Tuesday, 2 June 2009

On The Death Of Doctor George Tiller

I received today with a great shock the callous and cowardice assassination of a controversial American abortionist doctor, George Tiller. The 67 year old Tiller was amongst only few American doctors who perform a 'late term' abortion. He was brutally assassinated as he was entering his church, The Reformation Lutheran Church in his home town of Wichita, Kansas.

This incident came barely a month after the President Barak Obama was heckled at the Notre Dame University for his views on the same topic of abortion and stem cell research.

This is sad news and bearing in mind that this could happen in today's America becomes a huge disgrace to lovers of democracy worldwide. Democracy is built on the idea that all are allowed to make choice and live by their choice so far it does not interfere with the rights of others. What Tiller was doing is obviously within the law and that was why he was allowed to do it in the first place. If that was illegal, he would not have been allowed to do that. And so far the state sanctions it, he is allowed to continue until the state states otherwise and that should be done through an act of parliament.

Personally I do not believe in abortion for I am a strong believer in the fact that life begins as soon as the sperm meets the egg. It hurts to kill a human being and that hurt could be more painful when a defenceless foetus is in question. The foetus never committed any crime. In fact he is a consequence of unscrupulous adults who refused contraception in the first place. However I am not a believer in the opinion that abortion should be denied in all circumstances. Where the life of the mother is in jeopardy, abortion becomes a choice that must be made unless the mother gives an order to have the child spared. 

I have been a great supporter of contraception especially the use of condom which is more accessible and affordable compared to other forms of contraception and any attempt to deny this to people should be seriously opposed. Contraception is a step to avoiding abortion and that should be supported and encouraged. There is no wisdom in saying no to contraception and abortion at the same time.

Against this background, one cannot in any way justify this assassination. It is senseless, callous and can never be justified. I have said it time without number that people no matter what they believe in should be allowed to live their life. It is as result of this same stance that I have always advocated for freedom to live one’s sexuality openly. People should be allowed to live their life as gays, lesbians and bisexuals and we should not be a judge over them for none of us is perfect. We should first of all remove the log of wood in our eyes before looking for a speck in that of others.

Whoever assassinated Tiller must have committed this heinous crime in the name of God but the fact is that no one can justify violence in the name of God. God and violence are never compatible and can never be. It is very satanic to kill and that is the message we need to send to the killers of Tiller and his supporters. We cannot be forced to stop this debate on abortion and similar issues as a result of this assassination. In fact we should always continue and support open discussion and debate by all sides and ensure also that no side reduces the other to an object of caricature or opprobrium or resort to violence to pass their message across. That is not acceptable and is incongruent with the democratic ideals we all cherish, love and believe in.

Vengeance belongs to God and that is one thing we must always bear in mind. Nobody is allowed to kill in the name of God and any religion or belief that encourages violence and killing in the name of God should be told that. It is ironic to claim to believe in God and still commit violence acts and kill in the name of same God who ab initio prohibited killing.

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