Obviously, these are very complicated issues. But the most barbaric practice in our “progressive” society is late-term abortion. And when a man makes that his life’s work, and that man is now gone from the planet, I view this as an Unqualified Good.
The world is now a better place with the subtraction of one evil man. Tiller is dead. His death factory stands quiet. Putting aside everything else for a moment, what is not to like about that?
Though I don’t necessarily cheer for the murder of such evil-doers, it doesn’t really bother me, either. In the big picture, his murderer essentially traded his freedom—maybe even his soul and eternal salvation—for no more dead babies. At least, no more from that facility, for at least a short time.
Why would that bother me? I think of the babies that disappeared over the years. The future geniuses, or pianists, or just regular folks like you and me. I grieve for them. Maybe some of them were worth saving, eh? And then I think of other babies lucky enough to survive past Tiller’s expiration date, that might yet see the light of day.
Whether his murderer has betrayed God, or his beliefs, I don’t much care.
Whether Tiller was a repentant-soul-in-waiting, or not, I don’t much care either.
Here’s why. A man who willingly punctured the skulls of viable nearly-full-term babies still in-utero deserves no benefit of the doubt from me. Full stop. Fade to black. Good night!
If others wish to grant him that benefit, go for it. I just can’t go there. Tiller had plenty of time to discover the errors of his evil ways, instead of going to work every day to commit near-infanticide. He failed to do that before somebody took him out. Life is like that sometimes.
Like they used to say in the Old West, “he needed killin'”. Just because we stopped saying it doesn’t make it any less true today.
So does all that make me a bad Christian? Well, put me down on the list then. I will weep no tears for the likes of Tiller.
Would Jesus himself have had sympathy for Tiller? I don’t know. If he would, and if we’re being 100% frank here, I’m not sure I would agree with Jesus.
To spin this around another way, isn’t there at least some degree of heroism here on the part of the man who pulled the trigger? Don’t we honor people who sacrifice their own freedom for the greater good? Don’t we call such people “heroes”? So is there a key and relevant distinction that pushes the murder of Tiller from the “net gain for society” over to the “morally wrong” category?
Maybe there is some kind of distinction to be made there, something I’m just not seeing. But I doubt it. I really do.
Because if there was ever a case for justified murder, this would seem to be it.