The Associated Press says the man detained in the Kansas City area is 51-year-old Scott Roeder of Merriam, Kansas, according to Law Enforcement authorities in the area.
Anti-Defamation League, a hate-group watchdog like the SPLC, pegs him as a former bomb maker and militiaman:
July 7, Kansas: Scott Roeder is sentenced to sixteen months in state prison for parole violations following a 1996 conviction for having bomb components in his car trunk. Roeder, a sovereign citizen and tax protester, violated his parole by not filing tax returns or providing his social security number to his employer.
Via the GOS, (and unconfirmed due to traffic outages) a "Scott Roeder" posted this on Operation Rescue's boards in 2007:
[May 19th, 2007 at 4:34 pm] Bleass everyone for attending and praying in May to bring justice to Tiller and the closing of his death camp. Sometime soon, would it be feasible to organize as many people as possible to attend Tillers church (inside, not just outside) to have much more of a presence and possibly ask questions of the Pastor, Deacons, Elders and members while there? Doesn’t seem like it would hurt anything but bring more attention to Tiller.
And I only post that as of yet unsubstantiated bit of trivia, because here's what the leader of Operation Rescue had to say today:
Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue states, "George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God. I am more concerned that the Obama Administration will use Tiller's killing to intimidate pro-lifers into surrendering our most effective rhetoric and actions. Abortion is still murder. And we still must call abortion by its proper name; murder.
"Those men and women who slaughter the unborn are murderers according to the Law of God. We must continue to expose them in our communities and peacefully protest them at their offices and homes, and yes, even their churches."[Emphasis mine.]
That's compassion. That's grace. That's dogma, and it's disgusting.
UPDATE:Why are you here when you could be reading Andrew Sullivan?:
He (Roeder) also wrote a post on the website ChargeTiller.com (Google Cached,they seem to have wiped the site. I can't imagine why), an Operation Rescue outfit:
Mon September 03, 2007, 09:49:40
It seems as though what is happening in Kansas could be compared to the “lawlessness” which is spoken of in the Bible. Tiller is the concentration camp “Mengele” of our day and needs to be stopped before he and those who protect him bring judgement upon our nation.
Below, Operation Rescue's agitprop vid "Tiller the Killer", warning, extremely graphic.
"corrupt, alcoholic, drug addict, blasphemer, liar, defiler, butcher, perverse, foul, evil, unethical, murderer, malicious." and "You may be the difference between life and death for a child."
and today, again, they said:
"George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God."
Is there anything more villainous than when monsters suppose themselves to be righteous?