Nov 19, 2001
Over 200 women’s medical clinics and groups serving women, such as Planned Parenthood, Catholics for a Free Choice, Feminist Majority Foundation and the American Association of University Women, received letters containing a white powder and threats from a person or people calling themselves “the Army of God.” These current letters follow upon another 200 such letters sent out in October, also threatening clinics and organizations with anthrax.
Obviously these are threats to take seriously. Clinics offering abortion services and organizations supporting the rights of women to choose, have not only been threatened but actually attacked in recent years. Personnel have been murdered, clinics and offices burnt down.
Here are religious fundamentalists who want to punish, even murder, men and women who oppose their beliefs and who want to reduce women’s rights to make their own choices about their own bodies. In Afghanistan, they go by the name of the Taliban. In the U.S. they go by name’s like “the army of God.”
We hear all about religious fundamentalists throughout Middle Eastern countries whose points of view go back hundreds of years to the Middle Ages. In this country there are people with such views – not Islamic but Christian. What they have in common are disgusting attitudes toward women – and a willingness to use terror and violence against them.