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Anti-Abortion Terrorist Claims Threats Were ‘Divinely Inspired’

Anti-Abortion Terrorist Claims Threats Were ‘Divinely Inspired’

A domestic-terror trial in Kansas just got more interesting as Angel Dillard now claims the threats she made to abortion provider Dr. Mila Means were “divinely inspired” communications and are therefore entitled to constitutional speech and religious protections.

Dillard is facing prosecution under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) for a series of threats to Dr. Means. Among the threats made include this gem which promised the doctor thousands of people from across the country were looking into her background: “They will know your habits and routines. They know where you shop, who your friends are, what you drive, where you live,” the letter said. “You will be checking under your car everyday — because maybe today is the day someone places an explosive under it.”

Means was smart to take Dillard’s threats seriously. Dillard publicly be-friended fellow domestic-terrorist and murderer Scott Roeder shortly after his arrest in the assassination of Dr. George Tiller. “With one move, (Roeder) was able … to accomplish what we had not been able to do,” Dillard told AP at the time. “So he followed his convictions, and I admire that.”

As Robin Marty reports though Dillard’s claims complicate her defense. Originally Dillard claimed the threats were not “real” because she didn’t intend to carry them out. This pleading change could reflect a growing concern that the original defense won’t hold up. Or it could represent something more.

A judge will now have to consider whether or not terroristic threats that are divinely inspired are “real” and if also entitled to constitutional protection. It seems to be a losing proposition either way. A ruling on behalf of Dillard will only embolden other religiously-motivated terrorists to push further than they already do in making accessing abortion care as precarious an experience as possible while a ruling against Dillard will only fuel the paranoia already deeply rooted in this movement.

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5:32PM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

There is no excuse for Angel Dillard. Stop abortions they say and yet they will kill people to get their own way. It doesn't make sense to me. I guess the answer is "kill me now or kill me later." It doesn't matter, I will have no say in the matter because you like the government doesn't want people, especially women, to have any rights.

3:50PM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

to Angel Dillard:
Shut up you wing-nut. The voices in your puny head are the results of extreme drug and alcohol use on your part and you are in dire need of a serious A$$F***.

People like you, Mr. Dillard, are a danger to decent society and probably needs to be locked up for the rest of your pathetic life.

So please do the US Taxpayers a big favor and remove yourself from the human gene pool.

10:19AM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

Using religion as one's excuse = of course.

1:54AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

She is obviously mad and should be treated as such. Locked away for the safety of other.

3:02PM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

Too bad the murdering a**hole doesn't hear a command to repent and kill herself. I thought murdering another person was a sin according to the old testicalment.

2:29PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

It didn't work for the Son of Sam but why shouldn't Angel Dillard get the opportunity to prove that the voices in her head were right.

The comedian Lewis Black calls religions in general and Christianity in particular a "shared delusion".

Of the tens of thousands of religions that have existed, each adherent considers his to be divinely inspired and worthy of constitutional protection. (Who is going to argue with god?).

Each adherent considers every other faith to be at best misguided, possibly delusional and at worst heretical and demanding death.

If believers agree that over 99.99% of those faiths are false and pathological, they are within 0.01% of agreement with the atheists who have already responded.

A court will decide whether Angel Dillard is delusional. If not, then she will be subjected to appropriate punishment. If so, she will get treatment and contribute evidence supporting Lewis Black.

9:48AM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

I don't believe in god, but even if gods were real, they would not tell you to frighten or harm others. And, any god that did would not be deserving of your worship or compliance. In fact, it would be better to defy such a god to the utmost, and allow human compassion to prevail.

9:48AM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

I don't believe in god, but even if gods were real, they would not tell you to frighten or harm others. And, any god that did would not be deserving of your worship or compliance. In fact, it would be better to defy such a god to the utmost, and allow human compassion to prevail.

11:39PM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

To be divinely inspired would mean that God/Jesus condone terrorism. Jesus teachings clearly do notsupport her position. Another fanatical religious nutter!

Dillard is in need of some heavy duty psychiatric care!

8:58PM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

This is a NUT CASE !!!!!!!!!! Lock her UP !!!!!!

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