George Tiller was assassinated by someone who opposed him on political and moral grounds. That’s terrorism, according to the dictionary

terrorism, act of terrorism, terrorist act (the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear)

Scott Roeder the man who shot and killed Dr George Tiller in church, on a Sunday, was politically, religiously and morally opposed to Tiller performing abortions. Roeder’s faith-fueled hatred was incited, nurtured and enhanced with a heady combo of media propaganda and religious messaging.

Kansas blog The Pitch posted this:

Someone using the name "Scott Roeder" posted this comment on Operation Rescue’s Web site in May 2007.

Bleass everyone for attending and praying in May to bring justice to Tiller and the closing of his death camp.

Sometime soon, would it be feasible to organize as many people as possible to attend Tillers church (inside, not just outside) to have much more of a presence and possibly ask questions of the Pastor, Deacons, Elders and members while there? Doesn’t seem like it would hurt anything but bring more attention to Tiller.

On Novemember 1, in San Diego rightwing fundamentalist Lou Engle of TheCall held a huge rally as part of the battle against Prop 8. At the rally Engle also called for anti-abortion martyrs; $146,000 was raised in offerings. Bruce Wilson on Talk2 Action writes:

In the early 1980’s, KKK and Aryan Nations strategist Louis Beam helped popularize a tactic known as "leaderless resistance" in which high profile propagandists would incite terrorist acts carried out by autonomous individuals and cell groups. Lou Engle’s inflammatory TheCall antiabortion rhetoric conforms with Beam’s tactic; Engle merely incites.

The media, specifically Bill O’Reilly, incited against Tiller, and Roeder was a fan of O’Reilly.

CBS’s Jeff Glor reported:

We did speak with the accused shooters’ ex-wife yesterday. She said she was not surprised this happened and that she believed Roeder wanted to be a martyr for the cause.

Christian Newswire reports that Lou Engle will join Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee on GodTV.com to discuss Gingrich’s book Rediscovering God in America. Says Gingrich about the broadcast which airs Thursday June 4 at 8.30pm and Friday June 5 at 8am (Eastern):

There is no attack on American culture that is more destructive or more historically dishonest than the secular Left’s relentless effort to drive God out of America’s public square. I wrote Rediscovering God in America as a response to the 9th District Federal Court of Appeals’ ruling that the phrase ‘one nation, under God’ as part of the Pledge of Allegiance was unconstitutional. This event aims to ignite people of faith to again engage the culture as we reclaim the centrality of God in American life.

Igniting, inciting, raising emotions to a frothing killing fury using the Divine as a reason to murder is terrorism, pure and simple. Roeder is a terrorist–and while he maybe bughouse loony, the same argument of "crazy" can used to explain while teenagers strap bombs to their bodies and set them off in crowds.

Any God that says you must kill to prove your faith is not God–that’s the other team suggesting you pull the trigger.

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.