Monday, June 01, 2009

The Tiller Murder

I'm sure you know by now that George Tiller was shot while at church on Sunday. Dr. Tiller ran one of the few clinics in the world that will perform abortions during the third trimester. I know a little about what went on behind closed doors there because a friend's late father was a pastoral counselor there, on call for those who needed or wanted religious counseling.

Right there, you see the problem with the anti-choice religious right's rhetoric on the topic. Dr. Tiller was a religious man, and he put his life at risk because he'd seen the heartbreak in families who needed these abortions. Dr. Tiller saved lives, and some moron killed him for it.

Now we see lots of backpedaling from the religious right, as they wonder out loud how anyone could have listened to them call Dr. Tiller out by name as a babykiller, and then gone out and shot him. As if he didn't get death threats on a weekly basis. As if he hadn't been shot before. As it there was no way of predicting that violent, extremist rhetoric could end in murder. As if it had never happened before.

How many murders by right wing extremists is this now? Off the top of my head, I can think of at least 4 shooting sprees this year, including one at a Unitarian Church. As always, Dave Neiwert is the guy to go to on right wing eliminationism.

If I thought the right wing was capable of learning... but no.

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