Last fall this blogger noted in a post on Grist a truly murderous threat directed at Dr. James Hansen, the scientist hero who more than any other single individual has awoken the planet to the threat posed by climate change.
In a comment thread on a far-right anti-global warming blog, the commenter called for Hansen not just to die, but to be eaten alive.
This I thought was a bit troubling. I wondered if Hansen might want security.
Now we learn that the man suspected of killing Dr. George Tiller, an abortion-provider in Kansas, has been making pointed and sometimes vicious comments about Tiller on various far-right blogs for years, according to right-wing Little Green Footballs.
Authorities suggest that the alleged killer Scott Roeper had links to the anti-abortion Operation Rescue movement; in a statement, Operation Rescue hinted that Tiller deserved his murder.
Here's one of his comments, from September 2007:
“lawlessness” which is spoken of in the Bible. Tiller is the
concentration camp “Mengele” of our day and needs to be stopped before
he and those who protect him bring judgement upon our nation.
Here's what we know about him, from the AP in Kansas City:
Gardner nearly four hours after Tiller was shot to death just after 10
a.m. in the lobby of Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita. Roeder was
a member of an anti-government group in the 1990s and a staunch
abortion opponent…in the rear window of the car that Roeder was driving when police
stopped him was a red rose — a symbol that is often used by abortion
opponents. On the rear of his car was a Christian fish symbol with the
word “Jesus” inside.
Those who know Roeder told The Kansas City Star that he believed killing abortion doctors was an act of justifiable homicide.
know that he believed in justifiable homicide,” said Regina Dinwiddie,
a Kansas City abortion opponent who made headlines in 1995 when a
federal judge ordered her to stop using a bullhorn within 500 feet of
any abortion clinic. “I know he very strongly believed that abortion
was murder and that you ought to defend the little ones, both born and
Hmmmm…was this a murder that could have been prevented?
A newspaper picture of the suspect being taken to an arraignment…wearing what looks to be a bullet-proof vest. Can't help but see an irony in that…