You forgot to include Hiroshima

June 9, 2009

Wee bit of hyperbole alert: In the Washington Times, late-term abortionist (i.e., fetus killer) Dr. LeRoy Carhart compared the murder of late-term abortionist (i.e, fetus killer) George Tiller to the murder of Martin Luther King. And that's not all:

Nebraska abortion doctor LeRoy Carhart called on the federal government
Monday to treat all activities by "anti-choice domestic terrorists" as
hate crimes after last week's fatal shooting of Dr. George Tiller.

"This is the equivalent of Martin Luther King being
assassinated," he said of the killing of one of the nation's best known
late-term abortion doctors. "This is the equivalent of Pearl Harbor,
the sinking of the Lusitania and any other major historic event where
we've tolerated the intolerable for too long."

Forget "hyperbole." "Hysteria" might be a better word.

Look, I am in no way defending or condoning what Tiller's assassin did: if Kansas law allows it, he should face the death penalty. It was murder in the pursuit of terrorism, beyond a doubt. But it doesn't help the "national climate" to engage in overheated and inappropriate comparisons. And it's especially outrageous to compare the murder of someone who killed fetuses for a living to the struggle of African Americans for their civil rights in the face of terrorism:

"I think there is absolutely no difference in putting a cross in front
of a person's home because of what race they belong to than there is
putting a cross in front of our homes because we do abortions," he
said.

Dr. Carhart is right that the placing of crosses on the lawn of abortionists is an attempt to intimidate, and one can argue for a comparison between the Klan's terrorism and the activities of radical anti-abortionists, but the comparison is disgusting because Carhart's profession had its modern birth in the eugenics movement, racism, and the desire to cut down on the number of Black babies. The cross-burners would approve.

The irony here is rich and Carhart's chutzpah impressive.

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