UPDATE: Andrew Sullivan has a nice collection of link here.
George Tiller, a doctor and abortion rights activist was shot at his church in Wichita Kansan this morning:
WICHITA – George Tiller, the Wichita doctor who became a national lightning rod in the debate over abortion, was shot to death this morning as he walked into church services.
Tiller, 67, was shot just after 10 a.m. at Reformation Lutheran Church at 7601 E. 13th, where he was a member of the congregation. Witnesses and a police source confirmed Tiller was the victim.
No information has been released about whether a suspect is in custody. Police said they are looking for white male who was driving a 1990s powder blue Ford Taurus with Kansas license plate 225 BAB.
I thought we were done with that sort of things in the 1990s. We should probably thanks hysterical right-wing radio/TV hosts for exciting the crazies and making them think it’s the end of the world or something. I’m sure they’ll do anything for the ratings, right?
Still, shot in a church? Do they have any standards at all? Outrageous!
I am getting sick of the idiotic argument/testimonial from the GOP folks and right-wing pundits vis-a-vis Palin’s decision to keep a Downs syndrome baby and her daughter’s decision to keep her baby. I mean I realize that this might be too much thinking for some of the Salin supporters, but you cannot praise her choice to keep the baby if you believe that abortion is a mortal sin and a murder. Let’s take the murder argument: if life begins with conception and Palin found out she was pregnant and does not believe in abortion, then this is it, period, end of story, as in – she is not choosing to keep the child, she is having a child, whether she likes it or not, she has no choice, because abortion is not an option, so the child lives because it is already there. If I believe that shooting a store clerk who offended me is a premeditated murder, then my decision not to murder him/her is not really a decision, because, in my case, murder is never an option – I do not choose not to kill, I simply walk away. Technically, I do have an option to go to the store, buy a gun and come back for some sweet revenge, but if then at the last moment I lower my gun and choose not to kill the clerk, am I a hero? Did Palin contemplate aborting her Downs syndrome baby and then decided against it? And if not, then she did not make a choice, she was forced into the situation by her pregnancy and thus we can praise her for dealing with it bravely or in any other way, but not for her decision. If Palin believes that abortion is murder and is thus out of consideration, then what were her options when she was deciding to keep the baby?
Ok, let’s look at it this way: Continue reading →