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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Killer of abortion doctor gets life sentence!

I said a few days ago that religion and beliefs are areas of psychology that defy rational thought and produce tunnel vision in it's adherents.

Here is another case of twisted thinking that can change a man's perception of reality.

The long and short of it is that somehow he got it into his head that killing someone would save lives. (How screwed up is that!)

James Kopp's sentencing in a federal courtroom in Buffalo closed a case that began nearly nine years ago, when Dr. Barnett Slepian was killed in the kitchen of his suburban Amherst home by a sniper.

Dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit and holding what appeared to be a yellow, plastic rosary, he showed no emotion as he was sentenced to life in prison, plus 10 years for the weapons charge. He also was ordered to pay $2.6 million US in restitution to the Slepians.
"It's clear to me you've justified in your own mind the murder of Dr. Slepian," the judge told Kopp.
(Gee, this guy looks so normal!)

Slepian's widow read from a statement that she said was on behalf of her and her four sons, all of whom were sitting in the courtroom's front row.

"I want Mr. Kopp to go to jail knowing he killed a wonderful man, a kind and compassionate brother, father, husband and friend," said Lynne Slepian, who did not look at Kopp as she addressed the court from a podium. "This was the man that I was supposed to grow old with."

Kopp, nicknamed "Atomic Dog," had been arrested more than 100 times prior to the killing, for protesting abortion.

He is suspected in the non-fatal shootings of four other doctors, three in Canada and one in Rochester, N.Y.

He is charged with attempted murder in the 1995 shooting of Dr. Hugh Short in Ancaster, Ontario.

"We should all be very, very afraid that this sick mentality of James Kopp and his followers still exists and is tolerated by so many," Lynne Slepian said. "There are too many people who believe that what James Kopp did was not a crime, but a calling."

In his own letter to the judge, Kopp wrote that several children are alive today because of Slepian's death.

After shooting Slepian, Kopp fled to Mexico, Ireland and finally France, where he was captured in March 2001. He was added to the FBI's list of the Ten Most Wanted fugitives in June 1999.

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God-101 (what the church doesn't want you to know!) www.God-101.com

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