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Texas Boy, 17, Jailed for Jihad Threat to Abortion Clinic

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Anti-abortion activists participate in the March for Life, an annual event to mark the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the US, outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, January 18, 2019. (Photo: SAUL LOEB / AFP / Getty Images)
Anti-abortion activists participate in the March for Life, an annual event to mark the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the US, outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, January 18, 2019. (Photo: SAUL LOEB / AFP / Getty Images)

Police officers from Waxahachie, Texas arrested a youth for threatening to “commit jihad” against an abortion clinic. The 17-year old issued his warning on Twitter.

On what may well be the teen’s Twitter page is the following profile description:

I like guns and and [sic] anime and firearms and gun parts and magazines and ammunition and firearms accessories and really cute anime women and guns

The page also includes a dead link to an internet page called N*****.

Troubling Parlance

Looking at the minimal published evidence it seems the boy could well be an extreme anti-abortion activist rather than an Islamist, although the two are not mutually exclusive. Abortion is abhorred by Islamists.

However, what is disturbing in this case is the appropriation of the word “jihad.” Whether one is referring to internal struggle or a campaign of Islamist violence, “jihad” is very much an Islamic word.

It should be of concern to policymakers and law enforcement that such phrases are now being used to refer to attacks other than those with an Islamist motivation.

 

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