Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Why Murdering Abortionists is Wrong

It's damned if you do, damned if you don't. If you condemn violence and killing of abortionists, you're not really sincere about your beliefs. If you don't, then you're not really pro-life.

I suspect though, that sometimes the incomprehension on the part of our opponents is deliberate. It's not that hard to understand.


Saletan's argument reminds me of atheists who don't get Christianity, yet try to make arguments about, "What you Christians should be doing."


First off and most importantly, as a general rule, killing people is immoral -- even if you're murdering an "evil" person. Yes, there are times when you don't have much of a choice: if you're a soldier or if someone breaks into your house and your life is in danger, but taking the law into your hands is usually morally the wrong thing to do. That's why dueling and revenge killings, even if the person who was killed may have deserved it, are not legal in this country. It's also why I can unambiguously say that murdering an abortionist is wrong

Kathy Shaidle quotes Richard Spencer and raises similar questions:

Can one imagine the great Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer writing in his diary, “I hope my followers can see why I was able to abhor the life-work of Adolf Hitler while condemning any attempt to murder this poor, misguided soul”?

Germany and the Allies were at war. Quite a different situation.

Killing an enemy of the state is quite different than killing a (presumably) law-abiding citizen.