“I started sleeping with a rifle by my bed. I expected to get shot.”

August 17, 2009


Dr. Hern photographed by Jamie Kripke

“This was a cold-blooded, brutal, political assassination that is the logical consequence of thirty-five years of hate speech and incitement to violence by people from the highest levels of American society, including but in no way limited to George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jesse Helms, Bill O’Reilly, Jerry Falwell, and Pat Robertson.”

This is required reading for anyone who earnestly believes in the importance of freedom from the tyranny of religious zealotry. The pro-oppression Christianists who consistently beat the drum of hatred and ignorance about abortion providers and consumers in this country are at worst outright terrorists and at best terrorist sympathizers; i.e., financial and emotional supporters of “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents

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