Army of God
The Army of God (AOG) is a militant anti-abortion group based in the United States that states to be following Protestant Christianity in the use of violence to stop abortion in the US. The group is disavowed by the majority of Christians as extremist and not representitive of the views of mainstream Christianity.
The first known violent action of the group came in 1982. Three men associated with the organization held Hector Zevallos, an abortion doctor, and his wife, Rosalee Jean, hostage. They were later released unharmed. The AOG also claimed responsibility when Michael Bray and two accomplices planted bombs at seven abortion clinics in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. in 1985.
The AOG claimed responsibility for Eric Robert Rudolph's 1997 nail bombing of abortion clinics in Atlanta and Birmingham as well as an Atlanta lesbian bar.
Clayton Waagner, claiming to act on behalf of the AOG, mailed over 500 letters containing white powder to 280 abortion providers in 2001. The letters claimed that the powder was anthrax however the substance tested negative for anthrax.
The group is also associated with a number of assassinations of abortion providers. Some of these assassins, such as Shelley Shannon, claimed association with the AOG; in other cases, while the assassin expressed no affiliation with the group, the AOG has expressed symapthy and support for their acts.