Keith Mason, president of the pro-life group Personhood USA, said his home was attacked and vandalized after he was profiled in a Newsweek article, the Daily Beast reported Monday.
“I was in the basement, catching a movie and having a beer, to just chill,” Mason said.
“I heard a loud noise and thought one of our kids had fallen down the stairs.”
According to the report by Abigail Pesta, Mason “ran upstairs from the basement, then ‘ran through a bunch of glass’ and ‘saw red.'”
Mason said vandals had shattered his front door and sprayed red paint all over the side of his house.
“They spray-painted coat-hangers all over my sidewalk and door. We called 911. The police were there within three minutes,” he said.
Mason said vandals also “yanked down” the security lights.
“We got up and left and tried to find a hotel room, but they were all booked from the fires,” Mason told the Daily Beast. “We literally knocked on a friend’s home at 4 a.m.”
“Mason says his family has now moved to an undisclosed location and does not plan to return home,” Pesta wrote.
Mason jokes that he hadn’t expected to inspire people to “redecorate his home,” but adds that his three kids were “pretty traumatized,” and that his son started crying when a vacuum-cleaner salesman knocked on the door in the days after the attack. Mason says of the vandals, “There was a tricycle in our front yard. I just don’t get that. I’m told there’s some really bad cats out there.”
Denver’s Westminster Police Department confirmed the attack and said authorities are searching for suspects.
The movement seeks to end abortion by changing the legal definition of human personhood to begin at the moment of conception.
Newsbusters’ Ken Sheppard noted that the original Daily Beast story “sparked a war of words as well. However, when some of the comments turned vicious and personal, the site closed the comments section.”
“Violent threats and vandalism targeting abortionists are, and rightly so, noted in the national media. It remains to be seen if the national broadcast media — ABC, CBS, and NBC — pick up this story,” he added.
As of this writing, the story has been picked up by some pro-life media outlets and a few blogs, but no one in the so-called “mainstream media” has reported on it.
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