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Moral Immorality?

By The Reverend Published: September 15, 2011

Washington Post...

Antiabortion activists who have sought for months to shut down a Germantown (Maryland) clinic picketed its landlord outside a Montgomery County middle school where his daughter is a student, school and police officials said Monday.

Keep in mind here, picketers protesting abortion did so at the middle school where the daughter of the landlord of a building which rents space to an abortion clinic attends school. The picketing at the middle school can only be interpreted as an act of intimidation against the daughter in order to put fear into the father, enough to kick the abortion clinic out of his building.

A small group of protesters stood outside Robert Frost Middle School in Rockville on Thursday, holding signs and a banner, during back-to-school night, officials said.

The student’s father, who did not want to be named to protect the safety of his daughter, a sixth-grader at the school, said he saw the five protesters when he went to the school event.

Some held a large banner that showed his photo, his full name, his phone number and the words “Please STOP the Child Killing.” Others held posters showing aborted fetuses.

The man owns the property in the Germantown office park where LeRoy Carhart has been performing abortions late in a pregnancy at the privately owned Reproductive Health Services clinic. Antiabortion protesters have repeatedly demonstrated outside the clinic since Carhart arrived in Maryland in December.

Abortion is legal in the United States. No American woman has ever been forced to have an abortion against their own will. While I understand both sides of the so-called abortion debate, until federal laws are changed by Congress and/or the Supreme Court, there is no defense for so hatefully picketing a middle school where the daughter of a landlord who rents space to an abortion clinic attends school.

While, apparently, no laws were broken by the picketers in Maryland, what is being reinforced by their actions is the inhumanity, cruelty, guilt-by-distant-association tactics, and hate filled intimidation...which, more and more, have become the defining characteristics of America's extreme right.

As the Tea Party right sings the praises of "freedom", many members are often simultaneously working to keep other Americans from exercising theirs.

There's much to criticize about today's American right...but it's the basic inhumanity, I think,...the callousness...which disturbs me the most. With the election of Obama, for what ever reason, it seems like this inhumanity and callousness have intensified.

Anti-abortion folks often claim morality in defense of their rigid and intolerant positions. But isn't it true that many of today's anti-abortionists are also part and parcel of the Tea Party movement? Here are the results of the last two years polling of Tea Party members....

2010 CBS poll...

They are more likely than American adults overall to attend religious services weekly (38 percent do so) and to call themselves evangelical (39 percent). Sixty-one percent are Protestant, and another 22 percent are Catholic.

NY Times, CBS poll August 17, 2011...

So what do Tea Partiers have in common? They are overwhelmingly white, but even compared to other white Republicans, they had a low regard for immigrants and blacks long before Barack Obama was president, and they still do.

More important, they were disproportionately social conservatives in 2006 — opposing abortion, for example — and still are today.

And, of course, it has been the Tea Party which has led the way in cutting government spending in the midst of our worst recession. You see, it is moral to picket at a middle school where the child of a landlord, whose renter runs an abortion clinic, attends school....because abortion is oh-so-immoral. But it's also immoral, according to the Tea Party, for the government to spend money to relieve the plight of the unemployed, the elderly and the poor in the middle of our deepest recession....because the country has a deficit.

It was at the CNN/Tea Party Express GOP "debate" the other night when audience members applauded Ron Paul's answer that everyone was on their own when it came to medical care. When Wolfie Blitzer followed up by asking if we should simply allow an uninsured 30 year old American to die because he couldn't afford pre-existing condition insurance....a few in the audience cheered "Yeah" and "let him die."

Honestly, who does stuff like that? The bloodlust was palpable.

To me, all of this is a result of the extreme right's continued self-radicalization. It is a self-radicalization that refuses to have it any other way than their way. It is marked by actions, policies and words of cruelty, intolerance and basic inhumanity.

But then maybe it's just me, maybe I'm just too sensitive.

How do you see it? Is the extreme right in the U.S., as seen in the words and actions of Tea Party members, just acting immorally moral? Or perhaps, just claiming morality, but, in reality, speaking and acting immorally?



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