Posted by Irresponsibility
The Christian Right, to paraphrase an old aphorism about Republicans, believes in the right to life “until you’re born” — after that, you’re in God’s hands. Unfortunately, church proved no sanctuary to Dr George Tiller, who Scott Roeder shot in the head at point blank range one Sunday morning as the doctor was going about his duties as an usher.
During his trial, Roeder told a Kansas jury: “It is not man’s job to take life – it’s our Heavenly Father’s”. Amazing, not an expression of remorse, but of justification. He was talking about Doctor Tiller “taking life” by performing abortions — not his own egregious violation of the Commandment. Whatever God’s plans for Dr Tiller, they weren’t moving fast enough to suit Roeder, who had fantasised for years about murdering the doctor. Roeder testified he’d considered merely chopping his hands off with a sword but, worried Dr Tiller might teach others to perform abortions, decided cold-blooded murder was the thing. The only explanation Roeder deigned to offer was that he believed abortion was always wrong, even in the case of rape or incest, because “two wrongs don’t make a right.” Shame he didn’t apply the same thought process before trying to right a “wrong” by murdering Doctor Tiller.