Divinely Inspired? Or Just Straight-Jacket Crazy?

If the only defense for your anti-social behavior and thinly veiled death threats is “freedom of religion”, then there’s something seriously wrong with both it and you.  Either find a new god or just turn yourself in and be done with it, since neither one has a place in our society.

The latest episode of “It’s Okay Because GOD” comes from the great state of Kansas, where one Angel Dillard is being sued by the U.S. Department of Justice for writing a letter threatening the life and safety of abortion provider and family doctor Mila Means.  Her defense?

Abortion opponent says letter ‘divinely inspired’

[…]  The government’s lawsuit claims Dillard, of Valley Center, threatened Dr. Mila Means when she wrote her a letter last year saying that thousands of people from across the United States were looking into the doctor’s background.

“They will know your habits and routines. They know where you shop, who your friends are, what you drive, where you live,” the letter said. “You will be checking under your car everyday — because maybe today is the day someone places an explosive under it.”

Now on one hand, I could understand if the letter was designed to be a sincere warning to this new doctor out of honest concern.  Considering what happened to the last abortion provider in Wichita, there’s definitely good reason for Dr. Means to be afraid for her safety.  But the more I read about Dillard, it doesn’t really sound like this is the case.  We continue:

Dillard responded with a lawsuit saying the government’s suit violates her freedom of speech and religion. […] “Angel Dillard believed she was inspired by God to send a letter to Dr. Means in an attempt to convince her not to pursue her plan to abort babies in Wichita,” attorney Donald McKinney said. “Angel Dillard wrote the letter quickly, in a matter of minutes, and believed that her message was divinely inspired.

What would have told me this was an act of a truly concerned citizen would have been an apology for any kind of threatening language and how it could have been misconstrued, as well as an expression of concern citing the uptick in anti-abortion violence during recent years.  Instead, she doubles down and claims it’s constitutionally protected under the first amendment.  That’s a bad start … in other words, Dillard is both delusional enough to act on the perceived will of a divine being she feels is controlling her actions, AND carry out these actions even when they clearly are designed to threaten the life of another person.  This is neither “freedom of speech” nor “freedom of religion”; this is a mental health issue and she needs help before she ends up in the police blotter and another abortion doctor ends up dead.

Dillard also claims the government’s lawsuit and related publicity caused tension among her religious associates, resulting in her losing ministry positions at her church and a local jail. She says officials at the Sedgwick County Detention Center revoked her jail ministry privileges as a result of the lawsuit and the related government investigation of her activities at the jail.

Well yeah, no kidding.  As I said before, for everyone like Dillard, there are at least a dozen normal Christians behind her shouting, “You don’t represent us!”  Her religious associates, seeing the way in which she is taking her dangerous interpretation of God, morality, and the bible, took the first opportunity to not only limit her access to any kind of public forum, but also to those who might be more willing to act on the things described in her letter than she would otherwise be.

And in case that sounds like I’m being a little paranoid …

Means has testified her fears were heightened after reading a news story by The Associated Press that quoted Dillard saying in a July 2009 interview that she had developed a friendship with [Dr. George Tiller’s murderer Scott] Roeder while he was in jail awaiting trial.

“With one move, (Roeder) was able … to accomplish what we had not been able to do,” Dillard told AP at the time. “So he followed his convictions, and I admire that.”

This woman has admiration for a murderer for having the “conviction” to walk up to another person and shoot them in cold blood because his job was something to which “God” objects, but clearly couldn’t do anything about on His own.

Thankfully, she’s likely to get hit with a restraining order and some hefty fines over this.  I just hope they’re still going to keep a watchful eye on her afterward, since I suppose they couldn’t arrest her if she hasn’t killed anyone yet …  the problem is, when talking about people who admire murderers for their convictions and act based on what God tells them to do, you usually don’t have to wait too long.

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2 Responses to Divinely Inspired? Or Just Straight-Jacket Crazy?

  1. Dan Adler says:

    Inspired or Crazy. Either way, she’s dangerous and needs to be under some serious psych evaluation.

  2. Nea says:

    This is old news. The abortion doctor was not able to get a restraining order, as the judge accepted Dillard’s explanation that *she* wasn’t going to plant the bomb, she was just warning that *someone* might.

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