Wednesday, October 28, 2009

eBay rightfully blocks auction for Roeder

Supporters/worshippers of Scott Roeder (pictured), the man arrested in the killing of Dr. George Tiller, thought it would be a good idea to raise money for Roeder (for his defense, I guess?) by auctioning items on eBay, such as
  • Three drawings received in the mail from Roeder. Two drawings were done by another inmate at his direction, but Roeder autographed all of them. One is a sketch of David and Goliath. “It has David with a slingshot in one hand and the head of Goliath in his other hand and the name ‘Tiller’ on Goliath’s forehead. On the corpse on the ground, it says ‘child-murdering industry.’” These are donated by Regina Dinwiddie.
  • An Army of God manual, an underground publication for anti-abortion militants that describes dozens of ways to shut down clinics, including bombing. Donated by Dave Leach, an Iowa abortion opponent who is organizing the auction effort.
  • A collection of recipes compiled in prison by Shelley Shannon, the Oregon woman who shot and wounded Tiller in 1993 and was convicted in a series of abortion clinic arsons and bombings.
  • A bullhorn autographed by Dinwiddie "similar" to those she used when protesting outside abortion clinics.

And there is more.

Thankfully, eBay has said "uh, we don't think so" and the auction won't happen. Well, at least not on eBay. I'm sure these supporters will find another way.

Tiller's family had requested that eBay not allow the auction:

“These materials contain hate messages, glorify violence against abortion doctors who provide constitutionally protected medical services, and instruct on means of violence, including bombing, of abortion clinics,” said Lee Thompson, an attorney for the Tiller family, in a letter sent to eBay on Tuesday and approved by Tiller’s widow, Jeanne Tiller. “We urge you to deny access to the resources of eBay for this reprehensible and vile ‘auction.’”

Read more at Ms. Magazine and Choices Campus blog. And um, note how this blogger refers to Roeder as a "fetus-freedom fighter." Yeah, otherwise known as a terrorist.

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