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
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
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.
Who are you and how did you get in here?
I'm a locksmith. And, I'm a locksmith.