The Des Moines Register interviewed anti-abortion activist Dave Leach on the murder of Wichita abortionist Dr. George Tiller.  Leach doesn’t condone the shooting, but doesn’t condemn it.  He then goes on to say:

“Based on what I’ve seen so far, the biblical evidence is overwhelmingly supportive of anyone who would give up everything to save thousands from a violent death,” he said.

First, who is this Dave Leach guy?  This shows the Register’s bias as he is not an influential prolife figure.  I’ve been involved in the prolife movement for years and have never once heard of this guy, but yet his statement appears in the headline “D.M. abortion opponent: Tiller’s death might be justified.”

Mr. Leach.  Murder is never justified.  It can never be condoned, and it must be condemned by those of us who stand for life.  It is against everything that we believe about the sanctity of life.  Murder is a sin.  This act does nothing to advance the prolife cause. 

Governor Sarah Palin made a statement regarding Tiller’s death, and she brings up a good point:

This murder also damages the positive message of life, for the unborn, and for those living.  Ask yourself, ‘What will those who have not yet decided personally where they stand on this issue take away from today’s event in Kansas?’

Exactly.  This act can not be justified.  Period.  Vengeance is not our place.  We can not individually decide for ourselves that we will provide justice on the behalf of the unborn.

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." To the contrary, "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head,” (Romans 12:18-20, ESV).

Vengeance isn’t something we are to seek.  It is God’s alone.  Those who stand for life, and the truth of God’s word should condemn this act.

8 comments
  1. “biblical evidence is overwhelmingly supportive”

    What Bible is he reading? I'd like to see any verse that he's citing for that garbage!

    Great post, Shane.

  2. It's precisely because I am pro-life that I abhor Dr. Tiller's work AND condemn his murder.

    Great post.

  3. Agree with you 100% Shane. Let's hope that the militant and inflammatory “baby killer” language will be toned down for a while. Folks like Dave Leach who use that language hurt our cause.

  4. Sounds like the Register wanted a sensationalistic headline.

    The murder of Dr. Tiller has shocked and saddened everyone I know. It sets the positive reputation the pro-life moment works so hard to maintain back 10 years, and that makes me so angry.

    “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature ; rather, serve one another in love.” Gal 5:13

    “Peace by way of war is like purity by way of fornication/It's like telling someone murder is wrong and then showing them by way of execution” (Derek Webb, My Enemies Are Men Like Me)

  5. I'm sure he'll make some illusion to the Israelite's stoning people for breaking God's law, etc. Obviously the distinction between capital punishment/justice and seeking vengeance is lost on him.

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