Pro-life leader’s home vandalized in wake of Newsweek article

Warning: Vulgarity ahead.

I wrote last week that a Newsweek article favorable to the personhood movement and personhood leaders Keith and Jennifer Mason had “riled abortion proponents.” Little did I know how much.

Someone posted Mason’s home address in a comment to the Newsweek article. Newsweek closed down comments, but it was too late. At 1:30a on June 27, Mason “was in the basement, catching a movie and having a beer, to just chill,” according to a follow-up Newsweek piece, when he heard a loud noise:

“[I] thought one of our kids had fallen down the stairs.” Mason says he ran upstairs from the basement, then “ran through a bunch of glass” and “saw red.” He describes the scene as “surreal – I didn’t know if it was blood on the glass or what. It turned out to be spray paint. There was red paint all over the side of our house. They spray-painted coat-hangers all over my sidewalk and door. We called 911. The police were there within three minutes.”

Mason and his family immediately left their home and are now staying at an undisclosed location. Mason didn’t go public with the attack until July 2, after he had ensured the safety of his family.

Now, according to Mason in an email to me, he has “hired security, been forced to move, and are getting further daily threats.” And not a lot of sympathy. A sample of both in the (now closed) comments section of the follow-up Newsweek post:

Whether this is deemed a terrorist attack or hate crime will be up to the FBI, which is now involved.

35 thoughts on “Pro-life leader’s home vandalized in wake of Newsweek article”


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    JDC says:

    The people on the other side are so peaceful, aren’t they? 

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    rasqual says:

    I blame the left’s eliminationist rhetoric.

    http://goo.gl/yJSVv 

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    eg says:

    Some of the most extreme murderous, narcissistic pro-choice beings on this earth…. disguised (although not successfully), as peaceful, emphatic intelligent… lacking in the certain definitive knowledge that their is a hell for them.

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    ken the birther says:

    If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. The common people still vaguely subscribe to that doctrine and act on it. In our country[Great Britain] — it is not the same in all countries: it was not so in republican France, and it is not so in the USA today — it is the liberals who fear liberty and the intellectuals who want to do dirt on the intellect: it is to draw attention to that fact that I have written this preface.” [to ‘Animal Farm’]

    The Freedom of the Press
    Orwell’s Proposed Preface to ‘Animal Farm’
    This book was first thought of, so far as the central idea goes, in 1937, but was not written down until about the end of 1943. By the time when it came to be written it was obvious that there would be great difficulty in getting it published (in spite of the present book shortage which ensures that anything describable as a book will ‘sell’), and in the event it was refused by four publishers. Only one of these had any ideological motive. Two had been publishing anti-Russian books for years, and the other had no noticeable political colour. One publisher actually started by accepting the book, but after making the preliminary arrangements he decided to consult the Ministry of Information, who appear to have warned him, or at any rate strongly advised him, against publishing it. Here is an extract from his letter:
    “I mentioned the reaction I had had from an important official in the Ministry of Information with regard to Animal Farm. I must confess that this expression of opinion has given me seriously to think… I can see now that it might be regarded as something which it was highly ill-advised to publish at the present time. If the fable were addressed generally to dictators and dictatorships at large then publication would be all right, but the fable does follow, as I see now, so completely the progress of the Russian Soviets and their two dictators, that it can apply only to Russia, to the exclusion of the other dictatorships. Another thing: it would be less offensive if the predominant caste in the fable were not pigs[*]. I think the choice of pigs as the ruling caste will no doubt give offence to many people, and particularly to anyone who is a bit touchy, as undoubtedly the Russians are.”

    [Today, the use of ‘democRAT’ produces the same discomfort in progressive/liberals.]

    As demonstrated by the vandals reaction to the Mason’s ‘telling people what they do not want to hear’, the TRUTH will set you free [eventually], but the more decieved you have been, the more angered you will become, before you wak thru the open cell door of your self imposed bondage.

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    Leslie Hanks says:

    One has to wonder about the title the Daily Beast gave the follow up article ~ 
    “Personhood’ Leader Keith Mason Says His Family Home Was Attacked” Didn’t that invite speculation?
     

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    ken the birther says:

    “To exchange one orthodoxy for another is not necessarily an advance. The enemy is the gramophone mind, whether or not one agrees with the record that is being played at the moment.”

    George Orwell, 1945

    [Makes me think of the obamateur reading from his teleprompter.]

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    Courtnay says:

    Stay classy and law-abiding, pro-aborts.

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    Del says:

    Pro-choicers already believe that killing is a suitable solution to any sort of problem.

    We must not be surprised when their lunatic fringe turns to violence.  We must be ready to face it, while holding on to our pro-life principles.  It will cost us.  It will hurt.

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    truthseeker says:

    This persecution of the Mason’s by pro-aborts must be heaping huge amounts of grace upon the Mason’s. 

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    joan says:

    Being the victim of a supposed act of vandalism would be a good way for an aspiring political firebrand to draw attention to himself and his cause. Just throwing that out there.

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    JDC says:

    Hey trolls, any comment on this. 

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    JDC says:

    Wow joan submits here comment as I’m typing mine. Perfect timing. 

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    Courtnay says:

    No, joan, that’s Bill Ayres.
    Big bucket of duh.

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    Kelsey says:

    Being the victim of a supposed act of vandalism would be a good way for an aspiring political firebrand to draw attention to himself and his cause.  Just saying.

    Hmmm… something like this, perhaps?

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    JDC says:

    Submits “her” comment, not “here”. Edit option didn’t even appear this time. 

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    Ex-GOP says:

    I hope they catch whoever did this and prosecute them fully.  If people disagree with each other, say so – argue it out.  But to resort to violence, vandalism, name calling – unacceptable.  

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    Jespren says:

    I will be flabergasted if this gets prosecuted as a hate crime. As far as the DOJ is concerned an act against a Christian can’t be a ‘hate crime’, that special victim standard of ‘more equal’ is saved purely for the Left’s special children.

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    Ex-GOP says:

    Hate crime legislation needs to go…if you murder somebody, you probably murdered with hate in your heart, regardless of any other motive.  To pretend some violent crimes are more hateful than others – I don’t get it.  

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    Jennifer Starr says:

    There is no excuse for this–there is no defense for this.  None. I hope the creeps are caught and I hope they have the book thrown at them. 

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    Jerry says:

    Just a week or two ago a school bus in Rockford Illinois used by prolifers was firebombed.  Prolifers on the front lines have seen the bursts of anger and hatred from choicers for years.  These recent incidents tell of a deep underlying sociopathy which by definition does not discern between good and evil—a sense that the ends justifies the means as used by other leftists such as PETA. You can bet that national choice leaders and legislators will not come out against these actions in any meaningful way.

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    Ingrid P. says:

    @Jerry–as someone who’s pro-life in terms of abortion (in almost all cases) and pro-animal-rights, I don’t see why you would lump PETA in with acts of violence. They’re a non-violent group, and while they may resort to campaigns that some find offensive because of the sex aspect, that’s how they draw attention to important issues. They really aren’t any worse than the ads one sees every day by Victoria’s Secret, Hollister, and many other clothing/cosmetics companies. PETA also is neither left- nor right-wing; anyone can be an animal rights supporter no matter what your political views.

    If you’re talking about direct action, that’s the Animal Liberation Front (ALF). But they wouldn’t support something like this either; they have a strict no-harm policy. They’re more likely to break into a lab and remove animals who are being tortured.

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    Jerry says:

    Hi Ingrid:

    The problem with PETA is that they have attempted to walk the fine line between advocating for animal rights, while at the same time remaining silent about human fetus rights.  This to me is the worse kind of hypocricy and inconsistency.

    PETA also has been shown to have ties with the radical org ALF–giving money to them and some members (higher ups) of PETA themselves personally donating to ALF.

    By their actions in both of the above scenarios PETA has shown that they are unreliable and unworthy to be supported by pro-lifers…they at least in part act as though the ends justifies the means.  That is NOT TO SAY that some of the goals of PETA are unworthy of support, but that the organization itself is full of leftists at the top who are bedfellows with other leftists.  

    We have found the same to be true with another organization that purports to advocate for those suffering the worse injustices, but has remained silent about abortion…Amnesty International.  Here again they travel in the same circles with leftists and are willing to trade their silence on abortion for maintaining acceptance and accolades from their peers.  Should the day come when they finally adovcate for justice of the unborn they will be ostracized and ignored from that day forward.  I suspect the same thing would happen to PETA and even if they wanted to pronounce their support for prolife causes (highly doubtful for both of these organizations) they would not because they would see it as counterproductive. 

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    xalisae says:

    Right. Because “You should’ve been aborted.” means, “You should be dead right now.”, and I’ve had that told to me more times than I could count since I’ve come out for pre-natal human rights. They really mean it when they say that. If they can kill their own child, they won’t give some stranger a second thought.

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    CC says:

    “These recent incidents tell of a deep underlying sociopathy which by definition does not discern between good and evil—a sense that the ends justifies the means as used by other leftists such as PETA.”

    So what accounts for the ongoing vandalism directed towards women’s clinics in Texas and Georgia?  What motivates “pro-lifers” such as Francis Gerald Grady who was arrested for a bombing of a Wisconsin Planned Parenthood. How does the devout Catholicism of  Ralph Lang, who was arrested on his road trip to “shoot an abortion provider right in the head?”  And then we have the abortion doctor assassins who could hardly be described as liberal…

    And that being said, any violence or threat of violence, directed at either side in the abortion debate, is criminal and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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    ken the birther says:

    “The enemy is the gramophone mind, whether or not one agrees with the record that is being played at the moment.”
    George Orwell, 1945

    chatty cathy

    Do you pull the string yourself, or do you have to rely on someone else to do it for you?

    You ought to look into being retrofitted with a digitalized random access comment generator….solar powerd…..of course.

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    jtm says:

    “any violence or threat of violence, directed at either side in the abortion debate, is criminal and should be prosecuted…”

    Abortion itself is a savage act of violence directed at an unborn child, the side of the “abortion debate” with the most at stake; millions have had their entire lives taken…without warning, recourse, or choice. By all means, let us recriminalize, and prosecute to the fullest extent of laws that protect the murder of older innocent humans, the perpetrators, and their accomplices.

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    JoAnna says:

    Joan, what evidence do you have that Mason put himself and his family – including his very pregnant wife – through great expense and inconvenience for publicity? I’m sure the police would be grateful for any inside information you happen to possess.

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    TheChristianHippie says:

    Pro-abort attacks on Pro-lifers happen EVERY SINGLE DAY, from assault, to battery, to destruction of personal property, fire-bombing, and yes murder (though rare thank God).
     
    “Pro-life” (though further research into their motives reveals that as the LEAST of their reasons and makes the monicker “pro-life” grossly inaccurate) attacks on Pro-aborts averages once or twice every DECADE. But please, continue to imply that pro-lifers are just as violent as pro-aborts… keep digging deep into the archives. I’ll just bring up last week’s report from your neighborhood PP’s curb.

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    CC says:

    “pro-life” grossly inaccurate) attacks on Pro-aborts averages once or twice every DECADE.

    The information that I cited is from this year.  In January, Dwayne Mowser was sentenced to five years for committing arson against Planned Parenthood.  Tiller was assassinated a couple of years ago. In 2007, William Pierce was sentenced to 40 years for the attempted bombing of a Texas Planned Parenthood. In 2005, a bullet was fired into an Indiana Planned Parenthood. This chart shows that between 1989 and 2004 there were numerous incidents of “pro-life” violence. And as far as murders, the anti-choice side has more points. So every decade? Please. 

    And you really should talk to the folks who work at Planned Parenthood. They can tell you about the daily threats and white powder that keep them in a state of military preparedness at all times.

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    Alice says:

    Hate crime legislation needs to go…if you murder somebody, you probably murdered with hate in your heart, regardless of any other motive.  To pretend some violent crimes are more hateful than others – I don’t get it.
     
    Hate crime legislation doesn’t mean that the effect on a given victim is necessarily worse.  However, what hate crimes are, at essence, is mini-terrorism.  A particular figure is made a victim because they represent a larger group, thus, symbolically, attacking the group as a whole.  The goal being to cow the group as a whole into retreating or backing down.  The photoshopping of S.E. Cupp in Hustler was a non-criminal example of this.  She was chosen as a well-known conservative woman to be objectified, thus objectifying all conservative women in effigy.  And delegitimizing disagreement on an intellectual level by simply going for the least common denominator.  The attack on the Masons demonstrates this same thinking.  They were attacked, not because of a personal grudge, but because they represent a larger group of people.  Thus, by attacking them, their attackers have made symbolic victims of the entire personhood movement.  The single victim stands as a symbol for the whole group.  Hate crime.
     
    I break from the usual conservative wisdom in that I support hate crime laws.  However, I do think that people tend to jump for it a little quickly.  Certainly, in this case, the thinking behind the crime is right, but the group being attacked here are not Christians.  It is Personhood supporters.  I don’t know if political movements are protected under hate crime legislation, and I’m not sure I’d agree that they should be.  I might at some later date, but I’d need to give it some more thought.  Overall, however, I do agree with legislating against this particular brand of crime.

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    Courtnay says:

    I tried to talk to someone at PP, CC, but when they realized I wasn’t interested in a current or retroactive abortion, they soon lost interest.

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    ken the birther says:

    Chatty Cathy says:  July 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    “And you really should talk to the folks who work at Planned Parenthood. They can tell you about the daily threats and white powder that keep them in a state of military preparedness at all times.”

    sCratCh

    ‘The guilty flee when no one pursues.’

    How gallant of the ‘feministas’ at pp to lean in and take one for the ‘dead babies r us’ mob.

    Seriously though, I doubt these ‘bullies’ possess the courage to stand their ground if they really believed their lives or even emotional well being was in jeopardy.

    Courage and bullies are seldom known to co-exist.
     
    As for the ‘white powder’ its probably just residue from the inside of their latex gloves or powdered sugar from the Kristy Kreame donuts they ate on their coffee break.

    What would these heifers know about ‘military preparedness’?

    The closest these feministas ever got to combat was participating in a ‘code pink’ rally or canoodling with one another in the janitor closet.

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    Ex-GOP says:

    Kind of sad seeing the finger pointing (our side is so much nicer than your side…we only do X).

    Nobody is responsible for everybody on their “side”.

    Be responsible for yourself.

    Be nice to others.

    So there.   

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    Jerry says:

    cc:

    Go ahead and cite chapter and verse of all of the alleged illegalities committed by prolifers.   You could do so for a thousand years and never, never, never come close to the horrific slaughter of millions of innoncent unborn babies which you wholeheartedly and ignorantly support.

    Get a life, cc.  You are dead spiritually and intellectually.  You are obsessed with abortion—it is a sign of sickness.  You are trying to convince yourself of a lie and that is why you keep on repeating it hoping it comes true. Make an appointment with a shrink as soon as you can.  Better yet bare your soul to the author of Life and He will heal your deepest wounds.

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