Monday, June 01, 2009

Do it in the name of Heaven, you can justify it in the end

(Original version, not the Coven recording)

In an act of domestic Christian terrorism, an assassin yesterday killed a doctor who provided reproductive services to women:
Late-term abortion doctor George Tiller, a prominent advocate for abortion rights wounded by a protester more than a decade ago, was shot and killed Sunday at his church in Wichita, a city official said.

A City Hall official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak about the case told The Associated Press that the 67-year-old doctor was killed Sunday morning at Reformation Lutheran Church.

Police spokesman Gordon Bassham would not confirm the victim's identity pending notification of relatives. He said the shooting occurred at 10:03 a.m. and the gunman fled the scene in a 1993 powder blue Ford Taurus registered in another part of the state.

Face it, people, this is domestic terrorism. And for the many Christians who have a hard time using that phrase, imagine how devout peace-loving Muslims feel when the far right pundits and populace talk about Islamic terrorism as if every Muslim was a jihadi.

It's the extremists, people. Extremists like Randall Terry:
First, we should grieve for him that he did not have an opportunity to properly prepare his soul to face his Maker. Unless some miracle happened, he left this life with his hands drenched with the innocent blood of tens of thousands of babies that he murdered. Surely there will be a dreadful accounting for what he has done.

It now falls to pro-life activists like you and me to stand strong and unflinching in the face of the unjust criticism we will now endure because of his killing. And so I turn my attention to the attacks that will follow his death.

You narcissistic fuck! He "he did not have an opportunity to properly prepare his soul" because your guy murdered him. Yet you whine that Tiller will "face his Maker". Read the rest of Terry's screed in which he conflates the anti-abortion movement with Dr. ML King and the civil rights movement. He never once uses the word "murder" to describe Tiller's killing. He never once criticizes the accused killer of murder.

Instead, he warns his true believers:
we must use Dr. Tiller’s death as a “teaching moment” to pull the veil away from the insidious murder that is happening every day, every hour, in abortion mills like Tiller’s across the country.

Not one word of condemnation of the murder of Dr. Tiller, or of his accused assassin. Just tacit approval and a further call to arms.

Of course, Terry's family values can't withstand too much scrutiny, even by far-right web sites:
In March 2002, Mr. Terry and wife Andrea, speaking in churches, visited the Jacksonville/St. Augustine area, where the median home price was about $120,000. The couple had been looking to buy a house in a "homestead state," where creditors cannot seize a family's home, Mr. Terry said. (In varying degrees, such rights are recognized in several states, including Texas and Florida.) They considered the $432,000 house and "said, what the heck, let's do this," Mr. Terry explained.

To secure the purchase, they needed $20,000 by April 30, 2002. Mr. Terry began calling potential donors, offering in exchange for cash gifts quantities of a country music CD he had recorded in Nashville. His plan worked. By April 30, "We had $20,017.... We made the deposit."

But earlier that same month, Mr. Terry had submitted an affidavit to a New York State family court on his financial condition. The court had ordered him to account for his finances in response to a petition Cindy Terry had filed earlier, saying that Mr. Terry was not paying a fair share of child support. In the affidavit, Mr. Terry wrote, "The past two years have been difficult financially for me.... I am three months behind in my rent, in addition to my numerous other debts. Since June, in order to pay necessities, we have been selling many items...."

In a May 7, 2002, order, the court noted that "Mr. Terry is possessed of actual or income-producing ability significantly greater than that which is set forth in his financial disclosure affidavits or [2001] Income Tax Returns," and ordered him to pay $75 more each week in child support.

Nice. He can tilt at windmills like a simple-minded modern Don Quixote to protect the unborn, but his actual flesh-and-blood kids can't get child support.

As Rep. Barney Frank once said: "Life begins at conception and ends at birth."

Terry really is a tin soldier.