“Christian Fundamentalist Terrorist”
As most people have heard George Tiller, the much vilified Kansas abortion doctor, was shot to death Sunday morning while attending services at Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita. Tiller, often referred to as “Tiller the Baby Killer,” was one of only a handful of doctors in the United States providing what has been labeled as “late-term therapeutic abortions” for women in need. Women travelled from all corners of the country to see Tiller when their own physicians and local medical providers, bound by law, wouldn’t abort a “late term” viable baby. One of his patients was quoted as saying that Tiller was, “the one shining light in the worst week of my life.” New York University Professor, Jacob Appel described Tiller as “a genuine hero who ranks alongside Susan B. Anthony and Martin Luther King Jr. in the pantheon of defenders of human liberty.” Even with such accolades from within liberal circles Tiller was one whose life was plagued with controversy, some people loved him, other people hated him, and many people, myself included, prayed for him often. He served as a “poster child” for abortion advocates, and a “rallying point,” for the supporters of life. Many in the pro-life movement thought that they had finally seen the end of Tillers atrocities when he was charged with 19 misdemeanors, relating to some of the countless abortions he had performed at his Wichita clinic. However on March 27, 2009, Tiller was found not guilty on all charges, though up until his death the Kansas’s Board of Healing Arts had continued to investigate charges of ethical violations that mirrored the prosecutors’ original criminal allegations.
It’s a disheartening fact that violence has been a part of the anti-abortion movement from its genesis, from the bombing of abortion clinics, murders of abortion providers, to the covert violence of harassing women trying to get to clinics for reproductive services. All these actions are vile, and completely invalidate the messages of the pro-life movement. As with any movement, the message can be correct, but the messengers can and do invalidate that message by the way that it is presented. The murder alone is responsible for his actions. An entire movement, in this case cannot be held responsible for the actions of one “deranged” individual. However this is exactly what is happening in our out of control, liberal media. One article I read written by Shannyn Moore; which was posted on “The Huffington Post,” which by far is one of the most vile liberal smear sites on the web, wrote; “Christian Fundamentalist Terrorism. It’s shocking to write. But it’s time to start calling it what it is.” She, like anyone else is entitled to her own opinions but her brash statement paints with too broad a brush in her labeling Tillers murderer as a “Christian fundamentalist terrorist.” Was the murder of Dr. Tiller domestic terrorism, yes it was, and we can call it that, but we don’t know anything concrete about the individual who took Dr. Tillers life, so to present this label as she did not only presents unknowns as facts, but wrongly presents a picture to the world that all “pro-life” advocates are “terrorists.”
Now the Church is and always has been the driving force in the pro-life movement, in spite of suffering from its own guilt over issues of injustice from the past it has consistently taken a stand for “life” and the protection of the innocent. This because from scripture we know that all life is precious, for all are created in the “image of God.” The murdering of doctors who murder innocent children doesn’t demonstrate a pro-life belief. In reality such a murder demonstrates pro-death belief. One cannot justify Tiller’s murder as an appropriate action, even if it did bring a swift end his crimes against humanity. One cannot justify bad behavior as a reason to use bad behavior. Though some have in recent days, no bible believing Christian can justifiably support murder, even if it is the murder of a murderer. We live in a nation of laws and accordingly the individual or individuals who are responsible for Tillers death should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
With the change administrations in Washington, the pro-life movement is faced with a new challenge. Unlike his predecessor, who was an ardent defender of human life, President Obama is committed to making “abortion on demand,” including the barbaric “partial birth abortion,” not easier to obtain, but available at taxpayers’ expense. Killing a child in the womb, even when it is sanctioned by government is murder. Just because government approves of such a heinous action through its laws does not mean that those laws are just. So how should Christians react to these events? First, pray for the Tiller family, though his actions were vile, he himself was created in the image of God, loved by God, and now will stand in judgment before God, as we all will someday. Second, pray for the individual who committed this crime, that they might come to see the error of their ways and find forgiveness for their actions. Third, pray for the family of those responsible for this crime, for the liberal media onslaught will undoubtedly be relentless. And forth, pray for our President, and other elected officials that they would come to see abortion for what it truly is, “genocide,” and that they will enact laws that respect life.