I am so sad and furious about the murder of Dr. George Tiller, I don’t even know where to begin. This shit is domestic terrorism, pure and simple. Its purpose is to frighten doctors and women into bending to the will of fundamentalist ideologues. And if you think it was just the work of a lone nutcase, as opposed to the logical consequence of a focused and relentless campaign of hatred aimed at Tiller — which led to his being shot once before and his clinic being bombed — please do have a look at all of the sick fucks joking and celebrating on Twitter, or in the comments on pretty much any article about Tiller’s assassination. Or at the statement of Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry, which begins like so:
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.
Most pro-life organizations, including Operation Rescue, have tried to distance themselves from the assassination, and of course the vast majority of pro-life people would and do condemn murder. Nevertheless, the reality is, words have consequences. Publishing the home address and church of someone you call “America’s doctor of death” has consequences. The very rhetoric Randall Terry is so worried about protecting has consequences.
Some tweets just from the last few minutes:
Tiller was a baby killer. Condolences to his victims.
death ratio tiller 1 innocent babies 100000
I am furious that the death of a ghoul like Tiller receives more attention than the deaths of the scores of babies he has killed.
A good way to prevent what happened to Tiller the baby killer is stop killing babies.
for all the libs that are blaming the cons for the murder of Tiller— remember, we are PRO-LIFE.. try to remember that
OK. I’ll try. But a whole lot of people who identify as “pro-life” are making that awfully difficult. This is your movement. Words have consequences.
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.
I really can’t think of anything to add. My condolences to Dr. Tiller’s family and friends.
Update: Check out this story from someone who, tragically, had to use Tiller’s services. This is the reality of late-term abortion. (Via Bitch Ph.D., where you’ll also find lots of links to other posts on the subject. Hoyden About Town has a good round-up, too. And Ann has suggestions about what you can do.)