June 01, 2009

Contradictions and Ironies Abound: Tiller Murder

Yesterday, as he performed the ministry of an usher at the Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kansas, Dr. George Tiller was shot. The alleged perpetrator is a man named Scott Roeder.

News and reactions are still coming in but I find the patterns of contradictions and ironies emerging interesting.

*One month after Gallup reports that more people in the U.S. state they are pro-life than pro-choice this happens-coincidence?

*Health & Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius (former Governor of Kansas) who had documented ties to the late Dr. Tiller has, as of yet, made no public statement. This could be because she's too shocked to do so or just an exercise in the fine art of political "distancing"

*President Obama has made a public statement. It surprised me that he did. "However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence" As someone who finds the practice of abortion a "heinous act of violence" I find that phrase interesting. But, I give the President kudos for sensing that this was an act that should have been commented on by our leader even if I do find his turn of phrase ironic.

*The anti-government groups (you didn't think the suspected perp was going to be a regular guy, did you?) that Scott Roeder allegedly associated with, emerged from their usual "off the grid" life and made a statement that [Roeder] was "fanatic on abortion" The Left has to love that quote.

*Huffington Post is already blaming Ann Coulter

The greatest irony and horror to me: Dr. Tiller was shot in a house of worship. I have to admit that I'm shocked he even was a church going man. But, Dr. Tiller, in any statement of his I've ever read, appears to have honestly believed that he was performing a worthy medical service and doing a good to women in need. Unfortunately, Dr. Tiller appears to never have allowed himself to consider that he was doing violence to a baby in his quest to do a good.

How many of us probably sit next to pro-abortion people in church every Sunday? Obviously, Dr. Tiller's congregation had to know how he made his living because he was such a public figure. Pray for conversions. Pray for Dr. Tiller's family. Pray for Dr. Tiller's soul

Similarly, although we don't know yet for sure, it may be possible that Scott Roeder thought he was doing a 'good' by killing Dr. Tiller so he couldn't perform more abortions.

It is IMPOSSIBLE to use evil to do good. They don't equate. Scott Roeder is not a hero. What he, allegedly, did was wrong. You cannot use murder to stop murder. As one abortion is one abortion too many, so was killing Dr. Tiller.

We need to work on converting people to the pro-life cause, NOT killing and doing violence to them. We are trying to end violence, NOT keep perpetrating it. We are NOT terrorists, don't act like it.

I am pleased that the pro-life movement responded immediately with condemnations of the murder and prayers for Dr. Tiller and his family. Twitter proved it's value yesterday. This morning Relevant Radio changed it's already scheduled programming to host pro-life leaders: Fr. Frank Pavone and Joe Scheidler-both of whom soundly condemned the murder. Keep the information going. We need to be watchful because the pro-choice movement is going to use this murder to brand all of us with the same labels they will use on Scott Roeder: murderers and fanatics.

7 Comments:

Blogger underblog said...

I understand why pro lifers may think that the taking of this man's life is 'right', but the facts remain that we have the arguments all on our side. What I mean to say is that we don't need to be violent. Imagine you're in a debate, and you start yelling and cussing, how could you ever think you're winning?
Additionally, there's the problem with this man's soul. I mean if you are confident that in killing him he's going to go straight to hell, than maybe hell is somewhere you wouldn't want you're greatest enemy to go. Even if he is an abortionist. I wouldn't want anyone to go to hell, but I do know that many people do. I pray that this killer can make a true act of contrition.

June 01, 2009 9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find Tiller baffling. His website is gone, but you can get some insights into the man here: www.dr-tiller.com

June 02, 2009 9:59 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

underblog: No one who is truly pro-life would think Dr. Tiller's murder was "right". I think it was wrong. You make many good points. A true Christian does not want anyone to go to Hell. That's one reason to pray and effect conversions while people are still alive on earth. Once someone is in Hell, it's too late to pray for them.

June 02, 2009 10:13 AM  
Blogger Angela M. said...

Fr. Pavone said Tiller 'baptized' the dead babies after they were aborted. And as Fr. Pavone says in his book "Ending Abortion" - YOU CANNOT PRACTICE VICE VIRTUOUSLY.

June 02, 2009 3:15 PM  
Blogger Melody K said...

Did you listen to this video clip?http://www.priestsforlife.org/audios/george-tiller-1.mp3
Talk about cognitive dissonance. I think you are right, he really believed he was performing a service.

June 02, 2009 7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Father Frank Pavone and Joe Scheidler are rather like those Saudi Arabian imams who stir up violent hatreds with their preachments, then are 'shocked, shocked!' when unbalanced minds go about trying to suit actions to words.

June 18, 2009 3:00 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Anon: I've never heard Father Pavone or Mr. Scheidler advocate or "preach" violence against abortion providers. Both, immediately condemned the perpetrator. I've never heard a terrorist imam do that.

June 18, 2009 2:44 PM  

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