Rachel Maddow Exposes Equal Opportunity Executioners
Days before Rachel Maddow’s documentary on Dr. Tiller’s murder comes out, new information reveals that a Federal Grand Jury is convening to determine if his killer, Scott Roeder, acted alone or was a part of a right wing conspiracy.
Doctors who provide abortions have been targeted by right wing extremists for years, and all too often after being targeted, they have been murdered. Rachel Maddow has an upcoming documentary about the murder of Dr. George Tiller, a prominent Kansas abortion doctor who was fatally shot on May 31, 2009, by anti-abortion extremist Scott Roeder. “The Assassination of Dr. Tiller” premieres on Monday, October 25th, at 9 p.m.
But it wasn’t just Dr. Tiller and it may not have been a lone gunman.
Tonight Rachel took us down the long path of targeted doctors to Dr. Tiller’s murder.
Dr. David Gunn was shot in Pensacola Florida and killed. He had been the target of a wanted poster, claiming he was wanted for “killing children”. Then Dr. George Wayne Patterson was targeted by another wanted poster with the year, make and model of his car along with much more personal information. Dr. Patterson was murdered. His killing is still unsolved. Dr. Britton was another abortion provider targeted with wanted posters for “crimes against humanity,” complete with photos of his home, office, and car. He was murdered as well, again by an anti-abortion extremists.
Then Dr. Tiller was targeted by a poster titled: “Auschwichita,” claiming Dr. Tiller was like Hitler because he claimed to be a Christian, as did Hitler. The poster also included the language “Tiller the Killer,” as heard on Fox News, specifically on O’Reilly’s show. The poster goes on with the words “equal opportunity executioner”. Dr. Tiller was killed last year at this church in Wichita by Scott Roeder. While this attempt was successful, it was not the first attempt on his life. Dr. Tiller had been shot 5 times at point-blank range by anti-abortion extremist Shelley Shannon in 1993.
This history establishes a pattern in the extreme anti-abortion movement.
Three “Wanted Posters” in Charlotte, North Carolina showed up shortly after Dr. Tiller’s death last year. These posters feature three doctors with pictures, exact address of their offices along with the home address of one doctor.
A Federal Grand Jury is now investigating if Dr. Tiller’s killing involved a broader conspiracy among an anti-abortion network rather than one lone killer. Many providers believe a network exists and they feel as if they are waiting for another murder.
Rachel gives us preview of her documentary:
Abortion is a legal medical procedure; it is a necessary legal right within a secular government. There is nothing small government about wanting to repeal abortion rights. But we aren’t talking about a group who want to repeal a law, we’re talking about an organized strategy, perhaps conspiracy, to terrorize doctors into not providing legal medical services.
“For people working to help women exercise their freedom to choose, the threats of bombings and arsons are quite real. Between 1977 and 2009, at least 41 bombings, 175 arsons, 96 attempted bombings and arsons, and 642 bomb threats have been directed at abortion providers. Moreover, abortion clinic arsons and bombings have resulted in over $8.5 million in damages since 1990.”
Any group that advocates murdering providers of a legal procedure and terrorizes said providers is partaking in terrorism and need to be treated as such. As a nation, we need to stop being so complacent over the freedoms and rights of doctors and patients partaking in a legal procedure.
It goes without saying that any group that claims to be pro-life but murders those with whom they disagree is not a legitimate movement. Here’s an example of the sort of anti-life messages these folks aim at family members of doctors who provide women with legal medical procedures:
“Dallas physician Norman Tompkins and his wife have received hundreds of anonymous phone calls and pieces of hate mail. A message left on Dr. Tompkins’ answering machine stated: “I’m going to cut your wife’s liver out and make you eat it. Then I’m going to cut your head off. . . .”.”
While O’Reilly has the right to label someone a killer, it’s irresponsible to do so at the helm of a megaphone like Fox News. It is obvious that there are unhinged people who take that kind of careless opining to heart and take action that can not be undone. In other words, O’Reilly can’t unring that bell once it’s been rung. While the Tides Institute is asking advertisers on Fox how much blood they want on their hands, we need to stop wondering when it will be enough and instead consider if mass terrorism against those with whom they disagree is not Fox News’ agenda.
Doctor Pablo Rodriguez explains, “[I]n the beginning, the harassment consisted of just nasty letters and graphic pictures of dismembered fetuses. Then I began receiving strange packages with dolls inside, as well as subscriptions to gun magazines. . . . Then the ‘Wanted’ posters with my picture on them began to appear. . . . Then the doors and locks to our clinic were glued several times, and protesters blockaded the clinic three times. . . . Just after Dr. Gunn’s death, . . . I realized that my car was steering poorly. I checked my tires and found 45 nails embedded in them. . . . That evening, my wife painfully discovered with her foot that our driveway had been booby-trapped with roofing nails cleverly buried beneath the snow. . . . My home, my haven of safety – violated.”
If one single “liberal” shot and killed innocent people after watching Keith Olbermann call said person a “killer” and ranting about them day after day and talking about armed insurrections, we would never hear the end of it. But we’ve had three killers who quoted Beck and read various Fox “hosts” go on killing sprees where they shot at children in a church and shot at police officers on top of the relentless pursuit of clinics, doctors and women pursuing their medical rights.
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11 Replies to “Rachel Maddow Exposes Right Wing Executioners”
Yeah, this is scary, Sarah. Thank you for addressing it. These people seem to think we should never under any circumstances destroy life and they’re willing to destroy as much life as they have to in order to get their point across. And they’re being egged on by FOX News personalities. Where is the outrage? Where is the protest?
OMFG! These people make me insane! They are “Pro-life” but its ok to go kill someone?
They are Domestic terrorists and should be treated as such. FBI, Homeland security should round up all these Operation Rescue assHat and throw their asses in jail, and that goes for BOR too! Him and Beck are promoting violence and these Retards that listen and watch fox news go out and do their bidding!
I think the IRS should Immediately stop giving churches a 501 c! No tax breaks. These xtians are being indoctrinated by churches & fox news. They scream about “Sharia law” YET THEY DO THE EXACT SAME THINGS!
It’s met with silence and acceptance and I’m afraid this is because the far Right has shamed everyone into subconsciously accepting that it’s a moral argument hence it’s OK for them to terrorize and murder someone.
But isn’t that the same argument that the Taliban makes? They are also doing this for their god.
This is why religion needs to stay out of laws. Nothing but death follows the combination.
I know, Crytal. It is so sad. As I was writing this, my heart was just shattering thinking of these men’s families and of their decision to keep going — which, when you read about, isn’t because they loved giving abortions. It’s because they saw girls who died from perforated uteri from botched abortions, women in horrible situations having been raped by their own brothers, fathers, etc — the truth is so sad, so pitiful, so heart-breaking. In my book, these doctors and their families are heroes. All American heroes.
They never show you all of those women in the anti-choice ads. And they also never show you all of the pro-life Christians getting an abortion in secret so no one will know they are having sex.
Sarah I have a half sis who had to get a back alley abortion in Mexico in the 60’s. She got a infection and could never have kids again. This is what they want for women? Or like you say the “christian” woman that get “wite-out” abortions?
Its all about MEN controlling womens bodies. Most of these anti-abortion killers are men? Why is that? To control all women!
That is a great point, Crystal. Look at Dr. Tiller’s killer – he obviously had problems with his wife, ended up losing her and burying himself in a militia movement. I’m so sorry for your half-sis:-(
The irony is that while they think it’s okay to kill abortion providers, they also oppose the kind of comprehensive sex education that would go a long way toward cutting down the demand for the very abortions they are against. Even worse, their concern for the unborn often doesn’t extend beyond birth, which is why so many also oppose programs that enhance the quality of life for many infants once they’re born.
Well you also have one other serious issue with all of this. Abortion is a medical procedure – not a political process. It is a surgery that is legal in this country – and it is the one glaring example of the hypocrisy they are practicing.
One of the Tbigots BIG issues is Obamacare and how “gubment is getting between you and your doctor”. So – what is the regulation of a medical procedure but just that??? “They” have decided that they don’t LIKE this so you can’t have one???
It is why they cannot be allowed to overturn Roe v Wade. It isn’t just about regulating abortion. It is a step in the door to controlling people’s medical care by Fundamentalists. “They” want to decide what “you” can legally have medically. It’s the crux of the entire argument.
At what point does one of “them” decide that no one should be allowed to have breast cancer surgery (because it involves actually TOUCHING someone’s breast)? Maybe they will want to ban x-rays because of radiation?
Don’t let them into the door – they WANT to control and regulate the medical procedures they don’t believe in. Abortion is just the start. These crazies will try to determine what procedures don’t fit their idea of appropriate.
Be very aware of this. Abortion is just the tip of the Fundy Iceberg coming our way.
Maddow is a sexual deviant. Absolutely no credibility.
Please submit more reasonable threads, OK? Thanks.
Smarg- You really need a lot of professonal help =Pronto!= So, is it okay for you to judge people as sexual deviants or are entitled to be hateful just because you hate homosexuals and anyone who doesn’t agree with you? Grow up and learn how to be a true human being. There are many people and laws that I don’t personally agree with for many personal reasons. Does that mean, it is ok for me or anyone else, to insult, or worse, murder the person I disagree with for upholding the law? Then it must be alright to harass, or better yet kill the person who decides I shouldn’t drive drunk or I have to wear my seatbelt? You can’t have it both ways. You seem so narrow-minded and intolerate, Do every American a huge favor. If you don’t like our laws, go find a country, or better yet, an island that agrees with you. You are pathtic and must have a really unhappy life. I almost feel sorry for you and your family. Grow up – or – Shut up.
I’m amazed at how these “rescuers” go out, kill a provider, think they’re morally in the right, shouldn’t be prosecuted for it, etc… Also, they’re against any kind of birth control, at all!! Of course, like the Republican party, once the child is born they say “ok kid, we did our part.. You’re on you own, fess for yourself.”
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