Records and interviews with family and friends suggest (he) had a fanatical preoccupation...and used (religion) to support his beliefs.
...said he believed killing "is justifiable,"
...described him as self-righteous and someone who may be capable of murder.
...a highly religious individual who had very high moral convictions in order to carry out this act...
These words were not written about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Muslim Nigerian citizen who attempted to detonate plastic explosives hidden in his underwear in a Christmas Day terrorist attack on a Northwest Airlines flight.
The words above were written about a Christian man from Kansas whose murder trial opened this morning in Wichita.
Scott Roeder shot George Tiller in the head at point blank range last May, as Dr. Tiller stood in the back of his Lutheran church on a Sunday morning helping people find seats for worship. Mr. Roeder has never denied he killed Dr. Tiller - he's counting on a "necessity defense" to absolve him of wrongdoing in the matter.
He killed Dr. Tiller, he said, in defense of innocent lives. George Tiller, you see, had performed legal abortions in Kansas for 36 years.
Like the judge presiding over Scott Roeder's trial - I hope to avoid a conversation about the rightness or wrongness of abortion. That's a matter clear-headed people should be taking up with presidents and congressfolk .. the people who seat judges on the Supreme Court, which allowed women the right to legal termination of pregnancy under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution in 1973.
What I would like to encourage is a pause in the fervor of patriotic, God-fearing Americans who believe Muslims are to be feared. I'd like to call us all to a moment of self-examination and sanity in which we realize violence and destruction lives in the wrong-headed religious fanaticism of every faith.
Even ours, Christians.
Who wants his/her faith evaluated on the basis of proclamations of righteousness from Scott Roeder and his supporters? If you want to be afraid, click over to the Army of God website, where Scott Roeder is hailed an American hero, and verses from the Christian holy book are used to justify his actions.
Who's ready to cast the first stone at an entire faith based on a spin off group of radical thinkers or one verse taken from a holy text? Not me.
I've cranked up Terri Hendrix' song Judgment Day (listen here, cut 1) this morning, and I'm singing along:
Everybody wants to use God when there's nobody but themselves to blame.
Everybody wants to use God when they do the dirty deeds in his name.