2 June 2009

Okay, so I guess this is about us after all

A columnist from the Toronto Star has weighed in on the murder of George Tiller, and it's all our fault.

While only one suspect assassinated Dr. George Tiller in the foyer of his Wichita church on Sunday, the shooter did not act alone.

Oh sure, just one man, Scott Roeder, 51, has been arrested in connection with the fatal attack on the doctor, one of only three in the entire U.S. courageous enough to protect women's lives and rights by performing late-term abortions.

But, as the news of the murder spread online, you could see the face of the American Taliban – shall we say Christofascists instead? – who have supported those who have shot and killed abortion providers, firebombed and invaded clinics and harassed desperate women on their way in or out of doctor's offices.

I could fisk this opening statement, but in the wake of the murder it somehow seems petty. I will say this: while I do not wish to minimize the murder of Tiller, it was the first shooting in many years. There have been no bombings in decades, and the activity in Canada has been minimal. There were a few shootings on the West coast years ago, but there has been nothing since then. The article gives the impression that there is an ongoing daily massacre happening. I reiterate: One murder would be too many. We are pro-life, we hold all life to be sacred, and we do not condone or encourage murder.

But not according to the reporter. She goes on to complain that Christian website paint all abortions with the same brush.

Go to the so-called Christian websites – where gruesome videos of cut-up babies are splattered over the home pages – and you'd think that women and their doctors were tearing little children limb from limb every time an abortion is performed.

This merits a foul cry, but this is exactly what she does repeatedly in her article to those with whom she opposes.

Make no mistake: The systematic targeting of abortion clinics and their patients is domestic terrorism. That despite how the right, including top-ranking Republicans such as John McCain and Sarah Palin, pretend otherwise.

Just because it's carried out by white men instead of brown ones, committed in the name of Jesus instead of Allah, and all but encouraged by the right-wing hate machine online and on the air cannot mask the sick, sad truth.

These men who commit these acts, ostensibly to protect babies, really hate women. (And why is it that it's almost always men who head these anti-choice organizations, including the Church?) They hate them just as much as those brutes in far-off countries where women are forced to cover themselves from head to toe.

The result is the same: women being denied equality, independence, the
right to protect their health and their families

All the same, to her. No difference to be found here. How she hates those haters.

Oh, here it's all cloaked differently. "Think of the `unborn' children." "What about the right of the fetus?" "Doesn't the baby get freedom of choice?'"

Here some of the pro-life points are raised to first be mocked...

What a load.

...and then to be dismissed.

There is a difference between here and those other places where we more normally associate terrorism, but guess what that difference is?

The only thing that stands between the women-haters in other lands and women-haters here are the feminist men and women who fight for women's rights.

The only thing. My question to this is: why didn't feminism arise in other lands, then? Why is it only here, in the West, that feminism developed in the first place? Because it is here that the idea of rights developed, and here alone. It is a foreign concept to every other land on earth. And from whence came the notion of 'rights'? From the Church.

Dr. George Tiller gave his life for that fight.

And now he is a martyr to their cause. The killer has done more damage than he knows.

The conclusion to this article:

And he was more Christian – and pro-life – than the forced birthers can ever be.

So be it. A man claiming to be pro life has given the pro choice forces a martyr, and now we are all to be blamed. Holding up the gospel is a hate crime, and an invitation to murder, even though we may preach against hate and murder, because someone has made it so. We may all pay for this. And I say this is good news indeed. Those of you who cringe and fear the coming days, rejoice as we were told in Matthew 5: 10 "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 "Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you."

And continue praying for those involved in this crime. They need prayer.

So does the author of this article.

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