An infamous abortion doctor, Dr. George Tiller, was murdered today in his church in Wichita, Kansas. The murder suspect is now in custody, and reports say that the alleged shooter is “fanatically” opposed to abortion and believes in “justifiable homicide.” Obviously, the investigation has just begun, but many already suspect that the motive for the shooting was related to Dr. Tiller’s medical practice, which provides late-term abortions.
I agree with the sentiments expressed by Dr. Albert Mohler, who writes:
‘Violence in the name of protesting abortion is immoral, unjustified, and horribly harmful to the pro-life cause.Â Now, the premeditated murder of Dr. George Tiller in the foyer of his church is the headline scandal — not the abortions he performed and the cause he represented.
‘We have no right to take the law into our own hands in an act of criminal violence.Â We are not given the right to take this power into our own hands, for God has granted this power to governing authorities.Â The horror of abortion cannot be rightly confronted, much less corrected, by means of violence and acts outside the law and lawful means of remedy.Â This is not merely a legal technicality — it is a vital test of the morality of the pro-life movement. . .
‘Murder is murder.Â The law rightly affirms that the killing of Dr. George Tiller is murder.Â In this we must agree.Â We cannot rest until the law also recognizes the killing of the unborn as murder.Â The killing of Dr. George Tiller makes that challenge all the more difficult.’
Robert George‘s comments are also apt:
‘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. We are a nation of laws. Lawless violence breeds only more lawless violence. Rightly or wrongly, George Tilller was acquitted by a jury of his peers. “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. By word and deed, let us teach that violence against abortionists is not the answer to the violence of abortion. Every human life is precious. George Tiller’s life was precious. 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.’