Robbie George and Murder
Not a kind piece on theocon Princeton professor, Robert P. George, by Max Blumenthal. And, judging from his writing, Blumenthal's ideological and partisan extremism is even more intense than his father's. But I was struck by this quote from George about the killing of abortionists. It was the first time I'd read it:
"I am personally opposed to killing abortionists. However, inasmuch as my personal opposition to this practice is rooted in a sectarian (Catholic) religious belief in the sanctity of human life, I am unwilling to impose it on others who may, as a matter of conscience, take a different view."
George is being funny, of course. But he sees no moral difference between an abortion and the murder of an abortionist. Both are murders of fully-formed human beings, in his view. Check out this full symposium for a glimpse into the theocon soul about domestic terrorism and murder. Most contributors to the symposium condemn all abortion killers unequivocally. George, in contrast, decides to take a cleverer approach. Hadley Arkes argues that the theocons need to develop a Straussian discourse that allows them to say they are against murder in public, while writing something so subtle and esoteric that real intellectuals will understand the truth. Money quote:
"This is one of those melancholy cases in which we would need the equivalent of a Leo Strauss emergency box: break the glass, pull the lever, and quickly summon to our side a writer schooled in the art of covert teaching or 'writing between the lines.' ... Would the media, for instance, have been filled as they have in this case with reports of 'religious zealots' if a band of Jews had killed guards and executioners on their way to work in Auschwitz? Would we have heard stories of the killing of innocent workers, who were merely carrying out orders, and pursuing a policy that was fully 'lawful' under the laws of the Third Reich?"
I.e.: bang, bang, you're dead. These two people are among the closest advisers of our current president on ethical and moral issues.