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PZ and archy just ruined my day

Thanks, archy and PZ.

You just ruined my day.

Really. If you thought that Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church was bad, you really ain’t seen nothin’ yet until you’ve checked out Paul Hill Days. The Phelpses may be evil in the way that they torment people in their moment of grief with their “God hates fags” hatred, but these people are violent killers in the name of God.

No matter what side of the abortion debate that you happen to come down on, surely you must find this paeon to the murderer Paul Hill as vile as I do. Here’s just a taste:

On July 29th, 1994, Paul Hill boldly defended 31 babies from unspeakable violence by killing a paid assassin and his bodyguard. He was arrested, given a sham trial, and executed as a martyr. On the 13th anniversary of Paul Hill’s act of love and mercy, memorial events will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to honor him as God’s man and our hero.


Paul Hill went calmly and confidently to the execution chamber. He knew he had right-standing with God, not because of anything he had done, but only because of what Jesus Christ had done for him.

Shame on Children Need Heroes, Street Preach, and Pro-Life Virginia for supporting this travesty, which includes as its highlight a reenactment of the the murder. Children Need Heroes is especially disingenuous in their FAQ, the last question of which is:

Q: If Children Need Heroes thinks the use of force to protect preborn children is Biblically justified, why haven’t you done it?

A: We’re still praying on it. Are you?

Paul Hill was a murderer and terrorist, plain and simple. He murdered a physician with the clear intent of intimidating other physicians. archy is right; the “Paul Hill Days” memorial is clearly intended to send a message to other OB/GYNs that there are still people out there who are willing to kill them to stop them. The same can be said of other two “heroes” praised by Children Need Heroes, including Shelley Shannon, who is proud of bombing abortion clinics, and James Kopp.

I just can’t get the bad taste out of my mouth. I need to move on to a medical or scientific topic tomorrow. Maybe that will help.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

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