Michael Bray

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Michael Bray
Criminal charge
conspiracy and possessing unregistered explosive devices in relation to 10 different bomb attacks
Criminal penalty
10 years
Criminal status
served 46 months from 1985 to 1989; living in Wilmington, Ohio since December 2003
Spouse(s) Jayne Bray (1976 - present)
Children 11

Rev. Michael Bray is an American minister who was convicted in 1985 of two counts of conspiracy and one count of possessing unregistered explosive devices in relation to ten bombings of women's health clinics and offices of liberal advocacy groups in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. He is considered "the intellectual father of the extreme radical fringe of the antiabortion movement which engages in terrorism."[1] Initially sentenced to ten years in prison, he agreed to a plea bargain and served 46 months from 1985 to 1989.

He and his wife, Jayne, are named defendants in the Supreme Court decision Bray v. Alexandria. He is considered to be a terrorist by the National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism.[2]

In 1994 the F.B.I. suspected that he and other anti-abortion figures might be developing "a conspiracy that endeavors to achieve political or social change through activities that involve force or violence", as stated in a confidential Teletype message sent to all 56 F.B.I. field offices.[3]

Background[edit]

Michael Bray is a former Midshipman at the United States Naval Academy.[4] He was formerly based in Bowie, Maryland, and now lives in Wilmington, Ohio, where he professes to be a member of the Army of God, considered a terrorist organization[5] by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Interviews[edit]

On April 15, 1999 Bray was interviewed by Dan Rather on 60 Minutes. He was referred to by Randall Terry as "whacked".[6] Bray continues to speak out in support of people who kill abortion doctors, including Paul Jennings Hill and James Charles Kopp. Bray was interviewed by Richard Dawkins for The Root of All Evil? He was also interviewed for the film Religulous by Bill Maher, and appears in the deleted scenes on the DVD release.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Bray, Michael (1994), A TIME TO KILL: A Study Concerning the Use of Force and Abortion, Portland, Oregon: Advocates for Life Publications 

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