Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Abortion doctor 'Wanted' posters only warrant probation for Flip Benham?

Posted By on Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Yesterday, Flip Benham was found guilty of stalking North Carolina doctors who perform abortions. But don’t worry, fans of right-wing nuts, ol’ Flip won’t be going to jail. Better luck next time, justice system.

Rev. Flip Benham has been in the Charlotte area — Concord, to be exact — for a few years now, as leader of Operation Save America, a conservative Christian extremist group that hates abortion, homosexuality and pretty much anything that has to do with sex whatsoever. As you probably remember, Benham shows up with his gang at gay events to kvetch, kondemn and kounsel. [Get it?] They picket abortion clinics. More controversially, they picket doctors’ residences. And, oh yeah, Benham distributed “Wanted” posters for abortion doctors, listing the docs’ names and home addresses. Now, in view of the nasty tone of many anti-abortion demonstrations, not to mention the anti-abortion movement’s documented tendency to attract violent, armed nuts, Benham’s “Wanted” posters were rightly seen as threatening. He was arrested for misdemeanor stalking of the doctors and violation of a state law against residential picketing, and, as noted above, was found guilty. His sentence? Two years probation. To which we react with a big “That’s it?!”

Threaten doctors by distributing posters of them with “Wanted” at the top in big letters, and list their home addresses, and all Benham gets is probation? As a friend (and occasional unpaid “research assistant” — thanks, M) succinctly put it in an e-mail this morning, “Wait until someone gets killed.” That, in a nutshell, was what I was going to spend another 100 words or so saying, but now I don’t have to. As a special bonus for readers of this blog entry, here is a slightly different version of a previously published, satirical list, titled “Rev. Flip Benham's Daily To-do List:”

6 a.m.: Rise and shine. Have lots of hate mongering and protesting to do.

7 a.m.: Breakfast: one boiled egg, prune juice and toast — no butter (which is so obviously a tool of the devil.)

8 a.m.: Scour newspaper in search of something to be offended by — literary clubs, PG-13 movies, brassiere ads, etc.

10 a.m.: Update website www.youwillallburninhell.com.

12 noon: Lunch w/Jesus.

1 p.m.: Internet Porn Hour, aka Stalking the Evil-doers.

2 p.m.: Distribute abortion doctor “Wanted” posters. Hmm, should I include the names and addresses of gun shops, too?

4 p.m.: Practice penmanship — write "God hates fags" and "Muslims suck" 100 times each.

5 p.m.: Buy a gross of throat lozenges — plan to do a lot of street-corner yelling this weekend.

6 p.m.: Dinner. Scream at all the uppity newswomen on TV who should be at home having babies and cooking my pot roast.

11 p.m.: Pray for the strength to hate another day.

11:30 p.m.: Dream of berating scared, young pregnant women.

Coffee, a Bible and a Jesus T-shirt: What more could Flip want?
  • Coffee, a Bible and a Jesus T-shirt: What more could Flip want?

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