David Kirkpatrick

January 28, 2010

The cognitive dissonance is startling

Filed under: et.al., Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 6:29 pm

Scott Roeder, the man who murdered Dr. George Tiller in cold blood last May, apparently thinks vigilante justice against a man performing a legal medical procedure is a moral and socially just act.

It’s not. He is simply a murderer. A murderer who admits to planning, and preparing for, the killing of a law-abiding citizen over what he considered a moral crime. We have a word for people like that — terrorist.

From the link:

On the first day of defense testimony in the two-week-old trial , Mr. Roeder’s lawyers revealed that they wanted the jurors to take into consideration Mr. Roeder’s motive: his growing opposition to abortion, which he deemed criminal and immoral, and his mounting sense that laws and prosecutors were never going to stop Dr. Tiller from performing them.

“From conception forward, it’s murder,” Mr. Roeder testified, when asked his perspective on abortions. “It’s never up to man to take life,” he said, adding later, “only in cases of self defense or defense of others.”

January 23, 2010

Why there can be no real debate on abortion

Well, there’s a multitude of reasons, but this quote from the recent March for Life makes a pretty strong point:

One Virginia woman I spoke with, Rosemary, held up a massive image of Jesus while echoing Mother Teresa to me. Repeating her claim that abortion is the world’s greatest problem, she said: “It’s the contraception mentality…contraception leads to abortion leads to nuclear war.” She told me that, if she had her way, contraception would be illegal. “It’s bad for women. Life is being sabotaged.”

Abortion is the world’s greatest problem? The exact opposite — overcrowding — is certainly much more of a an actual problem when compared to a quasi-moral posit. And exactly how does abortion lead to nuclear war? That’s quite the chain of logic at work there.

Then there’s this from the March for Life founder:

“No exceptions. No compromise.”

So blared from the lips of Nellie Gray, the founder of the annual March for Life event, which brings hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates to the mall at Washington, D.C. every year on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. “We can’t compromise with the abortionists,” she said — by which she means the Democratic Party and, as she came to explain, anyone who believes in exceptions for rape.

The phrase “no compromise” by definition means debating the issue is pointless.

May 31, 2009

Tragedy in the culture wars

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:39 pm

Maybe I should have titled this one, “Theocrat uses church for murder.” Of course that would be misleading because we don’t the philosophy of this particular murderer. We do know the philosophy of many public figures who speak of abortion and abortion-performing doctors in militant terms.

Dr. George Tiller’s blood is on the hands of many. Hopefully the one who pulled the trigger is caught and fully punished. I’m going out on a limb and guessing eventually we’ll find out he “did it for god.”

From the link:

George Tiller, a Wichita doctor who was one of the few doctors in the nation to perform late-term abortions, was shot to death on Sunday as he attended church, city officials in Wichita said.

Dr. Tiller, who had performed abortions since the 1970s, had long been a lightning rod for controversy over the issue of abortion, particularly in Kansas, where abortion opponents regularly protested outside his clinic and sometimes his home and church. In 1993, he was shot in both arms by an abortion opponent but recovered.

He had also been the subject of many efforts at prosecution, including a citizen-initiated grand jury investigation. In the latest such effort, in March, Dr. Tiller was acquitted of charges that he had performed late-term abortions that violated state law.

The shooting occurred at around 10 a.m. (Central time) at Reformation Lutheran Church on the city’s East Side, Dr. Tiller’s regular church.

Update: You can follow the real time reactions at Twittervia the #tiller hashtag. There’s news and condolences, but then there’s a lot of great, and sickening, examples of the mindset of christianists and theocrats. Truly sick people and enemies of the United States. Religious terrorism anyone?

The perpetrator of this murder and all who encouraged this act explicitly or implicitly are nothing more than domestic terrorists. Looks like the battle against religious terrorism has a renewed front and a slightly different flavor in terms of the “good book” used to justify the terrorist acts.

Take any opinion on abortion and abortionists you like, but Dr. Tiller was a certified medical doctor practicing medicine the United States and performing legal medical procedures. He died for simply doing his job and providing a legal service (late-term abortions) few other doctors dare offer, often because of fear of being murdered. That is the definition of terrorism.

March 7, 2009

One conservative take on the abortion issue

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:08 pm

Here’s a well-reasoned take on the issue of abortion by John Derbyshire at Secular Right. Pragmatic and realistic, not two words that can often be applied to the arguments of the right or left.

From the link:

And what do the right-to-lifers want? A total nationwide ban on all abortions, at any time? Yes, that seems to be what they want. Do they really imagine that’s going to happen? What a waste of political energy!

My reader is correct, though. If you’re not in lockstep with the right-to-lifers, you’re never really quite the thing in U.S. conservative circles. It’s a marker of acceptability. I was phone-in guest on a radio show recently. Waiting for the on-air, some glitch allowed me to overhear the two hosts talking behind the commercial break. “Funny sort of conservative,” said one. “I mean, he’s OK with abortion …?” Yep, I’m OK with it. Sorry, guy.