Christian Extremist Warns Planned Parenthood: Be ‘Thankful’ You Aren’t Attacked More Often

Sounds like he’s inciting violence against Planned Parenthood, doesn’t it?

That’s because that is exactly what conservative blogger Erick Erickson wrote on Monday in response to a right-wing terrorist killing three people and wounding nine at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood last week.

Robert Lewis Dear surrendered to police hours after taking hostages inside the women’s clinic and told investigators, “no more baby parts,” a direct reference to heavily edited videos released by an anti-abortion group in an effort to smear Planned Parenthood.

However, instead of toning down their rhetoric, it appears conservatives are feeling emboldened enough to incite further violence against Planned Parenthood.

Erickson had the gall to compare Planned Parenthood president, Cecile Richards to Nazi doctor, Joseph Mengele, and continued to use the same kind of rhetoric that gins up anti-abortion fanatics to the point where they snap.

“Cecile Richards is about the closest we have come in the United States to Joseph Mengele,” Erickson wrote. “Under her leadership at Planned Parenthood, doctors have been killing children and harvesting the children’s organs. In some cases, the children are born alive. In some cases, whole children are born and then carved up.”

“Planned Parenthood butchers millions of children,” he continued. “Three people died at the Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado. Every single one of those millions plus three lives is a tragedy and outrage.”

The problem with this rhetoric is that Mengele helped send millions of people to their deaths in the gas chambers. We’re talking about people who were already born, not fetuses that don’t have personhood status. Furthermore, abortion is LEGAL. Genocide is not.

Then Erickson wrote that Planned Parenthood ought to be “thankful” that they aren’t the target of terrorist attacks more often, before defending pro-life conservative “Christians” as saints who would never kill or maim to advance their cause.

“It really is surprising more Planned Parenthood facilities and abortionists are not being targeted. It speaks to the pro-life movement being faith based and turning to their better angels.

The left is desperate to compare the American pro-life movement to terrorists. They damn well better be glad Christians follow a faith that tells them to honor and pray for their leaders, follow the law, love everyone, and let the state and not the individual act as the sword bearer for God.

Given the public light shed on the atrocities committed by Planned Parenthood and both the government and media’s turning a blind eye to it, dismissing it, laughing it off, or lying about it, it really should be surprising that Americans convicted of the need to stop the murder of children have not taken the law into their own hands.

The pro-life movement is most typically represented by men like Garret Swasey, who though pro-life and Christian, worked as a police officer to save lives in Colorado Springs, CO. We should all be thankful for that. We should all be thankful the pro-life movement respects the rule of law even when the lawmakers and media do not respect them.”

Of course, Erickson’s claim that pro-life conservatives are angels who never violate the law is complete and utter BULLSHIT.

Ever since the terrorist attack, Republicans and pro-life groups have been trying desperately to spin out of having to take responsibility for the anti-abortion rhetoric that inspired Dear to go on his rampage. But it’s kinda hard to spin out of the fact that pro-life conservatives celebrated the attack on social media as it was happening.

Not to mention the fact that terrorist attacks against Planned Parenthood have only increased since the deceptively edited videos were released, including acts of arson, firebombing, and murder in the effort to force the closure of clinics.

According to Vox,

An FBI Intelligence Assessment at the time found these attacks were “consistent with the actions of lone offenders using tactics of arsons and threats all of which are typical of the pro-life extremist movement.” Moreover, the report said it was “likely criminal or suspicious incidents will continue to be directed against reproductive health care providers, their staff and facilities.”

Vox goes on to report that since 1977, pro-life extremists have committed “eight murders, 17 attempted murders, 42 bombings, and 186 arsons against abortion clinics and providers.”

Not exactly “Christian” and “pro-life” as Erickson claims.

Erickson concluded his rant by claiming, “the majority of this country considers itself pro-life and there are at least 90 million self-identified Bible believing pro-life evangelicals in the United States.”

But even this is total bullshit. According to a poll released earlier this year, 50 percent of Americans identify as pro-choice while only 44 percent identify as pro-life. In addition, Americans also oppose 20 week bans on abortions by a wide margin in most cases despite what Erickson and Christian extremists of his ilk would want us to believe.

In short, Erickson is inciting violence against Planned Parenthood all while laying out a defense of pro-life conservatives as perfect Christians who would never do violence or kill to get their way. It’s shameful and dangerous, and quite frankly, it’s time to treat Christian extremists like the terrorists they are.

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