I put up the “Countdown” video from here last Friday about Randall Terry’s indignation over Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court, which he among others has been using to rally “the base” on behalf of his “pro-life” cause.
Well, it turns out that the “Countdown” excerpt was just a prelude to what Terry hopes will be bigger things, based on the rest of his speech (and we’ll be so much the worse off if he turns out to be right).
As noted here, Terry “announced the formation of a new organization to be known as Operation Rescue Insurrecta Nex,” with the Latin phrase translated to “insurrection against death.”
"The freeing moment will come when you decide to take a bullet for this movement," Mr. Terry said in a small ballroom watched over by one security guard. "Then you can't be bullied and intimidated into silence anymore."Randall Terry, judge, jury and executioner, ladies and gentlemen (and just because Alan Keyes happened to be one of the people who showed up for Terry’s little party, that hardly means that these people can be laughed off).
"My mission is to raise up a new generation," (Terry) said, "to recruit them, train them and unleash them."
He brushes off criticism that activists like him created a climate that goaded the suspect in Dr. (George) Tiller's slaying into action.
"You can't work with me if you can't say abortion is murder and child-killers are murderers," he said. "You've got to be prepared to take the heat over those words. The true terrorists are those who reach into a woman's womb and kill her child."
His opponents "refuse to admit that abortion is the cauldron from which evil flows," he added. "George Tiller reaped what he sowed. He was a murderer."
And by the way, Media Matters put together this post four years ago to tell us about more of Terry’s deranged antics (and that was before he compared Obama to the leaders of Nazi Germany here), including the following…
And believe me when I tell you that there is much more.
In 2005, he emerged as the spokesman for the parents of the terminally ill Terri Schiavo (that episode, combined with Katrina later that year, marked the beginning of the end of conservative dominance in this country). In 1993, at an anti-abortion rally in Fort Wayne, Terry said "Our goal is a Christian nation. ... We have a biblical duty, we are called by God to conquer this country. We don't want equal time. We don't want pluralism. ... Theocracy means God rules. I've got a hot flash. God rules." In that same speech, Terry also stated that "If a Christian voted for [former President Bill] Clinton, he sinned against God. It's that simple." In 1989, a "Holy Week of Rescue" shut down a family planning clinic in Los Angeles. More than 40,000 people were arrested in these demonstrations over four years. Subtlety wasn't Terry's thing -- he described Planned Parenthood's founder, Margaret Sanger, as a "whore" and an "adulteress" and arranged to have a dead fetus presented to Bill Clinton at the 1992 Democratic National Convention. In 1988, Terry and his legions started standing in front of local abortion clinics, screaming and pleading with pregnant women to turn away. They tossed their bodies against car doors to keep abortion patients from getting out. They waved crucifixes and screamed "Mommy, Mommy" at the women. When Terry commanded, hundreds went jellyfish-limp and blockaded the "death clinics."
And as dear as my faith is to me, I believe something is very wrong when a Catholic priest, Father John Mikalajunas, can say here that...
"I have known Randall longer than all his accusers... Let us remember that it is the Devil, the father of lies, who is the 'accuser' of the faithful.But meanwhile, this guy, for one, can’t even catch a break from his own archbishop because the one-time presidential candidate supports a woman’s right to choose.
"I am happy to declare as a Catholic priest and a proclaimer of the gospel, that Randall Terry is a Catholic Christian in full communion with the Church, and that the statements and insinuations to the contrary should be devoutly ignored by the faithful."
I mentioned Judge Sotomayor at the beginning of this post, since, as noted, he is a fresh target for Terry’s outrage. However, I should say that, even though I believe Sotomayor is a fine nominee, if would have been perhaps even more interesting if Obama had nominated Judge Diane Wood, who, as noted here “made use of RICO provisions in dealing with a legal case” against Terry, thus designating Operation Rescue as “an ongoing criminal organization.”
Update 7/6/09: God, what a freaking psycho (here).