Eleven Seattle Gay Bars Get Letters Threatening Ricin Attacks

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

It’s enough to make Rick Warren and his supporters smile.

Eleven gay bars in Seattle were sent letters Tuesday threatening ricin attacks in what some are describing as a hate crime.

The anonymous letters say, “I have in my possession approximately 67 grams of ricin with which I will indiscriminately target at least five of your clients. I expect them to die painfully while in hospital.”

A 12th letter was sent to the alternative weekly The Stranger, according to its Web site. That letter says the paper should be “prepared to announce the deaths of approximately 55 individuals.”

In a statement, the Seattle Police Department said it takes the threat seriously. It has seized the letters and is processing them and is coordinating efforts with the FBI and other Federal agencies.

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18 Responses to Eleven Seattle Gay Bars Get Letters Threatening Ricin Attacks

  1. Nan Yun says:

    The extremists feel empowered now that Prop 8 passed in California.

    There is always a spike in this sort of threat after they secure a victory. The FBI must tamp this down before these extremists can act on their threats.

  2. I hope the track down the sick sob who sent the letter and put him in jail. That is what I would call a domestic terrorist if you ask me.

  3. Kristin,

    Could you elaborate on “struggle?”

    This is something I’ve heard before and to be perfectly honest, I don’t understand.

    For the sake of argument, if you believe two tenets: 1. God made all people on earth and 2. God is infallible, then logically, God made gay people, so where does the “struggle” fit in?

  4. Prairiedog says:

    It’s always the Christians who do the most judging.

    This is one of the reasons I no longer practice any for of organized religion. The hypocrisy was staggering.

  5. Brigadoon says:

    I thought this was a thread about antigay terrorism and their targets? Threatening gay establishments isn’t new. I’ve lived in a number of cities in various states and gay bars and restaurants are regularly the target of fundamentalist lunatics. I’ve said for years now that gay people should be armed. No one will make a victim out of me.

  6. emcee says:

    Being gay is a sin? I reject his type of language. The Bible thumpers can go to hell.

  7. Idaho Librul says:

    Do you guys remember the Atlanta Olympic Park bomber?

    He not only bombed the facility in Atlanta but two gay bars and a public health clinic known for performing abortions.

    This lunatic said he was doing God’s work. Just saying.

  8. Woodcliffe says:

    Has anyone stopped to consider, how much better off humanity would be without organized religion?

    History is awash with unspeakable horrors all in the name of God, Christ, Allah, take your pick, because one will match.

    The current mess in Israel with them destroying the Palestinians is sourced in religion. You could argue the Iraq war isn’t about oil but the west’s focus on destroying radical Islam.

    You mark my words, when the FBI unravels who sent these letters to the Seattle gay bars, the person(s) will be religion wingers.

  9. Harry says:

    Woodcliffe speaks the truth.

  10. feminazi says:

    Idaho Librul – Yes, I remember all too well the Atlanta Olympics bomber. I watched it on live TV and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The problem with threats like this Seattle case is, you don’t really know if the person who mailed the letters is a genuine threat or just a kook? All the more reason why the FBI can’t rest on their laurels.

  11. Fran says:

    “in what some are describing as a hate crime.”

    Ya think??

    Death threats with biological warfare targeted at gay bars, MIGHT be a hate crime?

    Nothing gets past these people!

    This IS domestic terrorism. I hope they catch the perp & fully prosecute.

  12. Mauigirl says:

    These threats are vile and most certainly qualify as terrorist in nature.

    As for Kristen’s notes, she seems to be sincere – if you check out her blog which I just did, she is focused on a lot of humanitarian issues. There are Christians who truly do believe God is love and are trying to do the right thing but have been subjected to the preaching of the religious right who focus on the “sin” of homosexuality. I think she is sincerely trying to understand the whole thing. I would hope that continuing to read From the Left and other blogs that address LGBT issues may help clarify in her mind that the Bible doesn’t say anywhere that gay people are sinners.

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  14. Oh, it’s only terrorism if it’s done by someone swarthy and the target is a bunch of Jesusy crackers.

  15. TheRadicalRealist says:

    Kristin said “Comments such as the go to hell do absolutely nothing in aiding and are about a useful as that terrorist antigay letter.”

    So voicing distaste of a group of people is equally as bad as a terrorist threatening to kill people with a deadly poison?

    And we wonder why religion continues to ruin the world…

  16. Jim says:

    Hmmm. “In hospital.” Sounds European.

  17. libhomo says:

    Obama shares in some of the responsibility for this. By inviting Rick Warren to participate in the inauguration, Obama has legitimized the kind of violence Warren prormotes.

  18. Mauigirl says:

    Stopping back to this thread and I see that Kristen’s original posts were deleted.

    Believe me, I wasn’t defending her attitude toward LGBT people. But I did think she was actually trying to understand things that she obviously has not been exposed to in her sheltered religious life…

    Not all religious fundamentalists are inherently evil (some are). Some are just misguided by their bringing-up and their lack of exposure to diversity in their lives. I had a friend at work who was a Christian fundamentalist; and the propaganda – pamphlets and brochures of all kinds – her church used to give her was amazing. And if that’s all she reads (that and WorldNetDaily) then she doesn’t ever get exposed to the real world or any other opinions outside her own closed group. I think Kristen, whoever she is, should at least get credit for reading From the Left and other information sources that obviously are outside the bounds of her religious upbringing. I think there might be hope for her.

    But maybe I’m being too optimistic. It is certainly possible. I used to think if I had a dialogue with my work friend that we could actually come to a meeting of the minds and at least be open enough to listen to the other side. But we seem to have finally split for good after this election – and no, she never did see my side of things.

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