Gary McCullough condemns violence in the name of Islam. Gary McCullough has condoned killing in the name of Christ. Image hosting by Photobucket
The infamous anti-Mohammed cartoons from Denmark have been published online by the Christian Communications Network
(CCN), a Washington, D.C.-based public relations firm run by Christian right activist and anti-abortion crusader Gary McCullough
distributed press releases calling for even wider publication of the inflammatory cartoons, including one caricature of Muhammad with a fuse-lit bomb tucked in his
turban, and another of the prophet on a cloud in paradise, telling newly arrived suicide bombers, "Stop, Stop!
We have run out of virgins!"
Islamic tradition forbids any depiction of the religion's holiest figure; such stereotypical, bigoted cartoons have sparked protests across the Muslim world.
stated in interviews that no one paid him to post the cartoons, and that he
is not "speaking on behalf of the Christian faith.
claims to be making a brave stance against terrorist violence and intimidation by Islamic fundamentalists.
has a history of condoning intimidation and violence -- including killing -- in the name of Christ.
press release dated February 5, 2006, McCullough
"If the world's press gives in to demands, backed by threats of violence, not to print a political cartoon today--what freedom will we give up tomorrow to keep the peace?
It is imbecilic to believe that such a success in the use of violence and threats of violence does not encourage such behavior.
By McCullough's own measure, then it is also reasonable to believe that his
own outspoken defense of and fundraising efforts in support of individuals convicted for violent crimes in the name of Christ encourage more threats and violence.
recently rose to national prominence as a media consultant to the parents of Terri Schiavo, whose feeding tube removal begat a hurricane of hyperbole over a husband's right to carry out his wife's end-of-life choices without undue government interference.
Less well known is the fact that McCullough previously served as a publicist, apologist, and funding conduit for the unapologetically pro-violence wing of the anti-abortion movement.
For example, he was the principal of Prisoners of Christ, a group that provided financial aid and other support for antiabortion activists who been convicted of crimes including murder, arson, bombings, and kidnapping.
In addition, McCullough served as a media advisor for Paul J. Hill's Defensive Action group, a network of anti-abortion zealots that got behind Michael Griffin, who murdered Dr. David Gunn at a Florida women's clinic in March 1993.
listed himself as "media consultant" on the declaration, printed on Defensive Action letterhead, which stated:
added, "In America we have failed to protect the preborn infants.
When confronted by Tom Burghardt of the Bay Area Coalition for Our Reproductive Rights during an interview with northern California NBC affiliate KNTV in 1995, McCullough stated, "Paul Hill is my friend.
McCullough founded the CCN in 1989 - the same year he went to work as a media consultant for the militant, underground Operation Rescue.
While condemning violence in the name of Islam, and claiming to care about American civil rights and civil liberties, McCullough
and Terry have dedicated their careers to the demolition of American civil rights and civil liberties, not through satirical words or caricatures, but through words and deeds that seek to inspire and justify violence in the name of their own religion.
McCullough was the Schiavo parents' media consultant ? Well, Barbara Weller was their lawyer.
's "Christian Communications Network
" ALSO features a recent press release from "International Christian Concern
" which worries about attacks on Christians worldwide from the eruption of anger in the Islamic World over the Anti-Islamic cartoons that Gary McCullough
has printed on his own CCN website ostensibly in defense - as McCullough and Terry write of - Freedom of speech !