Pro Choice Voice, Spring 1998
If you've got a computer and access to the World Wide Web, you've probably found out that those initials www can just as easily stand for world wide wacko, but you may not realize the extent of the hate those wackos are peddling.
Search the term pro-life organizations with your Web browser and probably one of the first things to pop up will be someone who is part of Carolyn C. Gargaro's Pro-Life Web Ring, a ribbon-and-rose-bedecked entrance to 151 nonviolent and child-friendly anti-choice sites. While some are relatively benign or even fun, like Witches for Life and Pirate Pete's Pro-Life Page, many begin to push the nonviolent and child-friendly envelope.
A mouse click or two into the EagleCross Alliance site past the pro-life white ribbon and through the hazardous shoals of standard right-wing paranoia (e.g., the Trilateral Commission and the NEA) lands the Web surfer into the treacherous tides of the American Life League's Pro-Life Encyclopedia. Chapter 1's title, "The Mission of the Pro-Life Movement," sounds innocuous enough, but scroll on. The organization begins to show its true colors by chapter 5, "Anti-Life Groups: The Holocaust Enablers and Promoters." And on it goes and goes and goes for 140 chapters plus appendixes (!), railing against the ACLU ("Anti-Life Legal Shock Troops"), NARAL ("Professional Anti-Life Bigots"), Planned Parenthood ("The World's Premier Anti-Life Organization"), and communists, atheists, and sodomites. The latter three are apparently de facto evil and need no further explication.
From the American Life League, it takes only one link to make it to the Christian Gallery, which sounds like pictures of the Sistine Chapel but is really hate of the rankest order. Mere days after the killings in the West Paducah, Kentucky, high school, this Georgia-based site had a piece linking the massacre to abortion. The Christian Gallery's main aim seems to be to promote the candidacy of Neal Horsley for governor of Georgia. Mr. Horsley is running under the banner of the Creator's Rights Party, which vows that when it comes to power, those who sponsor legalized abortion, legalized homosexuality, and other grievous perversions of God's plan for government will be arrested. Anyone who doesn't agree with Mr. Horsley is a collaborator and subject to arrest, too.
Mr. Horsley sponsors what has to be the worst of the lot in hate pages, the blood-dripping and offensively named Nuremberg Files. Its banner urges one to "visualize abortionists on trial." Mr. Horsley fantasizes that one day "abortionists . . . will be charged in PERFECTLY LEGAL COURTS" (emphasis his), and it is his duty to collect the evidence. He asks any and all to help by sending in the names, addresses, telephone numbers, pictures, videotapes, personal data, and anything else you believe will help identify and convict the abortionist in a future court of law. He is posting these on the Internet now, and anyone can send in information on anyone else, such as an abortion provider, clinic escort, ex-husband, faithless love, bad boss, or the noisy next-door neighbor, and damn the consequences. But getting on Mr. Horsley's hit list at least puts one among distinguished company: some of those he names as blood flunkies are Whoopi Goldberg, Cybil [sic] Shepherd. Eleanor Smeal, Faye Wattleton, Patricia Ireland, Mary Tyler Moore, C. Everett Koop, and Jack Kevorkian.
(After a jury in a Portland, Oregon federal court ordered antiabortion activists to pay $107 million in damages for their roles in launching and promoting wanted-style posters and the Nuremberg Files listings, christiangallery.com's Internet service provider, MindSpring Enterprises, ended service for that site. A limited mirror of the original site has been posted by a free-speech advocate in the Netherlands.)