Some of us were stunned and saddened last week when Dr. George Tiller was murdered in church. Some of us were not.
“I am glad George Tiller is dead”
That’s what “Reverend” Wiley Drake, a former officer of the Southern Baptist Convention, told Fox News. Drake said he has been praying for Tiller to have a change of heart about abortion,but in the last year had been praying for Tiller’s death, because:
(Dr. Tiller) had obviously turned his back on God again and again and again,”
Drake called Tiller “a reprobate” and a “brutal, arrogant murderer” who “bragged on his own website how many babies he had killed.”
“Would you have rejoiced when Adolf Hitler died during the war?” Drake asked. “Or would you have said, ‘Oh that is terrible for him to be killed’? No, I would have said, ‘Amen, praise the Lord, hallelujah, I’m glad he’s dead.’”
Drake says Barack Obama is now the object of his “imprecatory prayers.” Let me put it bluntly: he is praying for Barack Obama to die soon. Since Mr. Obama seems to be in excellent health, this sounds to me like a public call for the assassination of our President. Now, I’m not a big Obama fan either, albeit for very different reasons, but that is going WAY too far. C’mon, Homeland Security, ain’t this domestic terrorism? But hey, he’s not a right-wing terrorist, he’s just exercising his freedoms of speech and religion…and the guy that murdered Dr. Tiller is one of the Lord’s avenging angels. No causal connection between Drake’s hate speech and trigger man Scott Roeder.
Drake is just one example…. Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter, and many other right wing pundits have been beating the drum against Dr. Tiller for years. Coulter, commenting on other murders of abortion providers, said that you could say they had been shot,
….or, depending on your point of view, had a procedure performed on them with a rifle.
OK, let’s change our focus for a little while…mountain top removal, anyone?
In spite of their stated commitment to science over politics, the warnings of every credible climate scientist in the book, and Al Gore’s call for civil disobedience to prevent more coal plants from being built, the Obama administration appears to be ready to approve at least 42 of the 48 mountaintop removal projects currently on the EPA’s table.
The coal that will be produced from this massive environmental destruction will make a few corporate balance sheets look good, but it will release more poison into what’s left of the waters of West Virginia, where mercury levels are already dangerous for women who are or might become pregnant, and also, of course, cause the release of massive amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, where it will eventually contribute to the deaths of millions, possibly billions, of babies–and adults–all over the world, as global warming creates a world in which the living may well envy the dead. Kofi Annan, former UN leader who now runs the Global Humanitarian Forum, estimates that global warming is already killing 300,000 people a year, not counting the number of miscarriages due to malnutrition, which would probably swell that 300,000 by quite a bit, since about 45 million of the world’s 900 million hungry people are considered to be directly affected by climate change. My reaction is, “only 45 million?! They must have had to work on the numbers quite a bit to get it down to that level!”
Dr. Tiller helped women who did not want or felt incapable of raising the babies they were carrying. The coal industry is indiscriminately slaughtering hundreds of thousands of children whose parents value them and do not want them to die. But hey, it’s totally indiscriminate–they’re killing parents and grandparents, too. Not picking on the helpless unborn, nossir.
So, Reverend Drake, Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter, where are you on this issue? If you’re really concerned about “the rights of the unborn,” maybe you should commence “imprecatory prayers” against the coal companies and their many allies in Congress and the administration. Or is it that “the rights of the unborn” is really just a cover, and your real agenda is the assertion of patriarchal control over womens’ bodies, and that’s why the destruction of the atmosphere and the murder of millions by the coal industry is irrelevant to you?
In the church I grew up in, we had a different name for “imprecatory prayer.” Asking for bad things to happen to other people was called “black magic,” and needless to say, we did not recommend it. Here we have a clear case of somebody who alleges he is a Christian practicing the dark arts….gee, just like Satan. In my church, we all understood that if you asked for evil to happen to someone else, you had better be prepared for it to visit you. So, when I consider the right-wing punditocracy and its sick, sad culture of death threats, I’m not going to wish evil on them. They have already summoned it to themselves. May God have mercy on their souls.
music: Frank Zappa, “Jesus Thinks You’re a Jerk“(excerpt)