May 31, 2009
tags: Abortion, Abortion as Murder, George Tiller, Libertyville Abortion Demonstration, Pro-life Contradictions, Randall Terry
I’m pretty angry, so I might choose to retract this tomorrow, but in the meantime …
UPDATE: I’ve edited the language a bit by removing liberal use of the “f-word.”
Of course George Tiller’s death has already hit the blogosphere. I’ve read denunciations from all sorts of perspectives, most of which call his killer an extremist. One exception to this denunciation comes from Randall Terry. According to Christian News Wire,
Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue states, “George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God. I am more concerned that the Obama Administration will use Tiller’s killing to intimidate pro-lifers into surrendering our most effective rhetoric and actions. Abortion is still murder. And we still must call abortion by its proper name; murder.“Those men and women who slaughter the unborn are murderers according to the Law of God. We must continue to expose them in our communities and peacefully protest them at their offices and homes, and yes, even their churches.”
While bloggers similarly denounce Randall Terry as an extremist, I absolutely resist. What we have with Randall Terry is someone who is consistent. Most pro-lifers are hypocrites: they claim that abortion is murder (sometimes likening it to the holocaust) while denouncing those individuals who are willing to kill for the cause.
This is completely hypocritical. If I really believed that the legalization of abortion was tantamount to the holocaust, then I should be willing to kill to stop it. If you believe abortion is (mass) murder, then you should be willing to kill abortionists, just like those few individuals who were willing to try to assassinate Hitler.
But most pro-lifers, as I’ve noted, are hypocrites. They are unwilling to face up to the stupid consequences of their ideology. If abortion is murder, then abortionists are serial killers. If I find out my neighbor is a serial killer, it is unethical for me to just let her go about her merry way. I should stop her. I believe vigilante justice would be just as legitimate in this case as it was during the holocaust.
We should not denounce Tiller’s killer and Randall Terry as extremists. We should praise them as the individuals who reveal the very real contradictions of every other pro-lifer and the idiotic consequences of taking seriously pro-life rhetoric.
As does this video: