Monday, June 1, 2009

Dr. George Tiller, "Domestic Terrorists and Violent Racketeers," and Reality

The National Organization for Women, NOW, following Dr. George Tiller's killing, has called for America's government to "root out and prosecute as domestic terrorists and violent racketeers the criminal enterprise that has organized and funded criminal acts for decades." (June 1, 2009)

In context, I gather that NOW is talking about pro-life organizations like Operation Rescue and Priests for Life.

It looks like the man who killed Dr. Tiller was reacting to Dr. Tiller's professional interest in killing babies in the third trimester. Dr. George Tiller was one of the few American doctors who were willing to kill a baby at a point where the child was starting to look like a person. It also looks like Dr. Tiller's killer acted alone: but the investigation's only just begun.

I don't think that killing babies is right: but killing abortionists isn't right, either. (May 31, 2009)

And Now, a Word from "Domestic Terrorists and Violent Racketeers"

One of them, anyway.

Father Frank Pavone is, with his bishop's permission, the National Director of Priests for Life. He had a few words to say about the killing of Dr. George Tiller:
" 'I am saddened to hear of the killing of George Tiller this morning. At this point, we do not know the motives of this act, or who is behind it, whether an angry post-abortive man or woman, or a misguided activist, or an enemy within the abortion industry, or a political enemy frustrated with the way Tiller has escaped prosecution. We should not jump to conclusions or rush to judgment.

" 'But whatever the motives, we at Priests for Life continue to insist on a culture in which violence is never seen as the solution to any problem. Every life has to be protected, without regard to their age or views or actions.' " (Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life)
Fr. Pavone also wrote a post in his blog, mostly dealing with another person's reaction to Dr. Tiller's death: "Dr. Alveda King - Sorrow that Dr. Tiller Didn't Live to Repent".

That post is good reading - and a good reminder.

Prayer is a good idea.

Dr. George Tiller's death can serve as a reminder that we have a limited time to deal with the choices we have. Although what you do is strictly up to you, I suggest that you consider praying for wisdom and patience; pray that people who believe killing babies is right will change their minds; and pray that babies whose lives are threatened today will live until tomorrow.

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Update (June 1, 2009)

Statement from Kansas Catholic Conference added to "Views."

More, about Dr. George Tiller's murder:
A tip of the hat to Pamluther and frfrankpavone on Twitter, for the heads-up on Father Frank Pavone's post.

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