Prominent Homosexual Activist James Kirchick Defends Pro-Life Movement in WSJ over Tiller Murder
By Alex Bush
June 4, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, James Kirchick, a prominent homosexual activist, defended the pro-life movement, saying that “the left” is trying “to smear 'Christianists' as akin to Islamic extremists.” He defended pro-lifers from attacks from pro-aborts who jumped on the opportunity to smear the pro-life movement with the murder of George Tiller, the infamous late-term abortionist.
Kirchick pointed out that within hours of Tiller's murder, every pro-life group“in the country denounced the attack,” saying that there are “no appreciable number of people in this country, religious Christians or otherwise, who support the murder of abortion doctors.”
“The organized antiabortion movement has always opposed violence against abortion providers,” Kirchick said, noting that this uniform and consistent opposition to murder has “never stopped opportunistic prochoice activists, however, from conflating their passionate rhetoric with the behavior of individual criminals.”
He evidenced his point by saying that “Mike Hendricks of the Kansas City Star accused anyone who had criticized Tiller as a murderer (Tiller aborted healthy, nine-month old fetuses) of being an 'accomplice' to his death.”
Kirchick also noted that some “liberals” in the United States call the social conservative Evangelicals and Catholics “homegrown terrorists.” He cites a few examples of this inflammatory rhetoric, such as Chris Hedges, a former New York Times Middle East Bureau Chief, who compared conservative Evangelicals to Nazi “brownshirts” and Christine Amanpour, from CNN, who “equated Christian (and Jewish) fundamentalists with Muslim extremists.”
Kirchick said, however, that “if the reactions to the death of Tiller mean anything, the 'Christian Taliban,' as conservative religious figures are often called, isn't living up to its namesake.”
“If 'Christianists' were anything like actual religious fascists they would applaud Tiller's murder as a 'heroic martyrdom operation' and suborn further mayhem,” he said.
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