Randall Terry, the founder of fanatical anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, is sending around an email to supporters asking them to burn Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in effigy as part of a national Halloween protest and video contest. The email and video rallying supporters is characterized by an ironic tone that serves only to heighten the threatening factor that has come to characterize the organization and its actions.
What we want you to do is hold a protest on Halloween Day showing Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid burning in hell if they don’t repent of making us pay for child killing in the health care bill. No this is not a threat to their body but it is a threat to their soul. First go to overturnRoe.com. Next click on the link Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid Burn in Hell.
Of the many notable features of the Operation Rescue call-out is the explicit references it makes to major mainstream U.S. corporations FedEx Kinkos, Home Depot and Wal-Mart. The references have the feel of embedded advertising. Do the companies know Operation Rescue is sending them their “Nancy Pelosi Burn in Hell” business? Do they want that business?
FedEx spokesperson Jenny Robertson told the Colorado Independent that the company had no part in the video.
“Fed Ex is in no way affiliated with [the Terry project] and did not provide permission to film the video in one of our centers. They probably took that video in the store very quickly and there was no time to stop it.
“Now, that said, anyone looking to use those images of Pelosi and Reid [for the contest or protest] would have to have the copyright.”
A sample video featuring the unidentified spokesman:
The email includes video submission instructions and prize information:
“Burn in Hell” Contest rules are as follows:
Join a Contest! Win Prizes!
Who Can make the best “Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid BURN IN HELL!” video?
First prize: Expenses paid for weekend here in DC during Roe vs Wade anniversary, Jan 22-24, including pro-life training seminar (Includes travel stipend!)…
And an ironical disclaimer:
Legal Mumbo Jumbo: Obey local laws on open flames; be careful; if under 18, do not burn Nancy Pelosi in effigy unless your mom or dad is with you, and gives you permission, and strikes the match; do not burn yourself; do not burn another human being; do not burn small animals; do not burn large animals; do not burn anyone from PETA; and remember: this is not a threat to Nancy Pelosi’s or Harry Reid’s person…it is a prophetic witness of what awaits them when they die if they do not repent for this horrific sin.
Although Terry split with Operation Rescue, his name and approach to politics and abortion remain tied to the organization. He reportedly has been arrested more than 40 times, most recently as part of the anti-abortion protests over President Obama’s commencement speech at Notre Dame.
In 1999 Operation Rescue was ordered to pay $880,000 for harassing and intimidating Planned Parenthood staff and came under investigation this year after the murder of Dr. George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas. Investigators found the number of Operation Rescue Senior Policy Adviser Cheryl Sullenger on the dashboard of the alleged murderer Scott Roeder. Sullenger at first denied having any contact with Roeder. She later admitted that he called her looking for regular updates on the whereabouts of Tiller.
“He would call and say, ‘When does court start? When’s the next hearing?’ I was polite enough to give him the information. I had no reason not to. Who knew? Who knew, you know what I mean?” She told the McClatchy reporters.
Sullenger was convicted in 1988 of conspiring to bomb San Diego area abortion clinics.