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The Killing of George Tiller - Mass Murderer

F. Earle Fox

The killing of George Tiller comes as a shock to many.  His having reportedly himself killed some 65,000 little babies in the womb does not seem like much of a shock for many in the news.  The following comes from http://www.kansas.com/.   We read from the Lutheran church where the killing took place: 

Our congregation strives to be a safe place for all people. We deplore the violence that took place within the walls of our church. Further, we reject any notion that violence against another human being is an acceptable way to resolve differences over any issue. We must always strive to engage in peaceful discussion. Our faith calls us to this. Our humanity demands it.

The above statement from a Christian group of people is seriously in contradiction of itself. 

IF the entity in the womb is a person, as all evidence indicates, then the unborn child (to quote Paul Hill) deserves the same protection as a born child.  That is a principle stated right in Roe v. Wade -- where it says that if the fetus were proven to be a person, then abortion would end because the child would receive the full protection of law. 

The pro-abortion people have done a masterful job of shutting this principle out of public discussion so that many even allegedly pro-life persons and organizations will not support the "personhood principle" that the entity in the womb is a human being, a person, and thus has the right (we have the obligation) to equal protection of law from conception to natural death. 

Almost all comments on the killing, liberal and conservative alike, focus on pity for the mass murderer, not for the children he killed.  Abortion supporters will, of course, try to use this sympathy for Tiller as a weapon against those in favor of life for all, and, surely, another case against the 2nd Amendment.  

How can a Christian church and pastor welcome into fellowship a mass murderer, and talk of him as a model citizen?      Surreal.   They can welcome him for repentance, but not unless. 

A Roman Catholic priest in Georgia told  his congregation after the recent election that anyone who voted for Obama would have to go to confession before receiving communion -- because they had materially supported an evil.  Right on.  Every priest and pastor in Christendom should be saying that.   


The following below came from

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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Gravely Wicked    [Robert P. George]

Whoever murdered George Tiller has done a gravely wicked thing.  The evil of this action is in no way diminished by the blood George Tiller had on his own hands.  No private individual had the right to execute judgment against him.  This is a statement which is beside the point if the killer was aiming at preventing of future murder, not punishment of past murder.  We are a nation of laws.  Lawless violence breeds only more lawless violence.  See "Directed Force...." on what breeds what.  Rightly or wrongly, George Tiller was acquitted by a jury of his peers.  He was acquitted on his past murders, not on all future murders.  The judicial decision did not make murder right.  "Vengeance is mine, says the Lord." For the sake of justice and right, the perpetrator of this evil deed must be prosecuted, convicted, and punished.  I thought you just said, "Vengeance is mine, says the Lord"...?    By word and deed, let us teach that violence against abortionists is not the answer to the violence of abortion.  Why single out abortion?  Why not say the same for murder of adults?  Is Robert George a pacifist? no use of force, no use of capital punishment?     Every human life is precious.  George Tiller's life was precious.  The preciousness of Tiller's life depended on his willingness to repent.  Otherwise he would hear from Jesus, "Depart from Me, I never knew you!  (The ultimate trigger...)  We do not teach the wrongness of taking human life by wrongfully taking a human life.  Let our "weapons" in the fight to defend the lives of abortion's tiny victims, be chaste weapons of the spirit.  See Paul Hill's article and my defense of Paul Hill

  Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University.

The responses which I have so far seen to the killing of Tiller are overwhelmingly sentimental in favor of George Tiller, not in favor of unborn children.  Even among pro-life persons.  We get the same sloppy thinking which was manifested in the symposium done by First Things magazine on the Paul Hill incident.  Not once did any of the allegedly conservative writers give Hill's one-line defense a decent explanation or examination.  Most of the did not even mention it.  Hill was then on death row, and they might have extended him the courtesy of an honest debate on the issue. 

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Date Posted -  06/01/2009   -   Date Last Edited - 09/15/2012