The early indications are when anti-abortion fanatic Scott Roeder shot down Dr. George Tiller in the sanctuary of his church it was the act of a lone gunman. But Roeder had accomplices. There were others who hated and reviled Dr. Tiller for performing late-term abortions as much as Roeder did.
“George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God.
I am more concerned that the Obama Administration will use Tiller’s killing to intimidate pro-lifers into surrendering our most effective rhetoric and actions. Abortion is still murder. And we still must call abortion by its proper name; murder.
Those men and women who slaughter the unborn are murderers according to the Law of God. We must continue to expose them in our communities and peacefully protest them at their offices and homes, and yes, even their churches.”
~ Randall Terry, Operation Rescue founder
Randall Terry is a nut. He is a radical extremist who does as much harm to the pro-life cause as Osama bin Laden does to Islam.
But Terry’s unhinged ravings are only the most overtly distasteful and disgusting manifestation of anti-abortion extremism.
Someone else who needs to be called on the carpet for his reckless fear-mongering is the blustering Bill O’ Reilly who made demonizing Dr. Tiller a personal project of his. Rupert Murdoch pays O’Reilly $10 million a year to be his pit bull attack dog against the “liberal” elites in the media and it’s a job O’Reilly pursues with enthusiasm.
Now Murdoch needs to muzzle his dog.
BILL O’REILLY, HOST: In the “Impact” segment tonight, confronting the Kansas doctor known as “Tiller the baby killer.” Dr. George Tiller has performed thousands of late-term abortions for millions of dollars. And some Kansas authorities suspect he is violating the law, because some of the women involved do not have serious medical reasons for the late-term abortions.
O’Reilly loves “ambush” interviews and sent one of “Factor” thugs/producers out to grill Dr. Tiller:
O’REILLY: Remember in Kansas, late-term abortions can only be performed if there’s irreversible damage, physical damage, physical, to the mother. Now because of the seriousness of this situation, we asked Dr. Tiller to comment. He would not. So “Factor” producer Porter Barry went to him.
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PORTER BARRY, “FACTOR” PRODUCER: Why are you one of the only doctors who does these kind of abortions?
TILLER: Nice day isn’t it?
BARRY: They call you Tiller, the baby Killer. Is that appropriate? .
TILLER: I’m think I’m going to get in my car and go to work.
BARRY: Dr. Tiller, don’t you think…
TILLER: Hi, is this 911? This is Dr. George Tiller. I am at Edgemoore and Harry at QuickTrip. I’m being accosted by the people from O’Reilly. Yes, and they are preventing me from getting in my car and leaving.
BARRY: You can get in your car and go, Dr. Tiller.
“Tiller the Baby Killer?” Oh yeah, I got your “fair and balanced,” unbiased and objective journalism right here.
O’Reilly and his producers/thugs and experts didn’t shoot and kill Dr. Tiller in his church. Some other asshole can be blamed for that crime. O’Reilly just plays the part of agent provocateur where he stokes the passions and hatreds of physicians that perfomr late-term abortions and then he can sit back, count his millions and claim, “Hey, there’s no blood on my hands. I had nothing to do with it.”
Along with the First Amendment right of free speech comes the responsibility as well. People like O’Reilly love to hide behind the right and totally duck the responsibility.
O’Reilly’s reaction to Tiller’s murder has been of shock and sorrow—for himself. He expresses shock that anyone would attribute the segments his program devoted to demonizing Dr. Tiller for fanning the flames of anti-abortion extremists. He feels sorry for himself that he is being roundly condemned by responsible journalists and pro-choice groups.
Of course, I have no idea if the suspect in Dr. Tiller’s murder was a regular viewer of The O’Reilly Factor. Millions of people whom are have O’Reilly trying to set their moral compass and they take him seriously because he has a podium. Never mind if he’s actually making any damn sense or not.
Since 2005, O’Reilly devoted no less than 29 segments on his program slamming Dr. Tiller and invariably it was more rants about “Tiller the Baby Killer” and how he needed to be stopped. On his radio show he said how he wished he could “get my hands on Tiller.” Now Billy the Bully is running like a scalded dog from his earlier incidenary rhetoric.
I am not saying O’Reilly is any way legally accountable for the actions of someone else who decided to kill the doctor O’Reilly branded “Tiller the Baby Killer.”
Morally though, there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between them.
O’Reilly didn’t pull the trigger, but some of Dr. Tiller’s blood is splattered on his thousand dollar suit.