If you haven't read about it already, Dr. Tiller, a Kansas doctor that performed abortions was gunned down at his church yesterday. (More information here
. Warning: Some of the comments in that 2nd one will make you want to cry. The stupid ones are just trolls.)
So far the people on both sides are acting predictably. The pro-choice side is mostly horrified and some are angry, and the pro-life side are standing up and declaring that this behavior is unacceptable.
And by "declaring this behavior is unacceptable", I of course mean "removing the pages on their websites that openly called for his death and referred to him as a nazi and murderer of christian babies." and "openly condoning the act/declaring the murderer a hero/insisting the doctor is burning in hell."
At what point does editorial comment become an incitement to violence?
How much can you dehumanize someone before you're asking for someone to kill them?
At what point do people like O'Reilly
become a conspirator?
Isn't working crazy people into a froth so they'd go kill "enemies" what Manson is in prison for?
Isn't working religious fanatics into a frenzy and sending them to kill the "enemy" the reason our government is after Bin Laden?
What's the difference in telling someone "Abortion is murder and the bible says 'An eye for an eye!'" and "Go kill that guy."
I'm certainly not promoting the clamping down on freedom of speech, but don't rights in a society come with certain responibilities to that society?
Shouldn't freedom of speech be tempered by the responsibility for what that speech causes? If not, why is conspiracy a crime? After all, the conspiracist doesn't actually kill anyone, they just talk about killing them in such a way that might cause someone to do it. What about their freedom of speech?
Edited to add: This
is the kind of stuff I'm mostly talking about. Warning: Not safe for work. It isn't good for your sanity, either.