Many people have sent me their thoughts on the death of Dr. George Tiller. One of them (a woman) said Tiller's demise was NOT a murder because, in her words, "murder applies to the killing of an innocent person," and she doesn't believe the doctor was innocent.
One pro-life commentator called the execution of Dr. Tiller "a senseless act of violence." Like abortion, Tiller's murder 'senseless act of violence'
Violence it certainly was, but is "senseless" really the right term? Some of the "standard responses" (see Sarah Palin's in the column below) strike me as extremely inadequate.
Pro-life activist Randall Terry said of "the good doctor" that "he reaped what he sowed." Terry is not going to pretend that he's sad about Tiller's passing. It's politically correct to pretend we're sad, but few people truly are.
I am NOT IN ANY WAY a violent person. I can't say the same about George Tiller, who was responsible for approximately 60,000 abortions, many of them of the "late-term" variety. In reality, "late-term-abortion" is a euphemism for the eradication of viable human beings. Is such a thing "against the law?" If it's not, then "the law" is little more than a protective barrier for evildoers.
On my other blog, I've been talking about disrespect for life throughout history . . . resulting in the deaths of hundreds of millions of people (Rwanda, Darfur, the Soviet Union, Fascist Germany, Cambodia, Mao's China, and on and on). "What is man that Thou art mindful of him?"
The problem is that for so many dictators and the like man (i.e., humanity) isn't worth very much. I haven't mentioned the unborn yet, who appear to be victims of the general disregard for life.
Honestly, was Dr. Tiller anything but a criminal, an enemy of humanity? If so, reasoning with him or carrying a protest sign, does not seem to be quite enough. Those actions seem more like gestures designed to make the protesters feel good rather than to bring to an end what they believe are murderous actions.
Scott Rader, who allegedly shot George Tiller, apparently believed he was taking one life in order to save many. Was that in fact what Rader was doing? If so, it casts his actions in a new light.
(As you'll see in my http://draftpalin2012.blogspot.com site, I'm reprinting some of the many comments I've received on this subject.)