The abortion debate is back in a big way with today's killing in
Kansas City Wichita of Dr. George Tiller, a doctor who performed abortions. He was killed in -- of all places -- his church.
The anti-abortion group, Operation Rescue, was quick to separate itself from the killing. "We denounce vigilantism and the cowardly act that took place this morning," the BBC reports the group said on its Web site, which by afternoon was no longer available. And its founder, Randall Terry, wasn't doing much to rachet down the passion:
"George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God. I am more concerned that the Obama Administration will use Tiller's killing to intimidate pro-lifers into surrendering our most effective rhetoric and actions. Abortion is still murder. And we still must call abortion by its proper name; murder.
"Those men and women who slaughter the unborn are murderers according to the Law of God. We must continue to expose them in our communities and peacefully protest them at their offices and homes, and yes, even their churches."
Another group, Stand True, was more direct about Tiller's killing: it was wrong.
Stand True denounces the murder of abortionist George Tiller this morning in Wichita, KS. "We cannot kill people in the name of pro-life." said Bryan Kemper, President of Stand True. "Answering the violence of abortion with more violence will not serve the babies or help the pro-life movement in any way."
While Stand True is committed to ending the killing of innocent children through abortion, we are committed to non-violent, peaceful action. The pro-life movement cannot take the law into their own hands and turn to vigilantly justice.
We are praying for the family of George Tiller and those in his church while he was shot. We know that healing can come through Jesus and pray those involved in the abortion industry will turn to Christ.
Another group, the Christian Defense Coalition, also said it would condemn the killing, but not until Monday.
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