Interesting how, midst doing final edits on the next edition of Inspection, I find that I’m sharing thoughts with people far more famous than I will ever be; and the new is confirming that I’m on the right track. My next Inspection is about how we frame our arguments as a society. I have found several columns suddenly popped up on this topic after the murder of Dr. Tiller, though I started my next column almost a month ago: long before the homicide was committed. From one of these columns I found a link to a former member of some of the more radical Pro-Life Christian groups who addresses the topic honestly… a sadly rare occasion these day.
First an excerpt, then a link. But before that I would simply like to say, “Thank you, Frank Schaeffer.”
We who sowed hate share blame in killing of abortion doctor
By Frank Schaeffer
June 2, 2009
My late father and I share part of the blame for the murder of Dr. George Tiller, the abortion doctor gunned down on Sunday.
Until I got out of the religious right (in the mid-1980s) and repented of my former hate-filled rhetoric, I was both a leader of the so-called pro-life movement and a part of a Republican Party hate machine masquerading as the moral conscience of America.
In the late 1970s, my father, evangelical pro-life leader Francis Schaeffer, along with Dr. C. Everett Koop (who soon become surgeon general in the Reagan administration) went on the road with me, taking the documentary anti-abortion film series I produced and directed to the evangelical public. The series and companion book eventually brought millions of heretofore nonpolitical evangelical Americans into the anti-abortion crusade.
In the early ’80s, my father followed up with a book that sold over a million copies and which, in certain passages, advocated force if all other methods for rolling back the abortion ruling of Roe v. Wade failed. He compared America and its legalized abortion to Hitler’s Germany and said that whatever tactics would have been morally justified in removing Hitler would be justified in trying to stop abortion. I said the same thing in a best-selling book I wrote.