Scott Roeder, meet Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Perhaps the two of you have never met.
As your trial for the murder of Dr. George Tiller begins in earnest, you would do well to meet the premier American Christian leader of the 20th century. Whereas you believe that your murder of Dr. Tiller is morally justifiable as an act of defending the pre-born, Dr. King stared evil and violence squarely in the eye and chose a higher path. He and his colleagues withstood fire hoses, attack dogs, bombs, knives, and guns, and yet chose not to respond in kind. You have chosen the path of hatred; he chose the path of love.
Now mind you, I hear your pain. My soul aches deeply every day at the fact that more than 1,200,000 children each year will not see their own birth in this country. While you have chosen to kill as a tactic, many others and I seek to serve mothers in crisis and their pre-born children in ways that offer them hope and love. I am deeply disturbed that the most dangerous place in a child's life in America is in her own mother's warm womb. Ending abortion is the right thing to do. That is a noble goal.
However, how we end abortion says as much about us as the fact that we seek to bring an end to this moral evil. There is a good reason why virtually every pro-life group in America has denounced your actions and the use of violence in the battle to end abortion. Very simply, you are wrong and so are your actions.
As a Christian, your faith should teach you that truth and love will have the final word. As Dr. King himself stated, “That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” A Christian keeps an eye toward the eternal, not merely toward the temporal. Christians know who wins in the end. Therefore, the Christian faith is rooted in the basic hope that only good ultimately conquers evil. Killing in the name of life is not only logically inconsistent, it is also morally wrong.
As a member of the self-named “Army of God,” you and your group have arrogated to yourselves something that rightly belongs to the God you claim to serve, namely the taking or ending of human life. You have twisted the meaning of pro-life by endorsing death. The irony is obvious to everyone but you.
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