Burleson Man Who Tried to Blow Up a Church Now Protesting Abortion at Local High Schools

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Jered Ragon is the one on the far right with the goatee.
In its first few weeks of existence, the Burleson chapter of Abolish Human Abortion focused its energies on the time-honored technique of standing outside abortion clinics holding disturbingly graphic signs. The results, as founder Jered Ragon recounts in a series of YouTube dispatches, were less than encouraging. Their first outing, they inadvertently showed up a couple of hours before the clinic opened and ended up seeing only a handful of women enter it, and they seemed to be headed to some type of meeting, not going to abort a fetus.

Traffic was slightly better on the second outing, and they got words of support from several passersby, most notably a rodeo clown, a "doomsday-prepper guy" and a Mennonite, who also gave them apples. Encouraging, but as Ragon tells the camera, "We didn't have anyone turn away," which was what they had hoped.

So, Burleson AHA embarked on a new strategy. Dubbed Project Re-education, it involves standing on the public right-of-way just outside North Texas high schools with the same type of signs they held in front of the abortion clinics. So far, they've hit schools in Crowley, Burleson, Little Elm and Fort Worth.

The group explains its mission on its Facebook page:

People have traditionally referred to counseling outside the abortion "clinics" as being on the "front lines" in this culture of death. Abolitionists disagree.

The abortion "clinic" is the Final Line in the day to day battle but there are many other places where young souls can be reached with the truth, justice, and mercy of God long before they find themselves stumbling to the slaughter.

Chief among these is the public High School.

See also: Someone Stole a Rubber Fetus From an Anti-Abortion Protest. The Catholic Pro-Life Committee Is Not Amused.

Controversy, of course, ensued, as WFAA reported last night.

Not that Ragon is going to change his approach, which he describes in another YouTube clip as "Christ-like." He and his fellow abolitionists are on a mission ordained by God.

That's in stark contrast to a previous mission he took part in. Here's how he describes it:

Right out of high school, I got in some trouble and went to prison for it. God showed me a little bit about Himself during that time, I think, but I'm not sure it made a big enough impact on me. ...I was really kind of wallowing in a bunch of different sins and some of the commons pitfalls for a man, some of the things that man's heart craves.

And here's how federal prosecutors described it in a 2008 press release

According to documents filed in the case, on July 4, 2007, state and federal law enforcement seized a "Molotov cocktail," that consisted of a liquor-type glass bottle containing a liquid and granular mixture of gasoline and chlorine with a wick made of cloth material protruding out of the bottle mouth from this mixture, which had been placed next to a church under construction in Johnson County, Texas. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) determined that this destructive device was an incendiary bomb, or similar device.

According to the Cleburne Times-Review, Ragon and two others were trying to detonate the bomb at Burleson's Victory Family Church when they were interrupted by a deacon.

Ragon fled and was later spotted in a field a couple of miles down the road trying to destroy evidence. "Ragon, who was wearing sandals, doused the evidence with gasoline but did not realize he was standing in a puddle of gasoline when he lit the fire," the Times-Review reported. "His feet were burned in the fire."

He spent 15 months in federal prison, but he says he's learned his lesson. God is no doubt happy to have him on the team.

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kwalz2007
kwalz2007

I really don't appriciate having to explain to my 10 and 11 year old on the way to school, what this is all about !!!!  I think this is sick and it is a womens right to do what's right. Nobody points out the facts what happens to the unborn fetis if they had been born.....mentally or  physically diabled, or both, homeless, abused, abandoned in a trash can, or minimal tax payers supporting the child, through food stamps and medicaid, ( the child might be fine ) but that should be a discussed between the dr. and patient).

 What if the mother was raped???  You believe she should live with that??? What if she has 3 kids at home already and the Dr. tells her she may not live through the delivery...How is that fair to the babies she has at home, when they have a dead beat father???????? What happens to the other babies that are breathing air???????

cshep82
cshep82

We the taxpayers are probably paying for food stamps for all of those kids so that people like him have more time to stand around with signs protesting things that don't directly effect him.  He is a man and has no reason to have an abortion, people are going to do what they will with their bodies despite how many Molotov cocktail throwing bible thumpers hold up signs of dead fetuses in public places.  Why don't they spend their time volunteering at a Gladney center or a women and childrens shelter if they want to do something constructive.

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

I want to stand next to them with a sign that says "Support Post-Birth Abortions" with a arrow pointing at these lovely Americans.

ignatzz
ignatzz

Why is someone who tried to blow up a building allowed near a school?

mcdallas
mcdallas

Stupid is as stupid does.

Sully
Sully

OK so the kid did sometihng stupid, nobody was hurt except maybe him, and he served his time.  Glad to see he's doing something more constructive.   

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

*ha ha*

The ol' hotfoot.

Who knew God was such a prankster?

rhology
rhology

God is no doubt happy to have him on the team.

Um, God is pleased to pour out His mercy on all who repent and put their trust in Him.
I strongly suggest you read the Bible.

ruddski
ruddski

Brett Kimberlin and Bill Ayers did just fine after bombing their way to left-wing sainthood.

dalesmith2013
dalesmith2013

Not mentioned in the article is Jered's pal in crime, Michael Plaisted, Jr. who is going under an alias these days.

dmtrousd
dmtrousd

Sandals make for terrible getaway shoes.

TexMarine
TexMarine

"blow up"...with a Molotov cocktail? Wow, a record breaking stretch by the DO once again.

TexMarine
TexMarine

weather underground convicted murderers, with blood on their hands, teaching at a liberal university near you.

Just-Sharon
Just-Sharon

Why do Extreme Anti Abortionist always look like they are just getting over (or just starting) Hepatitis? 

IgnatiusJ
IgnatiusJ

@ruddski "left-wing sainthood"?  You're laying it on a lil thick there, podna.

dalesmith2013
dalesmith2013

@TexMarine , obviously Jered Ragon wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed.  Did you see the part about:

"Ragon, who was wearing sandals, doused the evidence with gasoline but did not realize he was standing in a puddle of gasoline when he lit the fire," the Times-Review reported. "His feet were burned in the fire."

He sounds like the type of person who would light a match to see how much gasoline remained in his gas tank.



IgnatiusJ
IgnatiusJ

@TexMarine Haha.  No innocents were killed.  Check your facts.  Also, they targeted Government and Banks, which OF COURSE are not the recipients of rightwing invective....

TexMarine
TexMarine

@dalesmith2013 last time i checked, stupidity doesn't cause things to "blow up", if it did DISD and Shitty Hall would be a smoldering mess.

dalesmith2013
dalesmith2013

@TexMarine , correction:   " . . . isn't the sharpest tool . . ."

You can't fix stupid most of the time.

TexMarine
TexMarine

@IgnatiusJ ."..convicted in 1984 of felony murder for her participation in an armed robbery that resulted in the killing of two police officers and a security guard."

Police officers and security guards are fair game to the left? Got it. Now, join John Little Balls and fuck off.

TexMarine
TexMarine

@JohnSmallBerries You do realise the internet is like...everywhere.  But I see, pick on one point to cover your lack of a point. Got it. Now go fuck off small balls.

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