What role did religion play in today's killing of Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller? Tiller, one of only a handful of doctors who performed late-term abortions, was gunned down in the lobby of his church, Reformation Lutheran, an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) congregation where he served as an usher, while his wife was singing in the choir. The setting is a reminder that even within the world of the churchgoing there is a diversity of opinions on the abortion issue. Of course, Tiller's sharpest critics were activists whose opposition to abortion is motivated by religious beliefs, but those same activists say that their faith also leads them to oppose murder. Undoubtedly, some will question whether the heated and often war-like rhetoric of the abortion debate creates a climate that leads some to violence; others will argue that it is unfair to blame a large movement for the acts of an individual crazy person.
What do you think?
(Photo, by Jaime Oppenheimer/Wichita Eagle via AP, shows worshipers leaving Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita after the murder of Dr. George Tiller there this morning, May 31, 2009.)