June 1, 2009

Contessa Brewer of MSNBC laid out the argument to Cathy Ruse, an FRC spokesman, who condemned the assassination---that if the police were looking for a mass murderer, which is how Dr. Tiller had been portrayed by the anti-choice movement, they would take him out with deadly force. So their arguments against Dr. Tiller were absurd. She got a little flustered and let something slip out that she probably wish she hadn't.

Brewer: Look at the logic of it. If we knew that a mass murderer was running around, our law enforcement would do everything in their power to stop them and in that moment if a life was going to be taken, they would take that mass murderer out. So it would be a life, so if you believe or if someone believes that an abortion doctor is a mass murderer, I don't know if logic is on your side there.

Ruse: This man who killed Doctor Killer, ahhh Doctor Tiller, excuse me, was apparently part of a movement, an anti-government movement who believe that they are not held within the law...

OK, a slip of the tongue, maybe...but then she cited facts that were not true.

Ruse: Interestingly, all the abortions that were done at 22 weeks and beyond by Tiller and others had been done for non emergency reasons so....

How does Ruse know this? Does the FRC know the medical history of every case that Dr. Tiller and others worked on? And at no time did Ruse ever mention the health of the mother. It's like a mother doesn't even exist in their thoughts. And when you call people mass murderers long enough, violence is sure to follow. It's what David Neiwert has been writing about for a long time and his book (The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right) highlights. The violent rhetoric of the far right has great influence to lead people down a violent path.

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