I am so sick and tired of feigned outrage.
We see it every day. Some movie producer does a movie depicting some Italians in a bad light and the Italian Defamation League gets “outraged” at the (probably accurate) portrayal of the Italians in the Mafia or Cosa Nostra. They issue a press release condemning the movie, which only increases ticket sales, and they might even hold a protest or two which, again, brings attention to the film that they don’t want people to see.
And now even the pro-life movement has joined the crowd.
As we all know, since 1993 a number of doctors, clinic staff and security guards associated with abortion clinics have been killed by acknowledged pro-life activists. And, for very good reasons, the pro-choice movement expressed its outrage at these horrific crimes because these were bona fide acts of violence conducted by protectors of the fetus against those who stood ready to abort that same fetus. And, yes, the cynics (myself included) will note that the pro-choice groups raised money on the murders.
Now, just a few days ago, it seems that a security guard at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the pro-life Family Research Council was shot and the assailant was apprehended immediately. According to some reports, the assailant posed as an intern and shot the guard in the arm. The first response by FRC President Tony Perkins was that “The police are investigating this incident. Our first concern is with our colleague who was shot today. Our concern is for him and his family.”
So far, so good. A terrible, uncalled for incident and a well-intended statement of concern.
But, then, of course, it was time to make some political hay. I mean, after all, those “pro aborts” got so much attention years ago, didn’t they? Why shouldn’t we? So, shortly after the incident my buddies at LifeNews.com announced that “the White House is coming under criticism from pro-life advocates for not issuing a condemnation of the shooting of a security guard at the offices of the Family Research Council, a pro-life group.” They went on to say, however, that “it took them (the White House) almost five hours to issue a statement,” which of course contradicts the previous statement. Indeed, the headline of the release saying pro-life groups were condemning the White House for their silence was entitled “White House Takes Five Hours to Comment on FRC Shooting.” Get your act together folks.
Then, later, Mr. Perkins tried to link the shooter to the pro-choice movement (of course). He stated that the assailant “…was given a license to do that by a group such as the Southern Poverty Law Center who labeled us a hate group because we defend the family and stand for traditional orthodox Christianity.” How’s that for some hard evidence of a conspiracy?
Then, a pro-life blogger suggested that the media outlets were either ignoring or downplaying the shooting because, of course, the entire media (I guess including Fox News) is pro-choice. I guess they felt the media was over blowing things when an actual abortion doctor was murdered in front of an abortion clinic.
The funniest thing I read was how the pro-life groups were pooh poohing Obama’s statement condemning this act of violence. On the other side of the coin, pro-life Presidential candidate Mitt Romney had this to say: “I am appalled by the shooting today at the offices of the Family Research Council in our nation’s capital. There is no place for such violence in our society. My prayers go out to the wounded security guard and his family, as well as all the people at the Family Research Council whose sense of security has been shattered by today’s horrific events.”
So Romney used three sentences to say what Obama said in one. Big deal. And yes, he did issue it a little before Obama. What a guy. He must really care more.
This shooting is terrible. The hope the security officer has a speedy recovery. But gimme a break, folks. This is absolutely nothing like the actions of Paul Hill, Michael Griffin and John Salvi.
But nice try.
- “Winking With A Blind Eye”: Where Are The Pro-Life Reactions To The Romney-Stericycle Story? (mykeystrokes.com)
- That’s Not ‘Misspoke’ (talkingpointsmemo.com)
- Akin’s Abortion View: More Widespread in GOP Than You Think (thedailybeast.com)