Tiller Killer Scott Roeder Says More Anti-Abortion Attacks Coming, That He’s Glad Tiller’s Clinic is Closed, and He’s Being Treated Like a Criminal

Whether Scott Roeder is actually knowledgeable about activities against abortion providers or is just trying to grab attention to himself, people have no idea, but some are inclined to the second view, after some of his jailhouse shenanigans, which includes calling up reporters. From Talking Points Memo:

Scott Roeder called The Associated Press from the Sedgwick County jail, where he’s being held on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the shooting of Dr. George Tiller one week ago.

“I know there are many other similar events planned around the country as long as abortion remains legal,” Roeder said. When asked by the AP what he meant and if he was referring to another shooting, he refused to elaborate further.

Law enforcement agencies said they doubted the credibility of Roeder’s threats. However, Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller said the government was not taking any chances whether they were or not. Additional protection were ordered for abortion clinics last week.

Meanwhile, his ex-wife, Lindsay Roeder, who once adhered to some of his beliefs until she thought that Roeder was going too far; a woman too afraid to show her face to cameras, said that Roeder was mentally unbalanced.

The ex-wife of 51-year-old Scott Roeder said while he never thought of himself as mentally ill, “everyone else did.”

“His anti-abortion rhetoric was very strong,” said Lindsey Roeder, who filed for divorce in 1996 after a 10-year marriage. “It scared me,” she told the Topeka Capital-Journal.

The suspect’s brother, David Roeder, said his family always saw “Scott as a kind and loving son, brother and father who suffered from mental illness.”

Don’t underestimate this guy who was found with only $10 to his name. He may have been a member of the Freemen, a right-wing Christian militia movement that splintered and reformed with other right-wing groups. The Pitch, a Kansas City alternative newspaper, used a column by Kansan Leonard Zeskin at The Huffington Post to explain how this white nationalist organization formed the basis for Roeder’s anti-government and anti-abortion beliefs in the 1990s.

[…] In the mid-1990s, Roeder associated regularly with both Kansas militiamen and he declared him self a “sovereign” citizen, immune from the responsibilities of paying taxes or driving with a registered license plate.

The notion of “organic sovereigns” was first promoted by the Posse Comitatus, best known for its tax protest politics, but imbued also with the racist and anti-Semitic ideology known as Christian Identity. According to this doctrine, Jews are satanic creatures and people of color are less-than-fully human. […]

This white Christian notion of sovereign citizenship remained strong long enough to mix with the unhappy edges of anti-abortion activism in Kansas — including those who had staged massive sit-ins in 1991, in an attempt to shut down Dr. Tiller’s clinic. […]

[This is a ] social movement that is completely alienated from the culture, society and government of the multi-racial, multi-ethnic American people. Their allegiance is to another set of laws and values, one in which the color of their skin is a badge of their national identity. Not all are violent, and many hope to someday win a following among a majority of white people and reclaim the country that they believe belongs to them alone. […]

So another reason why Roeder may have been obsessively drawn to demonize Dr. George Tiller and physicians like him is because they are “killing” white, Caucasian babies. Not just babies. Or babies that are not physically and mentally viable. White ones. The more whites, the better, especially against the numbers of people of color–immigrants, aliens–who seem to be taking over this country. I’ll bet you that they would not care a fig about the life of a child of color, either in the womb or already born.

Today, the Tiller family decided to permanently close the clinic that Dr. George Tiller defended with his life. At this news, given to him by a CNN reporter, Roeder declared it a “victory for the unborn,” although he would not admit to killing Dr. Tiller.

[Roeder] said the closure would mean “no more slicing and dicing of the unborn child in the mother’s womb and no more needles of poison into the baby’s heart to stop the heart from beating, and no more partial-birth abortions.”

Roeder also denied that he was suffering from mental illness during this interview as well. He admitted to having a drug problem decades ago, but insisted he was clean and sober. That being said, he felt that he was being treated like a criminal in jail, that he didn’t like being in solitary confinement and that it was chilly to “freezing” in there.

Oh, boo-freaking-hoo. He sounds like Dan White, the killer of Harvey Milk and George Moscone, who found that no one was treating him like a hero for his dirty deed after he served his five-year jail stint (out of eight) for manslaughter. As some of you might remember, White later committed suicide. The anti-abortion movement has been inching away from Roeder by degrees; of course, Operation Rescue and the other organizations encouraged him and others in their extremist rhetoric to commit murder in the name of a cause, but their leaders now piously insist that they’re a peace-loving organization. I think a lot of people’s eyes have been opened by the domestic terrorists in our midst. By the time Scott Roeder comes to trial, he’ll find that there will be few if any supporters rooting for him in the docket.

~ by blksista on June 9, 2009.

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