The murder of Dr. Tiller

This is a short piece I submitted to my local paper, but they chose not to publish it.  Put too much blame on the Christian’s, they said.  Whatever!  The pro/anti-choice debate is, or at least should be, a church/state issue, and treated as such.  Obviously, the Tiller murder upset me a great deal, and part of the reason for starting this blog is to ease some of the frustration stemming from the limited access we all have to the public.


Voltaire wrote:  “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”  He has been proven correct many times since he wrote those words; the holocaust, 9/11 and the cold-blooded assassination of Dr. George Tiller by a Christian terrorist are examples. All three have this in common: They were justified by blind adherence to dogma, which can be defined as a ‘point of view put forth as authoritative without adequate grounds,’ a point such as: “Abortion is murder!”

All of the zygotes, embryos and fetuses in the world don’t add up to a single living, breathing person.  That’s not just my opinion, that’s the law! In this country, we work within the system to facilitate change; we don’t use terrorism as a tactic to impose our own views of morality on our fellow citizens, the Taliban does that!

The murder of Dr. Tiller was the moral equivalent of a witch burning, perpetrated by an operative of the anti-choice movement for the express purpose of denying a legal procedure to desperate women who have nowhere else to turn.  When absurd dogma “justifies” an atrocity, especially one that some applaud, it’s time for reasonable people to say: Enough!


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