WASHINGTON (BP)--Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land and other pro-life leaders quickly condemned the May 31 killing of abortion doctor George Tiller.
"Murdering someone is a grotesque and bizarre way to emphasize one's commitment to the sanctity of human life."
-- Richard Land
Probably the best-known abortion provider in the United States, Tiller was shot to death on Sunday morning inside the building of Reformation Lutheran Church, the Wichita, Kan., congregation of which he was a member.
Scott Roeder, 51, of Merriam, Kan., was arrested the same day on suspicion of committing the crime. Roeder is a member of the Freemen, an anti-government group, and strongly opposed abortion, according to The Wichita Eagle. He believed the killing of abortion doctors was justified, other abortion opponents told The Eagle.
The entire pro-life community "must swiftly and soundly repudiate" the one who killed Tiller if he "was acting in the name of the pro-life movement," said Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, in a statement released the day of the murder.
Tiller's slaying "is a human tragedy," Land said. "Murdering someone is a grotesque and bizarre way to emphasize one's commitment to the sanctity of human life. People who truly believe in the sanctity of human life believe in the sanctity of the lives of abortion providers as well as the unborn babies who are aborted." Read More