The End to Tiller-ism and a 21st Century Extermination Camp!
As I prepare this newsletter, it is in the aftermath of the execution of the notorious abortionist George Tiller, and the permanent closing of a Wichita, Kansas, extermination mill comparable to Hitler’s Nazi death camps. Most pro-life groups (as usual) have slobbered all over themselves in their press releases condemning Tiller’s execuation as “tragic, undignified, and the taking of the life of an innocent human being.”
Scott Roeder, the person who pulled the trigger on the gun that was used to kill Tiller, apparently had no connection to any pro-life group. His only published statements were on a pro-life website that read, “Bless everyone for attending and praying in May to bring justice to Tiller and the closing of his death camp. Sometime soon, would it be feasible to organize as many people as possible to attend Tillers church (inside, not just outside) to have much more of a presence and possibly ask questions of the Pastor, Deacons, Elders and members while there? Doesn't seem like it would hurt anything but bring more attention to Tiller.” Another statement by Roeder condemned Tiller, saying he was like Hitler’s henchmen who “engaged in genocide.”
According to his ex-wife, Roeder always held “extremist views,” which is probably what most ex-wives would say about their ex-husbands. Although he did not believe he had any mental health issues, “everyone else did,” she told the newspaper. “He just felt these were his views. He believed in an eye for an eye,” she said. What Roeder was apparently proposing to organize was a peaceful presence at the church Tiller attended, which seems not at all extreme to me, but perfectly reasonable. I can imagine, however, from personal experience, that no one took him up on his offer, which probably added to his frustration and led to his desperate reaction.
There are those who are outraged by this executioners act – but I am not one of those people. I feel joy because justice, albeit of a rough variety, was served. But although I shed no tears over the demise of Tiller, I feel sad that the apathy of Christians have been such that individuals like Roeder find need to act in this manner. Although I can’t bring myself to justify the anarchy that would be let loose if each man began to do what seemed right in his own eyes, I am afraid that someday it may come to that very end.
If the state will not use the sword to exercise justice, then the state should not be surprised when justice shows its face as vigilantism. People will only put up with the sword to protect injustice for so long. Eventually, when it is not used properly, people will use it improperly. The state should be charged as an accessory to the killing of Tiller, just as it was an accessory to all the murders that he committed.
Before I go into who Tiller was, what he did, and how he did it, I want to examine why violence like this happens. Contrary to what the media would like to portray regarding these men who take matters into their own hands, most are not crazed, mentally deranged, lunatics. Many are extremely sincere people who have attempted to peacefully protest and put an end to baby killing without any meaningful help from fellow Christians. In a civilized society, these things do not happen. It is only when we cease to function in a humane manner that people (who feel all other resources have been exhausted and give up hope), finally do what they feel necessary. In this respect all of us may have pulled the trigger as much as Roeder.
Most of these people who act out their frustration see an unborn child as a human being, which is contrary to the manner in which the majority of pro-life groups and clergy treat the subject. Roeder did in thirty seconds what dignified people have been unable to do in thirty years – permanently close tiller’s death camp. If it has been confirmed that an unborn child is a human being, should we not attempt to defend that person from being murdered by any means necessary? Or perhaps the outrage over the death of this barbarian indicates we don’t see the pre-born as human? Which is it? Are we cowards and don’t care or have we gone completely mad?
Let’s pretend that Tiller had a list of pro-life people, and was murdering these people with the approval of the state. Your name, and that of your family, was on the list. Would any of us insist that it is not Christian to kill the killer of our own family? What if the doctor invaded your sanctuary with a needle to jab into your heart and with tools designed to dismember you while paralyzed by the injection? Is the stranger that rescued you a mad-man or a martyr? Of course, the killing of any human being is lamentable, but it is a very sad thing that there hasn't been a single tear shed from the abortion people over the developed children that this man cut to pieces. So let’s keep our sorrow in perspective if you please. I could not do what Roeder did nor do I advocate others to. But I can understand why he did it, and I am ashamed that he felt the need.
Now I expect this mesasage to draw the ire of some people, and they will, no doubt, respond with their usual pompos theological mumbo jumbo that makes no sense whatsoever. And I am not moved by the usual “Those who take up the sword will die by the sword” rhetoric either. That verse has been missused and taken out of context. Listen to what Jesus said about mistreating children: “It would be better for a man that a millstone would be hung around his neck and he were cast into the midst of the sea than that he should harm one of God's little ones” (Luke 17:2). It's better that he be drowned than he live to kill God’s little children. Jesus said he took it personally when “the least of these” were mistreated, so much so that eternal judgment may depend on how we treat “the least” (Matthew 25). God obligates our government to wield the sword of justice and “execute wrath against evildoers” (Romans 13:3-7). The government is obligated by God to execute murderers like Dr. George Tiller (Genesis 9:6). God not only forbids the killing of innocent people, but he also forbids tolerating murderers: “Let there not be among you those that murder innocent children” (Deuteronomy 18:10).
According to the theological teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas there is the idea of a “just war,” and attempts have been made to apply it to the abortion issue. We know that blind, vindictive violence isn’t a solution, but the very real pragmatic after-effects of this act by Roeder is that cowardly medical personnel may “think twice” before undertaking a lucrative career in violently dismembering innumerable little ones.
Tiller was protected not only by a praetorian guard of elected Democrats, but also by the protective coloration of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) that he served on Sundays as an usher. I’m not sure what he did on Saturdays, but Monday through Friday he chopped up children. The ELCA web page states: “A developing life in the womb does not have an absolute right to be born.” As long as they’re deciding who has an absolute right to be born, who’s to say late-term abortionists have an absolute right to live?
In order to bring more light as to who Tiller was, I think it would be an eye-opening experience to hear from Pastor Mark E. Holick in Wichita, Kansas, who has had personal experiamce with Tiller. Here are his comments: “I can tell you that George Tiller had more opportunities for repentance than any other person I know. Most every day that his mill was open, Christians were there imploring him to repent. As I typically go to the mill on Wednesday afternoons, it was common for Tiller to drive out at the time we were there. As we would attempt to speak to him, he was always as brazen, impenitent, and prideful as one could imagine.
"In fact several years ago another pastor and myself were going out to the church (that Tiller attended) to witness on a Sunday morning. This pastor and I had a meeting at that church with the pastorette (sounds like the same thing Roeder was proposing) and their board members. They were as impenitent and unyielding as you could imagine. It was personally one of the most disturbing meetings I have ever been a part of."
Tiller bragged about performing 60,000 abortions, including his “specialty,” abortions of viable babies able to survive outside the womb. Each time Tiller performed an abortion on a baby after viability, he was asked to indicate whether the abortion was necessary to save the life of the mother – in each case, his answer was no. On average, he killed a viable unborn baby with partial birth abortion every day that he went to work. His own former employee has testified to his tactics: “I was there for seven months. In over 95% of these babies there was nothing wrong at all – nothing. And these were third trimester abortions.” At least one baby has survived an attempted abortion at Tiller's clinic. “Baby Sarah” survived, was adopted, and lived a few short years. During the attempted abortion, Baby Sarah turned away from the needle, so instead of injecting the lethal drug into her heart, Tiller injected it into the side of her head. This left her alive but blind.
The building in which Tiller killed, has a “Chaplaincy Program” designed for women who kill their children. His web-site states: “The Chaplaincy program works with people from all religious backgrounds as well as those who are not a part of a spiritual tradition. The program offers individual counseling, group counseling and the celebration of spiritual sacraments such as baptism of the still born fetus and blessings for the aborted fetus. The program works with many different religions and is prepared to do, or arrange for, religious services from any spiritual religion. We make a coordinated effort so that every patient can experience the healing of body, mind and spirit. We can give you our certificate of premature miscarriage. We can take a lock of hair, if you wish. You may have fetal footprints. We can do almost whatever it is that you would like to have done.
"If you wish to see the baby, we will bring the baby to you. You may hold the baby. We can take pictures of you and the family holding the baby, if you wish. The separation encounter may involve 2 or 3 hours of bonding with the baby – the identification that this is your baby and you have had a delivery. The difficult part of the process is saying goodbye to the relationship with your baby – saying goodbye to the hopes and the dreams that you have. You have placed this baby in your life and you simply have to start the process of saying goodbye.” Notice that they boldly admit these are babies they are killing.
After a day of killing, a bystander outside the building can often hear the whirl of the crematorium blowers and see heat rising from the stack where he disposes of dead babies. If the wind is right the distinctive smell of burning human flesh is distinguishable. According to an insider, the babies are kept in a freezer for a while. Then each is placed into a hole in a cinder block inside the crematorium. This keeps the ashes separate. Later, the ashes are mailed to the mothers. Sometimes Tiller will “save” the dead babies to burn the next day. He does this as an attempt to dishearten pro-life picketers. The clinic was closed on January 22, 2005, but Tiller’s security guard opened the gate to make it look like the clinic was open. Then he fired up the crematorium. The smell of burning flesh and flakes of black ash on the sidewalk greeted the picketers.
On January 23, 1993, I addressed a Rally for Life at St. Raphael’s Cathedral in Madison. As part of my closing remarks I made the following prophesy and observation: “In a discussion with national pro-life leaders we all came up with a striking conclusion. There is a sense of danger is in the air. People feel the courts and their government betrayed them. They feel the media lies to the public, and they can’t do anything about it. They say their church will not address these issues. They agree there is frustration in the air, and unvented frustration – leads to violence! This is what has happened after January 23, 1993:
1993 - Michael Griffin shot and killed an abortionist outside his Florida clinic. First abortionist killed in U.S.
1994 - Paul Hill shot and killed an abortionist and another person who was with him outside his Florida clinic.
1994 - An abortionist was shot in a leg while eating breakfast at home in Canada.
1996 - Two receptionists were shot and killed and five others injured inside an abortion clinic in Boston.
1997 - Seven people were injured in a bomb blast at a Georgia abortion clinic.
1998 - A bomb blast at a Georgia abortion clinic killed a police officer.
1998 - An abortionist was killed in his home in New York.
2007 - A bomb was found in an abortion clinic parking lot in Texas.
2009 - Abortionist George Tiller is killed at church in Kansas.
Generations after WWII, people look back and ask, “What were you doing during the Nazi Holocaust?” Some day people will ask us a similar question, “What were you doing during the American Holocaust?” A time is coming when abortion will end. I don’t think this will happen, however, until Almighty God reaches down with His great hand and says, “Stop it! I’m not going to allow this to continue any longer.” Then the thunder-clap of His great gavel will shake the very ground on which we stand.
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