Now, I would have absolutely no problem with this if the program were actually about prevention of violence, which is how they framed the seminar. By all means, combat the "Army of God" and other kooks. The more of them who end up in jail, the better. They don't deserve the pro-life label.
But instead, the program went after legitimate protest activity protected by the First Amendment:
The so-called violence perpetrated by pro-life advocates mostly contained examples of constitutionally-protected free speech, including activities such as praying, providing women outside abortion centers with alternatives information, and peaceful protesting or picketing.The seminar packet included a list of mainstream pro-life websites, including Students for Life of America, the National Right to Life Committee, and even those (sarcasm alert) radical right-wingers (end sarcasm alert) at the Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.
Matt Bowman, a top attorney at the Alliance Defense Fund, told LifeNews.com today that the cooperation between the Obama administration and pro-abortion organizations to target pro-life free speech should cause alarm.
"The information presented in the seminar raises serious concerns over the United States government’s treatment of nonviolent free speech activities as 'violence' subject to investigation and prosecution," he said.
Whoever put together this list should be sued for libel. There is ZERO evidence that these groups have ever condoned violence, much less participated in it.