A Moment In Time
Dick Cheney was right all along. Sure, he could have chanted, “Nah, nah, I told you so!”, but he’s too classy a guy for that. When Scott Roeder executed Dr. George Tiller on Sunday, as “Tiller the baby-killer” was worshipping at Wichita’s Reformation Lutheran Church, America suffered it’s first terrorist attack in nearly eight years.
Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano warned that an attack by a right-wing lone-wolf would happen, but that’s little solace to Tiller’s friends, family and loved ones. I have to wonder, what would Dick have done differently? In a situation where everyone that had any contact with Roeder knew he was a hairs-breath away from doing something terrible, America’s intelligence community failed us. And no, I don’t think waterboarding Randall Terry would have been the answer.
Now, Fox News did not put the gun in Roeder’s hand, but they’re not innocent babes, either. They ratcheted up the rhetoric, targeting Dr. Tiller on no less than twenty eight separate occasions, coming dangerously close to inciting murder. I have to say this: Bill O’Reilly needs to publicly apologize for his part in this tragedy.
Not long ago, President Obama made his plea for an honest, reasonable discussion on the hottest of all hot-button issues; abortion. I pray this tragedy gives us a moment in time to have that discussion. Then maybe, just maybe, Dr. George Tiller’s death might not be in vain…
Back in the ’60s, poor young women were dying from botched back-alley abortions while girls of means were able to erase their indiscretions with relative ease. Liberals saw the injustice and tried to right the wrong, extremists on both sides have been at war ever since. Because Dr. Tiller was one of the few willing to perform “late term” abortions, he was a prime target for the Operation Rescue folks. Please remember, some of Tiller’s patients discovered late in pregnancy that their fetuses had severe or fatal birth defects; and he also aborted healthy late-term fetuses in cases where this would prevent “substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function” for the mother. That’s the law.
So, as we mourn this tragedy, I have to ask, where do we go from here? Are conservatives willing to shell out tax dollars to pay for the health-care, welfare, housing and education subsidies poor girls desperately need if they’re even going to consider bringing a new life into the world? While home-schooled churchgoing teens are just as sexually active as inner-city kids, their future prospects are quite different.
Are we going to get serious about sex education? How about contraception? Would you allow a gay couple to rescue a fetus otherwise doomed to be aborted? Or do we just ignore the hard questions and rev up the vitriol while we wait for the next terrorist attack…