|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
APRIL 1, 2005
|CONTACT: Institute for Public Accuracy
Randall Terry and the Schiavo Case: "Pro-Life"?
WASHINGTON -- April 1 -- "When I or people like me are running the country, you'd better flee because we will find you, we will try you and we'll execute you. I mean every word of it. I will make it part of my mission to see to it that you are tried and executed." [Addressing doctors who perform abortions, in a speech to the U.S. Taxpayers Alliance, from The Hotline, May 9, 2000]
"The greatest crisis we face is not child killing," he declared, "it's not the sodomites, it's not land tax, it's not the intrusion of the federal government into our lives, our families, as they crush our liberties. The greatest crisis we face tonight is a crisis of leadership. We are facing a crisis of righteous, courageous, physically oriented, male leadership. Male leadership! ... God established patriarchy when he established the world. God established a patriarchal world."
FREDERICK CLARKSON, http://www.frederickclarkson.com Author of the book "Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy," Clarkson said today: "If Randall Terry's vision of Christian theocracy gains traction, we will see increasing vigilante interference in the private lives of private citizens, not unlike the religious police in Saudi Arabia. We will see rising religious bigotry against people of other faiths, conflict with those whose idea of Christianity differs from Randall Terry and his theocratic allies, and relentless efforts to damage the constitutional protections of equal rights under the law gained by women and gays and lesbians, among others."
ESTHER KAPLAN, http://www.estherkaplan.com Kaplan is author of the book "With God on Their Side: How Christian Fundamentalists Trampled Science, Policy, and Democracy in George W. Bush's White House."
ALFRED ROSS, http://www.idsonline.org President of the Institute for Democracy Studies, Ross said: "I coordinated the research of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America when our doctors and staff were being murdered by anti-choice militants. At the time, Randall Terry was making statements like 'if you think that abortion is murder, then act like it's murder' [Chicago Tribune, October 20, 1991] to his followers."