What Do GOP Lawmakers Think Of Randall Terry’s Violence Stoking?

Randall Terry is at it again.  Because apparently the half-skull poster of Sonia Sotomayor and exhortations to his unstable flock about the Angel of Death weren’t nearly enough to get him the fundraising haul attention he needed.

In any polite society, his brand of dangerous stoking of the fires of hell would get him shunned by decent people.

In fact, it’s well past time that GOP lawmakers were asked — clearly and without any ambiguity — what they think of Terry’s fire and brimstone violence stoking on behalf of their policy agenda. 

Because they cannot have it both ways any more that Terry can. 

Using Terry’s dangerous rhetoric to push the Republican policy agenda makes them just as responsible for the ends of those means as Terry is. 

Either you embrace the violent ends that result from this and take responsibility.  Or you denounce it for what it is:  dangerous violence stoking rhetoric that poses a public threat, and is designed to scare public officials into inaction through threats of violence and retribution against their safety.

Just like it was designed to do with Dr. Tiller.

Here, though?  Terry gets time at the National Press Club to spew his vile, violent venom:

Randall Terry, Founder of Operation Rescue, and other local pro-life advocates will hold a press conference at the National Press Club (529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC) on Tuesday, July 21, at 2:00 P.M. Mr. Randall Terry to discuss what he and other pro-life leaders will and will not do if healthcare passes and includes paying for child-killing, and what convulsions follow.

"Let all those in government be warned: They cannot order people to pay for the murder of babies, and betray God Himself, without horrific consequences." — Randall Terry

Background: It is clear that many elements in the pro-abortion congress and White House want to force Americans to pay for the murder of the unborn in their "healthcare" program. If that happens, it is tantamount to the government putting a gun to taxpayers’ heads to pay for the brutal murder of an innocent child. This is tyranny and evil of the highest order.

"Please understand: neither I, nor any thinking person wants the convulsions that would inevitably come from such a government policy — the decision to force Americans to pay for the murder of their neighbor.

"Nevertheless, the sheer horror and frustration of such an evil policy will lead some people to absolutely refuse to pay their taxes. And I believe — if my reading of history from America and around the world is correct — that there are others who will be tempted to acts of violence.

"If the government of this country tramples the faith and values of its citizens, history will hold those in power responsible for the violent convulsions that follow." — Randall Terry

That’s his full press release.  I haven’t changed one word of it so you could see it in all of its gory.

He sure seems torn up about those "violent upheavals" he’s predicting, doesn’t he? The hypocrisy is stunning.

But worse? Is the sheer irresponsibility of stoking those violent flames and then trying to claim "I had nothing to do with this" because you weren’t the one actually pulling the trigger.

And note the date.  Terry gets a two-fer:  he’ll demagogue women’s health and Sonia Sotomayor, because it’s also the day set for the Judiciary Committee vote on her nomination.  Swell.

Claiming the mantle of the Lord while advocating murder and mayhem?  Not the christian teachings I learned in church.  As if the Secret Service, the Marshall’s Service, the Capitol Police and the DC police don’t already have enough to do.

During the GOP/Bush administration, DOJ enforcement actions for violence against legal abortion providers cratered.  That deliberate inaction was a policy choice as much as any other. Do GOP lawmakers agree with it?  Shouldn’t they be asked?

30 Responses to "What Do GOP Lawmakers Think Of Randall Terry’s Violence Stoking?"
foothillsmike | Sunday July 19, 2009 07:31 am 1

If the shoe was on the other foot the rethugs would have a bill on the floor like they did with the General Betray Us ad.

Gnome de Plume | Sunday July 19, 2009 08:36 am 2

It is hard to make a comment because the things that run through my mind are all the horrible and violent things I would like to see done to Mr. Terry, things that would remove him from the face of the earth and send him somewhere he belongs. But as a civilized person, I can’t say those things.

PJEvans | Sunday July 19, 2009 08:43 am 3

I kinda, sorta, wish that Ghu would give Randall Terry what he deserves. Preferably in front of live TV cameras. A great voice saying something like ‘We Do Not Approve Of This’ would do quite well, although a bolt of lightning from a clear blue sky would be nearly as good.

dakine01 | Sunday July 19, 2009 08:48 am 4
In response to Gnome de Plume @ 2

Yeah, it can be difficult to be a pacifist and think the best of folks like Terry. Especially when all evidence points to them being the antithesis of Jesus.

nanb | Sunday July 19, 2009 08:49 am 5

Randall and minions…You dont want abortions ? Dont have one…..
Abortion is none of any man’s business. Its just another way to exert power over women. And it is nothing but Political rhetoric. “God” and “Jesus” have nothing to do with anything. Keep your religion out of it. Have you heard of ‘Separation of Church and State”? Besides , if you think God tells you something …we have medication for that now. If there is a god..She could care less what you think , you delusional fool.
Just because your mother , obviously , told you that she wished you had never been born…go beat your own ugly , stupid head on a wall.
And shut up.

TobyWollin | Sunday July 19, 2009 08:49 am 6

Anyone who has followed Randall Terry’s activities (and because he is originally from my area, I’ve seen him grow, develop, and blossom into the horror that he is), can tell you that the thing that is truly ;horrifying about him and what he does — is that no matter what, no matter when – it’s all about Randall Terry and Randall Terry’s getting the spotlight that he wants. The anti-abortion/forced birth/subjugation of women movement that he espouses is filled with violence and hate. This guy does not care about children; he does not care about families; he not only does not care about women – from all evidence of what he says, what he espouses, what he promotes — he actually dislikes women. But I do not know what tools are at the disposal in the legal system to frankly – shut him up.

masaccio | Sunday July 19, 2009 08:52 am 7

Maybe we could ask Bishop D’Arcy, the arrogant self-righteous slug from Fort Wayne, IN, who supported Terry’s attack on the President at Notre Dame, whether he thinks this kind of murderous talk.

masaccio | Sunday July 19, 2009 08:53 am 8

is acceptable.

more coffee please

zwoolf | Sunday July 19, 2009 08:54 am 9

The problem with removing the rabid Mr. Terry from the scene is that there are plenty of replacements ready to “stand in the gap” should Randy shuffle of this mortal coil. Until our media institutions stop treating these dangerous sociopaths and their violent rhetoric as mainstream and worth a hearing, there will always be Randall Terrys happy to overstay their 15 minutes in the spotlight.

beth meacham | Sunday July 19, 2009 08:54 am 10

Funny. The government is already putting a gun to my head and forcing me to pay for the murder of innocents, and the torture and murder of prisoners.

Oh wait. They’ve already been born. That makes all the difference to people like Randall Terry.

cbl2 | Sunday July 19, 2009 08:55 am 11
In response to TobyWollin @ 6

Mornin’ Christy and Firedogs -

Aunt Toby – lots of agreement with you from many of his former colleagues:

Jeff White, former National Tactical Director with Operation Rescue, states, “It is with grief and brokenness that we send out this statement. For years, many have prayed and counseled with our brother Randall Terry as he continued in a sinful and manipulative lifestyle. Sadly, he has rejected all counsel and guidance from many Operation Rescue national leaders and chose a self-centered life narrative

contained in a press release issued last year, with lots of OR signatories

so, just who are these other “pro-life leaders” who will be joining him ??

and why can’t I find the event on the NPC calendar ?

newspaperbrat | Sunday July 19, 2009 08:55 am 12

Thanks for this thoughtful post Christy. Like Pat Buchanan, Randall Terry is a hate monger and long overdue for marginization in mainstream media.

Twain | Sunday July 19, 2009 08:58 am 13

I wish that someone would have the courage to stand up in Congress and make a real barn burner of a speech regarding hate speech and encouraging violence. This is really quite dangerous for our country and could lead to horrible actions. Some nut is not going to be content taking out an Planned Parenthood building – he’s going to invade a shopping center with an AK-47 and wipe out dozens.

JimWhite | Sunday July 19, 2009 09:04 am 14

Thanks for this, Christy. It’s so disturbing I don’t think I have a response.

Glenn W. Smith | Sunday July 19, 2009 09:07 am 15

Mesmerized by violence, the media has let itself be dragged into an immoral swamp. Note that they do not cover the irrelevant but largely pacifist rantings of American communist remnants. But clearly unstable and violent right-wingers get their access to the public media.

That Randall Terry and Pat Buchanan are considered “acceptable” is a sad, damnable commentary on the moral and intellectual decline of the media.

oldgold | Sunday July 19, 2009 09:08 am 16

Can’t inviting Terry to a venue like the National Press Club be argued round or flat?

The Round: The National Press Club is giving this miscreant a megaphone for yelling “Fire!” in the national theatre.

The Flat: The National Press Club is giving the nation an opportunity to take the measure of this miscreant and the tripe he spews.

foothillsmike | Sunday July 19, 2009 09:10 am 17

I think that the rantings of clowns like Michele Balchman and Jim Demint she be added to the hate speech hall of shame

timr | Sunday July 19, 2009 09:31 am 18

Aren’t this f**kheads 15 min up yet?

The Decline and Fall of western civilization started with the rise and hijacking of the rethug party by the “evangelical” *xristians*. This has been ongoing, but not generally noticed until faux spews started up. The Grand Experiment in represenative democracy is failing and that failure can be pinpointed. That failure is the total collapse of the 4th estates responsibility to inform the people. Granted, we had yellow journalism and lying newspapers got us into the Spanish American war in1898 but the rise of 24 hour cable news and the total lack of objective truth by once noted network news organs which is the sole responsibility of corporate ownership have turned the US voters into sheeple. The day the news died was when Uncle Walter was forced out in favor of Dan Rather, who hyped the news and made it all look fake.(Remember when Dan dressed up like a Afgan “freedom fighter” and whispered his report as if he-and his entire crew-were behind enemy lines in Russian occupied Afghanistan?) The day of the news reader as a person who simply reported what was happening is long dead. What we have now is the news reader as corporate shill.(MJ 24/7on all networks for a solid week. I have had ENOUGH!)

NorskeFlamethrower | Sunday July 19, 2009 09:40 am 19


Citizen Hardin Smoth and the Firepup Freedom Fighters:

The invitation of Randall Terry to the NPC is just another example of the dangerous weakness of our political culture and the inadequacy of our civil institutions to secure the safety of our citizens. In the first Clinton term, the FBI and ATF wrere proactive in identifyin’ and discouragin’ the lunatics particularly the anti-choice folks but also the militia crazies and the para-militaries. By the second Clinton term, the corporate media had so poisoned the political and social discourse that even the FBI and ATF were rendered powerless against the pseudo-populist hords after Waco and Ruby Ridge.

I recommend that everyone go to Salon and read Glenzilla’s interview with Chuck Todd to understand just how we got to the place we’re at and how murder and political violence have become simply partisan politics…we are heading right for a very big cliff and I am very worried about the safety of our President and the ability of our institutions to protect our secular, pluralist society. I’m old enough to remember November 1963 and I’m still tryin’ ta understand the terrible consequences of what happened to my life after the shots in Dallas.


Twain | Sunday July 19, 2009 09:46 am 20
In response to NorskeFlamethrower @ 19

Extremely well said Norske. I especially like “how murder and political violence have become simply partisan politics.” That’s the danger zone right there.

cbl2 | Sunday July 19, 2009 09:54 am 21

Norske – Terry wasn’t necessarily invited by NPC – we learned last summer with the Larry Sinclair/Crack ‘Ho appearance that anyone with $53.00 can stage an event at their facility

and in case anyone missed it, and I hope you did – here’s some high end WaPo fluffery on Terry from this past week – to read it one would think he’s just some colorful eccentric with a theatric bent – link

Mymy | Sunday July 19, 2009 10:06 am 22

Agree with Norske. How did this happen? How did the corporate media (TV and newspapers alike) come to view these off the wall evil spewers as their great white hope? I keep worrying that the media moguls are C Streeters…

Christy Hardin Smith | Sunday July 19, 2009 10:31 am 23

Hi all — just got back from a long walk with The Peanut. I needed it, after reading through all of this dreck.

Honestly, they need to ask GOP lawmakers what they think of this and make them answer on the record. Their silence only legitimizes Terry and his ilk and, worse, legitimizes the violent actions taken in their name.

Elliott | Sunday July 19, 2009 10:34 am 24
In response to Mymy @ 22

well, who is at the top of that cell pyramid?

UncommonSense | Sunday July 19, 2009 12:58 pm 25

Re: National Press Club

Christy, you wrote:

Here, though? Terry gets time at the National Press Club to spew his vile, violent venom[.]

Don’t fret about the National Press Club. The press club rents space for press conferences, and I have no doubt that this is Randall Terry’s arrangement. It would be a mistake to assume that his appearance means anything more to them than a fee for service.

And I don’t think the news media will be swayed by the surroundings considering the buffoonish spectacle Terry made of himself the last time he appeared there.

In the first clip, Terry denies his movements culpability in Tiller’s murder, then immediately turns around and says he basically got what he deserved—-”Pro-life leaders and the pro-life movement are not responsible for George Tiller’s death. George Tiller was a mass-murderer and, horrifically, he reaped what he sowed.”

When he was finished with his speech, Terry invited members of the press to join him out for for chicken wings and beer noting—-”I like Guinness for those of you who want to have a beer somewhere. I prefer my chicken wings really hot and a little crispy.”

Murder, beer, and chicken wings. Yep, that sure smells like gravitas to me.

JohnDoe | Sunday July 19, 2009 01:51 pm 26

You know, it’s curious to realize that the FBI is forever monitoring and infiltrating *dangerous* groups who are anti-war, Quakers, vegans and the like, yet you virtually never hear about ongoing investigations of organizations that have repeatedly proven themselves to be violent and homicidal, like Terry and his chums. Ah, the doublespeak of “pro-life”…

aardvark | Sunday July 19, 2009 01:56 pm 27

I knew George Tiller for almost 30 years. I am, insofar as I am aware, the only psychologist in Kansas who publicly supported abortion rights and homosexual rights. A bit over a year ago I gave testimony at a joint senate-representative committee at the statehouse supporting George and late-term abortion rights.

As a psychologist, I firmly believe that though Randall Terry and his ilk did not pull the trigger, they did put the bullet in the gun and cock the hammer.

However, I don’t believe this can be addressed with criminalizing the activities of the likes of Terry. Instead, I believe these issues should be addressed in civil courts. The Southern Poverty Law Center has been successful in this respect, and I believe provides a model for redressing these issues.

greenwarrior | Sunday July 19, 2009 05:06 pm 28
In response to Glenn W. Smith @ 15

the media has let itself be dragged into is actively promoting an immoral swamp

fixed it for you…

bgrothus | Sunday July 19, 2009 06:03 pm 29

I guess the NPC has no moral scruples. Maybe they need to have it pointed out to them. Is this what they want coming from their space? No shirt, no shoes, no service. . .They need to find a rule that fits the ilk of Randall Terry.

Neil | Tuesday July 21, 2009 02:08 am 30

First of all, our legislators are aware of the moral objection some citizens have to paying into a health care system that performs [legal] abortions and I think considerations will be made so that individuals can subscribe to plans that do and don’t provide abortions.

Randall Terry predicts/threatens violence resulting from what he judges as an unacceptable policy/legislation, which in fact is legitimate and the result of democratic process and rule of law.

The line he walks is between prediction and threat and he is a coward to stand squarely between them becuase he won’t risk civil disobedience by following his conscience and making it an unambiguous threat, which is his druthers. He is a terrorist to threaten violence and mayhem as a direct response to the practice he “righteously” abhors but which is well-grounded in the law.

Randall Terry wants to operate outside the norms of a civil society and he does. We are worried about that because of the people he might incite to do lethal violence. I guess we have to live with it as we do all of the threats to our safety.

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