I think giving out addresses was wrong. I think it was wrong in the case of the businesses, and I think it's wrong in the case of those anti-choice folks who give out the addresses of doctors who are willing to do abortions. The difference seems to be substantial, in terms of the results that might be expected from such publication. The business folk were afraid for their lives and for their physical safety, and a number of my right wing friends expressed concern that this sort of thing was dangerous. It was.
But were any of you objecting when O'Reilly was amping up the rhetoric against abortion providers by name, or when lists of addresses for abortion providers began appearing on the internet?
Or did you simply believe that this sort of thing, when directed toward people you didn't approve of was simply natural exuberance? Perhaps it was politically protected speech, folks on the left feel that sort is thing is valuable, too; but where were the dissenting voices from the right who might well have felt that such actions were foolish or dangerous and who might have predicted the outcome of such a general broadcast of inflammatory rhetoric? I don't recall seeing any except afterwards. Oops!
Sorry we didn't speak up the first time he was shot! Can't think of why we didn't make a point of issuing condemnations of such disgusting behavior. Now that Tiller's dead, of course, we can put the guy on trial for murder. Thank goodness that let's the rest of us off the hook!