On Monday, June 1, 2009, in
Dr. Tiller’s ‘suspected’ murderer, 51-year old Scott Roeder, faces “possible first-degree murder charges, according to the
Private William Long’s ‘suspected’ murderer is 23-year old Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad (formerly known as Carlos Leon Bledsoe). Muhammad was apparently being investigated by the FBI's Joint Terrorist Task Force since his return from
Muhammad was “not part of a larger group or part of a conspiracy” (according to Lt. Col. Thomas F. Artis of the Oklahoma City Recruiting Battalion) but was nonetheless driven by "political and religious motives" (according to the
So Scott Roeder is facing one count of murder (and two counts of aggravated assault) whilst Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad/Carlos Bledsoe is being charged with murder and sixteen counts of terrorism?
In 1996, when Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad was 11 year-old Carlos Leon Bledsoe, Scott Roeder was a 38 year-old member of the anti-government Freemen group and was charged in Topeka for having bomb components in his car (for which he served 16 months in jail and 8 months on probation before the conviction was overturned on appeal due to issues with the search of his car).
Roeder was known to Morris Wilson, a commander of the Kansas Unorganized Citizens Militia in the mid-1990s, who said "I'd say he's a good ol' boy, except he was just so fanatic about abortion. He was always talking about how awful abortion was.”
According to CNN, Roeder’s associates describe him as a regular participant in anti-abortion demonstrations in Kansas City and Wichita---a characterization corroborated by one worker at the Kansas City Central Family Medicine clinic, who said that Roeder was “hard to miss” because of his height. Roeder had been interrupted several times trying to disable the locks of the clinic with epoxy, but was never convicted. Another employee of the clinic memorized Roeder’s license plate number.
Roeder has spent at least the last 8 years physically interfering with Dr Tiller’s legal and medically necessary practice with the explicit or tacit support of a network of “pro-life” religious organizations that have been pandered-to and encouraged-by the GOP, the Catholic Church and influential media personalities who have been calling abortion providers “mass-murderers” for the past 30 years or more.
And then, convinced of his ‘moral’ duties Roeder succeeded in killing Dr Tiller where others before him had failed.
Over the past 8 years Carlos Bledsoe, along with a growing number of Americans that has become a majority in the past two years, apparently became aware of the constant killing, mass arbitrary incarceration and torture of non-Christian human beings---babies, children, women and men---by a US military under orders from a wholly Republican and Christian government; and presumably convinced of his own ‘moral duty’ decided to side with the Muslim faith and then ‘protest’ by murdering a new Army recruit as blameless as anyone for the actions of the organization he’d just joined.
Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad/Carlos Bledsoe apparently acted on his own volition and without any 30 year-long explicit or implicit support from issue-specific organizations propped-up by a major political party, or exhorted to action by any media personalities with long standing social and business relationships with the same.
Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad appears to have been driven to an act of murder solely by the brief evolution of private personal convictions.
Scott Roeder, on the other hand, joined an anti government militia and then later the powerfully-represented and politically well-connected anti-abortion movement as a mature adult and acted in accordance with behaviors encouraged and praised by a long established national network of well-funded anti-abortion organizations whose members have consistently resorted to violence and murder in opposition to perfectly legal and majority public supported medical policy.
No one with national media access has appeared to defend or explain Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad’s actions, whilst Scott Roeder on the other hand is being offered affirmation of the morality of his actions by the likes of Reverend Rusty Thomas of Operation Save America and Randall Terry whose Operation Rescue organization moved from California, where it began, to Wichita Kansas specifically to terrorize Dr Tiller into closing his clinic.
Bill O’ Reilly insists that his ‘reporting’ on Dr Miller over the past four or five years has been entirely fact-based---despite the fact that O’Reilly has for example presented as ‘fact’ at least twice on his show that Dr Miller would perform abortions “any time, for no reason, for five thousand dollars”, which is simply a lie.
So one 23 year old with no evident history of political activity, incitement to violence, proof of violent intent nor any trace of material support for violence is now about to be charged with terrorism as well as murder.
At the same time one 51 year old, known to have been a member of an anti-government militia, known to have manufactured bombs and known to be a regular member of the politically supported anti–abortion movement that has a decades-long record of death threats, of bombings and of murder, faces NO terrorism charges.
“George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God. I am more concerned that the Obama Administration will use Tiller’s killing to intimidate pro-lifers into surrendering our most effective rhetoric and actions. Abortion is still murder. And we still must call abortion by its proper name; murder. Those men and women who slaughter the unborn are murderers according to the Law of God” —Randall Terry of Operation Rescue, June 1 2009
And what's the analysis from a presumably less-extreme, more impartial and respectable religious figure?
"Yes, both Scott Roeder and Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad acted independently in their crimes this week. But while Scott Roeder’s ideology was just the fruit of his own psychological imbalance, Abdulhakim’s ideology is shared by dozens of well organized groups and thousands of men and women who have done harm to our country in the past and have sworn to wreak greater havoc on our homeland and military in the future.
Proof of this important distinction between the nature of these two tragic events has been the unanimous condemnation of Scott Roeder’s crime by every major pro-life group in our nation. That’s on the one hand. On the other hand, we get nothing but silence from the leaders of the particular strain of Islam that Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad studied in
In other words, it is crystal clear that Scott Roeder, the man suspected of killing Dr. George Tiller, in no way represents the pro-life cause he heralded, while Abdulhakim will be considered a hero by many of his fellow Islamists whose cause is the destruction of America and Christianity in particular."–(emphasis added)--Father Jonathan Morris, Roman Catholic priest and FOX News Religion Contributor.
The Holy and Most Reverend Father Miller of the tax-exempt, child-molesting Catholic Church and ‘Christian’ foot-soldier of a nationwide multimedia propaganda arm of politically active religious Conservatives is doing exactly what the anti-abortion religious right has been doing for decades—ignoring the cumulative results of their own rhetorical persuasions on those who take the message to ‘serve God’ and punish the wicked according to God’s Will to heart and thus murder in God’s name according to the message of God’s ordained representatives and self appointed champions.
Apparently despite three decades of consistent death-threats, intimidation, arson, attempted bombings, successful bombings, attempted murder and assassinations directed at a select group of people for the specifically political cause of denying a majority of Americans their legal and constitutional rights in pursuit of the overthrow of a democratically determined secular law, religious white Christians Conservatives simply can’t be organized terrorists—that distinction is reserved strictly for Muslims.