Eidsmoe’s Incoherent Arguments About Planned Parenthood Shootings

Eidsmoe’s Incoherent Arguments About Planned Parenthood Shootings January 14, 2016

John Eidsmoe is a Christian Reconstructionist who works for Roy Moore’s Foundation for Moral Law. He was also Michele Bachmann’s mentor at Oral Roberts University. And he makes a thoroughly incoherent, victim-blaming argument about what caused Robert Dear to go on a rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. It’s not the anti-abortion people’s fault, it was drugs. Or it was PP’s fault.

“Every one” of the recent mass shootings in America, Eidsmoe asserted, involved either “extremist ideology, which in the vast majority of instances has been a form of Islam,” or “drugs.”

When Newcombe asked Eidsmoe about Robert Dear, the man who killed three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs on Thanksgiving weekend, later calling himself a “warrior for the babies,” Eidsmoe said that that was a case of “drugs” and that it “doesn’t seem like he got his impetus … from the Right to Life people.”

After insisting that Dear wasn’t motivated by his views on abortion, he then said that Planned Parenthood itself was partly to blame for the Colorado Springs shooting because of how it is “cheapening life” by providing abortions.

“But I would simply have to say there that if we’re talking about a culture of death, Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry have in fact contributed a great deal to that culture of death,” he said. “I mean, every abortion results in the death of an innocent human being and they are cheapening life by doing that. So I think some of the blame needs to be right there.”

So Dear has said quite explicitly that he went there because of his anti-abortion views, but Eidsmoe completely absolves the blame there without any argument at all. Then he blames it on drugs, again with no evidence or argument at all. Then he says the pro-choice side deserves some of the blame for “cheapening life” with abortion. Except that, as I’ve noted many times, violent crime has declined steadily for 25 years now while abortion has remained legal. It’s like they aren’t even trying to come up with a coherent position.

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