Last Sunday, Scott Roeder took the “law” into his own hands and in a sweeping act of vigilante justice, killed Dr. George Tiller at Tiller’s church as he stood handing out programs to arriving parishoners. Roeder was motivated by a political and religious ideology that says anyone who performs abortion deserves death and must be stopped, and that if citizens must take the law into their own hands to stop it, that’s just fine and dandy. There is speculation in the MSM that he had been planning this act since attending a trial at which Tiller was acquitted of performing late-term abortions illegally.
Roeder had ties to extremist anti-government groups in the US, such as the Freemen, along with his ties to groups like Operation Rescue (although OR is making a huge effort to disavow any knowledge of Roeder while simultaneously patting him on the back for committing murder). He committed an act designed not only to stop this one doctor from performing abortions, but to intimidate health care providers and the women they serve and prevent them from seeking necessary reproductive health care which may include abortion. Roeder had been previously arrested for carrying the materials to build explosives, but had the conviction overturned after a judge ruled the materials were found via an illegal search. The clinic where Tiller worked had previously reported Roeder to law enforcement, but had been told there was nothing that could be done.
On Monday, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammed, a young African-American man who was born Carlos Bledsoe and changed his name after recruiting to Islam, pulled up outside an Army recruiting station and opened fire. He killed one young soldier, just out of boot camp and assisting the regular recruiters, and injured another as he sprayed gunfire towards an otherwise empty building. The MSM reports that he was angry about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and ABC news reports that the FBI had been investigating him after a trip to Yemen, when he was found to have a forged Somali passport.
The FBI are also now “taking apart his life, examining his friendships, educational records, travel within the United States and possible contacts with extremists overseas,” despite the fact that overwhelming evidence is that he acted alone. His act, while an atrocity, is unlikely to intimidate anyone: not the US gov’t into changing its policies on Iraq and Afghanistan; not the Army recruiters, who will continue recruiting while using this incident to demonstrate why we must “win”; not the potential recruits, who these days are mostly desperate young men and women with no better option than to volunteer to get shot at.
Scott Roeder has been charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault. Abdulhakim Mujahi Muhammed has been charged with one count of capital murder and fifteen (yes, fifteen. one five. 15.) counts of “terroristic acts”. I demand that someone explain to me how these charges are rational without resorting to egregious sexism and racism. Really. I want some damned answers here.
Because what I’m seeing is that if you’re a white man, you can go be a violent extremist and commit terrorist acts that mainly impact women, and have a small pamphlet lobbed gently in your general direction, whereas if you are a young African-American with a Muslim name and become a violent extremist and commit terrorist acts aimed at the military, we will heave the entire US Code, bound in hardback, straight at your face. Do not mistake me, I believe both of these acts to be utterly reprehensible and deserving of the fullest prosecution under the law and preferably long and miserable prison sentences with lots of time spent, say, breaking large rocks into small rocks. With a spoon. But it looks like I’m only going to get my wish in one of these cases, and that sucks.