Hard to call something “terrorism” when so many people seem to agree with the perpetrator

11 Dec 2015 04:29 am
Posted by: Donna

In case you were unaware, shortly after the Planned Parenthood attack there was a committed effort by right wingers to deny the shooter was even targeting a clinic, hence the lingering desperation of the likes of this chap who replied to Jake Tapper

The angry man who shot up a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs two weeks ago, killing three and wounding several others, was arraigned on Wednesday and made it crystal clear that his target was abortion providers.

“I’m guilty. There’s no trial,” Robert L. Dear Jr. told a startled courtroom here on Wednesday. “I’m a warrior for the babies.”…

…“Let it all come out,” he said in one of a series of outbursts that seemed to remove any doubt about his motivation. “The truth.”…

…As Judge Gilbert Anthony Martinez of Colorado’s Fourth Judicial District and the lawyers discussed which parties might be affected by a pretrial publicity order, Mr. Dear, 57, shouted: “Could you add the babies that were supposed to be aborted that day? Could you add that to the list?”…

…“You’ll never know what I saw in the clinic, the atrocities,” he said on one occasion. “Protect the babies!” he said on another.

Hell, Dear could easily be a GOP politician anywhere, including running for President like Carly Fiorina (who famously imagined seeing atrocities) or Mike Huckabee, with those comments.

(Huckabee) “[T]here’s no excuse for killing other people, whether it’s happening inside the Planned Parenthood headquarters, inside their clinics where many millions of babies die, or whether it’s people attacking Planned Parenthood,”

Oh yes, it was terrible what that shooter did, according to so many anti-choicers, but it’s really no worse than what Planned Parenthood does!

Abortion Docs Terrorists

But part of the blame for recent anti-abortion violence not getting the accurate description it is due – terrorism – also falls upon the broad swath of “mushy middle” people, including MSM people, who have treated the Center for Medical Progress video bullshit like it was legitimate from the very beginning. Hard to call something “terrorism”, when you are agreeing with Robert Dear on how terrible the “baby parts” make you feel.

It’s jarring to see doctors acting as negotiators as they dicker over the price of a fetal liver, heart, or brain, and then talk about how they meticulously go to the trouble of not crushing the most valuable body parts. This practice is perfectly legal, and for some people, it is just a business. With millions of abortions each year in America, business is good.

Who could forget Dr. Mary Gatter, council president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Medical Directors, when, in Video #2, she tells undercover investigators that it isn’t about the money—before she zeroes in on dollars and cents?

“Let me just figure out what others are getting, and if this is in the ballpark, then it’s fine,” Gatter said. “If it’s still low, then we can bump it up.”

Then, going for broke, she added: “I want a Lamborghini.”

I want a shower.

Being “mushy middle” apparently means not even having to acknowledge the ugly misogyny and violence being carried out by people who are in agreement with you about the Planned Parenthood “sting” videos. Ruben Navarrette (the columnist I quoted above) who obviously had much to say about those bogus videos, has written nothing about the Colorado Springs attack that I can find since it happened. He’s not the only one. I’m amazed at how many “I’m pro-choice but gosh darn it those Planned Parenthood videos bothered me so much!” pundits haven’t had shit to say about the shooting. Cat got their tongues?

UPDATE: AZ Senate President Andy Biggs(R) has no qualms about employing the very kind of “baby parts” calumny that inspired the Colorado shooter.

Biggs said he believes there are legal ways to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood’s non-abortion services.

“I think that there are ways to get at it and that’s what we are going to be trying to do,” Biggs said. “The second component of the measure we’re talking about is the prevention of their practices with regard to the abuse of the aborted babies – the bodies and body parts and trafficking in that.”

Note that the funds at issue do not go to abortion but to family planning and other health services. This isn’t about “baby parts”, it’s about sex.

And behold this eloquence:

Planned Parenthood-Arizona says it doesn’t transfer fetal tissue, but Biggs said he doesn’t trust their word.

“I don’t know that I’m acquiescent in their self-proclaimed righteousness there,” Biggs said.


1 Comment(s)

  1. Comment by Timmys Cat on December 14, 2015 3:23 pm

    In other words, a false equivalence fallacy occurs when someone falsely equates an act by one party as being equally egregious to that of another without taking into account the underlying differences which may make the comparison patently invalid.

    Darn. I guess this means illegal acts like terrorism and assault with intent to kill and murder just aren’t the same as a consensual and legal medical procedure.
    Who knew?
    It seems the fundie’s who know what God really wants had better clear this up next time they talk to Him.

    “BLAME SHIFTING” (Gen 3:12-17) As soon as man sinned, he quickly commenced to blame others. One of the effects of sin is the refusal to take responsibility for our actions. This is the favorite manner in which most people handle guilt, that is they blame others. They do this for two reasons: First they do not want to live with guilt. Second: they do not want to suffer the consequences of their actions. Blaming others is an escape mechanism, which helps us avoid the consequences. This fly’s in the face of the Gospel. It is unjust and serves only to increase the guilt and the problems we incur with others in our relationships. This becomes a pattern of dysfunctional behavior that is an endless loop of a hopeless cycle. We must learn that God does not allow us to avoid the consequences of our actions by blaming others. In fact we are held responsible for blaming others! (Romans 14:12-13). On the Day of Judgment, there will be no opportunities for blame shifting.

    Oh boy! This is getting sticky. The anti-medicals denial that they are inciting violence and blaming the victims actions for it seems to go against the Bible. Since they claim ownership of that book, they had better check with the Big Guy on this one too.

    The Ninth Commandment is found in Exodus 20:16: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

    As God told Moses and the Israelites: “You shall not circulate a false report. Do not put your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. You shall not follow a crowd to do evil; nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after many to pervert justice. …

    Andy ( I can’t think) Biggs had better put an emergency call into fundie central to get this taken care of! Since he was told he was doing God’s work, he should be able to get a pass on His laws!
    He’s Andy Biggs fer crissake! (ooops)

    Apparently there is some confusion on God’s end as to what He actually wants.
    Don’t worry, the anti-medicals will get it squared and things will be back on track good as new.

    Me, I blame the secretary.

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