In my blog entry yesterday I indicated that the reason why proportion and a sense of perspective were necessary regarding the Tiller killing was because in the liberal mind, referring to abortion as murder, etc, is inflammatory language that really is ‘hate speech.’
The current hate speech legislation coming through Congress (Matthew Shepherd Act) aims to draw exactly this kind of connection, though of course this legislation is related more to homosexuality. The idea is the same, though: if anyone person commits a crime and it can be tracked back to someone who can be perceived to have ‘instigated it’ the person who did the ‘instigation’ is equally guilty and consequently should be punished under the law.
In today’s perusal of the web I found more evidence of this attempt to condemn the entire pro-life movement because of this single event. The irony is that the day after Tiller was killed, an American soldier was gunned down at a recruitment center by someone we now know was acting on Islamicist principles.
Besides there being little media attention about that, it should be noted that the Left does not apparently have an interest to condemn all Muslims because of this single event. There is clearly a lack of perspective here: in ten years one abortionist was killed but in that same ten years thousands of Americans died at the hands of Islamicists and numerous attacks have been thwarted. But let’s not make any unwarranted generalizations, shall we? Unless it’s pro-lifers.
But about that evidence I was referencing. This article on Newsmax describes how the Left is attempting to link the Tiller killing to Bill O’Reilly and the rest of the pro-life movement. This article on LifeSiteNews illustrates some of the same. Here is a quote from the article:
Bonnie Erbe of U.S. News and World report announced on the magazine’s website that “Tiller Murder Is Terrorism, and All Pro-Life Extremists Are to Blame.”
“Let George Tiller’s murder be the last straw. It is time for America’s pro-choice majority to stop standing idly by as extreme so-called pro-life advocates murder obstetrician-gynecologists (OB/GYNs) who are providing women with the legal right to terminate pregnancies,” opined Erbe adding that, “I am careful to note I am referring here to EXTREMIST pro-life advocates, people who refer to abortion as ‘baby-killing’ and other inflammatory rhetoric.”
As I said in yesterday’s post, in the liberal mind, this is how the entire pro-life movement is guilty for the Tiller killing because of course all pro-lifers believe that abortion is, in fact, ‘baby-killing.’ The LifeSiteNews article makes the same point I did: “The problem is, however, that the whole pro-life movement is based upon the premise that the unborn child is a human being with an inherent right to life.”
This is not me over-reacting. This is a real trend. This is a real way of thinking among the Liberal Left and it is soon to be codified in some way in the coming hate speech legislation. When the DHS says it is worried about ‘right wing extremists’ I personally have little doubt that it means the same as what Erbe, quoted above, means by ‘EXTREMIST pro-life advocates.’
In the meantime, real threats are getting a pass. Showing Al Qaeda’s willingness to work with those of a different philosophical bent, Islamicists are talking about crossing the Mexican border to work with white supremacists. This is shocking, I know, because of course we know that if Al Qaeda wouldn’t work with Hussein we know it wouldn’t work with American white supremacists like McVeigh, right? Right?
Ah, but there I go again. Expressing concern about the border is just one more example of how I am a racist extremist myself. How dare I object to illegal immigration.
Perspective and proportion, my friends. On Sunday, one abortionist was killed after a decade of pretty much nothing. But if Al Qaeda has its way, they’ll knock off 330,000 Americans in a single go.
I’m just saying: perspective and proportion.