Skip to comments.EBay refuses benefit auction for Roeder
Posted on 10/28/2009 6:58:16 PM PDT by GL of Sector 2814
An eBay auction planned by abortion opponents to raise money for the man accused of killing Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller will not be permitted, company officials said Tuesday.
Based on the details we know about the anticipated listings, we believe these would violate our policy regarding offensive material, the company said in a statement to The Kansas City Star. EBay will not permit the items in question to be posted to the eBay site, and they will be removed if they are posted.
The announcement came the same day that Tillers family implored eBay to prevent the auction.
These materials contain hate messages, glorify violence against abortion doctors who provide constitutionally protected medical services, and instruct on means of violence, including bombing, of abortion clinics, said Lee Thompson, an attorney for the Tiller family, in a letter sent to eBay on Tuesday and approved by Tillers widow, Jeanne Tiller.
We urge you to deny access to the resources of eBay for this reprehensible and vile auction.
The auction was intended to raise money for the defense of Scott Roeder, who is charged with first-degree murder in Tillers death and is scheduled to go on trial in January. Currently, Roeder is being represented by public defenders.
Roeders supporters are encouraging him to use a necessity defense, saying that Tillers killing on May 31 was an act of justifiable homicide. Other anti-abortion activists charged with violent crimes have tried to use such a defense, but with little success.
Those working on the fundraiser said banning the auction was a violation of their rights.
Theyre not only chilling the First Amendment of the Constitution, theyre raping the whole Constitution, said Regina Dinwiddie, a Kansas City abortion opponent and friend of Roeder.
(Excerpt) Read more at kansascity.com ...
I think they would if there was an outcry...yes, I do. First and foremost they are a business.
ONLY when an outcry happened.
Have there ever been benefit auctions on ebay!! Anyway, it is their business and they can run it as the wish.
So what? This is such a non-story. Do you really support a man who murdered someone? I’m sorry..I don’t get it.
You wouldn’t be calling it a non story if, in fact, it WAS a non story for you. I conclude it is a story for you.
And they are by no means immune from any reaction we choose to their hypocrisy. So there.
I look for almost any other vendor before considering eBay.
I don't know that the AC trumpets and celebrates the murder of a specific person. The family of the victim requested these items be taken down, and I can see why... Does anyone really think that the following is not offensive to a victim's family?
One drawing was of David and Goliath that depicted David holding the head of Goliath and the name Tiller on Goliaths forehead. The words child-murdering industry were written on the corpse.And Wesley Cook, aka Mumia, doesn't go around trumpeting and celebrating Officer Faulkner's death. He's disgusting and should be wormfood, but this issue is very different. A cold-blooded murder is being celebrated.
I don't believe it does (I can't check because ironically I sold my copy on Ebay some years ago). When I said it was "a bit hypocritical" I was mistakenly attributing the statement about bombing to Ebay, when it was actually made by an attorney for the Tiller family.
(Note to self: Self, make sure you read what you copy & paste a bit more carefully in the future.)
I agree that it was wholly appropriate to remove the auction.
Welcome to America.
I just find it hypocritical to say the least. sure they are a private company and can do what ever they want kind of like the ‘government is now they will stick it down our throats and then say stick it up your arse if we don’t like it. welcome to the USSA.
Ask the children who tiller the killer killed if they thought their deaths were in cold blood.
To me this man is a hero the same as the people who strung up Mussolini and hunted down Nazis.
Thank you for identifying yourself as the nut you are.
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