Maybe suicide terrorism isn’t the preserve of fanatic religionists afterall.
In Joe Stack’s suicide web rant, which he posted just prior to flying a plane into an Austin office building filled with IRS employees, there is evidence that he was an antitheist of some sort—or at least very hostile toward institutionalized religion. Here’s part of what he said:
My introduction to the real American nightmare starts back in the early ‘80s. . . . Some friends introduced me to a group of people who were having ‘tax code’ readings and discussions. . . . The intent of this exercise and our efforts was to bring about a much-needed re-evaluation of the laws that allow the monsters of organized religion to make such a mockery of people who earn an honest living. However, this is where I learned that there are two “interpretations” for every law; one for the very rich, and one for the rest of us.
The monsters of organized religion. Hmm. Joe Stack seemed to hate not just big government and big business, but big religion. To read the comment in its full context, see page 2 of his letter here.
And I wonder if he was influenced to his final deed by a conclusion that life is not about love and justice, but about dog eat dog survival of the fittest. He doesn’t mention Charles Darwin, but here’s what he says at the end of his letter:
Sadly, though I spent my entire life trying to believe it wasn’t so, but violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer. The cruel joke is that the really big chunks of shit at the top have known this all along and have been laughing, at and using this awareness against, fools like me all along. . . . Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.