It’s a valid question. As the FBI complaint documents, Terry Loewen was a middle-aged white guy in Kansas who became a devotee of Anwar Al-Awlaki. It’s certainly an interesting transition.
We don’t have a Muslim name for Terry Loewen yet. And he appears to have been married to a (second?) wife, Deborah Loewen. We don’t have an exact timeline for his conversion to Islam either.
“Terry didn’t like confrontation; he was never one to start a fight,” Sarah Loewen said. “He was so mellow.”
He was a good father to their son, Damien, 24.
The man who was capable of developing a suicide attack on the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport “is somebody I never knew,” Loewen said. “I would have never ever thought he would do anything this horrible. I can’t even put it in words.”
People tend to change on joining a cult. And cults attract people with a weak sense of identity looking for something to give them meaning.
That was likely the case for Terry Loewen, a weak man who told the FBI informant that he couldn’t stand up to 5 minutes of torture and that he would rather die than go to prison, who finally found something that he could fight for. The mass enslavement of mankind under the dead hand of a 7th century middle eastern warlord.
She didn’t know why or how Terry Loewen had formed such radical ideas.
But recently, Damien told her that his dad had become a Muslim.
“I said, ‘What is wrong with him?’ ” Sarah Loewen said.
That’s actually the right response. Though liberals will hiss and boo.
“I do agree on one thing; the one thing we are doing wrong is that all 1.5 billion of us don’t rise up against the rest of the world and tell THEM how it’s going to be. lnshallah,T it will happen soon,” Terry Loewen wrote.
For a man who hadn’t made much of his life, the idea of being part of a 1.5 billion strong force rising up to enslave, rape and kill the rest of the world may have been appealing.
This is something that Terry Loewen, a lion in name only, had in common with many of the “Four Lions” type Muslim Jihadists.
And for Terry Loewen, “He’s dead in my books,” she said. “He can rot in hell for all I care.”