John Brown’s lesser bodies
The Scott Roeder sentencing occurred yesterday for the murder of Dr. George Tiller and it would be nice to think this horrid affair is at the end. But it will not be.
The whole matter sunk to another disturbing new level:
Roeder accused [Judge] Wilbert of “duplicity” and said his trial was a miscarriage of justice because he wasn’t allowed to present testimony about the evils of abortion. He also said God’s judgment against the U.S. will “sweep over this land like a prairie wind.”
“He will avenge every drop of innocent blood,” Roeder said.
The fact that these words were uttered in Kansas and how they sound just like another self-described avenging angel of the state indicates there will be more Scott Roeders and more cold-blooded murder.
“I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood.”
John Brown’s last letter, the day he was hanged.
December 2, 1859
In a rational world, there is no comparison between slavery and reproductive rights, but there are people like Scott Roeder out there and some of them are determined to have their John Brown moment. And we seem determined as a society to blithely pretend they do not exist, except in benign form.