Home-grown religiously-inspired terrorists (and their enablers)

Oh how easy it is for those of us in North America to think that terrorism is only bred in countries overseas.  Tonight I watched The Assassination of Dr. Tiller, and I’m just sick about what happened to this heroic and compassionate doctor.

No matter which side of the debate you fall under, you should watch and bear witness to Dr. Tiller’s story (not to mention the stories of the women he sacrificed so much for).

Here’s a bit from the conclusion of the documentary:

For those who worked for Dr. Tiller, a raw anger remains — though not for the man who pulled the trigger.  For them, much of their rage is focused on the anti-abortion forces in Wichita who targeted Dr. Tiller for so many years.

“The ones who don’t carry guns definitely incite the ones who do have guns.” [Shelly Sella, MD]

“They gather all these people up, they fill them with hate, and then they stand back when the least imbalanced among them does something.  They stand back and say they didn’t have anything to do with it.” [Joan Armentrout, Clinic Administrator]

“[They say:] ‘We never advocated violence.’  No?  You didn’t? You advocated everything else.  You put [Dr. Tiller] up to hatred, contempt, and ridicule.  And he gets killed, and you step back from it now and say, “Well, that really wasn’t our intent.”  Well, what the hell was your intent?!  [Nola Foulston, District Attorney of Sedgwick County, Kansas]

When it comes to discussing the abortion issue with people who disagree with me, I try to get them to see what their position looks like when it’s practically applied.

Now I’ll also get them to see what their stance looks like when their ideology is drawn out to its extremes — this documentary provides a very good picture of how anti-life that view really is.

2 comments on “Home-grown religiously-inspired terrorists (and their enablers)

  1. As was evinced last night at the Rand Paul/ Conway debate, and the subsequent poo-pooing by FOX and Limbaugh, et al, you’re absolutely right. It’s exactly what the right wing does—regardless the issue.

    Lawrence O’Donnell had Media Matters’ David Brock has issued a plea to Sarah Palin (as ipso facto leader of the Republican Party) to come out boldly and call an end to this type of behaviour (not as if the anti-abortion activists will pay any attention, of course). He said that if she hasn’t responded to his public plea by tomorrow that he would call her personally to ask her.

    I won’t bet on his success.

  2. Um…

    I meant to link to this video

    And…

    The second paragraph should ahve read: Lawrence O’Donnell had Media Matters’ David Brock on tonight and Brock has issued a plea to Sarah Palin (as ipso facto leader of the Republican Party) to come out boldly and call an end to this type of behaviour (not as if the anti-abortion activists will pay any attention, of course). He said that if she hasn’t responded to his public plea by tomorrow that he would call her personally to ask her.

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