When Scott Roeder's murder trial begins Monday, the question won't be whether or not he killed George Tiller.Instead, the trial will become yet another circus. Rhetoric will be on trial. Of course merely saying abortion is what it is, murder, will no doubt be the issue.
The day of Tiller's death, abortion-rights advocates claimed rhetoric by abortion opponents went too far and pushed someone to kill one of the country's four late-term abortion providers.And of course the typical response will be,
Anti-abortion advocates immediately disavowed Roeder's actions, claiming they never supported violence in their pursuit to end Tiller's practice.Sound bites just don't do justice, and that's all we are getting here.
The Prolife movement does need to become more philosophically rigorous and perhaps even needs to be more forthright about why Scott Roeder did what he did. The reason is simple. We all know why he did what he did. There is no point in hiding it. That only continues to make the Prolife movement look like the squeamish, irrational movement the Media portrays it to be.
To put it another way, we need to stop trying to get the Mainstream Media to like us. We need to wake up to the fact they never will. Instead we need to get to the heart of the issues and take the offensive in explaining to the average person what abortion truly is. In a time when the Mainstream Media is viewed with skepticism, why not take advantage of the opportunity?
There are a couple of good responses such as Beckwith's Moral argument verses Prudential argument distinction and Mohler's God's sovereignty and the role of government position. How to be more consistent and thorough in these positions as well as mainstreaming them into the hands of the average layman is truly the challenge.
In conclusion, with this trial well underway, it is time for Prolifers to stop making excuses and start explaining with sound thinking and reasoning and looking for leaders who are able to articulate the Prolife position. And to do so without any shame or embarrassment. The lives of innocent children depend on it.