Anti-abortion groups condemn Planned Parenthood shooting

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Father Bill Carmody and others gather for a Mass near Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs in 2014. Photo courtesy of Michele Mason

Father Bill Carmody and others gather for a Mass near Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs in 2014. Photo courtesy of Michele Mason

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (RNS) Colorado Springs, known as “the Vatican of evangelical Christianity," is headquarters of dozens of conservative evangelical ministries that oppose abortion. Many condemned Friday’s shooting.

  • Ben in oakland

    “Many” Condemned the shooting.

    Many, indeed.

  • Be Brave

    Killing others and murder is not the answer to anger and absolute difference. The stance’s on both sides of the abortion tragedy will not look to themselves for blame in what this murderer did. But it is the language of denigration that causes people like “the suspect” to cross the line. There is nothing wrong with never agreeing with someone or their choices, but what we are witnessing now is always present human nature being unleashed by the power of hate.

  • Radical rhetoric and constant protests contribute to radical murder. The killer is a terrorist and am sorry that he was not killed. That is the only thing that will stop these terrorists. Their holy course is nothing but murder in the name of God. Reminds me of the Salem Witches hysteria. The radicals always know better, right?

  • Larry

    Pure CYA and doubletalk. The anti-abortion crowd gets a little squeamish when their own rhetoric and actions bring negative publicity.

    Ongoing campaigns of harassment, death threats, property damage, defamatory attacks and coercion will continue unabated. They have always used terror tactics in the past, they continue to do so.

    What we saw was a perfect example of the immoral nature of religious based actions. Any action, including murder is justified if one is doing it for a holy cause.

    At no point will anti-abortion groups temper their language or actions to something respectful of the rights and lives of people outside their own circle. Their condemnation is demonstratively phony and self-serving.

  • Bingo

    “Any action, including murder is justified if one is doing it for a holy cause.” You sir, also have a religion and act on that religion, ie., religious-based actions. You may call it your life philosophy, your passion, your idol(s), your values, whatever. But there are things you have a religious devotion to. Natures abhors a vacuum, and we all fill it with something. If “religion” drove this nut case to do what he did, then his conception of truth or religion is faulty. Religion is no more to blame for this man’s actions than “cars” are to blame for my tire blowing out.

  • Larry

    “But there are things you have a religious devotion to.”

    Nothing I would claim as an excuse for pretending bad acts are somehow moral. I do not outsource moral considerations to arbitrary authority.

    The conception of morality framed by religion has always been faulty. Especially from a Christian POV. It mistakes self-interest and compliance with arbitrary authority with moral behavior. Morality is not doing something out of consideration of personal consequences, nor is it blindly following rules without reflection. It is acting even when not in one’s interest.

    Religion provides the socially acceptable excuse for bad behavior here. A way to avoid taking responsibility for committing immoral acts.

    At no point will the anti-abortion crowd temper their actions nor their rhetoric in a way which demonstrates respect to others or moral limits to their actions. Their “condemnation” is worthless and hollow.

  • Debbo

    Brave said, “stance’s on both sides of the abortion tragedy will not look to themselves for blame.”

    How do the people who believe that women are autonomous adults with the right to control their own bodies deserve any blame for that ‘Christian’s’ act of terrorism? What did they do to incite him? They didn’t call anyone involved in constitutionally legal behavior a murderer. They didn’t advocate violence against those who disagree with them.

    You missed that one Brave.

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  • Be Brave

    Abortion by its very action is pure violence on a human life. That some people dare to take away the life of another person for their own selfish reasons does not put the blame for the murder on anyone but the murderer and those that actually assist the murderer in the act of murder.

    Opposing abortion is not murder. And never will be. Hopefully anyway.

  • larry

    Thank you for demonstrating these “condemnations” are dishonest garbage. You have no problem with murder in service of your religious agenda. American ISIS.

    The anti abortion crowd’s fetus worship has no regard for born people. They look to excuse mayhem, rather than honestly address it.

    You don’t have a regard for human life. Just infantile notions if “innocence”.

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  • Debbo

    Brave, you didn’t respond to what I asked. My questions were about how you blamed the pro-women, pro-choice people that terrorist to shoot people. Are you trying to blame adults who followed the law? Or are you now saying you were wrong about saying that?

    Just a reminder, here again is what you said:

    “stance’s on both sides of the abortion tragedy will not look to themselves for blame.”

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