As most folks know by now, over the past week anti-abortion and pro-crazy forces were showing off their Internetz skillz by organizing an eBay auction of items in order to fund the defense of Scott Roeder, Hit Man of the Almighty/alleged murderer of Wichita doctor George Tiller. ‘Cause although the Lord may instruct you to gun down a man during services in one of His houses of worship, you’re on your own when it comes to dealing with the aftermath.
Unfortunately, those heathens at the the online auction house disappointed those wanting to do the Lord’s bidding (cue drum & cymbal) on the various items, as eBay execs began removing the “murderabilia.” Hmm. Maybe fundraisers would have better luck with this site. I mean, come on! Who wouldn’t want any of this stuff?
Items organizers said were being donated for the auction include several drawings submitted by Roeder; an Army of God manual that describes dozens of ways to shut down abortion clinics; and a prison cookbook compiled by Shelley Shannon, who shot Tiller in 1993 and is serving time for clinic arsons and bombings.
On Sunday, however, the only items listed were a document of religious instruction written by a convicted clinic bomber and a Bible that belonged to Shannon.
“It has all the pro-life passages highlighted,” [auction organizer Dave] Leach said of the Bible.
Interesting. Perhaps bomber/attempted murderer Shannon highlighted this oldie but goodie from Exodus 20:13: “THOU SHALL NOT KILL.” For ilk who tend to state that the Bible does not consist of a buffet of laws that we mortals get to selectively choose to obey, they sure seem to be glossing over one of the Decalogue’s Greatest Hits.
Well, now we learn that the pro-life-but-really-only-for-zygotes folks not only disregard the laws of God and eBay, but they also disdain those of our nation’s copyright system. As cartoonist Rob Tornoe notes in a piece on Daryl Cagle’s Political Cartoonists Index, among the artworks included in the auction items was a cartoon done by an associate of Roeder’s that blatantly plagiarizes an image produced by a syndicated cartoonist:
One of the pieces of artwork supplied by Jason Dubrowski, friend and fellow inmate of Roeder, is strikingly similar to a political cartoon by cartoonist Gary McCoy, who is syndicated by Cagle Cartoons.
The piece in question features a scene full of graves labeled ‘aborted baby’ with a newspaper that has blown in with the headline, ‘Late-term abortion doctor killed. Pres. Obama “shocked and outraged.”‘
It is also signed by Roeder.
Here are the images in question — Dubrowski’s version at top, McCoy’s original at bottom.
Guess in this case, theft is a bizarre, tasteless form of flattery. Even the same cartoonish, creepy tree lurks in the background. Also note that according to the cross-engraved headstones, all these dead babies appear to be Christian (or in Dubrowski’s take, positively-charged battery terminals). Clearly, this is yet more evidence of the Athiest-Muslim-Jewish alliance’s conspiracy to rid the world of the true peoples of God!
We won’t even get into the discussion about how choice foes are also typically anti-birth control and discourage family planning, which pretty much nulls the claims to reason they attempt to make, be it in print, person or cartoon form.
At least the auction did include one of Roeder’s original works – and it even invokes Biblical allegory!
I see Roeder has a future as staff cartoonist for the prison newsletter.