Looks like eBay and the fetus-fetishizing domestic terrorists are having a battle over the latter's insistence on selling souvenirs of doctor assassinations and abortion clinic bombings past, as I first mentioned here.
The crazies are attempting to raise funds to defend Scott Roeder, the accused killer in the execution of Dr. George Tiller.
Little David slew the mighty Goliath and held aloft the Philistine's severed head.
Rembrandt and Caravaggio painted the bloody scene from 1 Samuel. Now comes Scott Roeder, the man charged with killing George Tiller. Roeder recently submitted for auction an autographed copy of a cartoon depicting his own version of the story.
"Tiller" is written across the forehead of the slain warrior. And for the role of David?
It's not spelled out, and as there is that presumption of innocence in our legal system, I'll leave it for you to decide what Roeder had in mind.
But biblical comparisons aside, Roeder's supporters have yet another notion of who Roeder represents to them, despite his not-guilty plea in the murder of the Wichita abortion provider.
He's a modern-day John Brown, reflecting the fact many in the anti-abortion movement compare themselves to the 19th-century abolitionists.
"We liken him to that," said David Leach, when I reached the Des Moines abortion opponent by phone last week.
Leach, along with Regina Dinwiddie of Kansas City, had tried to organize an online fundraiser on Roeder's behalf. Last week eBay put the kibosh on it (though Dinwiddie has said the auction will go on).
My interest, however, was in the comparisons, which are all over the Internet, between Brown, the anti-slavery crusader, and Roeder, the abortion foe. True, both were zealous believers in a cause.
"But it isn't just that they believed in it," Leach said. "There were actual human beings who were suffering that both intervened to rescue."
Roeder has admitted nothing. But he donated three cartoons to the auction, the stated purpose of which was to raise money to pay an attorney who would argue that Tiller wasn't murdered but instead was the victim of justifiable homicide.
And they call themselves pro-life?
Meanwhile, Talking Points Memo has a gallery of all the fine items available (or not) for sale, including this lively bit of bedtime reading:
(I added the links.)
Isn't free enterprise grand?
UPPITY WOMAN DATE: JJ has more.