As if Dan Rather weren't already confused enough, Randall Terry had to go and make it worse. He went to great lengths, after the interview, to show Rather a dead baby, and challenge Rather to show America "the truth". But during the interview, Terry couldn't have been more emphatic that abortion isn't serious enough to justify using "all necessary force" to stop it, or even serious enough to justify talking about using "all necessary force" to stop it!
From Terry's letter:
"My daughter (who Dan Rather had just met, and who took the picture shown above) was scheduled to be aborted. I rescued her from abortion by pleading for her life. This is all very real to me.
"Dan, when I was a boy, you were in Vietnam sending home footage of the war. You and I both know you changed the course of that war by showing the truth. When Americans saw the footage, public opinion changed, and American policy changed. Your coverage helped change the course of American history.
"I'm asking you to show the truth to the American people Show them the babies. Show them how these babies are killed. In the 26 years since Roe v. Wade, CBS has never done a true expose on abortion. You've never done for the babies what you did in Vietnam.
"Dan, you have the opportunity to go down in history as someone who exposed this horrifying holocaust, who told the truth to the American people. Will you be remembered as someone who had the courage and integrity to show the truth, or will you be a part of the cover-up?
"I beg you, show the truth. When you're alone with God, pray. Search your heart. Do the right thing."
Terry closed his letter, "He looked closely at the baby when he saw her. He listened attentively and politely. I was no more than 18 inches away from him. God only knows what was going on inside his heart. Pray for him. Pray that God corrects him and sets him on a path of showing the truth, rather than continuing to cover it up."
Terry's remarks during the interview were not even included in the partial transcript available on the Web. Here is that partial transcript:
(CBS promo:) Is the Reverend Michael Bray a man of the cloth, a terrorist, or both?
Bray is a Lutheran minister, a long-time passionate opponent of abortion, and a convicted abortion clinic bomber. 60 Minutes II Correspondent Dan Rather reports on a man who considers any action justifiable if it will further the anti-abortion cause. Even murder. This segment is scheduled to air Wednesday, April 14, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. (It had been bumped from an earlier time.)
(Story:) Bray believes his followers have a God-given right to kill doctors and nurses who perform abortions. Because of his rapidly growing retinue, federal authorities want to know if he is part of a nationwide conspiracy: a network of underground zealots who will do anything to stop a medical procedure they are convinced violates God's law.
"If we are to affirm, as I do, that the children in the womb who are killed at abortion facilities are in fact children, if these are children, then action taken to defend them is justifiable and cannot be condemned," argues Bray.
[Ed: They let him say that! How much clearer can logic be? Wasn't Dan Rather ashamed to slide over that statement without apologizing, or seeming to notice? Is he counting on the overwhelming majority of his viewers remaining brain dead?
[Here is the answer to how the Gospel will be proclaimed with the more vigor, the more wicked the world becomes: the wicked will quote the righteous without shame, with consciences so seared they will be safe from being convicted by the truth; their only reaction will be to hate it! But in this process, every last person, who still loves the truth, will have the opportunity to hear it!]
Bray approves of the tactics used by Eric Rudolph, a fugitive who is suspected of bombing a clinic near Atlanta. One of the most wanted men in America, Rudolph has managed so far to avoid arrest. Authorities say he is also responsible for the bombing of an Alabama clinic, which killed a police officer and maimed a nurse. They have been searching for him for months in the mountains of North Carolina.
Bray, however, has spent his time searching for Rudolph memorabilia. His annual banquet, usually closed to outsiders, [Ed: where did he get THAT? Not only is it not true - Bray has permitted reporters to observe, and has even told them where they could get videotapes if they were too shy to come - but it prejudices viewers against him.] demonstrated his large following as guests honored clinic bombers and bid on Eric Rudolph souvenirs. Among the items on the auction block: two bumper stickers which say "Run Rudolph, Run," a Rudolph tee-shirt, and a sweatshirt that the auctioneer suggested might have been worn by the wanted man himself.
"To the extent that if he's looked at as a symbol of anti-abortion activities, which is where he is mostly looked at, rather than condemn him, we'll approve him," says Bray.
Bray has served four years in prison for conspiracy in ten anti-abortion bombings. He says he has never killed anyone, but he admits [Ed: "admits" is the confession of something you are ashamed of. It is used to encourage viewers to assume Bray MUST be wrong, because even HE "admits" he is wrong] that he approves of the ambush sniper killing of abortion provider Dr. Barnett Slepian in his home in western New York last October.
"I can't find any way to condemn that," Bray says. "I'm sorry he's dead. I'm sorry he's no longer fathering his children and husbanding his wife. But I have to keep my mind focused on the fact hat he's also not killing children any more. And that I'm glad of."
Bray's wife is just as committed to the anti-abortion cause. They named one of their ten children after an abortion clinic bomber. Bray has written a book explaining why he thinks the Bible justifies the killing of abortion doctors, and he has contributed a militant anti-abortion newsletter to a Web site. That site also put out the pictures, names, and addresses of abortion doctors. Bray's opponents say it looked like a wanted poster.
Bray has a small congregation that gathers every Sunday in his hometown of Bowie, Maryland. He is remembered there as an Eagle Scout and a state wrestling champion. After high school, he won a place at the Naval Academy but flunked out his first year.
He spent five years at a seminary in Denver, and then began protesting outside abortion clinics as an activist. Convicted of blowing up abortion facilities in 1984 and 1985,
Michael Bray makes no comment, refusing to deny the accusation. "Michael Bray is a very dangerous man," says Vicki Saporta, head of the National Abortion Federation, an abortion rights lobbying group. Her headquarters was destroyed in 1984 in a bombing linked to Bray.
"He has a following," Saporta continues. "He encourages those followers to commit acts of murder. And seven people have lost their lives since 1993 as a result of anti-abortion terrorism. We're dealing with domestic terrorists. We don't know when they'll attack, where they'll attack, by what method."
CBS News has learned that Bray is under surveillance by federal agents.
[Ed: Wow, what a scoop! Mainstream news articles indicate the FBI monitors tens of millions of people, and now CBS knows Bray is one of them! But I suppose CBS wouldn't want to add, "Of course, YOU AND I are being monitored too, so what's so special about that?"]
He is at the hub of the network of the anti-choice extremists who are advocating murdering providers. His home is a gathering place for some of these individuals. Agents have seen many of those militant abortion opponents going in and out of Bray's house.
"I consider blowing up a place where babies are killed a justifiable act," Bray argues.