Randall Terry protests Sotomayor 7/12/09 Photo by Isis
From Mike Flugennock:
INVETERATE RELIGIOUS NUTCAKE, GAGGLE OF ACOLYTES BUZZ AROUND FRONT OF COURT, SET NEW STANDARD FOR STREET THEATER
Like an aging Classic Rock act struggling for a comeback, Randall Terry (late of Operation Rescue), and his FAIL Train Of Fifteen, lurched onto Capitol Hill for a performance at the Supreme Court building. Terry performed no new original material on this tour, preferring instead to count on the appeal of classic hits such as God Hates You, and his fan favorite Praying For Doctors To Die.
In a rare moment of relatively civil discourse, Terry referred to a pro-choice counterprotester as “possessed” and “demonic” while comparing twenty-eight week-old fetuses to Holocaust victims. No new surprises at this show, but if you’re a hardcore Randallhead, you’ll find these shopworn riffs still fit like an old shoe.
Randall Terry comes to Washington
Washington DC- At 2:30 pm in front of the Supreme Court, controversial gadfly Randall Terry, formerly of extremist anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, is touring with his new venture– “Operation Save America.”
Washington DC is the last stop for his 12 city “Defeat Sotomayor” tour
. Terry has already been refused
an audience with retired Bishop Edward Cullen, Bishop-elect John Barres
and Philadelphia Cardinal Rigali, being met with form letters and secretaries instead of the kind ears he was hoping for.
Randall Terry yells at SCOTUS Building in DC 7/12/09 Photo by Isis
His stop in Omaha is where Terry received
the most agreeable response thus far– from the office of Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson (D), though again only having contact with a spokesman. Nelson’s office stated that he is “strongly pro-life, has an impeccable record opposing abortion and appreciates the support of major pro-life organizations in Nebraska and nationally.” this was tempered by further material in the statement, stating that Sotomayor “understands the importance of faithfully upholding the Constitution and of not making law from the bench.” Nelson also stated that his vote will be decided only after confirmation hearings and a full review of her record. Targeting people who consider themselves pro-life “but haven’t done enough,” Terry has been unsuccessfully seeking audiences with political leaders to encourage a filibuster of Sotomayor’s nomination, while meeting with religious leaders to deny communion to those who do not filibuster. Terry’s rhetoric has not suffered for salaciousness: “To refuse to filibuster is to bow in abject obedience to the Angel of Death “
On Sunday, Terry held a press conference on the steps of the supreme court. His small crowd of 15 carried the standard faire of anti-abortion signs, while a white man wearing an Obama mask and fake blood on his hands paraded around with a poor attempt at a Sotomayor look-alike dressed in a black cloak and carrying a sickle.
"Jane Roe"(at mic) with Terry and his street theater 7/12/09 Photo by Isis
Norma McCorvey, AKA Jane Roe was a featured speaker. Roe was present at the first round of confirmation hearings on Monday, being arrested after disrupting remarks by newly elected Democratic Senator Al Franken.
The One Pro-Choice Protester 7/12/09 Photo by Isis
The one counter-protester at the Sunday protest simply held signs saying “Randall Terry doesn’t speak for God,” and “Just say no to theocracy” but was set upon by suspicious police officers who repeatedly asked for her identification. Aside from a lively, face-to-face discussion between her and Terry, there were no other confrontations.
Verbal Confrontation Between Randall Terry And Pro-Choicer 7/12/09 Photo by Isis
Terry promised continued demonstrations during the confirmation hearings.
Definition of "Domestic Terrorism" provided by Pro-Choice Protester 7/12/09 Photo by Isis