Sunday, May 31, 2009

Dr. George Tiller Shot and Killed in Wichita

Dr. George Tiller was shot and killed at his church this morning in Wichita. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to news reports from KAKE. Dr. Tiller, who performed abortions, was a controversial figure in the abortion debate and had been a victim of attempts on his life before.

I will never understand why anyone with an "all life is precious" belief thinks murder is an appropriate way to demonstrate that.

When you whip people into a frenzy over any topic, some of them will go too far with it.  I don't think there has ever been a case of a person with a pro-choice mindset killing someone with a pro-life mindset because of their beliefs. What is happening in the pro-life movement that results in this dramatic reaction?

My sympathies to the family and friends of Dr. Tiller.

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lillie said...

I SO agree with you. There is something distinctively contradictory about claiming to be pro-life, and having respect for all forms of life, and yet knowingly taking the life (or condoning someone else of doing it) of someone whose beliefs may differ in some respect from your own. It is disturbing and frightening, especially when we all know how radical many people become in defending THEIR beliefs. I have a lot of trouble accepting a person's claims to be "Christian", who pick and choose who is worthy of living and who is not.

Superdumb Supervillain said...

This happened within a mile or two of my home. I can't say I am surprised that Tiller was killed (he's been a target for so long) but the fact that the self-appointed executioner shot him in his church, in front of the whole congregation... how could you ever rationalize that? How can any good ever come from killing?

Patsy Terrell said...

It's dangerous when activists work people into a frenzy about ANYthing. Logic follows that someone with that view point is going to be radical enough to do something like this. In this case it's the abortion debate but it could have been anything else. But the groups who made him a target with their attention are now issuing statements denouncing the murder instead of taking any responsibility for their part in it. This is a slippery slope and people keep dying on it.