DESPITE the weasel words of condemnation that came from one anti-abortion group in the US following the fatal shooting yesterday of abortionist George Tiller, it seems that champagne corks are popping today among many other fanatical “pro-lifers”, which America has in abundance.
Campaigners against abortion were cock-a-hoop earlier this year when Tiller was tried on charges of illegally performing certain abortions in his Wichita clinic, but were devastated when he was acquitted in March.
American anti-abortion campaign group Operation Rescue said it was “shocked” by the news of his murder.
A statement on the organisation’s website, which is curiously now inaccessible, said:
We denounce vigilantism and the cowardly act that took place this morning. We pray for Mr Tiller’s family that they will find comfort and healing that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
But Operation Save America – a linked organisation? – appeared jubilant. Spokesman Rev Rusty Thomas said:
He died the way he lived. His was a bloody death.
And it quoted Pastor Mark Holick, of the Spirit One Christian Centre, as saying:
What was an abortionist doing in church, any church…being allowed, welcomed, even venerated? This man killed babies for a living. He charged large sums of money to do it. Then he went to church, made large contributions, and the church (Reformation Lutheran Church) accepted it??
This is an apostate church, fully complicit in Mr Tiller’s murderous rampage against preborn children. It has provided cover and respectability for him. We have confronted both pastor and church with this trashing of the Gospel of Christ.
And Rev Flip Benham, Director of Operation Save America, quoted the Bible:
A man who stiffens his neck after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed – without remedy (Proverbs 29:1).
George Tiller has been confronted innumerable times with the claims of Christ. We were in Wichita in 1991, pleading for him to receive Christ and stop murdering children. In April 2001, I wrote him a personal letter with the book, Won By Love hoping to speak with him. Every day outside his abortion mill, gentle Christians pleaded with mothers to choose life and with George to choose Christ. We have been to his home, his church, and his work. He is now bowing before Jesus and confessing that He (Jesus) is right and that he (George Tiller) was wrong!
No doubt the media will paint every Christian, who loves life and lives out that belief in the streets of his city, as a wild-eyed, lunatic, fanatic bent on shooting abortionists. They will attempt to silence the voice of many by using the violence of one. This ploy is the devil’s ‘straw man’.
Tiller, 67, who performed controversial “late term” abortions, was gunned down as he served as an usher at his local Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kansas.
According to this report, police believe they have captured the man responsible, and plan to charge a 51-year-old man with homicide and two counts of aggravated assault.
The suspect was captured about 180 miles away, near Kansas City. Police said he was resident of Merriam, a suburb of Kansas City.
Wichita deputy police chief Tom Stolz said:
We feel that this is an act of an isolated individual, however our investigation continues.
Tiller has long been a target of America’s anti-abortion lobby. His clinic in Wichita has been the site of several mass protests and was bombed in 1985. Tiller was shot and wounded by an abortion opponent in 1993.
In the US, abortions are generally considered late-term when they are performed after the 20th week of gestation, on foetuses potentially old enough to survive outside the womb.
UPDATE: In all likelihood, Tiller’s killer will turn out to be a crazed religious zealot – which makes this stupid billboard, seen in Texas, all the more offensive as it seeks to equate GODLESSNESS with murder and lack of morality: