Why the murder of the abortionist is wrong

Cyberbrethren posts a column by Lutheran journalist Uwe Siemon-Netto:

The murder of abortionist Dr. George Tiller was a blow to American society in general, and to the pro-life movement in particular, for the following reasons:

This crime turned one of the worst perpetrators of mass infanticide into a presumed martyr for abortion “rights” just at a time when its supporters were slipping dramatically in public esteem. While Tiller’s killer has done away with a physician who by his own admission took the lives of 100 babies every week, this crime might result in an increase of abortions in months to come. Simple minds will now see abortionists as victims, und not the innocent human babies they slaughter, innocents like the 60,000 Tiller has slaughtered just before their births. This must be a depressing thought for all those faithful Christians who peacefully pray and fast outside the Planned Parenthood slaughterhouses. In the long run, they stood a good chance of being victorious in the war against the culture of death. Let it be known that Tiller’s killer has become a soldier on the side of death in this conflict.

The United States is still a democracy. In a free society, the voters are their nation’s sovereigns. They are empowered to fight evil, such as abortion, in the polling booths. This is their divine calling. On the other hand, nobody has a calling to kill except at the orders of duly instituted authorities. It is government alone that in a civilized society may instruct soldiers or policemen to use their firearms.

The United States is a nation of law. The law is a gift from God to protect us against anarchy and subsequent chaos, a state that prevailed before God created the universe. Tiller’s killer has committed an act of anarchy and therefore not only violated the Fifth Commandment but also rebelled against the divine order of creation. Those who secretly cheer his dastardly act must be made aware that they are participating in a despicable revolt against the creator.

But we can’t leave matters there. A man has taken the law in his hand because, like many of us, he believed that politics and the courts have warped The Law beyond recognition. Following the French Revolution, many Western democracies, including the United States, have turned against Natural Law, which God himself has written upon every human heart, and replaced it with man-made “positive law.” In this context it is well to remember Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s assessment that the French Revolution “was the laying bare of the emancipated man in his tremendous power and his most terrible perversity.” He was convinced that “the liberation of man as an absolute ideal leads only to man’s self-destruction.”

The abortion issue is a case in point. Natural law, the universal moral code, must surely tell us that sucking the brains out of a baby’s skull in his or her mother’s womb is simply wrong, regardless whether you are a Christian or not. Only “man in his most terrible perversity,” to cite Bonhoeffer, can conceive of such an act as a human right. To make this point, though, does not call for a killer’s gun. All that’s needed is the voters’ soul-searching reflection about their duties as sovereigns of their own land.

Note what Siemon-Netto does with Natural Law, a recent topic of our discussion. Its opposition is “positive law”; that is, the notion that we can just make up the law we want.

Pro-life terrorism

Surely that is a contradiction in terms! The partial-birth abortionist Dr. George R. Tiller was murdered in Wichita as he handed out bulletins at the Sunday service at Reformation Lutheran Church. (That is an ELCA congregation. He was excommunicated from his original LCMS congregation.) So we have not only murder but sacrilege, the violation of a church at worship. A suspect has been captured. All we need is to be identified with terrorists. No, we will have to explain, we don’t believe in homicide. (We are against homicide, which is why we are against abortion. After the pro-life movement has made some significant progress, get ready for a pro-abortion backlash. I hesitated to blog on this, knowing what some of you might say–that we are glad Tiller is dead, a mass-murderer himself–and I feared playing into our enemies’ hands. But I feel in all honesty we’ve got to bring this up.

The Lord and Giver of Life

Yesterday was Pentecost, celebrating the gift of the Holy Spirit and, in effect, the birthday of the Church. Our pastor preached an outstanding sermon on what a Spirit-filled life actually is. We will be in the Pentecost season for quite a while, so it’s good to think about the Holy Spirit and His work in the Church. We often complain about church issues, but when it comes right down to it, the Holy Spirit is living and active whenever God’s Word is proclaimed, even when our congregations seem mundane and ordinary. We often look for the Holy Spirit in spectacular manifestations, missing Him where He says He will be, doing what He says He will: convicting the world of sin and righteousness, bringing us to faith in Christ, and giving us life:

So, in the words of the Nicene Creed:

I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spake by the Prophets. And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The best judge pro-lifers can get from Obama?

Of course President Obama is going to nominate a liberal to the Supreme Court. On life issues, Judge Sotomayor’s previous rulings have suggested she is not, at least, a pro-abortion fanatic, as many of his other likely choices would be. (She went easy on some abortion protesters.) In fact, according to at least one pro-life leader, she would probably be an improvement over the Republican-appointed retiring Justice Souter. From Pro-life Catholic leader roots for Sotomayor:

A prominent pro-life Catholic says he will be quietly rooting for Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be confirmed to the Supreme Court and said she may even be an improvement over retiring Justice David H. Souter – as both sides of the abortion issue try to discern her position.

William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, said Judge Sotomayor’s record has more bright spots than conservative Catholics can reasonably expect to get from an appointee of President Obama.

As a matter of fact, pro-abortion activists are worried about her. They apparently fear she might become THEIR Justice Souter.

Where to find your missing comics

Do you like the comic strips in newspapers? I do, though I don’t think they are as funny or entertaining as they used to be. Newspapers, due to their economic woes, are cutting a lot of people’s favorites. The Washington Post has cut back from a comic-lover’s feast of three pages to two pages. But when the Post drops a comic in the print section–as it has been doing for years, dropping a strip to pick up another one–it continues to make it available online. So if you are missing your Judge Parker or your Zippy the Pinhead, you can keep up with them by going here: Comics – washingtonpost.com.

You are never alone

Paul McCain at Cyberbrethren posts a great Luther quote, in the context of a discussion of private prayers and devotions:

Never think that you are kneeling or standing alone, rather think that the whole of Christendom, all devout Christians, are standing there beside you and you are standing among them in a common, united petition, which God cannot disdain. Luther, AE 43:198