ProfilingJun 02, 2009
I was interviewed this morning on WRVA-AM's popular Richmond's Morning News with Jimmy Barrett about the murder of abortionist Dr. George Tiller in Kansas (click here to listen). Jimmy is a very good-natured host and I always enjoy his show. He started out by saying about the alleged killer, Scott Roeder: "He's probably the poster child for what a lot of liberals think pro life people are . . . there are gonna be people out there who are going to take a look at Scott Roeder and say, 'Well, this is what the pro-life movement is all about.'"
Jimmy then went on and described Scott Roeder's profile like this:
"Called himself a citizen of the Republic of Kansas; didn't believe in income taxes, social security taxes; refused to register his car car; has a history of mental illness issues, etc. So this guy is a nutjob."
Jimmy then said that this is obviously not what most pro-lifer's look like, but liberals are going to try to make it seem that way, and he's right.
As I pointed out with Jimmy on his show, there are "nutjobs" that claim all types of causes. There will always be people to take things to unimaginable extremes and frankly shame the rest of the movement.
Sadly, a perfect example of a leftist "nutjob" surfaced just one day after the murder of Dr. Tiller. In a case that has not received as much Mainstream Media coverage, a man named Carlos Bledsoe, who converted to Islam and now goes by Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad, shot two people at an Army recruitment center in Arkansas (see RedState.com, here).
So far, the profile of this shooter reads:
"Peace activist;" "One who had a 'disagreement over the military operations;'" "Opened fire 'with the specific purpose of targeting military personnel;'" and, "Held 'political and religious motives.'"
My point is: the left best be very careful accusing all pro-lifers as being like Scott Roeder and the right better be careful not to claim all Muslims or peaceniks are like Carlos Bledsoe. Both sides need not exploit the tragedies to push extreme agendas.
These are both incidents of extreme hatred perpetrated by cowards. Hopefully, justice will prevail in both cases. In the meantime, it will be interesting to see if the profiling by the left continues.