Let’s cut the bull.
The deadly shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic on Friday was motivated by the desire of the shooter to save fetuses.
Even President Obama is finally seeing the connection between the behaviors of fundamentalist groups who think they have the “right” answer.
The president didn’t discuss the Paris attack, for which the ISIS terror army has claimed credit, in detail. He did refer to the American shooting, which killed police officer Garrett Swasey and two others and left 9 injured, as a terrorist attack.
‘We are rightly determined to prevent terrorist attacks wherever they occur, whether in the United States or with friends and allies like France,’ he said.
Let’s stop playing the ridiculous game that pretends that inflammatory rhetoric has no effect. It does.
Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains, added: “Eyewitnesses confirm that the man who will be charged with the tragic and senseless shooting that resulted in the deaths of three people and injuries to nine others at Planned Parenthood’s health center in Colorado Springs was motivated by opposition to safe and legal abortion.”
Authorities have yet to assign a motive for the rampage, which killed three people and injured several more. But NBC News reported that the suspect, Robert Lewis Dear, told law enforcement after he was arrested: “No more baby parts.”
ISIS understands this and spends time and money recruiting vulnerable westerns to join the cause.
To pretend that rhetoric has no impact on people’s behaviors makes no sense. If rhetoric has no effect, then why speak at all.
Humans often speak with the intention of influencing others. We want to influence beliefs, behaviors, and ideas. This is a known fact of human speech and human behavior. We influence others by our words. Just ask Coke and Pepsi.
We care about words because words influence people – like my words are influencing you now – hopefully.
Inflammatory rhetoric has an effect. It’s a tool. It’s a justification for intolerable behaviors.
“After all these years and millions of babies that have gone to their death, violence is to be anticipated,” said Judie Brown, president of American Life League, in a phone interview with MSNBC. “Because it’s acceptable to violently kill a baby, so why isn’t it acceptable to violently kill other people?”
“We never approve of violence against anybody, whether it’s the unborn babies or the clients of Planned Parenthood or anybody else,” Ann Scheidler, vice president of the Pro-Life Action League, told MSNBC. But, she added, “it’s not the fault of the pro-life movement that someone found out that Planned Parenthood is doing these things. It’s the fault of Planned Parenthood for selling the baby parts.”
Blame and shame are at the heart of the quote above – with Ann Scheidler essentially saying that it’s Planned Parenthood’s fault that people got shot and killed in the clinic.
Psychologically, humans are still living in the dark ages of our earliest ancestral views of life. Our brains are locked in our skull and are unable to get in touch with reality beyond our ideologies.
We believe that abortion is bad, which makes us feel bad, which makes us believe abortion is bad – even more.
The whole idea of Pro-life groups is that they believe that they have “The Way” – the right way. The only way. That everybody else has it wrong. And that they have a duty to protect fetuses based on the group’s view of what’s right in life.
Of course, this is the same kind of thinking that fuels ISIS behaviors. People believe they have the way, and it is their duty to spread the word. And, ultimately, if people don’t get it, don’t change their behaviors, don’t swing around and see things the way Jesus sees them or Muhammed sees them, then these groups reserve the right to kill. That is the essence of Game 2.
Game 2 is “I have the way,” or “I am the way,” and nobody else gets it but us. It’s a standard spiritual game that fundamentalist groups play. And the final rule of Game 2 is that you can reserve the right to kill the stupid unenlightened people who don’t see it your way.
The bottom line? Words actually do have influence. We are wired that way. And Game 2 thinking is that you have the right way. Mix those two things together and we get a volatile combination of self delusion and violent action to carry out a means to an delusional, fictional end.
Ultimately, all beliefs are made up – and therefore, on one level or another – they are all incorrect.