måndag, juni 01, 2009

"Pro Life" Murder in Wichita

A Gynaecologist specialising in abortion was murdered on Pente-cost Sunday in his (Lutheran) church in Wichita, Kansas, were he served as an usher. Click on the Headline!

President Obama is “outraged” at this “heinous crime” and has instructed Attorney General Holder to start protecting doctors and clinics. A little late, methinks.

It was not the first attempt. Back in 1985 his clinic was bombed, in 1991 his clinic was picketed, in 1993 he was shot in both arms.

Lately Fox News' Bill O’Reilly has campaigned against him person-ally, and through "guests", in no less than 28 of his “shows”. And-rew Sullivan has the details here

That the somewhat extreme political climate in USA here plays an important part in this and other outbursts of violence is obvious, at least to outsiders here .

However, anti abortion organisations try to distance themselves from the murder. The hypocrites! Here is a short overview of this anti Modern political terror here.

Randal Terry the leader of anti abortion group “Operation Res-cue”, which picketed Dr Tiller's clinic all summer in 1991, says that he is concerned about the possible reactions of the Obama Administration (which he misrepresents, as anti moderns are wont to do), but apparently isn’t at all worried about the murder itself.

Do check Cany's comments on her blog Just Another Black Sheep! And don't miss the horrible video with Randall Terry, were he de-fends the indefensible and talks of "a teaching moment"!

Addendum a must read, Frank Scheffer: How I (and other "pro-life" Leaders) contributed to Dr Tiller's death, in Huffington Post.

Poor wreched country.

Conclusion: The "Pro Life" murder in Wichita and other ideologi-cally motivated attacks like it, seem to me yet another example of the Triumph of Culture over Gospel. The obvious parallel is here.

Christ in Gethsemane told Peter in no uncertain terms to put his sword back in the shaft. Obviously He thought that taking the road of violence makes us equal to the things we want to oppose...

We seem to have forgotten that on the way.

UPDATE 1): Rachel Maddow reported 4th June that the suspect has indeed been tied to Randal Terry's Operation Rescue here. At the moment of his arrest, hours after the murder, he had a note stuck on the dash board with the telephone number of Operation Rescue's Policy Maker Cheryl Sullenger who herself served about two years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to bomb an abortion clinic in California in 1988, and admits to giving him directions as to Dr. Tiller's home and church...

Who would have thunk?

Also: here Hat tip to Crooks and Liars.

UPPDATE 2) Friday 5 June The Department of Justice weighs in starting a Federal criminal investigation in the case here

15 kommentarer:

motheramelia sa...

Violence only leads to more violence. The hate messages of Bill O'Reilly and others like him and messages of hate from the pulpit give those who need little incentive to such horrible acts. These people say they are "pro-life" yet they take lives. Many of them are strong supporters of the death penalty. Robert Frost's Fire and Ice is so appropriate- ending with "I think I know enough of hate, to say that for destruction, ice is also great, and would suffice." The icy-ness of these people is palpable.

Göran Koch-Swahne sa...

So sad, so sad!

Elizabeth Kaeton sa...

I'm going to link this very fine post to mine. Thank you, Göran

Göran Koch-Swahne sa...

Link away. Glad do be able to return...

Leonardo Ricardo sa...

It´s the level of insanity that was somehow ¨authorized¨ and ¨championed¨ by Karl Rove, Dick Chaney and George Bush-Rumsfeld and Fundamentalist preachers (Christian and others)...it´s not as if fear, turned to hate, wasn´t lurking beforehand, it´s just that these men and the likes of Fox News Blowhards made it POPULAR to despise, demean, and slaughter those with whom one diasagrees (verbally or physically)...fiercely feardriven ¨moral issues¨ were/are used/portrayed to coverup some very immoral and greedy, behavior, its a COVERUP...the American public has been exploited, financially raped and abused by those who incite the emotionally/spiritually unstable on PURPOSE...it´s all deliberate and their ¨propaganda fear/hate campaign¨ have delivered death blows to many (as they look the otherway and create yet more feardriven diversions) at home and abroad...distorted moral issues that out-of-control demented religious extremists act upon.

In Nigeria the Anglican Archbishop Akinola OPENLY lectures us on the HOOLIGAN CHILDREN OF LGBT PEOPLE and smiles as the mention of The Muslims massacred a Yelwa...in Uganda the Anglican Archbishop Orombi speaks of the ¨skirts he chased as a youth¨ while demeaning LGBT Anglicans and being part of group of wildly ignorant religious thugs and corrupt politicos who instigate FEAR HATE and are CURRENTLY sponsoring a National ¨witch hunt¨ against the ¨foreign¨ initiated sexual orientation...all in the name of some kind of twisted ¨ethics and morality¨ in Uganda.

All of this points to a desperately driven theocratic Fascism that KILLS other human beings...wake up WORLD the viscious religious lunatics and their ¨handlers¨ are killing others with great visions of twisted self-esteem and personal PRIDE!

BLATANT BIGOTRY is running rampant and it´s not OK to KILL (no matter who says it is) those who don´t agree with YOUR heightened sense of ALARM (emotional/spiritual insecurity)!

Cany sa...

Thank you for this fine write up.

This terrible assassination has implications far beyond what we understand them now to be.

For example, many are now calling the murderer a Christian terrorist, in line with the common branding of Islamic terrorist.

I have already felt the sting of this, as a Christian, and many others will too. We are being called to constrain all other Christians--as if we could. As if we are all of one thinking.

I will be writing some thoughts on this tomorrow after I try to get over the misplaced and often painful massive number of verbal assaults on me personally, and Christianity generally. Some we deserve, some we do not, generally, and I most certainly don't deserve them any more than the other responders here (not to mention the writer).

Nonetheless, there they are and some new terminolgy is developing from the left, of all places, that will not help the issue one bit.

Fred Schwartz sa...

Well, I am absolutely appalled at the comments on the infamous blog. Clergy are not the least bit sympathetic let alone outraged. And cany's blog is excellent -- it is bone chilling it its authenticity.

Göran Koch-Swahne sa...

I did read that. Especially Mr K himself is excelling in distorted world views...

And yes, Cany's blog post is excellent ;=)

Göran Koch-Swahne sa...

I quite agree, Cany!

There is a new tone from the gemeral public, which shows that they have grown tired of all the politicking from various "religious" sects.

All good Christians will suffer from it!

And the problem of Islamism makes the American efforts to blur the line between Church and State all the more apparent and acute.

Might be as well in the long run...

Fred Preuss sa...

You must be very glad that Sweden has separated church and state-now you can continue your journey towards irrelevance without state interference!
Soon you will probably be less than 1% of the population on Sundays. How proud you must be.

Göran Koch-Swahne sa...

O Fred, how silly you are!

(and how OT ;=)

travelingman sa...

Operation Rescue should be labeled a terrorist organization. A bunch of far right wing extremists who attempt to shroud themselves in religion to preach their hate. They are the taliban of the USA.

Göran Koch-Swahne sa...

Indeed so.

Brad sa...

You're right. The general public is getting tired of religious nonsense and people claiming to talk to someone nobody can see.
Once again, Sweden is leading the way! Sverige ar fantastisk!

Göran Koch-Swahne sa...

You mean Fred is right?