I have had it with Christians today. The Christians who call themselves pro-life and who preface their statements on the murder of Dr. Tiller with ‘yes but.’ The Christians who fund a political industry called pro-life led by men who make their living inciting silly mobs and nudgingÂ others into violence.
The Christians who make a lot of money in the business of hate.
There is nothing Christian in their behavior. I do not see the fruit of the Spirit, I see seeds of division, hate, rancour, ignorance, darkness, obsession, pride, mockery, willfulness.
Scott Roeder, who was arrested in connection with Dr. George Tiller’s murder, is a diagnosed non-compliant schizophrenic, according to court documents.
He is not a ‘lone wolf’; his paranoia was fueled and fed by these so called Christians.
Are you listening Operation Rescue?
Or are you busy still scrubbing your websites?
Or trying to hit a reporter up for lunch?
Signal Hill? Paying attention?
Anyone who isÂ believes women have a legal right to make choicesÂ is a potential target. Think about it. The security measures medical personnel in the US and Canada need may not be far off for anyone who dares tell anti-abortionists we disagree with them.
Are you listening Suzanne Fortin? Your obsessionÂ has consequences among the living.
The language of reproduction has been soÂ deliberately hi-jacked by twisters of Roman Catholic natural law and byÂ fundamentalists thatÂ citizens are potential targets of single issue domestic terrorists.
Perhaps mobs. It’s not anÂ implausible scenario, but it is preventable.
It’s perfectly okay to shoot someone in church and justify the murder.
I’m sick of the ignorance and misogyny, and the money beingÂ thrown atÂ supposed para-church agencies and self proclaimed messengers of God.
I’m a Christian. One of the ones I’m sick of today frankly. I want to go to Wichita and sit in the Lutheran Church where George Tiller was murdered and grieve with those who grieve. I cannot, so IÂ rant here, with gratitude to Pastor Dan who fleshed out some of the scripture rattling around my head.
The bible says You shall not murder. There is no ‘yes, but’.
Scripture does not put equal weightÂ on a foetus and an adult.
No Christian has the right to exercise their idea of vigilantism.
As Christians we are called to love our enemies. Even when it costs us our sensibilities.
Jesus told his followers to put their swords away, not to murder unarmed men and women.
Jesus was clear about His way, His kingdom and our place within it. Good news – gospel – has no room for ignorant rhetoric, intimidation and violence against those unarmed and unprotected.
We are called to obey government, not act outside it.
That means there is no place for for even an implied ‘yes, but’ when someoneÂ believes they act for God.
That means no premeditated violence against anyone. That means no intimidation by word or by deed.
Our laws are clear, scripture is clear.
I saw an evangelical blog post today filled with comments from pentecostals mocking The ReformationÂ (Evangelical) Lutheran Church.
God forgive you, and have mercy on you, for you don’t know what you are doing.
You are not the assistant Holy Spirit. You are not present to comfort those who have lost. If you cannot live peaceably with victims and humbly serve them, at least have the courtesy and maturity to be silent and stay away from your keyboard. Put away your childish words.
Killing an abortion doctor is recognized as single action domestic terrorism. There is no ‘yes, but.’ There is no excuse for using the political language of pro-life fundamentalist zealots and neo-cons.
If Roeder murdered Tiller then the greatest punishment he can be humanely given is to be treated for his illness. Bring him back to his right mind with medication so he can comprehend what he has done, then sentence him to live the rest of his days with awareness.
Christians can stop funding the pro-life industry.
You. Yes, you.
You can stop funding and fueling faux leaders withÂ very comfortable lifestyles peddling divine mandates and manifest destinies.
You can say stop as the rhetoric level is raised and language is hi-jacked, look at the fruit of their lives and walk away.
These leaders are not pro-life and the louder they protest the more evident it becomes they reserve their respect for themselves, not for others.
You can decry and reject aberrant ‘Christian’ behavior from those who claim God’s mantle.
You can only decry their sin if you know what is required of you. Do you know?
You can get about the business of the Kingdom, as your neighbours lose their homes, can’t feed their kids or find a job or pay the bills. 20 thousand people lost their jobs in the US today. Maybe more.
Go. Lay your obsession with sex and reproduction at the cross and care for your neighbour. Deal with your misplaced, conditioned fear and stop blaming others.
Start by listening to men and women who worked in the medical profession before laws were in place for women. They have a great deal to say.
How many shootings has there been in American churches this year?
Who is it who has invaded the sanctuary?
There is no ‘yes, but.’
Words have consequences and I have chosen here at BDBO not to use the language of the pro-life industry. I will not participate in this terrible and willful politicized verbal polarization, which has a sick and twisted lust for power and control behind its loaded terms. At their core they are chosen words which are close to idolatry, as they raise the worship and veneration of sperm and ova and the very act of reproduction to god-status.
It is loaded language that fosters worship of the creation, not the Creator.
It is anti-gospel language, language of exclusion and elitism, violence and ignorance.
I have had my fill of Christians today.
1. Tiller was one of the great heroes in the fight for a woman’s right to choose safe, legal abortion. Late-term abortions are a terrible business for everyone concerned. Despite anti-abortion distortions to the contrary, they are very rare* — and almost never chosen for anything but the most heartbreaking of reasons, usually having to do with the life of the mother or the viability of the fetus. It’s a life-changing choice for everyone concerned, and not one anybody takes lightly.
By all accounts, Tiller dealt with these horrific situations with dignity, compassion, and grace, helping women and their families deal with the loss and grief that always come with being faced with such a traumatic decision. He didn’t just tend to their physical condition; he tended to their psychological and spiritual well-being, too. Most of us will be backed into life-or-death corners regarding serious medical conditions (a family member’s, or our own) at some point in our lives. In those times, we are fortunate when we can find doctors with that kind of ability to understand the nuances, and help us deal with the ambiguities, and come to terms with the hard decisions we must make. Tiller was, according to his patients, one of those doctors.
2. The Terrorists Win. Tiller was one of just three doctors in the entire US who performed late-term abortions. Now, there are just two. Which means that 36 years of anti-choice terrorism is now just two assassinations away from completely ending late-term abortion in America. Violence has won out — over the will of the people, over the courts, over the horrific logic of medical necessity. And whenever terrorists win, democracy has lost — and is lost.
3. Churches. First Knoxville, then this. Sherilyn Ifill once made the point that lynchings typically occurred on courthouse lawns as a symbol that the mob had overridden the authority of the state and taken justice into its own hands. So what does it mean when right-wing terrorists start gunning down progressives in the pews of their own churches? Two events do not a pattern make — but if this keeps happening, it’ll be clear that there’s a message being sent.
*Stats Canada 2003 – 2.2% between 17 to 20 weeks, and 0.8% over 20 weeks.