B.O. has come out with a statement about the murder of pro-life advocate James Pouillon in Michigan;
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- President Barack Obama waited over 48 hours before finally releasing a very short statement condemning the Friday shooting of pro-life advocate James Pouillon. in hours of the shooting of late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller, Obama had a statement, but he drug he feet on this incident.
As LifeNews.com reported, Pouillon, 63, was shot Friday morning as he protested abortion outside a local hospital in Owosso, Michigan.
Local officials have detained 33-year-old Harlan Drake, who told police he killed Jim Pouillon because he didn't like how he would protest abortion in front of the school.
Obama's brief statement is just half the size of his statement after the Tiller shooting and makes no mention of Pouillon's pro-life stance or that he was shot because he opposed abortion.
"The shooting last week in Michigan was deplorable. Whichever side of a public debate you're on, violence is never the right answer," Obama said.
The is compared to his statement in reaction to the Tiller shooting:
"I am shocked and outraged by the murder of Dr. George Tiller as he attended church services this morning. However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence," he said then.
While Obama was slow to finally condemn the shooting of the pro-life advocate, some pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood and Emily's List have made no public comment on the killing of Pouillon despite aggressively attacking pro-life advocates after Tiller's death.
When it came to the Tiller murder, Obama released a statement and the Justice Department announced an investigation.
"The Department of Justice will work tirelessly to determine the full involvement of any and all actors in this horrible crime, and to ensure that anyone who played a role in the offense is prosecuted to the full extent of federal law," said Loretta King, head of the department's civil rights division.
Obama also directed the U.S. Marshals Service to offer protection to abortion practitioners.
Representatives of Operation Rescue, Concerned Women for America, the National Clergy Council, and the Christian Defense Coalition participated in an afternoon press conference on Friday and called on Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama to condemn the killing as they did when Tiller was shot.
Troy Newman of Operation Rescue said the pro-life movement has been vigorously attacked since Obama was elected and since Tiller was shot.
“There has been an uptick in the amount of death threats we have received," he said. "There seems to be a stonewalling on the investigation."
Judy Zabik, who is the spokesman for Flint Area Right to Life is calling on tougher protections for pregnancy centers and pro-life advocates.
"I would publicly insist that all crisis pregnancy centers be afforded the same protection that Eric Holder gave to all the abortion clinics around the country after Tiller was murdered," she said.
Former Republican presidential candidate and American Values leader Gary Bauer said he has seen a different approach from the mainstream media in its reporting on the Pouillon shooting.
"Regrettably, there have been incidents of violence at abortion centers in recent years. We, and virtually every pro-life group, have condemned those acts," he told LifeNews.com. "At the same time, Big Media never missed an opportunity to use each example to condemn the entire pro-life movement as if it consisted entirely of hate-filled people."
"Today, a pro-life activist was shot and killed outside of a Michigan high school. The victim has been described in press reports as a 63-year old man, who wore leg braces, occasionally used a walker and a portable oxygen tank," he continued.
"Will reporters and journalists offer commentary on the extremism of the pro-abortion movement and the culture of death that it perpetuates? Will this story even make the evening news?"
Thus far, the media reporting has been light compared with the blow-by-blow details given to the Tiller shooting.
So here in plain view is the double standard used on the two sides of the abortion battle. When Tiller was killed it was like the only thing left to do was call out the Marines. Maybe even that was considered but the Posse Comitatus Act got in the way, (I'm only half kidding on that one.).
But when a pro lifer is killed theres an almost begrudging two sentence statement made for the sake of appearances. No actions by the U.S. Marshals, the Justice Dept., etc.
The marginalization of the pro life movement continues. While a fair number of folks will note the lack of continuity in response, there will be too many who trust the government's judgment and almost unconsciously feel the pro-lifers must be slightly disreputable to merit just a token response. Almost like saying a skin headed neo-nazi is entitled to his views but you secretly cheer on the gang of blacks that kick his ass for stating them.
This isn't strictly a "Democratic/liberal/progressive thing" either. We've become something of a nuisance to the GOP also, as witnessed by such incidents as Michael Steele initially saying that party needs to become "more inclusive" and "reach out" to the pro aborts.
This is because for many conservatives, abortion isn't viewed as the murder of innocent humans except in an abstract, emotionally detached manner. It's an important issue but not "that important".
I think it was Reagan who said that a man who agrees with you on just 60% of the issues is still an ally. That's true for the most part but there are some definite deal breakers and abortion should be at the top of the list. It's either murder or it isn't, it's concerned with a human being or it isn't. No middle of the road and because there is no middle of the road there is no chance for compromise. Period.
So we'll see more efforts for "dialogue" with the pro aborts. Those wishing for such should remember that he who sups with the Devil needs a long spoon.
IMHO the time for patience is drawing to a close. I'm definitely NOT ADVOCATING ANY VIOLENCE!! But being willing to settle for half a loaf is not enough. The culture of death is playing to get all the marbles, why shouldn't we?
We need to be more vocal, more of a pain in the ass on this topic. Making it a prime topic of political debate will ensure it's more likely to be treated seriously, not just as another bargaining chip in a power game.
And game it is, the politicos that run this country are in it for themselves and WE THE PEOPLE can get screwed as far as they're concerned. This isn't just about abortion, our values are routinely disregarded. For evidence of this look to Maryland where the state's attorney is considering filing charges related to the recent exposure of ACORN malfeasance, charges against the whistle blowers that is;
If it is determined that the audio portion now being heard on YouTube was illegally obtained, it is also illegal under Maryland Law to willfully use or willfully disclose the content of said audio. The penalty for the unlawful interception, disclosure or use of it is a felony punishable up to 5 years.
So in front of God and everyone else, the prosecutors admit to investigating how the video was obtained. Never mind the content of that video, where ACORN employees knowingly condoned child prostitution. It's all about nailing citizens with the chutzpah to rock the boat that needed rocking.