Thank you, Dr. LeRoy Carhart!

11 06 2009

Two days ago, I wrote a post about how the late Dr. Tiller’s clinic was going to be closed permanently.  One of the reasons this is a heavy loss is because Dr. Tiller’s clinic was one of the only places where women could get late abortions.

But good news!  Dr. LeRoy Carhart, a Nebraska doctor has stepped up and said that he would perform third-term abortions in Kansas.  It is unclear whether he will be performing these abortions at a new facility or if he’d perform them at existing clinics.  In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, Dr. Carhart said, “there will be a place in Kansas for the later second- and the medically indicated third-trimester patients very soon.”

Since 1985, Dr. Carhart has run his own clinic in Bellvue, Nebraska.  He’s performed late term abortions at Dr. Tiller’s clinic previously due to Nebraska’s restrictive abortion laws.  Subsequent to the initial closing of Dr. Tiller’s clinic after his murder, Dr. Carhart has experienced an increase in patients in his Bellvue clinic.  The two were old friends and colleagues.

Thank you, Dr. Carhart for stepping up and in to uphold a crucial service for women.  Thank you, Dr. Carhart for your courage and determination to continue providing a critical medical procedure for women in spite of the anti-choice  harassment and violence that has occurred and will continue to occur.  Thank you, Dr. Carhart for your dedication to defending women’s reproductive health and rights.

Pastor Drake Prays for Obama’s Death on Fox News

11 06 2009

via Womanist Musings:

Alan Colmes: Well you say you are praying for the death of somebody using imprecatory prayers, I then asked for whom else are you praying you then said President Obama.  Are you praying for his death?

Drake: yes

Alan Colmes: So you are praying for the death of the president of the United States

Drake: Yes

Alan Colmes: Are you concerned by saying that you might find yourself on a secret service call or on some kind of FBI wanted list? Do you think it is appropriate to say something like that, or even pray for something like that?

Drake: I think it is appropriate to pray the word of God.  I’m not saying anything. What I am doing is repeating what God is saying and if that puts me on somebody’s list then I’ll just have to be on their list.

Alan Colmes: You would like the president of the United States to die?

Drake: If he does not turn to God and does not turn his life around, I am asking God to enforce imprecatory prayers that are through out the scripture, that would cause him death that is correct.

Regarding Dr. Tiller’s murder, Drake basically says that even though Tiller’s death was an answer to his prayers, he did not explicitly pray for Tiller to be murdered and therefore has no fault.  He argues that the murder was an inconvenient setback to the anti-choice (“pro-life”) movement and claims that Tiller’s killer was not in fact a “pro-life” Christian, but instead that “somebody in the Obama camp had this guy killed.”

He also says that Tiller went to Hell when he died but that he himself, on the other hand is guaranteed admittance to heaven.  Drake calmly states that he talks to God all the time and that God wanted Tiller dead and now wants President Obama to die.

Drake says he is using “imprecatory prayer,” a type of prayer in which words of judgements in the Psalms are prayed back to God.  He therefore argues that if anyone has problems with what he is saying, they should take it up with God because he is only echoing God’s word.

Although this guy is obviously a nutjob, it is infuriating that he can get away with openly promoting death for both Dr. Tiller and the President of the United States.  It is disgusting that he is using religion to condone violence and murder.  Drake seems to think that his opinion of God’s wishes is the only correct opinion, and he blatantly ignores all aspects of his religion that advocate peace and love.  Disguising his own hate and bigotry as religion is appalling and insulting.

Of course, it is Fox where we once again find this idiocy being broadcast.  Why is it that Fox News continues to give these people a platform to spread hate?

Wishing for someone’s death and preaching this hate to others IS a form of violence. Drake’s words fuel the fires of hate in this country and help give his fellow wackos a disguise for their actions behind religion and patriotism.  Absolutely infuriating.  And the fact that Drake was given a platform at Fox to spread this hate is not unexpected, but is infuriating as well.