Abortionist George Tiller has been murdered.
George Tiller, a Wichita doctor who was one of the few doctors in the nation to perform late-term abortions, was shot to death on Sunday as he attended church, city officials in Wichita said.
The shooting occurred at around 10 a.m. (Central time) at Reformation Lutheran Church on the city’s East Side, Dr. Tiller’s regular church.
Wichita police said that the shots were fired from a handgun in the church lobby during the morning service. The authorities gave few details, but said they were searching for a powder blue Taurus made in the 1990s that had been seen leaving shortly after the shooting. They said witnesses had described seeing a white man departing.
Update 3:26 PM: There is no evidence yet that a Christian is responsible for this crime, but the fever swamp is not letting facts get in the way of opinions right now:
Here’s another from Andrew Sullivan:
Christianist terrorism is no more defensible than Islamist terrorism.
Update 4:03: An arrest.
Kim adds: If the suspect turns out to be an anti-abortion activist, this will give the Obama administration and Janet Napolitano’s DHS the excuse to view all pro-lifers through the same lens as Tiller’s murderer, which means pro-lifers will be labeled terrorists. Now there will be an even greater push to equate Christians with radical Islamists, as Hugh has already pointed out is taking place now. Unfortunately, there will not be a call for tolerance toward Christians as there has been for Muslims, even though 25% of young American Muslims believe suicide bombings are sometimes justified.
Dr. Tiller should have been left for the Kansas medical board to handle. His license was probably going to be revoked anyway which would have put him out of business.
Kim adds again: The National Right to Life Committee responds to Tiller’s murder:
National Right to Life extends its sympathies to Dr. Tiller’s family over this loss of life.
Further, the National Right to Life Committee unequivocally condemns any such acts of violence regardless of motivation. The pro-life movement works to protect the right to life and increase respect for human life. The unlawful use of violence is directly contrary to that goal.
I agree wholeheartedly.
Tony Perkins President of Family Research Council issued a statement:
We are stunned at today’s news. As Christians we pray and look toward the end of all violence and for the saving of souls, not the taking of human life. George Tiller was a man who we publicly sought to stop through legal and peaceful means. We strongly condemn the actions taken today by this vigilante killer and we pray for the Tiller family and for the nation that we might once again be a nation that values all human, both born and unborn.