The Wrath of Angels relevant again">The Wrath of Angels relevant again

Jessa Crispin at The Smart Set contemplates the return of violence to the anti-abortion movement:

On Sunday, May 31, a man walked into a Wichita Lutheran church and shot Dr. George Tiller to death in front of his wife. The man accused, Scott Roeder, had been following Dr. Tiller, attempting to vandalize his clinic and appearing at Tiller’s misdemeanor trial earlier in the year.

George Tiller had long been a favorite target of extremist pro-life groups such as Operation Rescue, as he was one of the only doctors in the United States who would perform late-term abortions. Most of his clients were women whose fetuses had severe birth defects, but he was labeled one of the worst offenders of the war on the unborn by groups including Operation Rescue and the Army of God.

Recently there had been glimmers of a resurgence of violence in the pro-life community, but nothing quite like this. A bomb was left outside a clinic in Austin, Texas in 2007, but it was disarmed before it could explode, and the man arrested did not appear to have any ties to extremist groups. Earlier this year, a man was arrested for intentionally driving his SUV into a St. Paul Planned Parenthood clinic before opening hours.

The last abortion doctor to be assassinated was Dr. Barnett Slepian in 1998, and it has been almost 10 years since the last organized attack on abortion clinics.

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  1. Richard III

    Brought to us by well meaning, God fearing conservative Christians who think that they alone know the mind of God and so conveniently forget that what they are doing violates one of the Ten Commandments that they so proudly proclaim as the highest standards of human conduct. You can’t have it both ways.

    Richard Warren

  2. David Allen |dah • veed|

    God fearing conservative Christians who believe, as the former Episcopal priest Matt Kennedy phrases it, that this was just the murder of a serial murderer.

  3. Richard III

    “that this was just the murder of a serial murderer.” Which doesn’t make it right, it’s not their place to act as though they are God’s surrogate on earth meting out divine justice. They are simply using the Bible to justify their own hatred and prejudices and somehow rationalize their committing murder as being somehow different. I’d like to know how many of them would be willing to adopt and raise the children whose lives they want to save.

    signed (by ed.) – Richard Warren

    RW – Please make it a habit to sign your name. Thanks – eds.

  4. Richard III

    I’ll try to be better in the future.

    Richard Warren

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