AT 9.30 p.m. on 21 December 2016, gay rights zealot Jaden Duong parked a hired van loaded with four 9kg gas tanks in front of the Australian Christian Lobby headquarters in Canberra and ignited this less-than-Oklahoma – but by no means toyish – bomb with a lighter. The ensuing explosion caused $100,000 damage to the building. The 35 year-old Duong survived the blast with serious burns, then staggered 4.5 kilometres to Canberra Hospital where he was interviewed by police for seven or eight minutes. After he was transferred to Sydney’s Concord Hospital, staff there quoted him in treatment notes saying he targeted the ACL because he was “not a huge fan.” He had given detectives in Canberra the same explanation – “because I dislike the Australian Christian Lobby” – and told medicos on arrival that he drove the van “up to a church.”
Duong’s confession, in extremis – with accompanying admissions of hatred for religion in general and Christian sexual ethics in particular – added up to undeniable proof of a malicious hate crime. It was what the Americans call a slam-dunk. But these facts only became public in September 2017 when Duong – inexplicably on bail – pled not guilty on grounds of insanity to arson and property damage in the ACT Magistrates Court. There the police record of interview, such as it was, had to be tendered. It was during those proceedings, sadly, that Duong succeeded in committing suicide. His lawyer, Peter Woodhouse, told journalists this was “further evidence” that Duong’s crime had “always been a mental-health issue and nothing more than that.” On the contrary, it proved he was competent enough to kill himself without bombing the ACL.
Homosexual Duong lived for several years in San Francisco. In 2014, he was a campaign volunteer for city politico, David Chiu. A careerist within the Democratic Party machine, Chiu was (and is) an anti-Church extremist. Two years before the ACL bombing, he co-authored as a state assemblyman the Reproductive FACT Act that was intended to force crisis pregnancy centres run by Christians to post advertisements for abortion clinics in their offices. Thanks to Donald Trump – who appointed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court in 2017 – the law was ruled unconstitutional in June 2018. It is important to note in passing that legislation that compels Christian service organisations to refer-on patients and clients to abortionists and “assisted suicide” killers is an ideological feature of laws enacted in Australia by Labor governments. Such laws not only incite violence but constitute it, per se. Duong’s appetite for Oswald-like loitering around a cause was not sated by placing himself and his IT expertise at the disposal of merely one far left California Democrat. He also volunteered for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Like Chiu, she was a gay rights militant and a fanatical opponent of Christian liberty. Her policy of imposing sanctions on Red States that had passed laws protecting religious freedom garnered national attention in 2015.
From the outset, then, abundant evidence existed establishing that Duong’s crime was politically, religiously and ideologically motivated. If the oddball contestant in the Mr Gay Asia Pacific Alliance pageant hadn’t already admitted as much – which he certainly had – police would have come to that conclusion in less than an hour via LinkedIn and Google. On the morning of 22 December, however – scarcely several hours after the attack – ACT Police officially concluded “the actions of the individual were not politically, religiously or ideologically motivated” and were nothing more than a suicide attempt. The ABC reported this statement at 5.43 a.m. Then ACL managing director Lyle Shelton was understandably astonished.
Most people assumed the bombing was related somehow to the then raging debate about whether or not to legalise same-sex ‘marriage.’ Shelton reported to police “a number of death threats and threats of violence” over the course of that year. Protecting the gay lobby at that particular time – while gas-lighting the gas-bombed Christians – was always going to hold, though, because most journalists were thrilled by the narrative. By 2 p.m. a chuffed Guardian was attacking Shelton for his refusal to “to retract his claims a van explosion was targeted at the Australian Christian Lobby.” Those “claims,” of course, were absolutely true. In less than 24 hours, the victims were the baddies and the perpetrator the victim. In a Senate estimates inquiry in October 2017, Liberal senators Ian Macdonald and Eric Abetz did press then Australian Federal Police commissioner Andrew Colvin to explain the “bizarre” story line – finalised before Duong was even properly interviewed – but he argued the culprit’s motives had to be seen in “context.” Labor senator Louise Pratt, a member of the Parliament’s LGBTI group, said she found the questioning of the commissioner “on behalf of the ACL” to be “disturbing.” More so than a wannabe McVeigh.
As strategy, deceit on this scale is rational, albeit lamentable and dangerous. That’s because police and intelligence officials know their budgets and operations are now downstream from a left-wing culture that will not tolerate besmirchment, let alone indictment. Christians are easy targets: the media hates them and the state won’t protect them. Which bring us, inexorably, to the Wieambilla shootings of December 2022. The murder of two Queensland police officers and one civilian at the hands of three isolationists in the Western Downs locality shocked the nation. The killers – Gareth Train, Nathaniel Train and Stacey Train – had a pandemic-fuelled grudge against authorities, were involved in a strange domestic threesome, had come to the attention of police for serious reasons and were aficionados of several fantastical online cliques. This warlock’s brew – which must also have included the ego-atomising derangement attending the fraternal sharing of a woman – was more than enough to explain their actions. If additional Colvin “context” is needed, the monstrous and apocalyptic mania of governments “fighting covid” was Bundy Rum in the cauldron. Nor did it help that police commanders sent guileless slips of lasses into a scene from Deliverance. Enter the little-known Queensland Police Theology and Scripture Squad.
Evoking the sort of car crash that customarily delineates the constabulary’s vocational limitations, at a press conference earlier this month deputy commissioner Tracy Linford announced that after a seven week investigation Queensland police had determined the Trains were inspired to kill by… Christianity. “The Train family members prescribed (sic) to what we would call a broad Christian fundamentalist belief system known as premillennialism,” she declared. “I’m not an expert in that but, in its basic interpretation, is the belief that Christ will return to the Earth for a thousand days, provide peace and prosperity – but it will be preceded by an era, or a period of time of tribulation and widespread destruction and suffering.”
Beginning testimony on a subject so grave with the words “I’m not an expert” is reason enough to downgrade contention to spitballing but let’s be magnanimous and assume that VicPol alumnus Linford meant years, not days. Premillennialism – a second-order theologoumenon evicted from orthodox catholicity by Augustinian amillennialism several centuries ago – never made homicide a requisite for standing tall at the eschaton. We call such ghouls neo-cons. The Guardian was chuffed (again) but pretending the formerly state-paid Trains were actuated by Christianity rather than a manic pareidolia is like arguing their obsession with vaccines made them epidemiologists. Calling them an “autonomous cell” at a time when being one was compulsory was just the red nose on a clownish attempt to use the peanut gallery to airbrush away a now discredited medical Stalinism from the coronial chronicle. The Trains were not Christians and their role-playing of Armageddon commandos killing for redemption proves that even they knew it.