It’s Only Murder When It’s Someone On Your Team
The Army of God (not affiliated with any actual gods or goddesses) is an “organization” that promotes the use of deadly violence as a resolution to the question of abortion. Their reasoning is that as much effort and “force” should be spent in the defense of the unborn as the born, and that shooting and killing abortion providers is a totally reasonable answer to their dilemma. (That dilemma being that abortions are legal, while kidnapping pregnant woman and forcing them to bring their children to term is not. Possible they missed the memo on murder.)
Abortion is a pretty sucky subject right off the bat. I can really see both sides of the issue, even though I finally come down of the side of Pro-Choice. Still, it is taking a life. What makes it worse is that in most cases, that life was created from a few moments of irresponsibility which results in a lifetime of paying for it. (Kind of like shooting someone.)
My personal view is that the taking of that life is not the worst thing that could happen. I don’t believe that all life is sacred, and I don’t believe that a baby human is any more or less important than a five year old human, or a nineteen year old soldier, or a sixty-seven year old abortion provider. This is not to say that I think it’s a good thing or shouldn’t be avoided whenever practically possible, only that killing people because of it makes you part of the problem, not the solution. You’re still bringing death, you’re simply justifying it with your own brand of crazy-logic.
The late Dr. George Tiller was an abortion provider who specialized in late term abortions in cases where severe or fatal birth defects were discovered late in the pregnancy, or in cases where the delivery of even a healthy baby would result in a “substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function” in the mother. Dr. Tiller was vilified no less than twenty eight times on the O’Rielly Factor as “Tiller the Baby Killer,” and was accused of aborting fetuses in order to cure “temporary depression” in expectant mothers… a charge that among eighteen others, Tiller was found innocent of in a trial brought against him by anti-abortion activists.
Dr. Tiller’s clinic was bombed in 1986, he was shot in both arms in 1993, and he was finally killed on the 31st of May, 2009 by a man who believed he was defending the sanctity of life.
Clearly Tiller did not do what he did because it was easy or fun. He did what he did because he was the only one who would do it. He saved women’s lives and he alleviated the suffering of countless families. Because the abortions were late-term he was one of the very few doctors who were willing to perform them. Considering, it doesn’t take much imagination to see why that would be.
The Army of God is hailing Tiller’s murder as an act of heroism, killing as an act of life, bringing misery as an act of grace. I think adopting a Down’s Syndrome baby would have been a more productive protest.
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