Thursday, June 25, 2009

If Bill O'Reilly doesn't like being linked to the assassination of Dr. Tiller ...

... then maybe he ought to stop bringing hate-mongers like Ann Coulter on his show.

Ann Coulter is skilled at saying what she really believes while building in a certain plausible deniability, and that is what she has repeatedly done in justifying the assassination of abortion providers. But the beauty of her rhetorical beast is that her meaning ultimately, is always clear. We will get to her latest provocation in a moment, but first a little context.

She has a record of publicly justifying the assassination of abortion providers. Last year, she did this at least twice. Speaking at a national religious right political conference in Florida, she declared that she can "understand" the assassination of doctors who perform legal abortions. In demagogic fashion, Coulter first presented the shocking view -- and then wink, wink -- said she didn't really mean it; but in doing so, still held fast to the argument that leaders of the underground Army of God have used for years to justify the murder of abortion providers -- which she termed "a procedure with a rifle."


Then, appearing on The O'Reilly Factor, as reported by Politics Daily, she repeated her argument:

"I don't really like to think of it as a murder. It was terminating Tiller in the 203rd trimester."

When pressed by O'Reilly on this statement, Coulter replied,

"I am personally opposed to shooting abortionists, but I don't want to impose my moral values on others."
Update: That Politics Daily link has footage of the exchange betweeen O'Reilly and Coulter. She's basically recycling her material about "liberals" being inhuman death cultists that only object to killing when evil mass murderers are killed. Here are some gems of Nazi propaganda sounding rhetoric from her book Godless:

  • No liberal cause is defended with more dishonesty than abortion. No matter what else they pretend to care about from time to time – undermining national security, aiding terrorists, oppressing the middle class, freeing violent criminals – the single most important item on the Democrats' agenda is abortion.
  • That would not advance their governing principle, which is to always kill human life (unless the human life being killed is likely to fly a plane into American skyscrapers, in which case, it is wrong to kill it.)
  • The most important value to liberals is destroying human life.

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