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Religiously Motivated Violence in the Abortion Debate

Julie Ingersoll

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199759996
Published online March 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199759996.013.0020

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Religiously Motivated Violence in the Abortion Debate

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This chapter, which concentrates on the North American Christian case in investigating the role of violence in the religious controversy about abortion, assesses the religiously legitimated use of violence in the extreme wing of the American pro-life movement. The legitimation of the use of violence to stop abortion finds its most public expression in an organization known as The Army of God. Mike Bray, the architect of the argument that violence can be legitimately utilized to stop abortion, has argued that there is a difference between killing a retired abortion doctor and one who continues to practice. Bray and Randall Terry are critical of contemporary Christianity, which sees God a “jolly old perennial gift giver.” In general, Christians, in the larger “pro-life” movement, believe abortion to be murder.

Keywords: violence; abortion; North American Christian; pro-life movement; Army of God; Mike Bray; killing; Randall Terry; Christianity

Article.  3952 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Christianity ; Religious Issues and Debates

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