Subject: My experiences with Operation Rescue I've just waded through about 600 articles i

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From: jaystein@kinky.Eng.Sun.COM (Jay Stein) Subject: My experiences with Operation Rescue I've just waded through about 600 articles in this newsgroup... quite a lot to digest. I didn't notice much from anyone who has been part of OR blockades or who works at clinics. Thought you might be interested in this one. (if not, there's always 'n' or 'j' or 'k' or... I have been to several Operation Rescue blockades- in the DC area, New York and Richmond, Virginia. I've been on the front lines at clinics, at their prayer rallies and with their leaders. I've met Randall Terry, Keith Tucci and Bob Jewett. I've even attempted to have discussions with OR's members, who, though predominantly fundamentalist, attract other denominations as well. I've had more experience than I care to think about with what many PCers refer to as "Operation Oppress You" and "Operation Reschedule." It should be pointed out that my presence is always on the clinics' behalf, but I do not confront OR members UNLESS they yell at me first and I'm in a bad mood. :-| OR has exposed its real personality in true Orwellian fashion time after excruciating time. During DC Project II a woman was knocked to the ground and beaten in the face with a flashlight. Pictures were taken of this, but no action was taken because no one could identify the assailant. In New York, one man screamed at the top of his voice (and it was *very* loud) at women in the parking lot, "DON'T LET THEM KILL YOUR BABY! DON'T LET THEM KILL YOUR BABY!" I know that OR considers abortion murder. But I also know they think of themselves as compassionate, and there is no way those women thought he was being compassionate, even if he thought he was. Also in New York, I asked an OR woman what she thought about clinic bombings. Her response was ("I swear I'm not making this up" --Dave Barry) that it's okay as long as nobody's in the clinic. I briefly considered asking her where she lived and whether anyone was home, but figured she would miss the point. During DC PROJECT in Washington in 1989, a woman who approached the clinic told OR blockaders that she had had an abortion the previous day and that it was urgent for her to be able to go to her next-day followup exam. The blockaders' response: "There will be no babies killed here today!" (together with arrogant smirk of accomplishment). Even if this lady had been lying, who would consider that a compassionate response? And while I'm kind of on the subject, let's talk non-violence. As we all know, non-violence is a mindset and it involves more than just not hitting people. Actually, OR is *not* nonviolent and Randall Terry himself has admitted that OR will employ non-violence as a "tactic" and if it fails, then it will be abandoned as a tactic. Quite a departure from the Martin Luther King style to which he loves to compare himself. Not that others in OR leadership are any better: Bob Jewett, Keith Tucci's bodyguard, has called PC women names I will not repeat on USENET. He has threatened to throw a rock through a car's windshield (with passengers inside) and I have the pictures to prove it. I personally have been screamed at, grabbed at and called a "devil." I have seen people hit and physically assaulted-the whole spectrum of assault applies here. OR PLers have pressed pictures of third-trimester abortions against the wihndshields of patients' cars while shouting 800-numbers. I'm sorry, but this is NOT non-violent. OR's brand of pro-life activism claims to have equal respect for all life. One of them said explicitly that all HUMAN [emphasis mine] life is of infinite value to God. When I asked if he supported Capital punishment, his response was, "Of course." I suppose what he should have said was that all INNOCENT life is of infinite value. But then that leaves the nasty question of who defines innocence. People in Operation Rescue seem to lack the emotional "database" required to make sense of how PCers think. This is not a slur, it simply means that nothing in their experience has prepared them for the possibility that someone might examine Christianity and still reject it. To a typical fundamentalist (and also to many Catholics) PCers know they are wrong but deliberately choose to be Evil. Also, to them, free will is actually a multiple choice exam - there is only one correct answer, but you are always free to pick the wrong one. As one person ironically put it, "God does not want robots." As for the OR stance on birth control, it's no secret that the only one they endorse is NFP (I call it the MOMMIE method - use it and you'll be one). Actually, some won't even allow that- they want abstinence. I had a discussion with a gentleman who stated that (1)abstinence is the only acceptable form of birth control; and, (2)sex isn't just for procreation. Am I missing something or is there an inherent contradiction here? Hmmm... I hadn't intended for this posting to be so long... I'll stop for now on the assumption that no one really cares and if I'm wrong someone will email or post a request for more. I have several pages in diaries about OR, I'm more than happy to share it. Ciao --Jay Who are you and how did you get in here? I'm a locksmith. And, I'm a locksmith.

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