The search warrant also found he emailed a US Army email, the 902D Military Intelligence group, stating his extremist religious beliefs where he identified “pro-choice” people as the “Jewish Satanist Party” and makes several references to Democrats as liars and explains abortions as “Jewish child sacrifice.”
Joseph Angel Alvarez has been charged with murder and assault. I suspect his defense attorneys will argue some form of insanity defense. After all, lots of people claim to believe precisely what Alvarez does — that Democrats are the morally inferior party of Satanic baby-killers. But most of those people barely attach any significance to that delirious nonsense other than as a useful rhetorical device to help themselves land a sweet New York Times columnist gig, a legislative seat, or a lifetime judicial appointment.
But someone like Alvarez, who treats those claims as something true and real and not just a cynically sanctimonious pretense, well he’s obviously crazy.
This is not just a snarky pot-shot. The abortion-is-murderism described with pious sanctimony by Karen Swallow Prior in her NYT column is indistinct and indistinguishable from the violence-demanding fever-dream embraced and acted upon (allegedly) by Joseph Angel Alvarez. It has to be, because anything less extreme will never produce the political and self-deceiving emotional rewards that abortion-is-murderism exists to provide. Only the Satanic baby-killers lie told by both Alvarez and Prior will achieve that.
It’s a corrosive, sinful, soul-destroying, neighbor-slandering, neighbor-hating, self-aggrandizing, deliberate and conscious lie. It’s rotten to the core. Abortion-is-murderism is a grave evil and American Christians are damned by it unless and until they actively repent of it.
This lie is the sin that creates the opposite of anything remotely approaching a “culture of life.” It is a lie that undermines and prohibits any commitment to anything like the “sanctity of life.” It is a bad tree that yields toxic, deadly fruit on a daily basis.
Cut it down and throw it in the fire.
• Back in 2015 or 2016 I wrote something here that proved to be Extremely Wrong. It was just an off-hand comment introducing a link to an article quoting then-candidate Donald Trump repeating some (Jenny) McCarthyism and anti-vaxx conspiracy theories and I said something like, “It’s probably not even in the Top 10 or the Top 20 worst things about Trump, and there are plenty of far more consequential things to worry about, but he’s also an anti-vaxxer.”
And, well, that comment didn’t age well. Or maybe it did age well, just in ways I never imagined it would at the time.
Anyway, I couldn’t find that post, but I did find this one, which is worth revisiting now, “Republicans divided on germ theory of disease and the monstrous legacy of Dr. Jonas Salk.”
That’s from February of 2015, long before we learned that SARS was going to have a blockbuster sequel. What happened was that President Barack Obama said something unremarkable and uncontroversial, echoing the same thing that every president of either party has said since Washington inoculated the troops at Valley Forge:
“The science is, you know, pretty indisputable,” the president said. “There is every reason to get vaccinated, but there aren’t reasons to not.”
The president didn’t say anything new or controversial. Nor did he say anything partisan. But for those who view him as inherently partisan and illegitimate, anything Obama says has to be immediately contradicted. And so — as with health insurance mandates, immigration reform, net neutrality and a host of other prior examples — Republicans responded by coming out swinging. If Obama is for vaccination, then they would have to be against it.
And so they did. In 2015.
This was new for some of them — a cynically duplicitous reversal of their prior, sane recognition that vaccines were a Good Thing prompted by their partisan commitment to reflexively opposing anything Obama said.
But it was not new for all of them. As Brian Tashman noted at the time, Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum has always been fiercely anti-vaccination. It may seem strange for a group that calls itself “pro-life” to oppose life-saving and life-giving medicine, but that’s only strange if you don’t already understand that “pro-life” is not an ethic, but the Orwellian slogan of a Satanic baby-killer lie that leads, always and everywhere, to the culture of death.