cross-posted from The Dream Antilles
My wonderful phone company, Credo, sent me the following:
“Tiller the Baby Killer.”
That’s how FOX News host Bill O’Reilly referred to Dr. George Tiller who was murdered in cold blood Sunday while he attended church.
Tiller’s crime? He provided healthcare to women. Including abortion.
Salon.com reports that FOX’s “O’Reilly Factor” has featured attacks on Dr. Tiller on no less than 28 episodes:
“He’s guilty of “Nazi stuff,” said O’Reilly on June 8, 2005; “a moral equivalent to NAMBLA and al-Qaida,” he suggested on March 15, 2006. “This is the kind of stuff happened in Mao’s China, Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Soviet Union,” said O’Reilly on Nov. 9, 2006.
What happened Sunday was devastating. And it might not have happened if it wasn’t for the hate mongering of Bill O’Reilly and others.
There are two things you can do.
1. Sign our petition to Bill O’Reilly. Ask him to take responsibility for creating an atmosphere in which the assassination of Dr. George Tiller comes as no surprise. And tell him to stop spreading hateful rhetoric which encourages violence against doctors who provide reproductive healthcare for women.
2. Make a donation to Medical Students for Choice in honor of Dr. George Tiller. We must lift up a new generation of doctors who are willing and able to provide reproductive healthcare to women.
This Epistle to the Subscribers made sense to me. I signed petitions and I sent $$. I thought about it. It made sense, sort of: Billo spews garbage, crazy persons ingest garbage, garbage in garbage out, crazy person kills doctor who provides abortions. So it might go. But, alas, it didn’t make that much sense, because if somebody believes that the life of a fetus is precious, how much more precious is the life of a doctor? Even a doctor who allegedly commits cardinal sins. Have we gone insane, I wondered.