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4/19/13 at 06:28 PM 7 Comments

Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City Bomber, Was an Agnostic

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On this day in 1995 Timothy McVeigh blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. 168 people were killed by the explosion.

Numerous blogs and articles describe McVeigh as a Christian but that is inaccurate. McVeigh revealed his religious beliefs in a note to the media before he received the death penalty.

The Manchester Guardian reported, "In his letter, McVeigh said he was an agnostic but that he would 'mprovise, adapt and overcome', if it turned out there was an afterlife. 'If I'm going to hell,' he wrote, 'I'm gonna have a lot of company.'"

Last year I visited the Oklahoma City National Memorial. In the midst of a large city there was quiet. In the middle of the memorial is the Reflecting Pond. You can walk up to it and see your reflection.

My favorite part of the memorial is the Field of Empty Chairs. According to Wikipedia, "168 empty chairs hand-crafted from glass, bronze, and stone represent those who lost their lives, with a name etched in the glass base of each. They sit on the site where the Murrah Building once stood. The chairs represent the empty chairs at the dinner tables of the victims' families."

Photo: Flickr/Phil Roeder - Creative Commons
Each empty chair represents someone killed at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995.
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