The dialog over Dr. Tiler's murder continues, as exemplified by the Washington Post "ON FAITH" writers who refer to Tiller's murder in exact and correct terms, choosing the headline "Pro-Life Terrorism Leads to Murder."
Christian anti-abortion extremists who commit or condone murder are, in my view, just as much a terrorist as the Islamic extremists who committed their heinous acts on 9/11.
And the conservative, right wing extremists who commit and condone the murder of law-abiding American citizens are, to a significant extent, standing on the shoulders of the Republican party leadership. In addition to Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter and their like who are constantly promoting hate, the recent presidential elections saw the top rung of the Republican party leadership doing the same thing.
2008 Republican nominees John McCain and Sarah Palin gave terrorists and terrorism an air of legitimacy by repeatedly referring to President Obama as a person who "pals with terrorists" and therefore, by extension, inferring that President Obama supports domestic terrorism and domestic terrorist acts himself.
What's wrong with domestic terrorism if the President of the United States 'pals around with terrorists?' Why not fight 'fire with 'fire'?
We now see that this kind of cheap rhetoric (in the case of Obama palling with terrorists, McCian and Palin told outright lies) can lead to results that may indicate the first signs of a Christian extremist jihad against centrist and left-leaning political beliefs.
Sunday, it was an abortion doctor. How long before homosexuals are murdered 'in God's name"?
Words have consequences, and the words of John McCain and Sarah Palin, in my considered opinion, contributed to the murder of a law-abiding American citizen. It's time for them to take a leadership role in speaking out against the Christian jihad which seems to be forming in America.
But don't hold your breath waiting for that to happen. The religious right wing politics of hate never backtracks -- it's always moving forward, planting the seeds of hate and waiting for the day that those seeds will bear fruit.
Those seeds bore such fruit the day Dr. Tiller was murdered, and more will no doubt follow.
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