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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Extremist Randall Terry meets with John Boehner's staff

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 1:05 PM

What would you say if you found out that, while she was Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi directed her chief of staff to meet with a political extremist who has supported violence against those he disagrees with — an activist who, in fact, predicts “violent convulsions” if his group's demands aren’t met? Would you think Pelosi supported a terrorist organization? Fortunately, that didn’t happen under Pelosi.  The next speaker, John Boehner, didn't hesitate to have his staff meet with an extremist.

After the recent election, Boehner’s chief of staff met with Randall Terry, practically the prototype of a right-wing nutcase and one of the most notorious anti-abortion extremists. Terry has been arrested numerous times for actions against abortion doctors and patients, and was the founder of Operation Rescue, which in turn was the forerunner of Flip Benham's illustrious Operation Save America, now based in Concord. Terry, in advance of the meeting with Boehner's staff, told his supporters that “We have Pro-Life DEMANDS for Mr. Boehner & House GOP! We Must Play Hard Ball: They Must Fear Pro-Lifers!!” They must also apparently use as many exclamation points as possible, but that’s another issue entirely. The point here is that the next Speaker of the House of Representatives allowed his staff to meet and consult with a man whose record of breaking the law and support for anti-abortion extremists is a matter of record, and who recently wrote, “If the government of this country tramples the faith and values of its citizens, history will hold those in power responsible for the violent convulsions that follow.” As Alternet noted in their report on the meeting, “Bin Laden is anti-abortion. Maybe he should ask for a meeting with the Speaker's chief of staff too.”

Randall Terry, right, enjoying himself at a rally
  • Randall Terry, right, enjoying himself at a rally

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