Tiller’s Assassination [Dan Collins; UPDATE]
Darleen’s already spoken her mind in the comments to the post below: Kansas has the death penalty and it should be on the table in the sentencing of Tiller’s assassin. I don’t advocate the death penalty, but that is Kansas law, and I agree with her. Contradictory? Yeah, I guess.
This was an act of terrorism, as well as of murder. It was no more or less an act of political assassination than any of the bombings advocated by Bill Ayers. It was no more or less a violation of civil rights than the New Black Panther polling intimidation that the Obama Justice Department decided to drop ex post facto. There is either one justice for all, or there is justice for none.
Let’s ask ourselves whether there’s been a hate crime committed here. Has there? If so, aren’t Islamists guilty of hate crimes? Should the fact that they commit such crimes largely against minority believers in their own countries be cause for more stringent sanctions and severer punishments? Do the continuous legal assaults on Sarah Palin constitute a hate crime?
Donald Douglas is right to complain about Andrew Sullivan’s selective outrage, and as big an ass as Bill O’Reilly is, he’s not responsible for some murderous bastard’s behavior. This sorry episode should be an example of how absolute is the sanctity of life; unfortunately, that’s not what people will teach, and that’s not what people will learn.
UPDATE: Somebody at Lean Left doesn’t think that Bill Ayers was a terrorist, and doesn’t realize the rhetorical barrel he’s over if he doesn’t disavow the “Christianist” meme. Murderers; terrorists. “Anti-government” fanatics.