Randall Terry interrupted a town hall in Virginia hosted by Rep. Jim Moran and DNC Chair Howard Dean (http://prescriptions.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/26/dean-moran-draw-a-raucus-crowd-in-virginia). I watched the whole think on CNN last night and am frankly embarrassed at Randal Terry’s antics. Some of his antics are over the top:
Terry’s colleagues put on a skit with a man in an Obama mask pretending to whip a bloodied woman, who kept saying, “Massa, don’t hit me no more. I got the money to kill the babies.”
Terry himself dressed in a doctor’s lab coat and pretended to stab a woman in a gray wig.
“There’s no way to pay for this thing without killing granny,” Terry explained.
I would also say that abortion is over the top and pales in comparison to Terry’s actions, however Terry garners no respect from those he is trying to win over. Rep. Moran showed enough class to actually offer the protesting Terry the first question during the Q&A time before having his escorted out. A wise reasonable person would have taken that offer and asked whatever question he wanted to Moran and Dean…Terry continued his mantra that Howard Dean is a “baby-killer” and was escorted out without offering the question.
Abortion is horrid and I am not defending Moran and Dean’s position on the issue, but it is embarrassing that they showed more civility and class than the “man who makes his living as a pro-life activist. I also don’t think Terry is qualified to be a leader on this issue. His religious and family background leave much to be desired…he has disowned some of his children, won’t acknowledge them as his own, divorced his first wife in favor for a much younger Church secretary, etc etc etc. One of his children converted to Islam, another is openly gay, one of his daughters left home at 16 and had two children out of wedlock and another one of his daughters became pregnant out of wedlock twice by age 18 and was banished from the home. See link.
I just wonder how Terry can stand outside of abortion clinics and persuade young women carrying babies out of wedlock that they should have their babies and they they would be loved and accepted when he banished his own daughter from the home. His track record leaves much to be desired. If he can’t govern his own family, can’t show decency and civility to the one’s God has entrusted him with, it is pretty evident now why he can’t reason with people in his activism but resorts to yelling and mantras. Dialogue at an open forum, televised for millions, was offered him, but he chose to yell instead. He is right on this issue and I appreciate his passion, but DO NOT claim him as my activist on this issue and have serious misgivings about him.
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