It goes without saying that after the recent ruling by the Supreme Court which legalized same-sex marriage, right-wing conservatives are extremely angry. Few of them have done more to blockade equal rights and try to insert religion into government than Alabama’s own Chief Justice Roy Moore, who has made an entire career out of defying the separation of church and state.
While many conservatives have grudgingly accepted the fact that like Obamacare, marriage equality is here to stay after the decisions handed down by the Supreme Court, the fringe elements are hinting at armed revolt to “take their country back.” Recently, after the Charleston shooting, Democrats have asked for Senate hearings on domestic terrorism. Based on the remarks from folks like the rising Tea Party star Sheriff David Clarke or Chief Justice Roy Moore, those hearings might just be a damn good idea.
Roy Moore did an interview with fundamentalist wingnut Randall Terry yesterday where he floated the possibility of a civil war in response to marriage equality, or as the right-wing calls it, “religious persecution of Christians.”
Moore told Terry that religious “persecution is just beginning” because Americans will be “forced to accept evil” and “condone sodomy,” which the two agreed will lead to a massive and possibly violent backlash. “I hope we don’t have a war, I hope we don’t have conflicts but we definitely need to recognize that same-sex marriage is something that has not existed on a government level,” Moore added.
After Moore said that the founding fathers would be “incensed” at the court’s decision, Terry claimed that if the founders rebelled against the British over taxes, they would have certainly also led a revolution over an attempt to “make the colonies into Sodom and Gomorrah.”
Later in the program, Moore alleged that the Supreme Court, like King George III before it, is a tyrannical force trampling on freedom. When Terry pushed Moore to reveal whether he believed that there should be an anti-gay revolution, Moore only said that 2015 is just like 1776. (Source)
Back when I was a brainwashed conservative kid who went to a lot of anti-abortion rallies and right-wing political gatherings, Randall Terry was considered to be a hero. This guy is so extreme that even his former organization, Operation Rescue, has had to go on record saying that he doesn’t represent their values after he said that the murder of Doctor George Tiller “has the potential to propel us more quickly to our goal.”
While Randall Terry never personally committed acts of violence against abortion providers, it is widely believed that his rhetoric helped to inspire those who did carry out assassinations of doctors and bombings of clinics during a wave of domestic terrorism in the 1990s. In 1993, Dr. David Gunn was shot by an anti-abortion protester in Pensacola, Florida and Randall Terry had recently distributed wanted posters of Dr. Gunn containing his personal information in Montgomery, Alabama, which is only about two and a half hours away. In 2009, Doctor George Tiller was shot to death by a right-wing extremist who also appears to have been influenced by similar language from the radical anti-abortion movement that Terry is a part of.
The FBI identified Roeder as a member of the anti-government Freemen group, which described itself as made up of Christian patriots, whose leaders were sentenced to prison terms after a three month armed stand-off with law enforcement forces in Montana 13 years ago.
The Kansas City Star newspaper quoted a man identified as commander of the Kansas Unorganized Citizens Militia in the mid-1990s, Morris Wilson, as saying he knew Roeder at the time. “I’d say he’s a good ol’ boy, except he was just so fanatic about abortion,” Wilson said. “He was always talking about how awful abortion was.” Operation Rescue denounced the killing as “vigilantism” and cowardly. (Source)
What Randall Terry, Roy Moore and other peddlers of extremist rhetoric know is that as long as they don’t openly call for acts of violence, they’re in the clear. They can absolve themselves of any responsibility for any murders or other criminal acts their words inspire under the protection of free speech – and the sad thing there is very little we or the government can do to stop them.
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