I have been outspoken this week (and every other week) in my support of the pro-life position. As I have explained many times, I am opposed to abortion in all cases, at all stages, for any reason, no matter the circumstances or manner of the child's conception. My reason, as I've extensively outlined, is that unborn people are people. All people, in my view, have inherent human rights. The right to life is first and foremost and can only be forfeited if a person becomes an active threat to another person, or commits a particularly heinous and violent crime. Since there can be no such thing as a punitive abortion or abortion in self-defense, all abortion is evil because all abortion kills innocent and defenseless people. That's my case, and the case of every staunch pro-lifer.
You can disagree with our case but if our "don't kill people" position sends you into a blind rage, that should tell you something about your own psychological state. Speaking of questionable psychological states, this week I have been inundated with hate mail from abortion supporters who are upset in general about my pro-life views, and in particular that I have the gall to suggest that the children of rape victims should not be executed for the crimes of their fathers. I have also pointed out that rapists use abortion to cover their tracks, which is a documented, self-evident, but apparently completely taboo fact.
Of course, I get hate mail all the time. Anyone who shares their opinions online gets hate mail. I won't bother sharing the hundreds of messages containing vile, vicious, but unfortunately run-of-the-mill insults directed at me. Instead, I want to show you some of the absurdly and graphically violent messages, not only threatening me, but threatening and wishing death and rape on my wife and small children. Please go to my Twitter to see the screenshots and the names and faces of some of these people. Here are some of the lowlights:
-"I'll rape your daughter and your wife then you tell me what you wanna do. You piece of shit..."
-"Wish I could punch your dumbass face in you f****n mook I wish rape upon every female in your family so they are FORCED to have a child."
-"Hope you daughter gets raped g"
-"I hope your wife and daughter are both brutally raped"
-"You f*****g idiot!!!! I hope you get raped up the a**"
-"I hope your dad rapes you so your opinion can be valid"
-"You are a f*****g retard. Wish your mom aborted you... hope your daughters have a million abortions"
-"You are the best reason for abortion I have ever encountered. It is a crime that your mother failed to exercise her right...One can only hope that by some happening that error in judgment is remedied. This is not a threat but a hope, a wish, that you, and all who think like you do, are permanently silenced."
-"You're a f*****g piece of s**t. I hope I get to meet you one day and show your face how I feel."
-"Absolute f*****g idiot tw*t... Abort all three of your already born children."
-"Well you are the exact reason for abortion... feel bad for your kids they are going to turn out like scum just like their dad."
-"Come to Reading you're getting slashed g"
-"...I'll have you clapped mate"
-"Kill yourself. Your family would be better off."
-"You should jump off a bridge... You don't deserve to walk the planet you piece of s**t."
-"I'm not going to tell you to kill yourself but if I read an article headlined "Blogger Matt Walsh dead by apparent suicide, let's just say I'd have a beer."
There are plenty more where these came from.
A few points about these messages:
1) A few of these people made the mistake of wishing or threatening harm to my family while using their real names and photographs. They may have just caused life-altering problems for themselves. Since I chose to publish their names and messages, it will now live forever in the annals of the internet and any future or current employer who googles Taylor Nowicki (the guy who threatened to rape my five-year-old daughter) or Jake Fahey (the guy who wished rape on every female member of my family) will see what kind of sick and disturbed people they are. The girlfriend of the author of one of the above messages reached out to me this morning. She was not aware that her boyfriend is the sort of person who treats people this way. She did not seem pleased with the revelation. I wonder if Jeff's and Taylor's families know that they like to wish rape on children? I suppose now they do.
I am not always a fan of public shaming, but neither am I always against it. Anyone who says any of the things quoted above should not be given the privilege of remaining anonymous. If you think it is okay to wish sexual violence on children or tell your ideological opponents to kill themselves, you should be expected to stand by those words publicly. If you can't stand by them, if you would be ashamed to have your girlfriend or your mother or your employer find out what sorts of things you say to people from the comfort of your keyboard, then maybe you shouldn't be saying them at all. That is the lesson that Taylor, Jeff, and company will learn the hard way.
2) When Ilhan Omar was getting death threats, we were told that it is "dangerous" and "irresponsible" to criticize her. It "puts her life at risk," the media breathlessly insisted. Well will the media and the Left show the same concern for the safety of my wife, my children, and myself?
I would never be so absurd as to suggest that criticism endangers my life. But if we're worried about reckless and irresponsible rhetoric that may lead crazy people to do crazy things, what about all of the people who have accused me of "defending rape" or being a "rape apologist" because I oppose the murder of babies conceived in rape? Tom Arnold actually implied that I am a rapist myself and then accused me of "blogging a lot of pro-rapist stuff." If legitimate criticism of Omar endangers her life, then what about being libelously and falsely labeled a rapist by a public figure?
3) My experiences here are not unique. Pro-lifers encounter this kind of thing all the time. Stand outside of an abortion clinic with a sign sometime and you'll hear all of this and worse. If vicious and violent rhetoric from pro-aborts was rare or aberrational, I could maybe expect to get one or two "kill yourself" messages in response to my pro-life opinions. But this is not one or two. This seems to be a pattern. Defile the altar of death upon which these people worship, and they will come after you with their fangs out. This is what abortion advocacy looks like with the mask off. An ugly, ugly creature indeed.