This is terrorism for which there is no excuse: Allegedly kill someone for political reasons and then threaten that unnamed co believers will dish out more of the same to others in the targeted group. From the story:
The man charged with murdering a high-profile abortion doctor claimed from his jail cell that similar violence was planned around the nation for as long as the procedure remained legal, a threat that comes days after a federal investigation launched into his possible accomplices. A Justice Department spokesman said the threat was being taken seriously and additional protection had been ordered for abortion clinics last week. But a leader of the anti-abortion movement derided the accused shooter as “a fruit and a lunatic.”
Scott Roeder called The Associated Press from the Sedgwick County jail, where he’s being held on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the shooting of Dr. George Tiller one week ago. “I know there are many other similar events planned around the country as long as abortion remains legal,” Roeder said. He would not elaborate.
This man is not affiliated with any pro life group of which I am aware, but it is urgent that every and all pro life groups, leaders, and grass roots believers not only continue to condemn this terrorism, but cooperate in every possible way with law enforcement to prevent similar atrocities.
And it is also incumbent that those who oppose the pro life movement not try to demonize or tar it with the Tiller murder in the hope of scoring political points. If not for the rightness of that approach, then at least as a matter of prudence: If strong pro life rhetoric is said to “set off” these mentally ill ticking time bombs—which I doubt—then so too would over-heated rhetoric from people these nuts consider the enemy. Comity and rule of law require discipline and responsibility from all sides now, not demagoguery and political angle playing.
It’s time to cool off and chill out.
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