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Abortion protests and violence

Web sites allegedly promoting violence

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Web sites allegedly promoting violence

bullet Pro-Life Virginia - Army of God at http://www.armyofgod.com/ This web site quotes many biblical passages including:
bullet Luke 22:36: "...he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one."
bullet Jeremiah 48:10: "Cursed be he that doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood."
bullet Psalm 58:10: "The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked."

Someone, perhaps webmaster Rev. Donald Spitz, stated on the web site:

"I believe helpless babies deserve to be protected and defended from those who plan to kill them - just like the people in the World Trade Center deserved to be defended. If someone was able to stop the terrorists before they were able to crash the plane into the World Trade Center, that someone would be deemed a hero. In the same manner those who stop babykilling [sic] abortionists from murdering innocent children are heroes."

bullet The Christian Gallery at http://www.christiangallery.com/ promoted "God's plan for government [that] will one day be restored to its rightful place of authority in the land you presently occupy." Sections of its web site were devoted to people and organizations that are leading this restoration. One section, titled the Nuremberg files, was ruled by a court as threatening abortion providers and was heavily fined. Their internet service provider removed the entire website in 1999-FEB.

Included in the Christian Gallery were:
bullet Pro-life Virginia at: http://www.christiangallery.com/ Their page had a large picture of Paul Hill, a former Presbyterian minister, who was convicted of the murder of John Britton, an abortion provider in Pensacola FL. The caption reads "American Hero"; they state that the reason why he is on death row is that he saved "innocent babies from being murdered by babykilling [sic] abortionist John Britton." No mention is made that Hill killed Dr. Britton, that he killed a bodyguard Jim Barret, and that he wounded the bodyguard's wife.
 
bullet Defenders of the Defenders of Life at: http://www.christiangallery.com/ They published The Defensive Action Statement

"We the undersigned, declare the justice of taking all godly action necessary, including the use of force, to defend innocent human life (born and unborn). We proclaim that whatever force is legitimate to defend the life of a born child is [also] legitimate to defend the life of an unborn child."

They further state that the murder of Dr. Britton was "morally justified if it was necessary for the purpose of defending innocent human life." The statement was signed by a number of Protestant, Roman Catholic and Orthodox pastors and priests, heads of various Christian and anti-abortion groups, etc.
 

bullet Capitol Area Christian News at: http://www.christiangallery.com/ In its review of local activities during the summer of 1997, they commented:

"There was a brief flurry of abortuary destruction in the early part of the year (bringing joy to the hearts of those who pray for spiritual revival)...But it is bothersome to be reminded of the call God has placed upon the lives of others. Paul Hill has been sentenced to death. Apparently he was called [by God] to the sacrificial, public witness he made...Paul Hill was called to abort the abortionist, and his wife and children were called to suffer the loss of husband and father for righteousness sake...A righteous man, our brother in the Faith, has been sentenced to die for doing  justice and showing mercy. He is to be executed for obedience to our Lord."

The site also has a letter from Paul Hill which describes his thought processes before, during, and after the murder of an abortion provider and his bodyguard. When informed that he would be charged with two counts of murder, he writes:

"I knew then I had accomplished my task. I continued to lift my heart to the Lord, thankful for success. I had not failed in my errand and He had not failed me. The Lord had done great things through me."

Later, he wrote:

"Much of the joy I felt after shooting the abortionist, and still feel today, is the joy of having freely obeyed Christ after long being enslaved to fearful obedience to men."

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bullet The Nuremberg Files at http://www.bestchoice.com/atrocity/ (now a travel website) had been called "the most controversial" website  on the Net. 5 Neal Horsley lead a

"...coalition of concerned citizens throughout the USA...[who are] cooperating in collecting dossiers on abortionists in anticipation that one day we may be able to hold them on trial for crimes against humanity."

They patterned their web site name after the Nuremberg trials after World War II when Nazi war criminals were tried for crimes against humanity. They attempted to prepare files on all individuals that they refer to as "abortionists." The term is broadly defined to include people who conduct abortions, own clinics, or provide protection to clinics. They also included judges who interpret laws "authorizing child-killing or oppressing pro-life activists" and politicians who create such laws. Their web site contained lists of abortion providers, judges, legislators, spouses etc. Included with many are their home and office addresses. Physicians who have been murdered have had their names crossed off; Dr. Barnett Slepian of Amherst NY, who was assassinated in late 1998-OCT is one. When a physician is injured, their name is grayed out. 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution commented:

"Horsley's Web site, 'The Nuremberg Files: Visualize Abortionists on Trial' features images of fetus body parts bordered by dripping blood and includes a list of doctors who perform abortions. Some doctors' names are accompanied by personal information, such as photos, home addresses, names of children and wives."

The president of Planned Parenthood, Gloria Feldt, accused the web site of inciting violence. A spokesperson for the National Abortion Federation, Sharon Lau, commented: "It may not come right out and say, 'Go out and kill these people,' but with the blood dripping around the list, I think it's certainly implied.

The website was added to a list of threats against abortion providers that formed part of a case against 12 anti-abortion activists and 2 anti-abortion organizations. On 1999-FEB-2, a federal jury found the accused guilty and assessed damages of $108 million. The media incorrectly linked the web site's owner, Neal Horsley of Carrollton, GA, to the accused. In fact, there never was a judgment or injunction against the website; there never was a connection between the defendants and the website. The case had involved pictures of abortion providers in the form of "wanted posters," that the defendants allegedly distributed in 1995.
 

bullet The Creator's Rights Party hosted The Christian Gallery where the Nuremberg Files resided. Referring to the assassination of abortion clinic workers, clinic bombing, etc, they state:

"That violence exists because the violence against the unborn creates a vortex of violence that, unless it is arrested will threaten every person in the USA...the American Medical Association is leading this nation toward its own destruction. To ignore the plight of the unborn child being slaughtered meets all the criteria of a condition of mental illness called denial." 7

This group offered to hold public seminars which it calls "Post Abortion Assassination Seminars" (PAAS). Their intent was to educate the public with their beliefs.

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today. Some remain active but have radically changed their content:

  1. The Office of International Criminal Justice of the University of Illinois at Chicago at: http://www.acsp.uic.edu/
  2. Feminist Majority Foundation and New Media Publishing, Inc collects and publishes data on the levels of violence at abortion clinics. See: http://www.feminist.org/
  3. National Abortion Federation maintains extensive clinic violence statistics at:  http://www.prochoice.org/
  4. Data on abortion clinic violence was extracted from: http://www.cais.net/
  5. "Abortion battles move to the Net," USA Today, 1997-DEC-12.
  6. Diane Lore, "Abortion foe reports anthrax threat," Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 1998-NOV-11.
  7. "AMA Response to Nuremberg Files Leads to Post Abortionist Assassination Seminars  (PAAS)," The Creator's Rights Party, at: http://www.ama-assn.org/
  8. Jeff Builta, "Anti-abortion violence movement increases," Office of International Criminal Justice, at: http://www.acsp.uic.edu/
  9. Naral Fatchseets: "Clinic violence, intimidation and terrorism," at: http://www.naral.org/
  10. The text of the Pro-life Proclamation Against Violence is at: http://www.all.org/ The list of agencies that support this proclamation is at: http://www.all.org/
  11. "Planned Parenthood vs. American Coalition of Life Activists," at: http://www.lektrik.com/
  12. Carol Ness, "Attacks on state abortion clinics most in nation," San Francisco Chronicle, at: http://www.sfgate.com/
  13. Marie McCullough, "Anthrax letters to clinics hoaxes, early tests show," Philadelphia Inquirer, 2001-OCT-17 at: http://inq.philly.com/

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