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January 12, 2010

Scott Roeder trial

The Scott Roeder case brings into focus the extreme and irresponsible statements uttered by many right-wing commentators and politicians. Fox’s Bill O’Reilly repeatedly referred to Dr. George Tiller as “Tiller the Baby Killer.”
 
U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, has publicly advocated the death penalty for abortion providers. Unfortunately, naïve, misguided or misinformed Americans such as Roeder hear those words and feel entitled to carry out a criminal act.

If we have learned nothing else from this tragic and sad episode, it should be that our words may take on extreme meaning and cause irreparable harm — even if not intentionally. This should be especially noted by those in public office or the media.

We should heed the words of former Supreme Court Associate Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.: “The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic.”

Bill Emerson
Shawnee


The facts of the slaying of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller seem undisputable. Scott Roeder publicly gunned down Tiller, was arrested, and now faces trial. Roeder’s actions are driven by his belief the murder was justifiable due to Tiller’s involvement in abortion, some late-term.

The trial is headed toward the narrow ridge between laws and beliefs on a most passionate subject with Americans. We need to decide where our compass points on the subject of medically terminating unwanted pregnancy.

It’s a tragic situation, and there are no winners. This trial shall speak volumes of our character content in this great land of freedom.

Phil Swayne
Gladstone

Comments

GCYL

“Careful Richard, GCYL will now claim that you support terrorists who kill American Contractors.” - Yes, the radical left is, indeed, sole arbitrator for who shall receive pity when dying on the job and who should be excused for killing them.

Thanks for clearing that up Kdog.

As for making claims on who may or may not be supporting whatever, the date stamp on whispering_to_kc’s post indicates that he has a five day head start on everyone. I say we let him “win” that race. It may cheer him up.

Richard Cox

Sorry kansas dog. Murder in any fashion is wrong, I'm just angry that this scott character could get lesser charges for cold blooded murder. I don't agree with what the doctor did but that doesn't make it right to be murdered. We should not have stooped to his level.

Kansasdog

Careful Richard, GCYL will now claim that you support terrorists who kill American Contractors.

Richard Cox

Lets face it scott is a cold blooded murderer. He shot Mr. Tiller in a pre-meditated fashion in front of women and children that will now be scared for life. I feel Scott should get the death penalty and the tillman family should be able to push the drug through the I.V.

Rich Cox Hays Ks.

GCYL

“Excusing folks for killing doctors who perform legal procedures” - Posted by: Kansasdog | Jan 13, 2010 12:31:35 PM

“I'll shed no tears over any of their dead. They're in it for the money. The risk/reward is their's alone.” - Posted by: whispering_to_kc | Jan 8, 2010 3:43:01 PM

So Kdog, the radical left:

A) Gets to deciding who or who does not rate pity doing their job and no one else. Thanks for clearing that up for us.

B) Excusing folks for killing American security contractors. Thanks for clearing that up for us.

C) Both. No surprises here.

GCYL

“I read Bill's letter as asking people to think before they speak.” - A surprise spin on the letter.

No, not really Kansasdog.

“The Scott Roeder case brings into focus the extreme and irresponsible statements uttered by many right-wing commentators and politicians.” - Just the right mind you and they’re uttered by many.

Thanks for clearing that one up too, Bill. Kansasdog will just have to excuse my laughter about Bill asking us to “think”.

GCYL

“Kdog, your criticism of me might take on an extreme meaning and cause a misguided person to carry out a criminal act against me.” - Kate

Agree. It fits nicely into this Bill Emerson “think before YOU speak” mentality.

Kansasdog

... or not Kate.

I don't believe for a minute that O'Reilly's comments had any impact on Roeder. The apologists who defend Roder's actions with a wink and a nod are the ones we need to watch out for.

Kate

Kdog, your criticism of me might take on an extreme meaning and cause a misguided person to carry out a criminal act against me.

Thanks a lot.

Kansasdog

I read Bill's letter as asking people to think before they speak. Kate and GCYL (surprise) spin it into an attack on free speach.

“Excusing folks for killing doctors who perform legal procedures” is something your side has access to, no one else. Got it GCYL, thanks for clearing that up for us.

ggbridge

"We need to decide where our compass points on the subject of medically terminating unwanted pregnancy."

Okay. I'm on it. Aaannd...Done. That was easy, why didn't we do this before? I'm on to the middle east.

GCYL

Had a man correctly warned of a fire in a theater and causing a panic, Bill Emerson would use the most stringent means possible to restrict such free speech in the future.

“Free speech” is something your side has access to, no one else. Got it Bill, thanks for clearing that up for us.

Kate

Mr. Emerson's letter might take on an extreme meaning and cause a misguided person to carry out a criminal act against Bill O'Reilly or Sen. Coburn. Mr. Emerson should heed the words of Justice Holmes . . . tsk, tsk, . . .

 
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