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A Tale of Two Murders

Two heinous crimes. Two different reactions from the government and media to the murders of George Tiller and William Long.

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La Shawn Barber

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June 11, 2009 - 12:57 am
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Which received more front-page headlines, statements of outrage, condemnation, sympathy, and resulted in apologetic genuflecting: the murder of a 67-year-old man who made his living as a late-term abortionist or the murder and wounding of two young military recruiters on duty?

What do mainstream media and liberal bloggers find more newsworthy: a white, anti-government, schizophrenic “Christian” who murdered the notorious Dr. George Tiller or a black, America-hating, anti-military Muslim who murdered William Long, a young soldier?

Last month Scott Roeder murdered the abortionist “doctor” George Tiller, who referred to babies slipping out of the womb alive during killing procedures as “sloppy medicine” and admitted performing abortions up to the day before the baby’s delivery date.

Within hours of Tiller’s death, pro-life organizations, Christian groups, liberals, conservatives, feminist organizations, etc., condemned the act. The Department of Justice sent federal marshals to protect abortion clinics.

Within hours of Tiller’s death, on a Sunday, the White House released this statement:

I am shocked and outraged by the murder of Dr. George Tiller as he attended church services this morning. However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence.

Within hours of Tiller’s death, on a Sunday, the U.S. attorney general released this statement about a private citizen:

The murder of Doctor George Tiller is an abhorrent act of violence, and his family is in our thoughts and prayers at this tragic moment. Federal law enforcement is coordinating with local law enforcement officials in Kansas on the investigation of this crime, and I have directed the United States Marshals Service to offer protection to other appropriate people and facilities around the nation. The Department of Justice will work to bring the perpetrator of this crime to justice. As a precautionary measure, we will also take appropriate steps to help prevent any related acts of violence from occurring.

The day after Tiller’s death, Muslim convert Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad murdered Pvt. William A. Long and wounded Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula. There hasn’t been anything approaching the outpouring of media attention, condemnation, and sympathy Tiller’s murder generated.

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