Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Randall Terry now terrorizing children

"Activist" (terrorist?) Randall Terry, who, among other things, once said that Dr. George Tiller "reaped what he sowed," has just one-upped himself, believe it or not.

In response to the murder of Jim Pouillon, a longtime anti-abortionist, Terry and his crew are planning to protest in front of schools across the country tomorrow, Sept. 17. (Pouillon was shot in front of a high school; Harlan Drake has been charged with his murder, and with another murder the same day.) One of the schools listed as a protest site just happens to be the same school President Obama's children attend -- Sidwell Friends School in D.C.

Now, I understand the pro-life community wanting to speak out about Pouillon's murder, and by all means they should, and have every right to do so. He obviously didn't deserve to die, and it's tragic that he was killed for holding up a sign. No one should be killed for expressing their beliefs in the abortion debate. (Nor should any doctors who perform abortions, especially by people claiming to be "pro-life.)

But I'm sorry, what does protesting in front of Obama's children's school get you, other than a little extra attention from the Secret Service? Actually, what does protesting in front of any school have to do with Pouillon's death? The location where he was shot is pretty much irrelevant. He wasn't shot because he was standing near a school. He was shot because someone "didn't like" his anti-abortion sign.
No kid at any school had anything to do with this shooting. So to go protest in front of schools seems a little, well, dumb. But Terry et al are purposely choosing these schools -- including Sidwell -- and the only conclusion for why is to scare and intimidate kids and parents. Kids and parents who, again, have nothing to do with this. They aren't even protesting in front of the actual school where Pouillon was shot! If Terry and his supporters actually cared about children, and not just about fetuses, would this the way to show it? Holding up graphic signs outside a school? No. Fetuses, once again, trump humans.

This would be like if, when Tiller was shot inside his church, pro-choice supporters went and protested in front of random churches across the country. Would that have made sense as a response to Tiller's death? Well, maybe a little, since many churches are anti-abortion ... but no, because the church had nothing to do with Tiller being murdered. He wasn't murdered because he was at church, he was murdered because of what he did for a living.

This decision, to protest in front of schools, is not just dumb, it's disgusting. I understand protesting in front of clinics and reproductive health care offices. But schools? Why? Is this something common to the pro-life movement that I'm unaware of? (Hoping for a little "indoctrination," perhaps?)

I sincerely hope very few people turn out for these protests, and instead find a more constructive (yet peaceful) way to show their grief and outrage. (What's wrong with a good ol' candlelight vigil?) And I can't help but wonder if, in the wake of Pouillon's death, the Operation Rescues and Randall Terrys of this country will still think it's okay to target abortion providers as they have in the past, resulting in doctors being killed or injured, clinics bombed and other violence.

Here's the press release about these protests, and the schools are listed below. What a joke, by the way, about Randall complaining about protection for pro-lifers when he has done everything possible to intimidate abortion providers and their supporters. But he wants protection? Of course. Because so many people actually threaten to kill or promote killing pro-life supporters (have you ever heard of that happening?) ... as opposed to what Terry and Operation Rescue do (second item, and note you can still purchase it).

MEDIA ADVISORY, Sept. 15 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following is submitted by Randall Terry, Director, Operation Rescue Insurrecta Nex: One protest will occur at Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC, where many high powered politicos send their children. "We will not be intimidated into silence. We will continue to show images of aborted babies at high schools, no matter what the cost. "We hope that other pro-life groups will set aside differences and turf wars, and will do as I have done - follow the urging of Baltimore area pro-life leader, Kurt Linnemann, who wrote me urging me to help promote this. (See copy of letter below.) "President Obama condemned Jim Pouillon's murder - which is good - but he said nothing about protecting pro-lifers. At least by going to Sidwell Friends School, we know we will have police protection. " Randall Terry, Director, Operation Rescue Insurrecta Nex.

Protests will be held on Thursday from Noon to 1:00 in DC and Baltimore, and the following Schools.

Sidwell Friends School

3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016

Baltimore Polytecnic Institute

1400 W. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21209

Protests are also scheduled in the following cities:

Hanford West High School
1150 W. Lacey Boulevard
Hanford, CA 93230

William Penn High School

713 East Basin Road
New Castle, DE 19720

St. Louis (Granite City) MO

Dallas TX

Buffalo NY

See more details at

Dear Randall, I have been infuriated by the lack of press coverage of Jim Pouillon's murder, and equally grieved by the lack of outcry from so many pro-life groups. My question is: What will WE DO now that the first pro-life martyr has been slain?

As you know, Jim Pouillon was murdered this past Friday, September 11th at the Owosso High School (in Michigan) while holding a large sign showing a picture of an aborted baby and a healthy baby.

With his tragic death, we have the opportunity and duty to show our love for one of own, and show our committment to the Unborn in doing the following:

1. If possible, attend the funeral of Jim Pouillon.

2. Organize and/or participate in a protest at your local High School this Thursday September 17th at 12:00 noon. If possible, we should use the exact same signs that Jim was using when he was slain. If you do now have the same signs, use similar signs that show dead babies, and healthy babies. If you do not have sings like this, go on line and search images of aborted babies. You can download and print your signs. And please: contact your local media to let them know what you are doing. It has been appalling how little press Jim's death has received.

By gathering at Jim's funeral, or participating in a protest at a local high school, we will show our love for our fallen brother, our commitment to the Unborn, and our resolve to not back down in our goal to end child killing. Please urge pro-lifers around the country to join us.

God Bless,

Kurt Linnemann

More reading:
RH Reality Check: Motives remain unclear
Media Matters: O'Reilly's Tiller/Pouillon comparison doesn't hold up

Alan Colmes: Randall Terry targeting Obamas' children's school


Anonymous said...

I was disgusted to see and hear the protesters in front of Sidwell Friends today. They stood facing the playing field and buildings and shouted through a megaphone. This is a campus of children as young as 10. After reading Terry's press release and his recent assertions that Operation Rescue is almost out of money I can only conclude that Operation Rescue is targeting children for publicity and profit. So far I've seen almost no coverage, so maybe it won't work. I hope that even those who oppose abortion are appalled at this particular tactic.

Rosie said...

Thanks for the info about today's protest at Sidwell. I haven't seen any coverage of it, and I too hope it doesn't work.

Anonymous said...

The point of the signs in front of the schools is to educate students about the reality of "abortion" and "choice" being the murder of innocent human beings doing nothing wrong other than being an inconvenience to the parents. I was shown these images in school in elementary school and was not traumatized by it. I was also shown other graphic pictures such as war photos and Jews dead at the hands of Hitler. Children are exposed to these images regularly. Why is it that seeing a human baby that was murdered by abortion reaches such a nerve? Could it be that people don't want to believe that it is actually the murder of a child? Parents are no longer allowed to abuse their children after birth even though it was legal at one time. Women can vote and we no longer live with segregation because people were willing to demonstrate and bring the wrongs being suffered to public view.

Rosie said...

Really anon, you saw those images when you were 8 years old? And they had zero effect on you? I'm sure it has nothing to do with your views today, right?

Razor said...

Women can vote and we no longer live with segregation because people were willing to demonstrate and bring the wrongs being suffered to public view.

You're absolutely right. It was wrong for the government to take control over a woman's body, so it was brought to public view and abortion was legalized. You're the one who's on the wrong side of history.

These images strike a nerve because they're disturbing. It's also disturbing to watch someone have a limb amputated, but that doesn't make it any less of a legitimate medical procedure, just like abortion. It's an unfortunate necessity, and no one is arguing that it's pleasant, but to force school children to view it? That's a special kind of sick, which is Randall Terry's expertise.


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