In the wake of the terrorist attack against a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood (which was committed by a middle aged white man), Republicans have been quick to blame everything – strict gun laws and even President Obama himself – but will not acknowledge it for what it really is: right wing fanaticism.
As everyone knows (or should know), the deadly shooting at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood, which left three dead and nine injured, is not the first time Planned Parenthood has been a victim of right wing fanaticism.
According to NARAL Pro-Choice America and the National Abortion federation, data collected from 1977 to 2014 shows that Planned Parenthood has suffered:
- Eight clinic workers killed
- Seventeen attempted killings
- Forty-two fire bombings
- One hundred eighty arson attacks
- Over 6,900 acts of violence against workers, patients, and clinics
Seventy-three of these successful attacks have happened since 1997.
I demand all Christians band together and denounce these acts of extremism against workers and patients exercising their Constitutional right to obtain a safe abortion. If all Muslims have to denounce every act of jihad, the same standard should be applied for all Christians for every act of terror.
What’s even more surprising is that not one of these instances saw a Muslim, refugee or jihadist assailant. When Ted Cruz says there is no such thing as Christian extremism, he seems to blissfully ignore the attacks committed just at Planned Parenthood clinics alone. Perhaps Republicans should give more to Planned Parenthood to defend themselves instead of cutting their budget.
The attack on Planned Parenthood is a reminder that terrorism and persecution comes in all shapes and ideologies. Fanaticism knows no color, religion, political identification or gender. Even though most acts of domestic terrorism are committed by middle-aged, white male conservatives, generalizations should never be made.
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