Evangelical Death Threats Against Planned Parenthood Are On The Rise

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Throughout its history, despite being a so-called religion founded on Jesus Christ’s teaching to love all humanity, Christianity has been responsible for millions of deaths and the threat of god-approved extinction of non-believers, the wrong kind of Christians, and whichever group church leaders targeted. There is biblical precedence for killing in god’s name permeating the so-called “Old Testament,” but it is not featured in the “Christian” New Testament except during the “end times” when Jesus Christ kills off the segment of humanity that refuses to be his disciples.  In the criminal justice system, god would be guilty of criminal solicitation to commit murder for commanding, encouraging or requesting other people to engage in specific conduct (homicide) which would establish his complicity in its commission or attempted commission.  According to the law, it is immaterial that the actor fails to communicate with the person he solicits to commit a crime if his conduct was designed to effect such a communication.

In 21st Century America, there is a growing segment of the population that believes they are biblical god’s surrogates, and since he is incapable of verbally commanding his followers to commit murder on his behalf, extremist evangelicals are doing his bidding and are guilty of criminal solicitation. And, they are soliciting for murder with veritable impunity because this is America and no human being, particularly a human associated with the government, dare investigate so-called pro-life advocates calling for the murders of Planned Parenthood personnel.

A little over a month ago after an anti-abortion group released heavily-edited and contrived videos of a Planned Parenthood doctor discussing donations of fetal tissue for medical research after pregnancy terminations, a rash of “criminal solicitations” for murder began appearing all over the Internet. One specifically “ominous warning on Fox Nation” said, “I’ll pay ten large to whomever kills Dr. Deborah Nucatola. Anyone. Go for it.” The intended victim is the senior director of Planned Parenthood who was secretly filmed in one of the edited videos.

Another threat was lodged at the CEO, Cate Dyer, of the biomedicine company doing the medical research using fetal tissue. The threat said, “The CEO of StemExpress should be hung by the neck using piano wire and propped up on the lawn in front of the building with a note attached.” The solicitation of murder was accompanied with Dyer’s home address and a handsome offer of “ten grand to whomever beats me to her house.” The violent warning “that Dyer must die” ended the solicitation to kill an American citizen because of where she works.  A legal complaint was filed in California district court by the National Abortion Federation (NAF), but since the criminal solicitation originated with rabid evangelicals, nothing can possibly happen because freedom of religion.

According to abortion rights advocates, the calls for murder represent a “very alarming spike in death threats and violent acts” against abortion providers, women’s health clinics, and any medical research company that criminal Christians believe are using fetal tissue. These are not just idle threats, or pro-life fanatics’ free exercise of religion. Since the threats began rising, two Planned Parenthood clinics have reported arsons, pro-life maniacs are showing up in large numbers outside of doctors’ homes, and commenters on conservative websites and online forums are making blatant calls for bombings of women’s health clinics across the nation for having the audacity to engage in a  completely legal medical practice.

The death threats have risen to such a level that the president of NAF, Vicki Saporta, has asked the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigations to intervene. Saporta said, “In my 20 years at NAF, I have never seen such a volume, intensity and escalation of hate speech, threats and criminal activity, and we would like to prevent a serious violent act from occurring. We have enlisted law enforcement’s help.” As a person who receives regular threats of violence from fanatics in the religious right movement, this author can attest that there is nothing law enforcement can or will do until the extremists follow through on their threats.

It is important to note that according to the law, there is never a valid reason for soliciting murder, but it is particularly true in the case of Planned Parenthood that has done nothing whatsoever illegal. This is especially true since the U.S. Congress passed a 1993 law  that “explicitly allows” for the donation of fetal tissue for medical research after an elective pregnancy termination. In fact, there have been no less than five separate state investigations into Planned Parenthood’s practice of donating fetal tissue and they have turned up no evidence of wrongdoing whatsoever. But these are rabid evangelical pro-lifers and they contend that regardless the laws, Planned Parenthood is engaged in an illegal activity and they intend on inflicting the ultimate penalty because god and Jesus. Once again, since evangelicals clutch a bible to their bosom but never open or read a word of it, according to the god of their bible, a fetus is not a “living being” until it exits the womb and breathes air on its own.

If history is any indication, law enforcement had better take the increase in death threats against abortion providers very seriously. There have been two abortion providers murdered at the behest of evangelical criminal solicitations including Dr. George Tiller who was shot in the head while attending his Christian church, and Dr. Barnett Slepian who was shot and killed in his own home after returning from worshiping in his synagogue. Both men were murdered for performing legal medical procedures that evangelical pro-life advocates claim are illegal and in answer to the persistent solicitations of murder that have reached a fevered pitch over the past month.

Although Republicans are not openly soliciting criminal activity against Planned Parenthood or abortion providers, they are as guilty as the fanatics calling for murder in god’s name. Republicans need to be held accountable for the rash of threats, arsons, and pro-life maniacs harassing doctors at their homes. Republicans are well aware that abortion is legal, tissue donation is legal, and that the edited videos created and released by pro-life activists are phony. Still, they have incited the religious base to violent threats by claiming Planned Parenthood is committing criminal activity by donating fetal tissue for medical research with the woman’s consent and according to a law they passed in 1998.

Republicans have had a huge measure of electoral success with their secret weapon the fetus, and they could not care less if their theocratic base solicits criminal activity and convinces religious maniacs to commit murder and firebomb Planned Parenthood and women’s healthcare clinics across America. That it is a religious movement calling for death and destruction in the name of god is exactly what evangelicals and Republicans claim makes ISIS worthy of America’s military wrath. However, it is not only acceptable, but necessary when evangelical pro-life advocates engage in the same practice and it is why Republicans and the religious right are, beyond a shadow of a doubt, America’s Christian version of ISIS.

35 Replies to “Evangelical Death Threats Against Planned Parenthood Are On The Rise”

  1. It’s not that these people never open the Bible. The problem is that they only read the parts that they like.

  2. It’s so easy to use “Christianity” as a shield against inhumane acts. Just as their bible explicitly states that life begins with first breath and ends with last breath, the homophobics completely disregard the New Testament and cite an Old Testament passage, DESPITE claiming that Jesus (who wasn’t even in the OT) is their Saviour.
    They pick and choose whatever suits their particular bigotry, and reporters, interviewers (and judges, it appears) are too damn scared of sounding irreligious to call them on it.
    Yep, they’ve won……for now. But I do believe there are enough smart folks out there to eventually lay them to rest – figuratively speaking of course.

  3. Like Hillary Clinton said, republicans are the true terrorist and their bible humpers are the foot soldiers in their war against the Constitution.

    The only thing that is saving us from a white male theocratic dictatorship are minorities and women That is why our votes are important and that is why they are trying to take our rights away

  4. Barry Goldwater said it best:
    …“Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem.

    Frankly, these people frighten me.

    Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise.

    I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.”

  5. These people are NOT true born again Christians. They’re Fox News heretic Christians who only have a form of Godliness, but deny the power thereof: from such turn away. They are ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. They carry for themselves an evil agenda of hatred for mankind. They too will suffer God’s wrath if they don’t repent.

  6. …”Cafeteria Christians”…{spits} not one of ’em are actual Christians, they’re Mammonist Teahadists…
    …we need to have armed people protecting these doctors…

  7. I think these SO CALLED CHRISTIANS must have skipped reading the part of the ten commandments that said THOU SHALL NOT KILL!

  8. How comedic is it to realize that Barry Goldwater wouldn’t pass the Tea Party sniff test. They (teabaggers) really have turned the GOP into a hate group.

  9. The First Amendment *does not* protect solicitations of murder from criminal prosecution, and it is still less of a defense from civil suits on a variety of bases, but centered on long-standing legal principles centered on defamation. These people need to be prosecuted. Their defensive howls, of course, will be that prosecution= persecution. Publishing their incitements and the results thereof should help clarify in much of the public mind just who is persecuting whom.

  10. Yes Thou shalt not kill a group of cells that may or may not grow into a human. HOWEVER thou shalt kill any human willing to help the poor that cannot afford cancer screening, family planning, education on reproductive care, medical research on miscarried/aborted fetus(to advance medical cures) etc. etc. These same Xtians say THEY are the PERSECUTED and TERRORIZED for their beliefs?????

    All I can quote from the BIBLE to them is: John 11:35 “Jesus wept.”

  11. rationalizations are curious things…

    life is sacred until it breathes air and then everyone is fair game…

    of course that exactly opposite of what’s actually in the bible… life doesn’t begin until the first breath..

    abortion was frowned upon because of the fear of the WOMAN’s death…

    but whataya expect from people who wave a work of fiction around and claim its THE Truth?

    what does Aesop’s Fables have to say on the subject?

  12. Euro-Christians love their human sacrifices, don’t they? This is the same call for lynchings and Jim Crow from the same people.

    Like the Inquisition, these people demand the right to define the Law for us all.

    One book to rule them all. This ain’t Mordor, folks.

  13. Oh the irony of a pro-lifer calling for the death of someone they disagree with.

    Hypocrisy, thy name is Christianity.

  14. To paraphrase…”Religion and faith should be weakened to the point where it can be drowned in the bathtub” When are believers going to admit to a lifetime of folly and realize that all of this “faith” that they have is NOTHING in the cold harsh REALITY of the world that they simply wish to remain ignorant of?! I pity the faithful, I just look at them as if they are developmentally disabled because they are disabled! They are disabled by fantasy and willful ignorance and wallow in them like swine in mud and oink and grunt that we will not join them.

  15. Christian jihadist practicing sharia. Death threats = arrest, period. Maybe there is room in the cell next to Kim Davis?

  16. RELIGION is the root of conflict.
    The root of so many Wars.

    Organized Religion was organized to control and scare the people!

    (I can say that after 12-Years of Catholic School)

  17. They ARE the TRUE Christians. They ARE the majority.
    This how they vote.
    This is how they rule.
    This is how they treat others.
    This is the TRUE Christians.
    They worship the worst god and goddess of them all, they worship themselves.

  18. Do you really believe these people understand the oxymoron they are creating and living? I don’t. They think they are perfectly normal and way better then anyone else. After all, they carry the Constitution in there pocket and a Bible in the hand. They read and understand neither.

  19. Teatards blame hurricanes on gays, destruction of USA on abortions. But, i would say it’s the Christians who started it with GENOCIDE on Native American Indians then similar to the slaves & panting to do same with Hispanics & Latinos who are part Native American Indian & the Spanish who Invaded These lands from North America to South America & surrounding islands. WADO #CherokeeStrong

  20. Kindly give up the fact free rant. Pew Research shows over 60 percent approve of marriage equality, the majority support women’s rights to legal abortion. The SCOTUS ruling was led in no small part by Faith for Equality, an interfaith group headed by Protestants in support of marriage equality, and all but the United Methodists have embraced it.

    By asserting that the RW is dominant, you give total support TO them. Do your research, fact check, and offer the mainline and progressive christians your support because WE are under siege, too with terroristic campaigns, death threats, etc. It never gets in the media but has been a constant drumbeat since the 70s. Secular justice people need to pay attention to faith justice people as we do to you- I don’t give a damn what you think but know we need to hang together because YOU let the religious right take over your mind and drive a wedge between us as historic allies. WE didn’t.

  21. The great irony is that those discriminated against, and especially women and the sexual minorities, and the racial minorities are full of True Believers, too. Why? Because they were indoctrinated as children and now, as adults, they “cafeteria shop,” too. Some even choose an entre and sides based on a version of Jesus even I, a freethinker, am comfortable with. Their Jesus is a compassionate friend so full of selfless devotion he couldn’t give a shit if you are an unmarried pregnant woman; a lesbian, gay, bi, trans, or queer person; a black, a brown, or a yellow person. I am an atheist today, but that Jesus is the one I was taught.

  22. And shoot to kill (since I’m sure these people are the same gun-toters who feel the government is coming to take their guns away).

  23. What quote in the bible specifies that a life begins with the “first breath?”

    The bible tells us when a fetus becomes a living being.
    The fact that a living sperm penetrates a living ovum resulting in the formation of a living fetus does not mean that the fetus is a living human being. According to the bible, a fetus is not a living person with a soul until after drawing its first breath.
    After God formed man in Genesis 2:7, He “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and it was then that the man became a living being”. Although the man was fully formed by God in all respects, he was not a living being until after taking his first breath.

    In Job 33:4, it states: “The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”

    Ezekiel 37:5&6, etc., etc.

  24. 9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army…
    13 And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, 14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord.

    Ezekiel 37 9-10, 13-14

  25. until there is retaliation those Bible thumpers will keep using terror tactics. i hope that good people there will take down a few right wing churches in that area.they get away with this stuff because they throw a cross on a building & call it Gods house & they count on your not retaliating.well if you don’t they are going to do a lot worse.choose those freaks time middle of the night .they just love to burn.

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