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Domestic Terrorists Are Showing Dismembered Fetuses On TV, and No One Is Stopping Them

Domestic Terrorists Are Showing Dismembered Fetuses On TV, and No One Is Stopping Them

Political advertising is granted a lot of leeway in its content regulation, which means candidates can run any ad they want, as long as the content of that ad isn’t, essentially, intentionally false and misleading.

But just because they can run nearly any kind of ad they want, should they? What about an ad showing a dismembered fetus and images of dead Christians and Jews as a criticism of President Obama? That’s the kind of ad Andrew Beachman, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Kentucky’s 2nd District is running. And he’s not the only one.

Beacham is one of seven congressional candidates across the country who plan to use the tactic, reports Businessweek. Each candidate is, not surprisingly, affiliated with Randall Terry, leader of the anti-choice domestic terror organization Operation Rescue.

Other graphic anti-abortion/anti-Obama ads will run in Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa and Colorado.

It’s all part of Terry’s own presidential campaign. Terry, running as an independent, will be on the ballot in Kentucky, Nebraska and West Virginia. Terry is simultaneously running for Congress is Florida’s 20th District.

The other candidates will run the ads in Iowa, Florida and Kentucky.

Some stations plan to run disclaimers before the ads they describe as “offensive” but say their hands are tied in terms of keeping the ads off the air. And they are, from a constitutional standpoint. But from a marketplace standpoint, they are not. Terry’s currently fundraising for what he hopes will be a $1 million ad buy. If he’s able to raise that kind of money, and it goes unanswered or unchallenged, what does that say about our tolerance, our acceptance of radicalism targeting women?

Consider that, for a moment. A group that has known ties to the murderer of Dr. George Tiller and countless other acts of domestic terrorism targeting women and doctors, a group that stalks and harasses abortion patients and posts private medical data online hopes to put up a million-dollar ad buy before this election over.

Terry is mainstreaming radicalism like never before.

To make matters worse, the pictures used by radical anti-choice activists like Terry and his cohorts in these ads are faked. The vast majority of abortions occurring before the 12th week of pregnancy, which means if Terry’s ads were truthful and not misleading they’d show a cluster of cells, instead of a purportedly dismembered full-term fetus. Of course the shock value of such an ad would not be the same.

Of course, the real danger here is not the impact the ads have on the election, which is likely little as those who would be swayed by them are already not voting for President Obama. That’s not Terry’s point. His point, and the purpose behind his campaign and the campaigns of his “affiliates” is to make their radical, anti-woman evangelicalism seem normal, reasonable, a plausible alternative in leadership. Terry’s campaign is simply to preach the criminalization of abortion, and they will use whatever means necessary to get to that point.

Imagine anyone else getting the platform Terry gets to mainstream a singular message of hate and terror and the press just shrugging their shoulders, the public just looking away.

There’s a saying in constitutional law that the answer to hate speech is, simply, more speech. But that of course presumes a rebuttal and when those in the position to speak back just shrug, well all we get left with is the hate speech.

 

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7:22PM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

Thanks Cheryl L. I always appreciate it when people get where I am coming from. Cheers!

6:39PM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

Thanks for addressing them as they are these are truly our terrorists right here on North American soil. Lets not let their euphemisms ("prolife" and antiwar thats hipster irony right there!) fool the good intentioned people who dont know any better. We cannot lose another brave doctor like doctor Tiller.

6:26PM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

Michael G.: --- I applaud your most intelligent, well-thought-out, and researched postings. You had me at "hello" ... LOL. What a tremendous contribution of comments you've made. There are many, many more coming out of the closet with Conservative corporations throwing their weight around. I'm happy to see they're "outing" themselves so more of us can boycott their products and places of business. Nothing speaks louder than voting with your pocketbook or wallet and these jokers need a SERIOUS message that America is supposed to be a land of the free, and FREEDOMS . .. as in freedom OF religion and freedom FROM religion. That means "quit forcing it down MY throat". Quit forcing it on your employees. There are laws against age discrimination and race discrimination and disability discrimination in the workplace, but somehow the religious discrimination has escaped attention. It seriously needs to be widely publicized and the PROBLEM addressed. They are creating more division in this country ... not just racial and political but now pitting woman against man in defense of themselves, etc. Scary to see where they're trying to take us.

2:32PM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

Where did these Ideas come from .....but Mein Kampf (Hitler's Book) fascisms biggest star -when the fascists banned literature on birth control and increased penalties for abortion in relentlessly railed against birth control, and have pushed their idea of abstinence. Obsession with Christianity----etc..etc....

9:46AM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

@Elizabeth MC wrote "I can not point to a single instance on the part of conservatives in which they boycotted individuals or companies simply because they didn't embrace conservative views."

As usual spouting before checking

Even Microsoft, a leader in offering domestic partner benefits, dropped its support for a gay rights bill in the state of Washington this spring after a local minister threatened a boycott. After a public outcry, the company reversed its position.

Doubters cite the example of Disney, which endured nine years of conservative boycotts but never backed off its gay-friendly policies, including offering benefits to same-sex partners.

Cannot point because you don't want to?
Cannot point because you, sigh, just don't know?
Cannot point because you want to make it appear that it doesn't happen?

9:44AM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

@Elizabeth MC wrote "I can not point to a single instance on the part of conservatives in which they boycotted individuals or companies simply because they didn't embrace conservative views."

As usual spellunking before checking

American Girl, which manufactures dolls and books, is being boycotted because the company donated proceeds from the sale of a special "I Can" wristband to Girls Inc., a nonprofit group that supports girls' education programs, including those that promote the right to abortion.

9:43AM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

@Elizabeth MC wrote "I can not point to a single instance on the part of conservatives in which they boycotted individuals or companies simply because they didn't embrace conservative views."

As usual spewing before checking

Wells Fargo abruptly lost its contract with Focus on the Family because the San Francisco bank contributed to a gay rights group. Kraft, Walgreens and Harris Bank are being threatened with boycotts for giving money to the 2006 Gay Games, slated for Chicago next summer.

9:43AM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

@Elizabeth MC wrote "I can not point to a single instance on the part of conservatives in which they boycotted individuals or companies simply because they didn't embrace conservative views."

As usual splurting before checking

In the last few weeks, major retailers including Sears, Target, Lowe's, Nordstrom and Wal-Mart have been caught in the crosshairs for substituting "Happy Holidays" for "Merry Christmas" in promotions.

9:42AM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

@Elizabeth MC wrote "I can not point to a single instance on the part of conservatives in which they boycotted individuals or companies simply because they didn't embrace conservative views."

As usual splurting before checking
Conservative boycotting
Progressive Insurance
Target over Ellen Degeneres
Ben & Jerry’s
General Mills
Oreos and Kraft
Starbucks

6:39AM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

Elizabeth MC wrote "I can not point to a single instance on the part of conservatives in which they boycotted individuals or companies simply because they didn't embrace conservative views."

What about Planned Parenthood?? There's even a new article today about a clinic in NYC forced to shut down because of anti-choice harassment.

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