No, I was no fan of Tiller, he was, in my estimation an evil man, but the cold-blooded murder of Tiller is nothing but an evil, cowardly act that must be condemned by all. So must any pro-lifer who cheers at Tiller’s death. The right thing to do now is to offer prayers for Dr. Tiller’s family, and the family of the delusional man that murdered Dr. Tiller.
This act will no doubt create calls from the Left for more gun laws, and will heap blame on everyone who is a Christian, pro-life, Conservative, and OF course they will seek to paint everyone on the right as terrorists, murderers, and let’s see how many times we here about “Christianists” being responsible.
The Left will use this as another way to intimidate those opposed to abortions into silence. I fear the Left will also use this tp push for laws that punish certain speech they disagree with. The old “Conservative talk radio and Conservative bloggers cause this type of thing to happen” cards will be played.
Of course, all the reaction from the Right I have seen is to be applauded. Unlike the Left, the Right is not looking to exploit this. Instead take a sampling of these comments.
From Donald Douglas, linked above
But let me state unequivocally here: The death of George Tiller is a tragedy. His killers should be brought to justice and the death penalty should be on the table
From Carolyn Tackett
Dr. Tiller was known for performing late term abortions, an act I consider unspeakably evil. Dr. Tiller’s murder is no less evil.
It is not given to us to mete out justice. That right is neither given to us by the laws of man nor the laws of God. Tiller’s actions were in accordance with the laws of man in this country. He was given that right through a legitimate legal process and that right has been upheld in our courts. I believe that Tiller violated God’s law and as a Christian, I believe I have a responsibility to speak out against the travesty of abortion. However, I also know that God did not invest in me the power to administer His judgment or his justice.
I am not so naïve that I don’t know that there those on my side of the abortion debate who were gladdened by the news of Dr. Tiller’s murder. I would ask them, what positive benefit will arise from this act?
Whoever did this is a fool. Not only does this hurt the anti-abortion cause and go against Christian teachings, but it validates the recent report warning of conservative domestic terrorists.
From Protein Wisdom
Kansas has the death penalty and it should be on the table in the sentencing of Tiller’s assassin. I don’t advocate the death penalty, but that is Kansas law, and I agree with her. Contradictory? Yeah, I guess. This was an act of terrorism, as well as of murder. It was no more or less an act of political assassination than any of the bombings advocated by Bill Ayers. It was no more or less a violation of civil rights than the New Black Panther polling intimidation that the Obama Justice Department decided to drop ex post facto. There is either one justice for all, or there is justice for none.
From Southern Appeal
Of course, everyone here at Southern Appeal and 99.999% of anti-abortion citizens totally deplore such violence. Violence and injustice cannot be solved by more violence and injustice. Also, the murderer sent Mr. Tiller to face his Maker with very little chance to repent for his sins. That is not the mark of a true Christian, to say the least. Please pray for the soul of Mr. Tiller.
From Stacy McCain
One reason I so despise such criminal idiocy is that, as a student of history, I cannot think of a single instance in which assassination has produced anything good, no matter how evil or misguided the victim, nor how well-intentioned or malevolent the assassin.
From Brutus and the other republican Senators who slew Julius Caesar to Charlotte Corday, from John Wilkes Booth to Gavrilo Princip, and so onto Lee Harvey Oswald, Sirhan Sirhan and James Earl Ray, assassination seems inevitably to work against the purposes of its practicioners.
Those who slew Caesar did not save the Roman republic. Marat’s death only incited the Jacobins to greater terror. Booth’s pistol conjured up a spirit of vengeance against the South more terrible than war itself. Assassination is an act of nihilism. Whatever the motive of the crime, the horror it evokes always inspires a draconian response, and involves other consequences never intended by the criminal.
And from Becky Brindle has many responses from pro-life activists.
Michelle Malkin has the best description of those seeking to exploit this
Tiller’s family is grieving. Those who have jumped to score political points before Tiller is even buried are no better than the Phelps family thugs of the “Westboro Baptist Church” who respect no bounds of civility.