Kansas City Star: Anti-Choice Extremists Plan to Use E-Bay To Raise Money for Tiller’s Assassin

Jodi Jacobson

Writing in the Kansas City Star, Judy L. Thomas, the reporter who has most closely followed Dr. George Tiller's murderer Scott Roeder, details efforts by anti-choice extremists to raise funds for Roeder by auctioning items on eBay.

Writing in the Kansas City Star, Judy L. Thomas, the reporter who has most closely followed Dr. George Tiller’s murderer Scott Roeder, details efforts by anti-choice extremists to raise funds for Roeder by auctioning items on eBay. Roeder, charged with first-degree murder in the May 31 shooting of Tiller, is scheduled to go to trial in January.

An Army of God manual. A prison cookbook compiled by a woman doing
time for abortion clinic bombings and arsons. An autographed bullhorn.

These are among the items that abortion foes plan to auction on eBay
and other Web sites in a fundraiser for Scott Roeder, the Kansas City
man charged with killing Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller.

Other items to be included in the auction include three drawings she received in the mail Wednesday
from Roeder. Two drawings were done by another inmate at his direction,
but Roeder autographed all of them.

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"This
is unique," Regina Dinwiddie, a Kansas City anti-abortion activist
who will sign the bullhorn told Thomas.

"Nobody’s ever done this before. The goal
is that everybody makes money for Scott Roeder’s defense."


One abortion-rights leader called the auction deplorable and said it could lead to more violence.

"The
network of extremists promoting and defending the murder of doctors is
contributing to escalating threats against clinics and doctors across
the country," said Kathy Spillar, executive vice president of the
Feminist Majority Foundation.

Thomas writes that Dave Leach, an Iowa abortion opponent who is organizing the auction effort, said he was aiming for a Nov. 1 launch.

Thomas reports that an eBay official said the auction was unusual.

"A
lot of times people will raise money for charities and that type of
thing," said spokeswoman Alina Piacentino. "But rarely is it a
controversial kind."

The company would not reveal whether eBay would permit the auction to launch.

"EBay
does not allow listings that promote or glorify violence, hate, racial
or religious intolerance, or items that encourage, promote, facilitate
or instruct others to engage in illegal activity," the company said in
a statement.

 

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eBay Removes Auction Item Extolling Violence

Jodi Jacobson

Today, eBay removed the listing for a bible signed by radical anti-choice extremists and put up for auction as a means of raising funds for the "justifiable homicide" defense of Scott Roeder, the man charged with murdering Dr. George Tiller in the vestibule of his church in May.

Today, eBay removed the listing for a bible signed by radical anti-choice extremists and put up for auction as a means of raising funds for the “justifiable homicide” defense of Scott Roeder, the man charged with murdering Dr. George Tiller in the vestibule of his church in May.

eBay had earlier said that it would not allow the posting for auction of items associated with the defense of someone charged with or convicted of a crime, but the items appeared on eBay last night and this morning.

The description of the bible in the eBay listing made numerous references to reasons for justification of violence.

Another item listed was a “catechism” booklet signed by leaders of the Army of God, which openly calls for violence against women’s health care providers and which celebrated the murder of Dr. Tiller.

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Rewire reported on these developments throughout the day and initiated a Twitter campaign calling on eBay to remove the items.

 

eBay Auction Items Includes Pamphlet Autographed by Army Of God Members

Jodi Jacobson

Among the items for sale on eBay now to raise money for the "justifiable homicide" defense of Scott Roeder, the man accused of killing Dr. George Tiller in his church is a pamphlet signed by at least two members of the "Army of God" group that openly espouses violence against clinic workers and physicians and which, on its website, openly celebrated the assassination of Dr. Tiller this past May

Update: As of 6pm EST on November 2, 2009, eBay has taken down the rest of the items up for bid for violating their "offensive materials" policy. 

Among the items for sale on eBay now to raise money for the "justifiable homicide" defense of Scott Roeder, the man accused of killing Dr. George Tiller in his church is a pamphlet signed by at least two members of the "Army of God" group that openly

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espouses violence against clinic workers and physicians and which, on its website, openly celebrated the assassination of Dr. Tiller this past May.  Other "autographs" on this item include that of a defendant accused of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act.

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The description of the "catechism" up for auction includes several clearly intentional mis-spelling (such as "A.r.m.y, see below) in what seems a "sleight of hand," presumably meant to foil efforts by eBay and others to tie this item back to groups who perpetuate and advocate violence against medical doctors.

The description reads as follows:

This Catechism was written
by Mike B.r.a.y after a court judgment against him by Planned
Barrenhood (PP v. ACLA, 1995), for publishing a book, entitled PB to
his “writings, published and unpublished.” However, PB has done little
with its seized books, being unwilling to sell them, or to credit
B.r.a.y’s judgment for their value. In fact, on October 14, Bray filed
a lawsuit against PB for seizing more than Ohio law allowed, and then
for not returning them when ordered by the court. The copy for auction,
donated by him, is one of 500 printed in the city of his residence,
Wilmington, Ohio. It summarizes the doctrines taught to children of
Reformation Lutheran Church for 19 years. It used to instruct his
remaining at-home children. The copy for sale is signed by its author,
A.r.m.y of God activist Don S.p.i.t.z, A.r.m.y of God man-ual (reprint)
publisher, Dave L.e.a.c.h, and the original F A C E defendant Re-gin-a
Din-wid-die. It deals with traditional church doctrines. It briefly
mentions abortion, looking to the day when it will once again be
illegal. 

Yet despite these connections, David Leach told the Kansas City Star,
which first reported the auction:

"I really am hopeful that eBay can
see that once this is up, that it is not a glorification of violence."

It is not clear what eBay intends to do about this.  In an initial statement an eBay official said the company would not allow the auction.

An eBay official told the Star
that the listings would violate its policy against "listings that
benefit someone charged with or convicted of a crime," but the auction
has gone ahead anyways. The seller of the items is listed as mission.of.life, who joined the service October 30.

And yet both the items and the sources clearly both advocate violence, no matter the use of tricks and veiled language, and also "seek to benefit someone charged with a crime."

eBay?