Yesterday I varied my routine and instead of staying up till noon or 1 then going to bed for work, I hit the sack as soon as I got home from after work mass and got up at 3 pm in time to catch the drama of the Colorado shootings alternating from the coverage of the story and Ken Burns Baseball.
When my wife saw on facebook that there was an “active shooter” at a planned parenthood in Colorado Springs I sighed. Mortal Sin is not the way to answer mortal sin, murder is not the answer to murder and I would no more advocate the violent murder of an abortionist than I would have advocated a lynch mob stringing up Tsarnaev if he had been acquitted.
I do not hold it against people making the initial assumption that the shooting had something to do with Planned Parenthood any more than I would critique anyone initially assuming that an attack on a Jewish center involved Islamic or Palestinian terror.
As of this writing I’ve heard conflicting news reports concerning if the planned parenthood was targeted. For example:
At least three officers are injured, as well as multiple others. There are no estimates of the number injured or whether there are fatalities.
The shooter is “contained,” according to Lt. Kirk Wilson, a Colorado Springs police spokesman. Officers are working to “extricate” an officer who is at the scene, but police could not immediately reach him.
The shooting situation remains active and the shooter is not contained. Colorado Springs police says there is no connection to Planned Parenthood and shooting victims are getting treatment.
At one point Allahpundit finally declared:
I’m so thoroughly confused at this point, I think maybe it’s best not to update any further.
As I type the the suspect has just been taking in custody the Lt. Catherine Buckley has just said this:
“To even speculate on a motive would not be reasonable.”
and Eric Boehlert of all people brought up a fact I wasn’t aware of
I’ve seen nothing on the fact that this was the 2nd shooting of the type in the city in under 30 days, a fact that would be a vast improvement for Chicago but is unthinkable for a place like Colorado springs.
By the time you read this Saturday morning of course we may in fact know if this was an attack targeted at planned parenthood or if the shooter just ended up there, but what struck me immediately was the difference in how the media looked at this event vs Islamic Terror.
In almost every single incident involving Islamic terror the media is scrupulous to do two things
1. Not declare it Islamic Terror
2. Disassociate Islam in General from the attack
This has taken place even though the people in question declare themselves muslim, have associated themselves with muslims such as ISIS (the first I standing for Islamic) and it take no effort to find islamic clerics around the world calling for the very terrorist acts.
Now let’s consider the shootings in Colorado. Everything I’ve seen on CNN so far (excluding the police press conferences) has been all about planned parenthood, claiming the videos were “heavily edited” and playing the narrative.
Planned Parenthood fundraising off the shooting and declarations of Christian terror on twitter notwithstanding, you will not be able to find an actual ordained Catholic Priest a Catholic Bishop or a Catholic Cardinal in communion with Rome endorsing the shooting or murder of an abortionist. You won’t find such a thing in writing or on youtube.
This should be no surprise as the Catechism of the Catholic Church is very specific on the matter as I mentioned at the time of the Murder of George Tiller six years ago.
1756 It is therefore an error to judge the morality of human acts by considering only the intention that inspires them or the circumstances (environment, social pressure, duress or emergency, etc.) which supply their context. There are acts which, in and of themselves, independently of circumstances and intentions, are always gravely illicit by reason of their object; such as blasphemy and perjury, murder and adultery. One may not do evil so that good may result from it. (emphasis mine)
Now granted it’s very hard to predict things, particularly about the future but I’m going to make a few predictions.
Even before this post goes up you will be seeing people blaming pro-life christian activists for these events.
Even though you will not, as I’ve already noted, find a member of the Catholic Clergy endorse violence, you will see media talking heads blaming the church’s position on abortion for radicalizing people.
You will see the same people who will tell you that Islam is a religion of peace although people are murdered in its name on a daily basis, will be insisting that this event six years after the murder of George Tiller is a sign of continual christian terrorism.
All the Democrat candidates will be pushing this line if they haven’t already started already.
Many on the left who were attacking police in Chicago will suddenly pivot to praise the police in Colorado Springs although you will find a few outliers on twitter hitting them.
The worst part of all of this, if it turns out that Planned Parenthood was not targeted here it will be a great disappointment not for the Christians who correctly call what’s goes on their murder, but among the left who will be delighted to use the deaths of Colorado Springs for their political purposes.
The left will see this as a chance to change the topic from ISIS (who are likely very jealous of the coverage of this story)
Update: Instalanche, thanks Sarah. Also my spell checker turned “abortionist” into “abolitionist” & I didn’t catch it. Considering that I often compare abortion to slavery it’s doubly wrong.
The only pay I get for this work comes from you. My goal for 2015 is $22,000 and to date we’re only at $5200
Given that fact I would I ask you to please consider hitting DaTipJar.
That gets all the bills paid. Consider Subscribing 100 Subscribers at $20 a month will get the job done and then some.
Additionally our subscribers get our podcast emailed directly to them before it show up anywhere else.
I know you can get the MSM for nothing, but that’s pretty much what most of them are worth.