13 06 2009

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)




3 responses

14 06 2009

Well said. I hadn’t thought of “the rights of the unborn” being a cover but it all actually makes sense. There is certainly no empathy, even in defense of the unborn.

14 06 2009

read your blog true lamia, and really enjoy your viewpoint and ability to express yourself–so i’m surprised that linkage is new to you…it’s something i’ve heard from other choice advocates for decades

that segues into a point i couldn’t quite shoehorn into the post–that women who do not wish to be pregnant have a right to “A life,” just as newborn babies do…to be born and raised unwanted or into extreme 3rd world poverty is not “a life,” and it is, imho, demonic to insist that children be born into situations likely to twist them.

in other words, the right to “a life” supersedes the “right to life”…….

at the same time, i have to recognize, from the experiences of women i have known, that abortion is not always an easy choice to make…the body is strongly cued to want to keep the pregnancy, even as the mind recognizes that the situation the baby would be born into is far from nurturing….at a more personal level, my daughter-in-law was quite young when she was carrying my grandson, and many of our “friends” suggested she get an abortion so she could” have a life”….she chose to keep him, and he just graduated from high school with honors and is going off to college on scholarship…wants to be a math/music teacher/musician, and i think he’s smart enough to do about anything he wants to do…but hey, i’m not objective, i’m his grandpa!…anyway, that just goes to show that it’s hard to predict the future…and that “freedom to chose” really does mean choice, not knee-jerk abortion…

3 07 2009

thanks Martin…I Sturggle with these issues a lot…believe that women need to have the choice, and I know what the consequences of not having it are…horrible unspuervised illegal abortions, basically, and going back to the world of The Girls Who Went Away, a history compiled a few years ago by Ann Fessler of what adoption meant in the secretive days of the 1950s and 1960s.

on the other hand, I’ve made my own choice; I don;t assist anyone in having an abortion, though I will tell them where t get the care they need if they do feel it;s the only option. there is a whole spectrum within :”pro-coice” and I got as bit bothered listening to a radio program a few weeks ago where the male, progressive” commentator was adamantly sure that ” a fetus is not a person” and that any guilt, remorse, or anmbivalence felt by a woman choosing abortion was an artifact of a right-wing and CHurch-uy guilt trip.

it’s way, way more complex than that, and I was driving home from working in Santa Rosa at the time, so I was not in a position to try to call in and say that all points of view needed to be respected here.

looking back at the infertility with which I grappled from age 22 or so to age 38 when I finally had a baby naturally – I have to say that it was probably a gioft of sorts in my sexually active teen eyars – I suspect that I would have had a newly-legal abortion ahd I ebcome pregnant as a teen, and that I would ahve regretted it greatly a few years later. and I don;t ahve a church or family background that would lead me to feel that way – my parents are agnostic to atheistic jewish liberals, and my mother was quite open with me, ;ossibly too open, about her two ilelgal abortions before she ahd me, her eldest. (she was married to my fatehr at the time, I guess it just wasn;t the “:right time.” or something.)

all this being said, I am absolutely hrrified at the assassination of Dr Tiller. Late term abortions are pretty freaky and I don;t ever want to do one or assist at one. the best analogy I can give is that I am vegetarian, definitely not interested in raising animals for slaughter. I have good friends who are omnivorous and raise their own chickens and sheep and a milk cow otr two. (some are successful organic farmers, some homesteaders, urban and rural and in betweem.) I;ve made my choices about what to eat and what to kill based on what seems most congruent with my own values and ethics and spiritual understanding,. but I don;t go condemning my friends who rqaise animals for food, and I find some of the “meat is murder” folks to be incredibly rigid and moralistic in a way that cuts people off from understanding.

I wrote a poem about this, when a young woman I know went to a pro-choice rally, six months pregnant with “MY BABY IS PRO CHOICE” painted on her belly for all to see. I asked myself, “well, how do you know THAT?” if she means she is glad she had the choice to ahve this baby or not, well, sure, if she feels she knows what ehr baby-to-be feels about abortion, well…I calledthe poem EPISTEMOLOGY for exactly that reason.

I do sometimes have a difficult time understnad ing the logic of some strict vegans around me who can;t even share an office with someone who brings a cheese sandwich, who are strongly pro-coioce and thus get very huffy about the idea that a fetus is alive. seems to ne there’s a cognitive dissonance here. we all have to decide/choose what elvels of killing are acceptable…is it okay to euthanize disabled pets? healthy animals who ahve no home or who ahve developed behavior problenms that the petr’;s guardian can;t or won;t deal with? is it even acceptable to talk about whether a feetus feels pain? fear? and since they can die inside you, can we deny that theya re alive? is it okay to raise chickens and cows for the tqable on a small scale? on a larger one? can euthanbasia, a la Dr Kevorkian, be abused to get rid of people who are percieved as burdens? is a woman who has mixed feelings about a completed abortion, or misgivings about continuing and about discontinuing a surprise pregancy, really a brainwash victim for feeling what she feels? do good people sometiems choose practices very differnt from what other good people feel is right?

*sigh* it’s hard to learn to be human sometimes, but what choice do we have? the examined life IS the only one worth living.

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