By David Edwards and Muriel Kane in the USA:
Doctor: We don’t need to invade countries to find terrorists
Published: June 1, 2009
Updated 2 hours ago
Hern told MSNBC on Monday, “This was not the act of a lone, deranged gunman. This is a result of thirty-five years of relentless and merciless anti-abortion harassment and violence and intimidation. … This is the absolutely predictable consequence of that kind of mindless harassment and fanaticism. … The anti-abortion people will stop at nothing, including assassination, to impose their will on other people.”
With his voice choking up, Hern said of Tiller, “He was a wonderful person who was very dedicated and this shouldn’t happen. … Dr. Tiller’s crime was that he helped women, and the man who killed him tried to kill an idea. The idea is freedom.”
“We don’t have to invade other countries to find the terrorists,” Hern concluded. “They’re here killing doctors who do abortions. The main difference between the American anti-abortion movement and the Taliban is about 8000 miles.”
Hern’s depiction of Tiller’s murder as domestic terrorism may draw fresh attention to a controversial Department of Homeland Security report (pdf) issued in April. That report offended many conservatives by suggesting that political positions such as opposition to abortion had historically been exploited by white supremacists and militia groups as a mean of recruiting members and promoting violent acts.
For those who would like to think today’s murder in church of Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider, is an isolated incident, here’s the horrifying news: You are wrong. The pattern is clear and frightening.
In March 1993, three months into the administration of our first pro-choice president, Bill Clinton, abortion provider Dr. David Gunn was murdered in Pensacola, Florida. That was the beginning of what would become a five-fold increase in violence against abortion providers throughout the Clinton years.
From the blog of Shannyn Moore in the USA:
Christian Fundamentalist Terrorism
Christian Fundamentalist Terrorism.
It’s shocking to write. But it’s time to start calling it what it is.
When Jim D. Adkisson walked into the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church with 76 rounds and a shot-gun, he killed 2 people and was charged with murder. His motive was “he hated the liberal movement” and was upset with “liberals in general as well as gays.” He should have been charged with terrorism.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) today condemned the “heinous murder” of George Tiller, who was one of only three US doctors carrying out late-term abortions: here.
Beware ‘Lone Nut’ Theory in Tiller’s Murder: here.
The assassination of Dr. George Tiller by a right-wing anti-abortion fanatic is an attack on basic democratic rights that exposes the pathological state of political life in America: here.
Operation Rescue Assisted Roeder In Tracking Tiller’s Court Hearings: here.
Calling Abortion Murder Invites Violence: here.
Following the assassination of Dr. George Tiller, the slain doctor’s family has announced that the Women’s Health Care Services clinic will not be reopened: here.
Anti-Abortion Blogger Admits Hoax: here.
Baby Blog Hoaxer Explains Her ‘Lie’: here.
A recent survey shows that the United States may be becoming both less religious generally and less Christian specifically: here.