Leaders of several abortion organizations put out statements condemning the violence. Among them was Fr Frank Pavone, a conservative political activist who had a high profile during the recent controversy at Notre Dame. He said, "We at Priests for Life continue to insist on a culture in which violence is never seen as the solution to any problem."
Fr Pavone might have stopped there. But in an email circulated to his supporters, he listed a series of similar murders that occurred during the 1980s, and said, "The point should not be missed that the killings of other abortionists and their staff ... occurred in an environment in which there was a lot of frustration over the pro-abortion initiatives of President Clinton. Now, there is similar frustration regarding the Obama Presidency and its support of abortion. This is not to blame our Presidents for someone's misguided actions. But neither should we miss what may be emerging as a pattern: when hope diminishes that the government is going to do something to protect the vulnerable, the temptation to take the law into one's own hands increases."
More to the point is the culpability that people like Fr Pavone himself have for this kind of violence, and the fury provoked among conservatives toward President Obama by the extreme language about Democrats and abortion. Despite the expressed intent of President Obama to work collaboratively to decrease the numbers of abortions, Fr Pavone and many other activists with Republican sympathies have condemned the President using the most insulting imaginable terms.
Fr Pavone has also joined conservative political writers like George Weigel and Deal Hudson in a campaign to have the editor of the Vatican newspaper, Giovanni Maria Vian, fired from L'Osservatore Romano because he expressed support for the abortion reduction message President Obama issued week before last at the Notre Dame Commencement.
Interesting thesis. When you raise an objection against moral evils, you are the cause of them.
Think of the possibilities. This could blow the lid off of the real causes of war - it's Bryan Hehir. Opposing the death penalty, causes lethal injections to be administered in prisons. Abraham Lincoln inspired the Klu Klux Klan. SNAP caused sexual abuse.
This thesis could also explain Whelan's co-partner who founded Catholic Democrats with him, Eric McFadden. McFadden was caught running a large prostitution ring, recruiting minors to carry out the tricks and visiting prostitutes himself up to four times a day. Whalen and McFadden must have had a lot of conversations inside of Catholic Democrats opposing the sexual exploitation of women.
I really wonder how his ideas carry over into his pediatric medical practice. Medical lectures could be the leading cause of childhood diseases.
My favorite analogy is posted over at Inside Catholic in the comment section:
June 02nd, 2009 | 10:35am
Blaming the pro-life movement (which correctly labels abortionists as pro-abortion) for Dr. Tiller’s murder would be the equivalent of blaming Al Gore for the deeds of the Unabomber, since Gore’s book “Earth in the balance” was found among Ted Kaczynski’s belongings. Dr. Whelan’s comments are absurd.
Gore could be causing global warming.
We could go on reductio ad absurdum ad infinitum.
Tiller decapitated infants alive. He was the worst kind of sociopathic serial killer. The prolife movement is going to continue to oppose the legality and the people who are in the business of providing them - even if when it is Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley .