When it comes to the GOP agenda, future House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) always looks for constructive input. On Wall Street Reform, Boehner was quick to consult corporate lobbyists on how to defeat it. On the GOP “Pledge to America,” he made sure to invite “senior Republican lobbyists” and “more than 20 trade representatives” to offer their advice, while summarily ignoring that of the public. Now, apparently seeking to flesh out the GOP’s social agenda, Boehner has invited another influential voice to the table: the far right Christian activist Randall Terry.
As the founder of the extremist, pro-life group Operation Rescue, Terry turned rabid fanaticism into a high-profile career. Known for his outlandish antics and incendiary rhetoric, Terry earns the scorn of most respectable lawmakers. But, according to an email alert obtained by Right Wing Watch, Terry’s extremism has now secured him a spot in Beohner’s inner circle. Meeting with Boehner’s staff, Terry apparently demanded the GOP “hasten the end of legalized child killing in America” and that “unless the Republicans do something concrete to save babies from murder, then they are collaborators with child killers, and we must treat them as such”:
We must demand that Republicans who won the House of Representatives hasten the end of legalized child killing in America. Their victory could be a strong step forward for the babies, but it also might be yet another set back after 50,000,000 dead babies.
We must not delude ourselves!…We already see pro-life fundraising letters and petitions heralding this GOP victory as an automatic victory for the babies’ lives. This is simply not true![…]
When the Republicans are in power, pro-life groups and leaders become way too “polite.” We lose our edge; we don’t hold them accountable; we settle for trite phrases and broken promises as long as they will meet with us for 10 minutes, and we can take our picture with them, or they come to one of our meetings and receive some useless award.
I beg you to carefully consider my words; look at this situation with prophetic insight. Unless the Republicans do something concrete to save babies from murder, then they are collaborators with child killers, and we must treat them as such.
We have Pro-Life DEMANDS for Mr. Boehner & House GOP
We Must Play Hard Ball: They Must Fear Pro-Lifers!
If using any political opportunity to orchestrate absurd and offensive protests constitutes “hard ball,” Terry brings the “A” game. During the health care reform debate, he was nearly arrested outside a Tennessee federal courthouse for stabbing baby dolls. During Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s confrimation, Terry launched a “defeat Sotomayor” roadshow with fliers dubbing her the “Angel of Death.” Turning on Democratic leadership, he also launched a contest “Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid BURN IN HELL!” video contest complete with demonstration. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) also earned an effigy burning tour for voting to confirm Justice Elena Kagan.
Not satisfied with just focusing on politicians, Terry targeted President Obama’s children by touting aborted baby pictures outside their school. He even blamed Dr. George Tiller — a Kansas doctor murdered for administering abortions – for his own death. When Terry brought his charade to Capitol Hill last year, ThinkProgress caught a rehearsal of one of his “wrath to come” protests in which he told one of his followers dressed as Reid and Pelosi, “stand here and she’s gonna whip you with this whip.”
Yet these incendiary antics don’t seem to phase many conservatives and even earn re-enactment on their preferred news network. Perhaps that is why Boehner feels so comfortable bringing such a radical extremist into the establishment fold. However, Terry knows that “trite phrases and broken promises” are in Boehner’s wheelhouse and is unlikely to disappear now that he has his foot in the door.
Terry’s email alert included photos describing what occurred in the “very intense” meeting. According to the image captions, Terry told Boehner’s Chief of Staff that “defunding planned parenthood is non-negotiable.” Another photo depicts the a “decree” Terry gave Boehner’s office with a small, plastic “unborn baby doll” placed on top of it.
,“In the Boehner-led House, having a miles-long rap sheet calling for violence against abortion providers and their patients gets you an invitation to meet with the incoming speaker’s staff,” president of NARAL Pro-Choice America Nancy Keenan said. “The Randall Terry meeting signifies that, when it comes to listening to the most extreme elements of the anti-choice movement, Boehner is all ears.”