A brief personal thought on the death of George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas this morning that I read from news reports such as this one. Dr. Tiller has long been a very controversial figure for performing late-term abortions. Just as Jack Kevorkian was known as “Dr. Death”, George Tiller earned the nickname “Tiller The Baby Killer.” Personally speaking, I am against abortion on demand and feel abortion is acceptable only in the most extreme and dire circumstances. However I am also equally against killing those who perform such procedures as long as they are legal in this country. And even if it were illegal, it’s still wrong for anyone to take the law in their hands. I feel change is made within the established system and that it is achievable and will be achieved. Tiller has been shot before and survived and his life threatened many times in the past so this outcome did not come completely unexpectedly. But it’s still wrong.
Now that this has happened, I anticipate two things to occur shortly:
First, I expect left-wing extremist smear websites like HuffPo and Kos to attack conservatives over this and blame conservatives for Tiller’s death.
Secondly, I expect that since Bill O’Reilly was probably the biggest, loudest and most public voice attacking George Tiller verbally (and rightly so IMHO) that those same left-wing extemist smear websites as well as some liberal celebrities and politicians will call on civil lawsuits as well as criminal prosecution against O’Reilly as an indirect accomplice for Tiller’s murder. Some of the funding for this may even be traced back to George Soros. Nothing will come of it, but the extremist liberals will use it to further smear Bill O’Reilly and Fox News Channel. I imagine Keith Olbermann might do this or something similar on his next circus presentation on MSNBC.
UPDATE: Well, I called it. Liberal smear sites are blaming conservatives and Bill O’Reilly specifically. I still think the threat of lawsuits and criminal actions against O’Reilly are still possible but will take longer to materialize.
Dan Phillips has a brief, interesting essay concerning this event. I also recommend you read La Shawn Barber’s article on the Tiller murder and also her reminder of what Tiller did probably over 60,000 times in his career.