George Tiller, a lightning rod of the decades-old abortion controversy was shot to death in his Lutheran church during worship today. Tiller has made his living by doing late-term abortions and has been the target of previous attacks both violent, non-violent and via the legal system.
Observations and Questions:
1) I will shed no tears over this man’s death. It is grievous however that someone, probably with a religious motivation, made the decision to usurp the state’s power of the sword and stop violence with violence.
2) What is the responsibility of the individual to stop violence with violence when the state condones and even pays for said violence?
3) How will the leadership of his church in Wichita answer to God for allowing such an unrepentant person to be part of their fellowship?
4) The United States has been paying dearly for the last 36 years because of the judicial fiat that was Roe v Wade. Justice Harry Blackmun and his six colleagues thought their decision would settle the abortion question quickly, but instead led to the polarization of the whole of American politics. The political middle was gutted as liberals and conservatives, slowly at first and then more quickly, jumped to one side or the other the abortion divide. The Democratic Party lost the blue-collar Catholic vote leading to Republican domination of politics until the gross incompetence of W. drove them towards “change”, even if for just a season. The Republican Party remains a house divided itself. “Country-club Republicans” suppress their support of Roe to hold together their shaky coalition with the religious right, either of which would comprise a pathetic minority without the other. American lurches like a drunk from the ditch on the left to the ditch on the right because there is no philosophically satisfying settlement to be found at the stripe down the middle. This issue will not go away until one side or the other wins decisive victory in the court of public opinion. Its meaning runs too deep.
5) Another unintended consequence of Roe on politics is the “Roe Effect”. That is liberals aborting their children at a much higher rate than conservatives creating profound effects on political demographics. There will be consequences when you kill 50 million of your own people.
6) Roe v. Wade is judged by most on the right and many on the left to be muddle-headed in its thinking. Among those is its arbitrary designation of legal abortion up to 20 weeks gestation. Tiller’s specialty was in post-20 week gestation abortion for reasons including maternal depression, a procedure granted legality not by the people, but again by the courts.
7) I've heard the question asked for years, "When will God judge America for its abortion carnage?" They haven't been paying attention.