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.

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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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