Killing for the Cause
Here’s how you know your cause is wrong: You are killing unarmed people in church.
George Tiller, 67, was serving as an usher at the Lutheran church he attends when a terrorist shot and killed him during Sunday morning services.
“A man suspected of fatally shooting abortion doctor George Tiller in church was in jail Monday while investigators sought to learn more about his background, including his possible connections to anti-abortion groups.” – Associated Press, 06/01/2009
Killing unarmed people during church services is saying “we’ll strike you down anywhere, at anytime. Unarmed, unprepared, and innocent of any criminal activity – we’ll kill you while you worship.” Killing American civilians who are following American laws is terrorism.
Another pro-life terrorist shot Tiller twice in 1993. In 1985, another one bombed his clinic. The militant anti-abortion group Operation Rescue’s PR department officially condemned the slaying, but it’s co-founder had a different message, saying that Tiller “was an evil man, his hands covered in blood”, and a “mass murderer”. As we know, in the eyes of the extremist, this allows the terrorist justification to immediately execute anyone who disagrees. Including in a church, in front of loved ones, in front of children. Putting anyone who stands in his way at risk.
What made him a terrorist target more than others was that Tiller performed abortions at 21 weeks. Abortion is legal up to viability – 24 to 28 weeks. But keep in mind that for the anti-abortion mindset, this really is not important because there is no difference between 2 weeks and 22 weeks. So in reality performing an abortion at 21 weeks doesn’t make Tiller “more” of a target than anyone who performs an abortion after 21 hours.
With that in mind, where does it lead with these people and their cause? What about people who vote pro-choice, are they to become “targets” in the eyes of the zealots who were told by God to kill people? Will they kill someone with a pro-choice bumper sticker?
Tell me these aren’t terrorists. Tell me these aren’t any worse than jihadists. Tell me if you want – but you’re wasting your breath. If they want to change the laws, they need to do it like a civilized person, not like a crazed lunatic terrorist.
But let me give pro-lifers a little secret: The GOP is in no big rush to change it. I’m not talking about the difficulty in overturning a US Supreme Court case. For over three decades they’ve talked about it, but done nothing – because they don’t intend to lose their wedge issue. For six of Bush’s eight years there was a Republican House of Representatives, a Republican Senate, and a Republican President.
It just keeps single-issue, single-minded people voting for them.
And if they outlawed abortion – ohh the spending increases. How does that sit with their base? Because if abortion were illegal, you would still fight to protect this baby, right? If the baby isn’t getting pre-natal care, you’ll provide it, yes? Forcing a young woman to carry a baby she doesn’t want for 40 weeks – will she take good care of it or will it be at higher risk for health problem and learning problems? Will she avoid caffeine, liquor, cigarettes, drugs…or will it be born with addictions? At a time when less kids are going to college, what is the effect of more college dropouts? Will the baby need more health care programs? More social programs to provide for these kids? More foster homes? More supervising of the foster homes? Youch – how much of their base would they alienate with the increased government spending that goes along with this?