Surprise! I’m here to rant about rhetoric surrounding domestic terrorism again! Unfortunately for everyone, this discussion is still relevant. Last week, a Georgia clinic was firebombed during office hours while patients were still inside the building. It’s only been a few months since Texas state senator and open supporter of Planned Parenthood Wendy Davis’ office was firebombed. These two examples are NOT the only time this has happened this year, either. This time, instead of talking about how anti-abortion terrorists are typically written off as crazy, I want to call out the use of religious freedom as an excuse for violent threats and behavior.
Currently, Angel Dillard is being prosecuted for violating the FACE act by threatening Dr. Mila Means. Dr. Means has been trying to open the first abortion practice in Wichita since Dr. George Tiller was murdered just over three years ago. Dillard told Means in a letter that abortion opponents will “know your habits and routines. They know where you shop, who your friends are, what you drive, where you live,” the letter said. “You will be checking under your car everyday — because maybe today is the day someone places an explosive under it.” Dillard is also a public friend and supporter of Scott Roeder, the murderer of Dr. Tiller. Dillard originally claimed that her letter was not actually threatening because she didn’t “intend to carry them out.”
I smell bullshit, y’all. Now she is saying that her letter was “divinely inspired,” and therefore constitutionally protected religious speech. It’s unlikely that any judge will actually value Dillard’s right to freedom of speech and religious expression over a physician’s right to safety from terrorism (I hope). Ruling in Dillard’s favor will only encourage anti-abortion extremists to push further, hiding behind their mainstream religion.
Y’all know that freedom of speech and freedom of religion aren’t get-out-of-jail-free cards, right? Constitutional protections for religious freedom were established to keep the government from establishing a theocracy and to protect religious minorities. Do you think a person who is Muslim, Jewish, or of any other faith would be able to get away with this? Angel, you are part of the majority and in danger of “inspiring” another one of your hateful, creepy ass Army of God followers to kill again. You are not the one who needs protecting.
Carly isn’t ~always~ yelling about religious fanatics. Sometimes she has other thoughts, I swear! Right now the rest of ’em are consumed with reading Game of Thrones and despair over not having internet at home and therefore not being able to watch Netflix anymore.