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Justifiable Homicide?

Doctor's murder considered by some to be the lesser of two evils.

by Richard Mr. Moo Moore
June 7, 2009

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Justifiable Homicide?

Last Sunday, while serving as an usher at his home church in Wichita, Kansas, Dr. George Tiller was shot in cold blood. Period.

Oh, to have issues like murder be so black and white. But in the eyes of many, it is a lesser of two evils. After a week of pundits on both sides of the abortion issue sounding off, it's my turn.
Last Sunday, while serving as an usher at his home church in Wichita, Kansas, Dr. George Tiller was shot in cold blood. Period.
For most people on the side of legal abortions and with a favorable view of Roe v. Wade, Dr. Tiller was a hero. For people who believed that abortion is murder and should never be allowed, Dr. Tiller was a doctor who guilty of premeditated murder of a living child.
Earlier in the week, I put it this way on Facebook: "murder is not ever the appropriate response – even to abortion. Especially not in the House of God. Jesus said ‘love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.' Nothing here about murder that I can see."
To me, an individual's opinion about abortion is not the same issue as murder of an abortion doctor in cold blood.
Personally, I am pro-life. I am against abortion. I cannot understand the mentality of some who consider an abortion as a form of after-the-fact contraception. Especially 6 or 7 or 8 months after conception took place. I do understand the arguments given by those who favor a pro-choice position. I understand the opinion of "it's my body". I don't agree with it but I understand the logic. I understand the argument of "it's not a living breathing child yet". I don't buy it but I understand it.
But, I don't accept the position that this was justifiable homicide. I understand it but I don't accept it. I have heard this week one should or must die for the purpose of saving many hundreds, even thousands of children. I don't buy it but I understand it.
So for me, I must go back to scripture, as I do so many times when I do not understand something in this life. I try to understand the events of today in light of the writings in that holy book. And so I wondered, how would Jesus respond to this issue? Or to use the overused, WWJD, what would Jesus do? Would Jesus have looked at the doctor as someone who took the lives of children? Would Jesus have acted in a revengeful manner, remembering his own teachings recorded in Matthew chapter 25 of "when you do it to the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you do it to me." Would Jesus taken the life of Dr. Tiller?
And what of Jesus' closest followers, the disciples. Would they have taken the life of Dr. Tiller? One must examine the response of the disciples when someone very precious to them was taken and murdered. What did the disciples do when Jesus was murdered? Did they get together, teach a philosophy of revenge, plot and scope out the every move of the chief priest or Pilate or King Herod, in preparation for taking the life of the guilty ones?
No, but that is what the pro-life community has done in part and Scott Roeder has followed through with this past Sunday. Many pro-lifers have had the attitude that one must die for the good of the many. Roeder did nothing more than what some secretly wanted to do for years. Take Dr. Tiller's life. Roeder scoped out Tiller, the "guilty one", by going to Reformation Lutheran Church over the last few months. He knew that Tiller would be ushering and he knew how the ushers did their job. He did his research and acted on what he had learned.
How many people in the pro-life community practiced what Jesus said in Matthew, chapter 5, verse 44: "love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you"? How many members of the pro-life community that have incited violence against abortionist and their clinics, picketed their homes and threatened their families have spent any time in prayer for these they seem to despise? Few, if any, I would imagine ever prayed for Dr. Tiller in a compassionate way.
But, you might say, there is a time to pray and a time to act. Yes, that may be true but a true follower of God who loves little children and loves doctors doing horrible acts should act according to what would bring honor to the one God they claim to love and not shame and dishonor.
No, abortion harms many people every year and takes innocent life. It can and does destroy relationships with the woman's family, her partner and God. I sense that God weeps every time a young one is aborted.
I sense that God wept last Sunday as well. God wept for Scott Roeder because he did not understand Jesus' teachings of Matthew 5. God wept also for Dr. Tiller because he didn't understand Jesus' teaching of Matthew 25. God also wept for the families of these two men because this horrible act could push them farther away from the one who loves them the most.

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Jonathan Wilson from Chicagoland writes:
June 8, 2009
Thank you Rich, for setting the issues in the clear perspective of the Church. Pro-life simply cannot be pro-murder--not under any circumstances. The principle of "one must die for the sake of the many" does not justify murder; it DOES teach us how we are each to carry the cross for ourselves and be willing to die before we are willing to kill another. Let us, as pro-life supporters, be the first to show meekness and kindness toward all, and never resort to the very sort of utilitarian violence that we decry.
Sincerely, Jonathan

elm from 98801 writes:
June 11, 2009
Biblical paradox: "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth" vs "thou shalt not kill." Lawless & twisted anti-abortion fanatics of the Christian sect who have indeed commited premediated murder while claiming to be Godly are no different than the 911 misguided & fanatic pilots who killed many in the name of Allah. Same type of mindset. Historically, killing of all kinds has went on and still going on in the name of religion!

Anti-abortionists who kill to protect the "UNBORN" by killing the "BORN" face the same music they danced to. What goes around comes around; death penalty serves to protect society from those having the capacity to kill. Murder in the name of religion, is not excempt.

Nowhere in the many religious works of supposed MEN of God claiming to be inspired by God ~ does it address the "UNBORN." Aka, a woman with child shalt not abort.
And, why might that be? No need to add the UNBORN. Woman didn't have ANY rights over their body or life back when MALE scribes claimed to be inspired by MALE GOD. MEN ruled over society. Men ruled over woman and children. MEN wrote, re-wrote, rewrote and rewrote the Bible. Woman had no rights or choices in those days.
MEN went as far as to create God in their image instead of them being created in God's image.

Thankfully, that era has faded!!!!! Educated females no longer buy into male supremacy and those cock & bull writings created in the Patriarchial Era.


elm from 98801 writes:
June 13, 2009
Origin of "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth." This saying which is found in the Bible, Matthew 5:38 - King James Version, was extracted from Code of Hammurabi, King of Babylon. (1792-1750BC).

Hammurabi's Code 230 was based on the "principle of exact reciprocity." A compensating measure of justice for every wrong done. A person causing the death of another's child would have their own child be put to death.

Obsolete Codes (Biblical or non Biblical) and Obsolete Laws are no longer applicable. In today's world, a person's own child can not be killed for their killing of another person's child. Killing abortion doctor's children is out of the question in our society.

Blind faith in the unseen doesn't mean going by very extreme and obsolete codes or laws of very old and ignorant cultures while ignoring society's currant codes and laws. Faith-based that do -- in order to justify killing abortion doctor's are asking for trouble.

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