It looks like this story is going to be around for a while, and will become a locus point for a revival of the culture war. I’m wary of such narrow issues that bring in such a broad array of actors. I’m reminded a bit of Terry Sciavo and what a useless, tragic waste of time and focus that was for everyone who bothered to get involved. I don’t pretend to feel any sadness for Tiller, any more than I would any other previously unknown victim of violence and murder. However, it is worth noting some of the hate mongering from the right that preceeded this deed and worth paying attention to the media narratives that will play out over the next few days.
Randall Terry, for example, said this:
“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.”