Five years ago Norman Frank wrote What’s the Matter with Kansas?, a now-famous book which chronicled how conservatives — and more particularly, the Religious Right wing — hijacked an entire state in an effort to remake it into a showcase for their ideology and religiosity. While Frank’s book has been critiqued to death, and I’m not sure I agree with all of it, the fact remains that the Religious Right does have a great deal of power in that state, even despite it having a pro-choice Democratic governor, Kathleen Sebelius (she’s slated to join Obama’s cabinet). And they have used their authority to bludgeon all opposition. Recently, though, their campaign of demolishing “secularity” hit a roadbump, as reported by the Kansas City Star:

A jury today acquitted one of the nation’s few late-term abortion providers of violating Kansas law requiring an independent second opinion for the procedure.

Tiller was acquitted Friday of 19 misdemeanor charges stemming from some abortions he performed at his Wichita clinic in 2003. Prosecutors had alleged that a doctor he used for second opinions was essentially an employee of his and not independent as state law requires.

The religionazis in Kansas have long had a personal vendetta against Dr Tiller; they’ve been after him for over two decades, as the story explains:

Tiller has been a favored target of anti-abortion protesters, and he testified that he and his family had suffered years of harassment and threats. His clinic was the site of the 1991 “Summer of Mercy” protests marked by mass demonstrations and arrests. His clinic was bombed in 1985, and an abortion opponent shot him in both arms in 1993.

Way to go, Religious Right … show your support for “life” by bombing buildings and shooting people. How nice of you.

Of course, the religionazis in Kansas aren’t quite done with their effort to destroy Dr Tiller, even despite being rebuffed by a jury:

[M]oments after the verdict was announced, the state’s medical board made public a complaint against Wichita physician George Tiller on similar allegations.

Note that they held this complaint back, awaiting the outcome of the criminal trial. Having been denied their pound of flesh by a jury’s verdict, they’re plodding along using other avenues of attack.

This leaves me asking, what the hell is the matter with Kansas? When are these people going to grow the hell up?

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