EBay said it wouldn't allow an auction to raise money for the defense of George Tiller's murderer Scott Roeder, but now drawings "commissioned by Scott Roeder" are for sale on the site — and someone has already bid $50.
The three drawings for sale were apparently done by another inmate jailed with Roeder, but all three are signed by him. They're being sold by an eBay user named mission.for.life, who just signed up on October 30 and is also selling many of the other items originally listed as part of the planned auction, including a megaphone signed by anti-abortion activist Regina Dinwiddie, and an Army of God manual, which "lists ways to damage abortion clinics." This last item's description reads, in part, "The Manual concludes with a paragraph commonly said to advocate the killing of abortionists. The sentences are '...Whosoever sheds mans blood, by man shall his blood be shed [Gen. 9:6]...we are forced to take arms against you. Our life for yours...'"
These lines seem to violate eBay's stated policy barring "listings that promote or glorify violence, hate, racial or religious intolerance, or items that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity," and it's unclear whether eBay decided to allow the auction or whether its organizers simply listed the items over the company's objections. EBay may well take the entire auction down in the next couple of hours, but we've taken some screenshots of Roeder's drawings:
The David-and-Goliath image is obviously extremely creepy, but the one of Tiller's gravesite is upsetting for its sheer hypocrisy. The woman in it chooses grieving over retaliation, and perseverance over intimidation — the exact opposite of the choices Roeder made.
Mission.for.life's Items For Sale [eBay]
Drawings Commissioned By Scott Roeder [eBay]