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Dr. Tiller’s Murderer Links Himself to Operation Rescue

Scott Roeder, who shot Dr. George Tiller, links himself to Operation Rescue in a jailhouse interview. Color me shocked:

In a phone interview Friday, Roeder said he was upset at the president of Operation Rescue, Troy Newman, who had condemned the killing and said his organization had nothing to do with Roeder.

“He said that I never was a member and I never contributed any money,” Roeder said. “Well, my gosh, I’ve got probably a thousand dollars worth of receipts, at least, from the money I’ve donated to him.”

Do tell, Mr. Roeder. What other connections did you have with Operation Rescue through the years? From whence did you draw your inspiration to drive over to Dr. Tiller’s church and shoot him in cold blood?

For a real taste of the illogical and convoluted internal justifications, the New York Times Magazine had a lengthy piece on how Dr. Tiller’s murder has diminished fundraising hopes for pro-life groups because some of their ardent supporters now think murdering someone for performing a legal medical procedure is the more effective solution.

Boo hoo, cry me a river, because that’s both sane and logically consistent, isn’t it?

Especially since Randall Terry, Operation’s Rescue’s attention-seeking mouthpiece, says he’s not responsible for people thinking they are murdering for the lord. That’s despite statements out of his own mouth, as recent as last week wherein Terry "exalt[s] in warning of “random acts of violence” and violent "reprisals against those deemed guilty"" for daring to think about putting reproductive services in a health care bill.

No contraception for you, slutty womenfolk. But the viagra is still a-okay!

McJoan points out the political non-penalty for Terry and his ilk:

There’s a larger issue than just Terry’s dangerous crazy here, though. He’s doing the Republican’s dirty work. If any liberal organization went anywhere near this crazy, you know Democratic members of Congress would be falling all over themselves to apologize from the floor of the House. Look what happened with MoveOn and the "Betrayus" ad. When are Republicans going to denounce this?

I’m not holding my breath. Because I’m not exactly seeing journalists — or Democratic leadership, frankly — asking about the GOP’s accountability for using people like Terry to push their political agenda forward.

As always, Digby nails it:

Controlling other people’s sexual lives and women’s bodies is the agenda. There’s no point in pretending otherwise. You can search for common ground but I can’t find any with people who believe these things. And every inch you give them only encourages them to take another mile. It’s a losers strategy.

It’s no one’s damned business what goes on in someone else’s bedroom — or what difficult choices individuals have to make in incredibly painful situations in their lives.

Those conversations — be it about contraception, abortion, or viagra — are between a woman, a man, a partner, a doctor, close family and God.

It isn’t for me or you to judge. And it sure as hell isn’t for Randall Terry to do so.

Especially given that he’s fighting so hard to keep reproductive care out of whatever health care bill gets passed. Sanctimonious idiocy and illogical asshattery isn’t a free pass for heaven, dude.

(H/T to reader wb.)

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Quelle Surprise: Dr. Tiller’s Murderer Links Himself To Operation Rescue

Scott Roeder, who shot Dr. George Tiller, links himself to Operation Rescue in a jailhouse interview.  Color me shocked:

In a phone interview Friday, Roeder said he was upset at the president of Operation Rescue, Troy Newman, who had condemned the killing and said his organization had nothing to do with Roeder.

“He said that I never was a member and I never contributed any money,” Roeder said. “Well, my gosh, I’ve got probably a thousand dollars worth of receipts, at least, from the money I’ve donated to him.”

Do tell, Mr. Roeder. What other connections did you have with Operation Rescue through the years? From whence did you draw your inspiration to drive over to Dr. Tiller’s church and shoot him in cold blood?

For a real taste of the illogical and convoluted internal justifications, the NYTimes Magazine had a lengthy piece on how Dr. Tiller’s murder has diminished fundraising hopes for pro-life groups because some of their ardent supporters now think murdering someone for performing a legal medical procedure is the more effective solution. 

Boo hoo, cry me a river, because that’s both sane and logically consistent, isn’t it?

Especially since Randall Terry, Operation’s Rescue’s attention-seeking mouthpiece, says he’s not responsible for people thinking they are murdering for the lord.  That’s despite statements out of his own mouth, as recent as last week wherein Terry "exalt[s] in warning of “random acts of violence” and violent "reprisals against those deemed guilty"" for daring to think about putting reproductive services in a health care bill.

No contraception for you, slutty womenfolk.  But the viagra is still a-okay!

McJoan points out the political non-penalty for Terry and his ilk:

There’s a larger issue than just Terry’s dangerous crazy here, though. He’s doing the Republican’s dirty work. If any liberal organization went anywhere near this crazy, you know Democratic members of Congress would be falling all over themselves to apologize from the floor of the House. Look what happened with MoveOn and the "Betrayus" ad. When are Republicans going to denounce this?

I’m not holding my breath. Because I’m not exactly seeing journalists — or Democratic leadership, frankly — asking about the GOP’s accountability for using people like Terry to push their political agenda forward. 

As always, Digby nails it:

Controlling other people’s sexual lives and women’s bodies is the agenda. There’s no point in pretending otherwise. You can search for common ground but I can’t find any with people who believe these things. And every inch you give them only encourages them to take another mile. It’s a losers strategy.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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