I have enjoyed my day of #optoutside … no shopping, no travel, just worked around the house building a walkway with some scrap wood to run between the motor home and the house. My father-in-law likes to go out there when he’s had enough of the inside and this should help keep both places cleaner …
Then I come in and see news of a shooter in a PlannedParenthood facility. Let me make one thing perfectly clear: No one who supports this shooting can call themselves Christian and be telling the truth. I in no way support PlannedParenthood or any other abortion facility for that matter … but violence and murder is never the answer. As Christians we are to strive to be ‘Christ’-like. Christ never murdered … flip tables and run crooks out of the temple, yes … but never did he murder.
I have not been following the story to any great detail … other than seeing headlines. I am assuming that folks will take this opportunity to say that this is another reason we shouldn’t trust Christians. This act was not carried out by a Christian … or at least one being ‘Christ’-like.
I have seen some comments floating around on Facebook that this should be called terrorism. I don’t think it will for two reasons:
- We, whether correctly or not, associate terrorism with actions taken by individuals or groups of individuals from the middle-east with some sort of organizational structure. I’ll also say that when carried out by a single individual a bomb is typically involved.
- I don’t think media outlets want to call it that as such a term could be inciting panic during this holiday season and have an impact on the election cycle. I know it may seem silly but surely everyone knows that if a terrorist act did occur it would become politicized by both parties which is just distasteful.
Terrorism is typically carried out by an organized group. To my knowledge there has only been one incident. If there are more at other locations then I think it’d be right to call it that. However in this case we do not know the motivations behind this mans stupidity. It is possible that he was attacking an abortion facility because it was a place where abortions take place … it is also equally as possible that he was pissed at someone that worked there or maybe he was a jilted employee. I don’t think anyone really knows at this point so for once it’s a good call not to jump to the ‘terrorism’ label.
None the less people have lost their lives today and that is the tragedy. I stand against abortion because it ends a human life. For that very same reason I stand and speak out against this senseless murder. Unless in the case of self-defense or war, killing another human being is out of the question.
My sincerest condolences to the families impacted by the acts of this individual.