Killing the killers
Two recent news items, both from the USA, about people who are perceived as killers being killed by others.
With his death Sunday, George Tiller became the eighth person and the fourth doctor killed in abortion-related attacks.
It was the first killing of an abortion provider in more than a decade. Before Sunday, the most recent killing of an abortion provider was on Oct. 23, 1998, when a sniper shot Barnett Slepian in his New York home.
Soon to be followed by this: Police: Recruiting center gunman targeted military – Yahoo! News:
A man with ‘political and religious motives’ killed a soldier just out of basic training and wounded another Monday in a targeted attack on a military recruiting center, police said. The shootings were not believed to be part of a broader scheme.
The soldiers completed basic training within the past two weeks and were not regular recruiters, said Lt. Col. Thomas F. Artis of the Oklahoma City Recruiting Battalion, which oversees the Little Rock office.
And perhaps the best comment on it comes from Frank Schaeffer, who writes on How I and Other “Pro-Life” Leaders Contributed to Dr. Tiller s Murder:
My late father and I share the blame (with many others) for the murder of Dr. George Tiller the abortion doctor gunned down on Sunday. Until I got out of the religious right (in the mid-1980s) and repented of my former hate-filled rhetoric I was both a leader of the so-called pro-life movement and a part of a Republican Party hate machine masquerading as the moral conscience of America.
That’s the problem with violence — it always begets more violence.
Another good comment on it comes from Reggie Nel, who refers to G.K. Chesterton’s story The hammer of God where the priest/detective Father Brown investigates the death of a man killed by a blacksmith’s hammer, so the prime suspect was the local blacksmith. Father Brown, however, works out that it was thrown by the local vicar from the church tower. The victim was the vicar’s own brother, and the vicar killed him because of his sinful life. Father Brown observes that the vicar was in the habit of climbing the church tower to look down on the people of the town and judge them, and remarks that high places, like mountains and church towers, are places we should look up to, not vantage points from which we should look down on other people. Church towers are built to point to God above, but we can only see God if we are down below. We are not to climb up and usurp God’s place by looking down on others and sitting in judgement on them.
Reggie concludes by linking this with the Ascension: AlphaXc: Ascending…:
God’s reign in Jesus Christ is different. He reigns in love, in meekness, in forgiveness and patience. In His reflections Jungel ( as quoted by Smit), reminds us that we all want to sit on the thones, we all want the higher positions and we love to sit in the heavens from where we can affirm ourselves, our achievements. The danger, he states, as illusions of might (grandeur), illusions of becoming God, of belittling people and ruling over them.