Soldier of God
A cheerleader for murder, Rev. Donald Spitz says his anti-abortion message is finally getting through
Reverend Donald Spitz is against abortion and the murder of the unborn
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It isn’t every day that an ordained minister refers to himself as a national terrorist threat. But Reverend Donald Spitz isn’t your ordinary man of the cloth.
“I used to get a lot of media attention when things were hot,” the 65-year-old Pentecostal preacher says. “But ever since the World Trade Center bombing ... I mean, we are small potatoes, chicken feed compared to something like that. So we got kind of pushed aside by the media. I know how media people are. It’s always got to be a new story.”
On this day, that new story would be Virginia’s new abortion clinic regulations and the so-called “war on women” being waged by the McDonnell administration. “I don’t think they go far enough,” he says of the rules adopted by the Virginia Board of Health in September that would regulate clinics as though they were hospitals. “I personally believe the clinics should be shut down. I don’t think people should be allowed to kill their unborn children, and if they do I think they should be charged just as they would if they killed a born child. There’s no difference.”
Spitz refuses to accept that abortion is legal, that Roe vs. Wade is the law of the land.
“I think it’s an illegal law. The Constitution gives people the right to life, life liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and they are taking the right to life from these children. [Roe vs. Wade] is an unconstitutional law.”
He does think that current state leadership is “better than the other guys ... it’s good to see pro-life politicians do what they should be doing,” but the activist, with a slight speech impediment that turns his Rs into Ws, refuses to go further. “I think that it is wise for me to stay out of politics.”
The street preacher doesn’t affiliate with local Hampton Roads churches either. “I tend to stay away from them like I do the politics. I meet with some now and then but nothing ongoing. It’s because most ministers are interested in growing their churches, getting people in, getting them saved, which is good, but I have to do what I do. My calling is trying to save the children.”
For nearly 20 years, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been watching Donald Spitz. An FBI document intercepted by The New York Times in 1994 stated that he was one of many involved in “a conspiracy that endeavors to achieve political or social change through activities that involve force or violence.”
“This is a man who advocates the murders of doctors and secretaries,” says Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit civil rights group that tracks white supremacists and right wing militants. “He’s not the first person to use the Bible to justify murder, but that is his peculiar interpretation ... that it is OK to kill.”
“He heads up a violent organization,” echoes Erin Zabel, the public relations director for Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia. “He’s friendly with clinic bombers and offers up the most extreme positions on the abortion issue.”