More Information Revealed About Man Who Tried to Bomb Abortion Facilities

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 13, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

More Information Revealed About Man Who Tried to Bomb Abortion Facilities

by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 13, 2003

Miami Beach, FL ( — Investigators revealed more information on Thursday about Stephen John Jordi, the man whom FBI agents arrested this week on suspicions of plotting to firebomb several abortion facilities in Florida and nationwide.

Pastors in the small Florida town of Coconut Creek informed police about him at least four days before he was apprehended.

Jrodi had taken a vocal position in support of Paul Hill and Eric Rudolph, a defrocked pastor who was sentenced to death for the murder of an abortion practitioner and his bodyguard.

Tom Hunter, assistant pastor at First Baptist at Hillsboro in Coconut Creek, told reporters on Thursday that he and other area pastors confronted Jordi several months earlier regarding his pro-violence position. Whe Jordi learned he views conflicted with those of the pastors and Biblical teaching, he left the church.

"He specifically asked if we felt it was biblical to blow up abortion clinics to combat those who performed abortions," First Baptist Pastor Jerry Williamson wrote in a letter to polic warning them about Jordi.

"Our counsel to him was that scripture teaches against violence. He then asked that his name be removed from the (church) membership," Williamson wrote, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinal.

The pastors didn’t believe Jordi would carry through on his thoughts.

Police said days before his arrest, Jordi bought a large container of propane gas from a home improvement store. Authorities sprang into action after Jordi made another purchasr that would have put him closer to being ready to make a hommade bomb.

Jordi is in jail and awaits a hearing on Monday on the charges filed against him.

He also planned to tagret churches that supoort abortion and gay nightclubs — similar to the approach taken by Eric Rudolph. Neither man has any ties with pro-life organziations or history of involvement with pro-life groups.