In the wake of 2 terroristic murders this past week the folks in the media continue to sling the rhetoric like a monkey flinging pooh. In Kansas an abortion doctor was shot to death while attending church and in Arkansas two U.S. soldiers were shot by a Muslim militant.
The contrast in the media coverage of these two crimes is instructive in and of itself. On the cable news shows the killing of Dr. George Tiller, a renown and outspoken supporter/provider of late term abortions, got a lot of attention and was the subject of all the "commentary" shows. I learned about the death of the soldier on the Internet by accident. The White House delivered a swift and damning comment on the heinous murder of Dr. Tiller - not so much for the two American servicemen. The comment to the local Arkansas AP office from the President was subdued and 3 days late. One of the soldiers died from his wounds and the other is recovering.
The suspect in the abortion doctor's slaying is by all accounts a domestic terrorist and should rightly be called one. That doesn't mean that all pro-life/anti-abortion Christians are terrorists. The Muslim who shot the soldiers is also a terrorist (though the major media won't call him that) and again, not all American soldier hating Muslims are terrorists. Both of these crimes are terrorist attacks. They should be covered with the same tone, right? Ha... Not even close.
Columnist Joel Connelly claims that "Right Wing Enablers have Blood on their Hands".
In recent years, however, enablers on the airwaves have emboldened those who would strike outside the law. They host or guest on cable news programs, and broadcast on radio stations across the country. - snip - But decent-minded Americans, across the political spectrum, should condemn the enablers. They create a climate conducive to political killings, every bit as much as those arming suicide bombers. You need not sympathize with late-term abortions to be revolted at the assassination of Dr. Tiller.
Yes indeed Joel. We should reject the enablers on the Right. But that's only half the picture dear Joel (you self-righteous creep). If the Right-Wing agitators in American society are ultimately responsible for the murder of Dr Tiller as you contend, then we, by all rights, should condemn the enablers on the Left who through the media glorify drug use, promiscuous sex and worst of all, the hatred of their country. All of these things have directly or indirectly killed far more people than all the Right-Wing rhetoric has EVER killed.
The Left-Wing enablers feed the anti-American, anti-Semitic sentiment that helps inflame the "Muslim World". Blame America first (after blaming Bush, of course) has been the modus operandi of Left-Wing enablers for 40 years. So when an American born Muslim goes off and shoots 2 American soldiers for the crimes of American imperialism in the Middle East it is just as fair to blame the Left.
James Kirchick an assistant editor of the New Republic writes in the Wall Street Journal "The Religious Right Didn't Kill George Tiller"
On Sunday, abortion doctor George Tiller was murdered at his church in Wichita, Kan. He was one of a handful of doctors in the U.S. who performed late-term abortions and for decades had been a target of virulent criticism from antiabortion activists. His clinic had been bombed and vandalized, and in 1993 he was shot in both arms in a failed assassination attempt. Tiller's alleged killer, Scott Roeder, is a long-time radical antiabortion activist with reported ties to a militant antigovernment organization called the Freemen.
Within hours after the murder, every antiabortion group in the country denounced the attack. Robert P. George, a leading Catholic intellectual opponent of abortion, wrote that "George Tiller's life was precious" and characterized his murder as "a gravely wicked thing." He called on his fellow abortion opponents to "teach that violence against abortionists is not the answer to the violence of abortion."
Even Operation Rescue, the extreme antiabortion group that organized a six-week blockade of Tiller's office in 1991, issued a statement condemning the murder. "We denounce vigilantism and the cowardly act that took place this morning," Troy Newman, the organization's president, said.
These unqualified reproaches are nothing new. The organized antiabortion movement has always opposed violence against abortion providers.
I have yet to hear any Muslim organization condemn the actions of Abdulhakim Muhammad...
My personal feelings about Tiller's alleged killer Scott Roeder are ones of disgust. He is a scumbag that should rot in prison for the rest of his natural born life - in a cell right next to Abdulhakim Muhammad's.
I find what Tiller did for a living sickening. How a man who kills nine month old fetuses (babies) can even attend a Christian church offends my sensibilities. But I have to assume he was practicing his craft lawfully. As abhorent as it is to me I have no right to stop him and neither did Roeder.