Monday, June 1, 2009

When inciting hate goes beyond just words.

Frank Schaeffer, former big-wig in the Religious Right movement during the 70's and 80's, was on Rachel Maddow's show discussing the type of language that people like Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, and Mark Levin use to rile up their base. As Schaeffer puts it, all it takes is one person with a screw loose to take things a bit too far, and that these pundits know that. We saw it with the Unitarian Church shooting in Tennessee where the gunman specifically wanted to kill "liberals" because of the type of rhetoric spewed by Hannity and O'Reilly.

Even in this news piece we can see this kind of doublespeak being used, condemning the actual killing, but still promoting the outcome.

Abortion opponents were swift to condemn Tiller's shooting death Sunday during church services in Wichita. Kansans for Life and Operation Rescue, which is also based in Kansas, said 51-year-old Scott Roeder, who is being held without bail one count of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault, did not belong or donate to either group.

'Operation Rescue condemned the killing as vigilantism and "a cowardly act." But its founder, Randall Terry, stressed that the anti-abortion movement should not tone down its rhetoric. He said the gunman was wrong to kill Tiller, 67, but that abortion opponents bear no responsibility for the action.

Tiller was "a mass murderer and horrifically, he reaped what he sowed," Terry told the National Press Club in Washington.

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