Randall Terry's Theater of the Absurd

by Lorette C. Luzajic
Part 11 of the
Pillars of Faith series

Life Doesn’t End at Birth

I saw a bumper sticker that said “Life doesn’t end at birth” and that sums up everything wrong with militant anti-choice groups like Operation Rescue. Beyond simply stating their ideas or faith, they idolize the fetus, going to ridiculous, macabre extremes. Once you’re actually born, do you have any rights at all?

Militant pro-lifers spread the moniker “Babykiller Obama.” That the prez didn’t personally legalize abortion in the U.S. — and that lifting the ban on contraception provisions for third world women saves millions from AIDS, prevents new hungry mouths, and reduces the number of already-born children from being orphaned — is beyond their reasoning abilities. The other tactic that really gets my ire up is the constant reference to Planned Parenthood’s supposed eugenic agenda. PP founder Sanger had racist affiliations, yes — as did everyone in the 1920s!

It wasn’t the founding fathers or Christians who dismantled American racism: indeed, slavery and racism are their legacy. Much is made of the fact that more black women are single mothers, and so the abortion agenda targets blacks for ethnic cleansing. Perhaps mention should be made instead that poor black women with options can have better chances at leaving the ghetto, at education, and future family?

Message in a Bottle

Pullquote: “George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God.”
Randall Terry

But why should Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue, be among thinking Christians, a rare breed? There’s much more glory in the macabre theater and emotional hype. His current show has women who’ve had abortions dressed in black at the Sotomayor hearings. Carrying coffins filled with tiny dolls and blood with the sound of infants wailing completes the grisly scene.

He also punk’d then-President Bill Clinton by mailing him a fetus in a bottle. And earlier this year, after abortion-provider was murdered in his church, Terry stated, “George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God.”

Terry’s family values are just as theatrical. A born again fundie, he met his first wife in Bible school. Terry was ministering to a pregnant prostitute who’d born two kids, one in prison. He convinced her to carry the child, and then at least had the decency to foster, and later adopt, Tila and her older siblings — whom he described as “three black foster children” on his “resume.”

Born Again Catholic

Pullquote: How embarrassing that this pillar of faith left his wife of 19 years for that model — a woman nearly two decades younger.

His mainline mission was to rescue the unborn. But “family values” campaigns were on the agenda, too — he decried infidelity, teamed up with his son to reveal the horrors of the gay agenda, and rallied support from churches for pregnant women.

In his book, The Judgement of God, he said, “Families are destroyed as a father vents his mid life crisis by abandoning his wife for a ‘younger, prettier model.’” How embarrassing that this pillar of faith left his wife of 19 years for that model — a woman nearly two decades younger. Terry was axed from his church for his indiscretion — it was rumored that the prettier pro-lifer wasn’t the first affair. Suddenly, he was no longer a virulent anti-papist — Terry converted to Catholicism, where he erased his divorce blight. Apparently, the first marriage wasn’t “sacramental.”

But What About the Children?

Pullquote: Terry tried to quell his embarrassment by publicly stating that a child born to a whore is bound to be confused.

What about them? Terry disowned the unmarried Tila when she decided to carry an unexpected pregnancy to term. Ebony also got pregnant as a teen — twice — and worse, converted to Islam, which Terry said is nothing but “terrorists” and “murderers.” And Jamiel? He came out as gay in Out Magazine, hoping to help self-hating fundie kids.

At first, Terry tried to quell his embarrassment by publicly stating that a child born to a whore is bound to be confused. He said Jamiel begged his help for “a cure” and that he’s eager to pay for it. Then he said that Out, a queer news and profile mag, made up the story, and preyed on a cash-desperate Jamiel by “paying” him, as they needed a “trophy” snare.

Umm, magazines pay their writers, Dad! In any event, Dad defended himself against Jamiel’s statement that he wasn’t welcome in the family home by saying “he could come for a holiday, make mental notes” and that he has to protect his new trophy wife and two small sons. Even though Jamiel’s not really gay, of course.

So it’s clear how this man really treats young black women who get knocked up, even when they’re his own daughters. And question: would you still rescue the gay fetuses, Mr. Terry?

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