/

    October 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  3. Gene Gormley

    Religions sure do stir up a lot of unresolvable hatred, don't they? The deeply religious folks, better known as 'zealots' actually go mad.
    If this man truly was plotting to burn down buildings then he must be prevented from hurting people or property. What a waste it would have been if he had succeeded. Those buildings are going to be converted to community meeting houses and performance centers as the religions leave our society. We just have to wait, for the zealots are getting grey and getting gone.

    October 10, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • Petercha

      Seems to me in this case that it's atheism that stirred up the hatred.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • Mustafa

      I'm sure you intend ot be around all that time after ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

      October 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  4. Maybe

    Maybe he's a Christian posing as an atheist just to give atheists a bad rap.

    Taking being a Poe to the extreme!

    October 9, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
    • If you would take a moment to actually look into it . . .

      Sigh . . . nobody reads. He is a Christian cultist who was trying to create a single church. He is a religious purist. It's been all over the news.

      Let me guess – you would now like to say that he is not a true Scots . . . uh, Christian, right?

      October 10, 2012 at 12:47 am |
    • Mike from CT

      His actions sure doesn't line up with the life and teachings of Christ, so I think it is safe to say no he is not a christian. And applying the "there is no Scottsman" fallacy to everything is in itself a fallacy

      October 10, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • Concerned Citizen

      @Mike

      If the shoe fits. To be a christian, in the most basic sense, is to believe that jesus christ is your lord and savior. That's all. Once you start getting into the nitty gritty you can figure out what kind of christian you are, but if you truely believe that christ is lord then you get to take on the ti.tle of christian. Just because this yahoo perverted everything christ taught so that he could rationalize his actions just means he's a really really really bad christian.

      October 10, 2012 at 11:37 am |
    • Yup Yup Yup

      I like the way you recognized that you were committing the "No True Scotsman" fallacy as you wrote your post, and tried to pre-emptively stop the obvious and deserved conclusion. Not much on intellectual honesty, are you?

      October 10, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  5. 2357

    This guy is the real deal as far as practical atheism is concerned. Glad nobody was hurt though.

    October 9, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
    • .

      "Ronald Regonzo" who degenerates to:
      "truth be told" degenerates to:
      "The Truth" degenerates to:
      "Atheism is not healthy ..." degenerates to:
      "Dodney Rangerfield" degenerates to:
      "tina" degenerates to:
      "captain america" degenerates to:
      "Atheist Hunter" degenerates to:
      "just sayin" degenerates to:
      "Chad" degenerates to
      "Bob" degenerates to
      "nope" degenerates to:
      "2357" degenerates to:
      "WOW" degenerates to:
      "fred" degenerates to:
      "!" degenerates to:
      "pervert alert"

      This troll is not a christian..

      October 10, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
  6. Portland tony

    Another mentally ill person.....Pray for him all ye Christians, burn him at the stake or do both depending which Church you belong to!

    October 9, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
    • Petercha

      No Christian church advocates burning anyone at the stake. If you want to see capital punishment for transgressions like this, you'll have to look to islam.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  7. M khan

    Where's the word terrorist in this article?

    October 9, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Good question.

      October 9, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
    • Kaybee

      That word is only reserved for Muslims, what do you think?

      October 10, 2012 at 9:09 am |
    • derp

      I guess you missed the part of the article where it explains that he was charged with violating Oklahoma's ANTI TERRORISM law.

      Can you camel fvckers even read?

      October 11, 2012 at 10:05 am |
  8. Sam Yaza

    is their any evidence suggesting he was an atheist, no. is there any evidence that he was going to do this, no. in America the man is innocent until you can prove with out a reasonable doubt other wise. their are to many unknown factors in this case, and this report is rather ambiguous to give any definite evidence to the contrary.

    but it seem the Christians on this site have already jumped to conclusions, just like the Muslims did about the blasphemy charge of a Pakistani girl.

    i don't know about you but my Goddess Athena, want me to remain Just, skeptical and void of making rash opinions.

    this man is innocent unless you can prove other wise.

    October 9, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      but if i had to make an assumption; this man is troubled.he is likely a victim of persecution at the hands of Christians; like so many LGBTQ, polytheist, animist, spiritualist and atheist are, judging from the torn notes, broken bottles and wicks. he came to his senses. now i ask; any one who has ever faced persecution, how often to you think about retaliation?

      even i fill from time to time climbing up the local churches steeple, and taking a chainsaw to the symbol of my suffering and the suffering of my people.

      Christians caused this in this man, you are monsters.

      October 9, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
    • If you would take a moment to actually look into it . . .

      Google his name, Sam. You will find that other news agencies have been a bit more thorough: he is a religious fanatic. And a mentally ill junkie. But the one thing he isn't is an atheist.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:49 am |
    • Mustafa

      Is you rgoddesss your own just for you , or are you willing to share? ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

      October 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • Sam Yaza (a Devil in a white dress)

      absolutely
      Athena rules

      wisdom through reason and skepticism.

      not through a horrible tyrant that just "says so"

      October 10, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • Sam Yaza (a Devil in a white dress)

      If you would take a moment

      i have been looking into it, it appears he is Christan killing Christians, sectarian violence its called.

      October 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • Sam Yaza (a Devil in a white dress)

      he probably thought to him self; all these sects are influenced by Satan, and must be purged,.. or since his life was such a hell,.. "god is evil"

      in which case i'm cool with

      October 10, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  9. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    October 9, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. The degree to which your assertions may represent truths is 0.0. To help you understand the degree to which your assertions may represent truths, I will access my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE). Using my IEE module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      October 10, 2012 at 1:53 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesnโ€™t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      October 10, 2012 at 10:46 am |
  10. I hate psychos

    I hate psychos who bomb things. They make life suck for everybody.

    October 9, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
  11. ME II

    @Mennoknight,
    And Josephus, of course, wasn't written until the 90's AD so again hardly solid historical evidence.

    October 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • ME II

      also misposted

      October 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  12. Morrรญgan

    Freedom for all of Life
    Death to the Tyrant God

    all those who support the Tyrant shall be judged

    purge the unvirtuous from the world.

    to day we do not ride against Fomorii, but the Angels.

    we shall avenge Cernunnos.

    and kill this treacherous God

    October 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
    • me

      dude....You are kidding, right? But, you sound hatefull though – you uncapable litlle ant

      October 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      belittling her will not ease her rage; that what caused it. still she has a point. the subjugation of nature is enough to despise Christians; the fairy are the forces of nature, so Morrรญgan has every right to be at rage with Christians

      October 9, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
  13. Sam Yaza

    its not terrorism.

    its liberation

    terrorism is what Christians do; he was fighting the terrorist; we should be giving him a Medal of Honor.

    October 9, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • Petercha

      Wow, hate much, Sam?

      October 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • Mustafa

      for getting caught???? yeah! not really you make a lot of sense .. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ™‚

      October 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • Athena

      Petercha i have my reasons, with God its a personal matter.

      i have a question Petercha, if some one killed your husband/wife and children; then did the same for every family you love; then through you in to prison for life/eternity because you dared love them, more then him. how would you act?

      October 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • sam Yaza

      sorry this goes here

      sorry that me different name and incarnation and what.

      im also called

      Lucifer
      the Devil
      the Divine feminine

      and a
      hole host of different names.

      im the goddess with 1000 names and one image Damn~nd!

      October 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  14. Sam Yaza

    better luck next time brother

    October 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  15. ME II

    @Mennoknight,
    And Pliny, I think, didn't so much docu.ment Jesus, but the Christians and what they did. No one denies the existence of Christians.

    October 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • ME II

      misposted

      October 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • Christianity and Islam is a mental disease- FACT

      ME if you had jesus you wouldnt have misposted

      October 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • ME II

      May God guide me in the true ways of the interwebs...

      kidding, of course.

      October 9, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  16. Christianity and Islam is a mental disease- FACT

    Seeeeeee Atheists are evil...we finally have an example.

    October 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  17. fat guy

    I bet he is a dirty jew.

    October 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • Petercha

      Geez, anti-Semitic much, fat guy?

      October 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  18. therealpeace2all

    @Mennoknight

    " changed the course of history by bringing peace. "

    Uh... not so much.

    Peace...

    October 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  19. Writer

    About a year ago, I wrote a novel about this happening. No one was interested. It went unpublished.

    October 9, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • Maybe you are just a hack

      Was it a religious freak who blew up churches, as this guy is? Or did you chum out total pulp diarrhea and come up with an atheist psychobomber, because you love to villify people with a different opinion than yours?

      October 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • Writer

      The terrorist was an atheist, but given that I'm also an atheist, it didn't quite have the bent that you are suggesting. Rather it looked at the problems we have of reducing those of different opinions to villians or idiots. It placed the blame not simply on the person committing the crimes, but on the atmosphere that we have created in our political discourse.

      October 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Wondering

      โ€œ[Six principles that make for a good story:] 1. Absence of lengthy verbiage of a political-social-economic nature; 2. total objectivity; 3. truthful descriptions of persons and objects; 4. extreme brevity; 5. audacity and originality: flee the stereotype; 6. compassion.โ€
      โ€• Anton Chekhov

      October 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • Writer

      Chekhov never said don't touch on political topics–only that we shouldn't spend time writing a treatise within the works. Political novels have been powerful in world literature. Take, for instance, Bulgakov's Master and Margarita or Pamuk's Snow.

      October 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • Christianity and Islam is a mental disease- FACT

      Writer

      About a year ago, I wrote a novel about this happening. No one was interested. It went unpublished.
      ---

      After reading your posts, I see why it was not published. Keep your Burger King job.

      October 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  20. derp

    Funny how he believing in iron age fairy tales is fine, until you try to blow up a building. Then you have a mental problem.

    I have to admit that I can't seem to figure out why it's acceptable to believe in magic sky wizards, virgin births, and talking snakes, but this dude is considered totally loco for wanting to blow something up.

    October 9, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • Mennoknight

      You are nuts! This man wanted to burn down private property, endangering many people's lives.

      While on the other hand the story of Jesus is not made up. It is real history recorded by eye witness accounts with the vast majority written down between 15 and 45 years after Jesus (With the book of John and Revelation written down 60 years after).

      It is collaborated by over a dozen secular Roman and Jewish historians

      It is the true story that changed the course of history by bringing peace.

      October 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @Mennoknight

      " it changed the course of history by bringing peace. "

      Uh... not so much.

      Peace...

      October 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • derp

      "It is collaborated by over a dozen secular Roman and Jewish historians"

      There is not one contemporary secular account of Jesus existence in Jewish or Roman records.

      The first gospels date no sooner than 35 years after the supposed date of Jesus death, and not a single original text exists.

      All four gospels contradict each other. All four gospels were edited multiple times before the council of Nicea.

      There are over 2,000 conflicting versions of the "true word of god".

      "It is the true story that changed the course of history by bringing peace"

      Yes those peaceful crusades, the peaceful spanish inquisition, those peaceful witch burnings, and the peaceful holocaust.

      Oh, and this bomber guy is one of your own. Yeah peaceful.

      It is bizarre that society has zero problem with delusional zealots believing a story that has more holes in it than swiss cheese.

      October 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • derp

      And the word you are looking for is "corroborated."

      October 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • ME II

      @derp,
      I don't disagree with your point, but I think the word you are looking for is "contemporaneous".

      October 9, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • MennoKnight

      The Christian's faith is based on the historic reality of Jesus Nazareth who is proven beyond a shadow of a doubt to have existed. From a Secular Perspective: Roman Historians
      1. Thallus (52AD)
      2. Pliny the Younger (61-113AD)
      3. Suetonius (69-140AD)
      4. Tacitus (56-120AD)
      5. Mara Bar-Serapion (70AD)
      And the Jewish Historian: Josephus (37-101AD)

      The New Testament is the guild-line to Christian living. It is historically accurate. The Letters of Paul were started around 15 years after Jesus and finished around 35 years after.
      And Luke/Acts is written about the 30 years of Jesus life and the 30 years after Jesus. I challenge you to check out the historical accuracy of Luke/Acts. What you will find will sock you. Check out Sir William Ramsay

      October 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @Mennoknight

      Ahem...

      " it changed the course of history by bringing peace. "

      Uh... not so much.

      Peace...

      October 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • derp

      1. Thallus (52AD)
      2. Pliny the Younger (61-113AD)
      3. Suetonius (69-140AD)
      4. Tacitus (56-120AD)
      5. Mara Bar-Serapion (70AD)
      And the Jewish Historian: Josephus (37-101AD)

      And yet not a single one was written when jesus was actually supposedly alive.

      Again, there is no record whatsoever of anything to do with jesus life written while it was actually supposed to be happening.

      The earliest accounts are decades afterwards.

      Ever play whisper down the lane.

      Care to explain why there is over 2000 versions of the bible?

      October 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • derp

      "I don't disagree with your point, but I think the word you are looking for is "contemporaneous"."

      No, I actually meant contemporary. However, contemporaneous would probably work as well.

      October 9, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • derp

      "contemporary, contemporaneous, simultaneous, synchronous, concurrent, coincident, concomitant

      These adjectives mean existing or occurring at the same time. Contemporary is used more often of persons, contemporaneous of events and facts"

      On second, though maybe contemporaneous would have been better. Since I am disputing the actual existence of jesus, is that a challenge of the persons existence, or the facts surrounding their existence?

      October 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • MennoKnight

      For your criteria there is Luke / Acts as your answer:
      All great histories are written that way. For instance I just finished reading the Rise and Fall of the Thrid Riecht by William L. Shirer. He interviewed and researched and I learned what happened during that dark time in history. But by your standards, because it was written 53 years after the events it is no good.

      It is written much as any great history book is written. It is first written by a Roman trained historian who was also a doctor. It is also a combination of personal eye witnesses accounts (Mary, Peter, James half brother of Jesus, Paul etc...) as well as personally being a eye witness.
      Luke writes 30 years after, and then in the second half of the story he himself enters into the narrative as part of the journey!
      Every location, every secular leader is proven beyond a shadow of a doubt to have lived and existed at this time. Luke's narratives are simply phenomenal.

      Care to explain why there is over 2000 versions of the bible?
      This is extremely simple and easy to explain. These are Not versions but translations. The bible has been translated in part or in whole into over 2200 languages. That means that there is a different translation for each language. And then in langues like English we update the grammar and wording as our language changes over the years.
      And all reputable translations say the same thing in all critical areas of theology. The only difference is word order.
      But please don't just talk about the Bible, read it.
      The perfect place to start it read Luke / Acts.

      October 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • MennoKnight

      derp,
      Your analogy of whisper down the lane does not work when you are dealing with the written word.
      When you have something written out in front of you, you then copy it word for word and then get three separate people to proof read, the changes for mistakes are very slim.

      October 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • ME II

      @Mennoknight,
      Not a scholar, but wasn't Thallus the subject of a debunking by Africanus about the "darkness" being an eclipse? In other worlds, isn't the mention of Thallus not only second hand, but also a statement that Africanus didn't agree with Thallus.

      October 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • ME II

      @Mennoknight,
      And Pliny, I think, didn't so much docu.ment Jesus himself, but rather the Christians and what they did. No one denies the existence of Christians.

      October 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • ME II

      @Mennoknight,
      Also, didn't Suetonius' reference place Jesus in Rome in 49AD disturbing the peace, which caused Cladius to kick the Jews out of Rome? How is that a validation of historicity of Jesus? Or are you claiming the resurrected Jesus was causing riots in Rome in 49AD?

      October 9, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • ME II

      @Mennoknight,
      Tacitus apparently wasn't written until ~110 AD, hardly strong historical evidence.

      October 9, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • ME II

      @Mennoknight,
      Mara Bar-Serapion is interesting for its apparently pagan source, but your date of 70AD is quite optimistic, isn't it? Isn't it actually dated at "sometime after 73 AD but before the 3rd century," And it doesn't actually mention Jesus, or Christ, or Chritians, does it.

      October 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • ME II

      @Mennoknight,
      And Josephus, of course, wasn't written until after 90AD so again hardly solid historical evidence.

      October 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • thecollegeadmissionsguru

      @mennoknight, not to be seen as piling on, I didn't read all the responses I admit, but the story of Jesus, if written by the Greeks, would have been a comedy or a tragedy, depending on who wrote it. If Shakespear had written it, then it would have been seen as great literature, NOTHING more.

      The fact that there are so many contradictions even in the Bible, of the life of Jesus, makes his existence suspect. Add that to the fact that NOT ONE single first century historian wrote a single word, not so much about Jesus, but about the remarkable event that was his birth and his death. At his death, supposedly the earth shook, day turned to night, and the eath opened up and dead prophets rose and walked among men. Sounds like a current day Zombie movie to me.

      October 9, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
    • End Religion

      Either God can do nothing to stop catastrophes, or he doesnโ€™t care to, or he doesnโ€™t exist. God is either impotent, evil, or imaginary. Take your pick, and choose wisely.

      October 11, 2012 at 2:15 am |
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