The good news yesterday was that the anti-abortion terrorist, Scott Roeder, was convicted of first degree murder for the shooting of Dr. George Tiller – and that the prosecution is asking that he be sentenced to life with no possibility of parole for fifty years. However, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch report on the trial contained this chilling comment from a Roeder supporter:
The whole nation has seen a trial where the justification of force to stop abortion has been expressed,” said Dave Leach, an anti-abortion activist from Des Moines, Iowa. “And for a brief window, the very idea that force might be justified to stop abortion was taken seriously. And that has been enough to encourage pro-lifers and scare pro-deathers . [emphasis added]
Is this guy actually saying that the trial was good because it allowed Roeder to pose as a role model for others who might be attracted to the idea of murder?
My question is what is it going to take to get some of those folks obsessing about Muslim terrorists to take the seriously the thereat that Roeder’s fellow-travellers pose to our lives and to our democracy? At the very least those who advocate profiling Muslim males should also start calling for the profiling of Christians, don’t you think? Sure, most Christians are appalled by lunatics like Roeder and his supporters, but so are most Muslims appalled by Osama bin Laden. The key fact is that Scott Roeder and his methods have supporters and they make no bones abut their potential to engage in violence.