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The BBC reported on the murder of Dr. George Tiller, Ob-Gyn, at his church

Sixty-seven year-old George Tiller was killed just after 1000 (1500 GMT) at the Reformation Lutheran Church.

The gunman, described as a white man, fled in a car, but officials say a suspect is now in custody in Wichita.

Dr Tiller, one of the few US doctors who performed so-called late-term abortions, had been vilified by anti-abortionists in the US.

His clinic – called Women’s Health Care Services – had often been the site of demonstrations, and he had been shot and wounded by an assailant 16 years ago.

Questioning of the suspect, a 51 year-old man, is continuing. Wichita Deputy Police Chief Tom Stolz said he was likely to face one charge of murder and two counts of aggravated assault for allegedly pointing a gun at two other men.

In a statement, Troy Newman of Operation Rescue said his group had worked for years through peaceful and legal means and through the proper channels to see Dr Tiller “brought to justice”.

“We denounce vigilantism and the cowardly act that took place this morning.”

Phill Kline, an opponent of Dr Tiller and a former attorney-general of the state of Kansas, said: “I am stunned by this lawless and violent act, which must be condemned and should be met with the full force of law.”

First off, Dr. Tiller, like Dr. David Gunn, and Dr. John Britton, was an Ob-Gyn who would perform all of the necessary medical procedures that were appropriate for their patients. That one of the procedures was abortion, was not the totality of their practices, no matter what the anti-abortion propagandists want you to believe.

The self-serving statement from the anti-abortion crowd in no way removes the blood on their hands from these terrorist acts.

In March of 1993 Dr. Gunn was murdered by Michael Griffin, and in July of 1994 Dr Britton and Lt. Col. James Barrett, USAF ret. were murdered by Paul Hill. The murders occurred in Pensacola, Florida.

Both murderers were associates of the local leader of the anti-abortion movement, John Allen Burt, a minister and former member of the Ku Klux Klan who operated Our Father’s House, a home for pregnant, drug-addicted and battered women near Pensacola. If you click on Mr. Burt’s name you will be rewarded with a picture of him on his sexual offenders record, and at the bottom of the page you learn his real purpose for operating the “home”.


1 hipparchia { 05.31.09 at 10:53 pm }

there are few people in this world whom i truly hate…

hipparchia´s last blog post..[for reference]

2 Bryan { 05.31.09 at 11:06 pm }

These are scum of the first order. They hide behind their religion.

3 Kryten42 { 06.01.09 at 12:31 am }

The may hide behind a religion, but it has no God. It’s a religion of evil used to justify their evil and barbaric ideas.

The only way to deal with these cowards is to kill them. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it until I’m 6ft under. I’ve seen far too many humans like these. The only way to stop them is kill them. They serve no useful purpose in any civilized society, except as an example to others. In the times of the barbarians, they would either be the tribal leaders or dead.

4 Bryan { 06.01.09 at 12:53 am }

They cannot truly believe in a hell, or they wouldn’t act like they do.

The state put Paul Hill down like the rabid dog he was with a lethal injection, but we are still feeding and housing Michael Griffin. They are the kind of people who belong in Gitmo, or St Helena.

5 Steve Bates { 06.01.09 at 8:21 am }

As I’ve often mentioned, my first independent contract as a programmer was for the local Planned Parenthood, and it was a labor of love as surely as a paid gig. Clinics like that provide services to women, especially indigent women, far beyond abortion. Many women receive their only gynecological care… some receive their only medical care, period… because of Planned Parenthood. Many women bear healthy babies thanks to Planned Parenthood who otherwise would have had problem pregnancies or, in many cases, miscarriages. Clinics like this are a joy to people who love women and love children; they save far more babies than they ever abort.

And IMHO that’s why the anti-choice terrorists hate them: because the terrorists have nothing but contempt for women, and resent the very notion that a woman may have independent control of her body. Watch those people attacking (there’s no other word for it) women entering a clinic, and you will immediately understand that complete control of another person is their game and terror is their means. These people are nuts, and it doesn’t surprise me one bit that they resort to murder. They have an agenda and a doctrine as surely as does Osama bin Laden, and a willingness to enforce that agenda and doctrine on the rest of us. And regrettably, like the more familiar terrorists, they are willing to die in order to kill for their cause. This is the first such murder in many years and I’d like to think it will be the last ever… but I do not believe that, because terrorist fanatics do not have the usual disincentives for murder.

(I may adapt this comment as the morning post on the Y**.)

6 Bryan { 06.01.09 at 12:19 pm }

They are a bunch of sick sexual perverts who want to control other people’s lives. This has nothing to do with religion. It required a recent change to Catholic practice for children who died before baptism to be buried in church grave yards. In many areas they were buried in the gardens of convents by sympathetic nuns.

If you look at history, children were considered nothing more than property through the 19th century, and the Bible prescribes a fine for causing a miscarriage, so there is no basis for this in standard Christian theology, it was created out of whole cloth to justify enslaving women.

I don’t remember seeing any protesters around clinics that perform vasectomies, so it is clearly another attack on women by terrorists, and the fact that Burt was a member of the KKK is not a coincidence, it is part of the same package.

That Newt Gingrich and Randall Terry have converted to Catholicism shows where the movement is going.

7 Badtux { 06.01.09 at 4:36 pm }

The right wing still contends that children are property with no rights of their own, to be indoctrinated into their cult and raised however the parents see fit. Funny, they give more rights to fetuses than they do to their very own flesh and blood, who regularly die from being beat to death, denied medical attention because “it’s against our religion”, etc.

And of course women are the same thing, as far as the misogynist leaders of the right wing are concerned… property. How *dare* property do something without permission of their owner! The tighty righties are still pining over the loss of their slaves in 1865, methinks… it fits their mentality so well, owning slaves…

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8 Bryan { 06.01.09 at 5:16 pm }

Yes, Badtux, it is exactly the same, the hope for a return to slavery, backed by the Bible, the way slavery was, to shore up their worthless, useless lives.

They are failures and want to boost themselves by lowering everything else, and the leaders play on them to steal what money they have.