Also reported in the same paper was the founder of Operation Rescue, Randall Terry, called the murdered doctor a mass murderer and stated: "He was an evil man - his hands were covered in blood." No, sir, your hands are covered in blood. Dr. Tiller was an upstanding member of his community and church, devoted husband and father of four.
The Right to Life Movement, if I can stomach to call it such a thing, has revealed itself again to be a terrible sham. I shall know them by the company they keep, and Roeder is their company.
This is not to say that the issue of abortion is not terribly divisive, and reasonable persons can disagree a great deal. It is also not to say that good people cannot oppose abortion. It is a very tough issue, as no matter how compelling the needs of an unborn child might be, the needs of the mother, to whom that unborn child owes not just its life, but very existence, are greater. It is a tough call in a zero sum game, but when I am forced to make the decision on whose call it is on what to do, I go with the right of the mother to choose.
No, what I am saying is the Right to Interfere With a Woman's Womb Movement is an industry based upon hatred and dividing Americans. Mr. Terry, I thought you read the word of God. Am I not now quoting Jesus, Matthew 7: Judge not lest ye be judged" ? Or do you construe that very clear dictate as meaning something else?
A funny thing about the multitude of those who oppose a woman's right to choose whether or not to carry a child to full term is that they are most often pro-death penalty and pro-gun. Now, I have made no secret of my pro-gun attitudes here on the Witch Hunt, but I am diametrically opposed to the death penalty.
I always found it funny - funny peculiar, not funny haha - that the so called right to life movement was filled with so many pro-death penalty hypocrites. And not for nothing, but being pro-gun means at some level that you are pro-ability to kill. Just pointing that out.
Therefore, I don't accept the moral high ground the anti-abortion crowd attempts to talk down to me from. Rather, I tend to ignore them. Apparently, I was wrong to do so. Let's get something clear: since the 1960's there has been both left and right wing violence that we now call domestic terrorism because it gets local sheriffs more Homeland Security dollars.
The left wing variety has largely been aimed at either laboratories to free animals or environmental, attacking the logging industry and such. People have been hurt and some killed by these acts, but they are few. Not that numbers excuse such things.
On the other hand, the right wing violence has been anti-abortion and anti-government, and has consisted of many OB-GYN clinics being bombed, as well as the Centennial Park bombing during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, and of course the Oklahoma City bombing. And lest I forget, the cowardly murder of Dr. Barnett Slepian, the fourth abortion provider to be murdered, shot in his home by anti-abortion activist James Charles Kopp. Kopp of course did the brave thing and tried to flee to Canada.
Another quixotic aspect of the anti-abortion crowd is their general disdain for universal health care, which stems from the right wing belief in small government. So, the government can't pay doctors based upon set fee schedules, like it does for the Veterans' Administration and Medicaid, but it can regulate the contents of a woman's womb? Huh?
Therefore, it is clear that the anti-abortion crowd doesn't care much for life, just the unborn. And to really hit this home, I checked out the major pundits today, going to some of the biggest right wing bloviator's websites to see what, if anything, they had to say.
Malkin: focused on how "every mainstream pro-life organization has condemned the killing." She even said it twice. What about you, Michelle?
Savage: yes, an article by a David Kupelian, decrying violence in the name of Right Wing goals because it may hurt said goals, and the real danger was being labeled as extremists, which could lead the establishment [read: Obama] to exploit such a label the way Hitler [!!!] exploited the Reichstag Fire against the Communists in 1933. Nothing, nothing about the tragic murder of a father of four!
O'Reilly: yes, a line saying "Infamous abortion doctor Dr. George Tiller is gunned down in church. Bill and our guests react." Infamy is usually reserved for things like the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defined infamy as "evil reputation brought about by something grossly criminal, shocking or brutal." Gee, a husband and father of four is gunned down at the door of his church and HE is the infamous one? Could this be defamation?
So, it appears that the punditry had nothing to say about this except 'Don't let it ruin our movement.' Therefore, the only soul searching I am seeing from the punditry is self preservation. Real Christian of all of you.
Then I checked Operation Rescue's website, and clicked on the "Tiller Watch" link [I am not kidding, go see: http://www.operationrescue.org/archives/operation-rescue-denounces-the-killing-of-abortionist-tiller/] and got this:
Was this the denunciation Ms. Malkin was so adamant about she said it twice on her website? That Operation Rescue who was legally trying to bring Dr. Tiller TO JUSTICE ? Who the heck are they?
Operation Rescue Denounces The Killing of Abortionist Tiller
Wichita, KS – It has been learned today that GeorgeTiller was shot and killed while entering his church on Sunday morning, May31.
Operation Rescue releases the following statement: We are shocked at this morning’s disturbing news that Mr. Tiller was gunned down. Operation Rescue has worked for years through peaceful, legal means, and through the proper channels to see him brought to justice. We denounce vigilantism and the cowardly act that took place this morning. We pray for Mr. Tiller’s family that they will find comfort and healing that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
I know who they are. They are accessories before the fact. They fed millions of people, 99% of them good and decent people, this divisive crapola for decades now, hoping, no, praying that someone of a fragile mind like Roeder's will act on their command to bring such physicians to justice. Allow me to quote another member of Operation Rescue, Flip Benham, in response to calls for peace after Dr. Slepian's murder:
"we are in store for more bloodshed in the streets—the likes of which willsicken even the sturdiest among us."
Kopp was one of these "pro-lifers," just like Roeder. And Randall Terry knows it, and he is the one that needs to be brought to justice. The legal way. Not the way involves murdering a father of four children and running away.