Recently, we have been reporting on the tactics used by Alabama Christian Coalition president James Henderson’s group in Huntsville as they try to shut down one of the state’s last clinics offering abortion services. Their dehumanizing activities spill over into neighborhoods which resent their presence, and this is not unusual. As Rachel Maddow reported a few weeks ago, protesters at the site of a future clinic in New Orleans decided for some unfathomable reason that they should instead go bother complete strangers who were worshiping at a nearby church.

Such incidents make a mockery of the religious rhetoric that antichoice activists use: they aren’t serving a god, they’re just excusing their own sick need to control the lives of other people.