I’m not sure why, but the recent attack on Planned Parenthood has really brought out the liars. Libby Anne reports on one example:
I’ve seen people claim that Robert Dear, the planned Parenthood shooter, was not a Christian. This despite the fact that he had crosses in his dwelling, reportedly was devoted to the Bible, and posted Bible verses and apocalyptic warnings on an online message board a decade ago. Frankly, I’m tired of this. When a Christian commits an act of religious violence, that does not implicate all Christians, just like when a Muslim commits an act of religious violence, that does not implicate all Muslims. But maybe that’s the problem. Many conservatives do jump to implicate all Muslims when a Muslim commits an act of terror. Perhaps that is why so many conservatives are eager to argue that Robert Dear was not a Christian. […]
Aside from the murder of George Tiller in 2009, we haven’t seen Christian anti-abortion violence escalate this far since the 1990s, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a history of such violence, in both deed and act. And this violence is inextricably tied to Christianity. There’s this idea held by many, I think, that there is no Christian terrorism. This is false. No one is saying every Christian is a terrorist or even that most are or that all or most anti-abortion activists are terrorists. All we’re saying is that there’s a history of Christian anti-abortion terrorism that does exist and is very real.
The U.S. has a decades-long history of anti-abortion violence. In 1993, abortion doctor David Gunn was fatally shot after Operation Rescue distributed wanted posters with his name on it. In 1994, abortion doctor John Britton and clinic escort James Barrett were fatally shot in Pensacola. In 1994, two abortion clinic receptionists were fatally shot. In 1998, a security guard at an abortion clinic died in a bombing. That same year. abortion doctor Barnett Slepian was fatally shot in his home. There wasn’t another death until 2009, when abortion doctor George Tiller was shot in his church, and then now, but there has been plenty of other violence, including bombings and arson.
The entire article is worth reading in full, but it also hints at another lie being tossed out: attacks against Planned Parenthood are rare. Not so, as someone who works at Planned Parenthood shared. They listed 100 cited examples of anti-choice terrorism, spanning 40 years.
5/18/85: Man uses WWII amphibious vehicle painted with cobra logo to ram Sacramento Planned Parenthood.
3/1993: P’cola protester Paul Hill pens Defensive Action Statement justifying prolife murder—34 signers
3/17/97: Man drives truck loaded w/ propane/gas into a CA clinic then sets fire when it doesn’t explode
9/30/00: Catholic priest John Earl smashes his car into a Rockford IL clinic then attacks it with an ax
9/11/06: Man attempts suicide carbombing at Davenport IA clinic, after casing several clinics for weeks
5/30/09:Scott Roeder seen glueing locks at Kansas City clinic 1 day before killing Dr Tiller in Wichita
6/2009: Days after Dr Tiller’s murder, Dr Carhart’s daughter gets fake call saying her parents dead too
9/2/10: Donny Eugene Mower throws Molotov cocktail in Madera, CA PP after also vandalizing local mosque
7/26/11: Molotov cocktail thrown into McKinney, TX, Planned Parenthood, which doesn’t even do abortions
10/14/11: Michael Hirsh—lawyer for doctor-killer Paul Hill—posts “comedy” blog “Who Will We Kill Next?”
3/4/14:Zachary Klundt destroys MT’s All Families Healthcare after secret CPC purchase fails to close it
Other anti-choicers are using more sophisticated means of deflection.
Apparently embarrassed by the actions of yet another white male terrorist, some right-wingers are trumpeting a bizarre claim: that Dear is a trans woman.
The claim seems to have originated with the blog Gateway Pundit, which posted voter registration information for Dear that labeled the alleged shooter as “female.” To Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft, this isn’t just an innocent mistake on the part of some government clerk; it’s proof that Dear “Identifies as [a] Woman.”
Or it could be proof that someone ticked the wrong box, but this sort of conspiracy mongering is par for the course in the anti-choice movement. They’ve only ever had a loose grip on reality.
Adams County state Rep. JoAnn Windholz blames Planned Parenthood for the Nov. 27 shooting, at its Colorado Springs clinic, that left three dead and nine injured. She is one of the few Colorado Republicans to issue a statement in the wake of the attack.
“Violence is never the answer, but we must start pointing out who is the real culprit. The true instigator of this violence and all violence at any Planned Parenthood facility is Planned Parenthood themselves. Violence begets violence. So Planned Parenthood: YOU STOP THE VIOLENCE INSIDE YOUR WALLS.”
While there was still an active shooting, Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger was on CNN demanding that Vicki Cowart, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains should apologize if the domestic terrorist who shot up the Colorado Springs clinic wasn’t anti-abortion.
Never mind that the statement from the Planned Parenthood head didn’t claim it was anti-abortion terrorism.