Criticism of Religion

Robert Dear and Planned Parenthood

On November 27, Robert Dear shot up a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, killing three and wounding nine others. (I know, I’m a bit behind the times here; this was, tragically, two shootings ago.) There has been a certain amount of Internet bandwidth spent discussing the man and his motives, and I thought I was going to disagree with my friend at Melting-Pot Dharma, but I think he’s probably right that the guy needed mental health care.

But in the context of all the other abortion clinic murders, you have to wonder: Were they all crazy? Does the anti-abortion side just attract nutcases? Also remember that for every murderer, there’s at least a thousand people cheering him on (that’s a number I just pulled out of my backside – the real figure is probably higher).

So what’s going on? Do these people really believe that the ends justify the means? Or do we just have a whole bunch of cases of religionitis? (For the definition of religionitis, I refer you back to this post.)

I don’t know what it is, but I am personally calling this domestic terrorism. In fact, I signed this petition. If you agree with me, I would appreciate it if you would consider signing it as well. If you don’t want to sign, that’s okay, my feelings won’t be hurt.

Because, crazy or not, these murderers can’t get away with it.

What do you think? Please leave your comments below (just remember, keep it civil).

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