You cannot teach the inviolability of every life by violating it in
some cases. Some seriously disordered person did violate the sanctity
of life in the murder of abortionist George Tiller. If this dreadful
crime teaches us anything, let it be that.

Robert George called it “a gravely wicked thing”. And it is.

The evil of this action is in no way diminished by the
blood George Tiller had on his own hands.  No private individual had
the right to execute judgment against him.  We are a nation of laws. 
Lawless violence breeds only more lawless violence.  Rightly or
wrongly, George Tilller was acquitted by a jury of his peers. 
“Vengeance is mine, says the Lord.” For the sake of justice and right,
the perpetrator of this evil deed must be prosecuted, convicted, and
punished.  By word and deed, let us teach that violence against
abortionists is not the answer to the violence of abortion.  Every
human life is precious.  George Tiller’s life was precious.  We do not
teach the wrongness of taking human life by wrongfully taking a human
life.  Let our “weapons” in the fight to defend the lives of abortion’s
tiny victims, be chaste weapons of the spirit.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....