I await with anxiety the inevitable capture of the person who shot George Tiller to death.
Tiller will now be lifted up in mockery of authentic martyrdom.
I hope to God his murderer is not Catholic.
I am supposing he will be identified ad nauseum as a "right-wing anti-women’s rights extremist" and a member of "radical anti-social groups", perhaps even the Catholic Church. "See!", they will crow. "Homeland Security was right to issue that memo about so-called ‘pro-life’ groups?"
I am just cynical enough to wonder if he will not be identified as Catholic even if he isn’t. I just bet that most news outlets will try to tie this act to the Catholic Church’s teachings and the protests of a handful of extremists who protested … well.. you get the idea.
As despicable as Tiller was, his murder will result in harsh payback against pro-lifers.
Just as bad as the harsh payback will be the adoption of a cool and patient stance on the part of, for example, the Obama Administration – taking a soft and reasonable tone offering opportunities for more dialogue, etc.
Those Catholics who are soft on protesting abortion in strong terms will now be energized. They will claim that, yes, their way is better after all. We have lost the debate on abortion in the public square and now we must adopt a moderate tone and hope to get a little of what we would like to achieve. Stubbornness and litmus-tests only create a cycle of violence, after all.
On this Pentecost Sunday remember that when the Apostles broke out of their room into the public square they did not go forth into safety or comfort. Filled with the Holy Spirit and focused on the mission Christ gave them, they went out with a clear identity into the public square at the risk of life and limb and nearly all of the Apostles died as martyrs.
I think we need to get our heads into the right mental places right now so that we can see clearly and bear what the future will bring and God in His providence will permit.
I will leave the combox open… for now.
If people can discuss this and the surrounding issues with measured civility, demonstrating the ability to self-edit, I will leave it open.
Knuckle-heads will be banned from the blog.