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Rhetoric

June 5, 2009

THIS MORNING on the radio:

[Emphasis added.] …abortion rights advocates say that is exactly the kind of rhetoric that sows the seeds for more violence. And they say the FACE [Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances] Act needs to be expanded and used to crack down on such inflammatory rhetoric. [NPR]

Perhaps NPR has misconstrued what exact kind of rhetoric abortion rights advocates object to, but the reporter seemed to be referring to this:

“I understand that anger,” he says. “You know children are dying, and you want to do something. And just, you know, people just can’t take it anymore. That might just drive them to it. So I think the pro-abortion people brought this on themselves by forcing the politicians to pass these laws.”

Spitz has called those who kill abortion providers heroes, and he says he sheds no tears for Tiller.

“He was the murderer, and as far as I’m concerned, he reaped what he sowed,” he says.

Yes, kind of a douchebag. But he’s not exactly calling for anybody’s death here, is he? Maybe I’m being obtuse, but something about ‘cracking down on rhetoric’ offends the sensibilities.

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