Sunday, June 14, 2009

Praying for assassination

From Free Thinking

According to the Associated Baptist Press, Wiley Drake, former VP of the Southern Baptist Convention, is convinced that God was behind the murder of abortion provider George Tiller. He hopes that God won’t stop there.

Drake said June 2 on "The Alan Colmes Show" that unless Obama repents, he is praying that God will kill the president.
Right. "God" was behind Tiller's death, which occurred as the result of an assassination by a very real human. So, ipso facto, Drake is pretty much saying that he hopes some other fanatic will go out and kill the President (and, by inference, the other two late term abortion providers left in this country.)

While I believe strongly in the right to free speech - including speech like this that is a tacit endorsement of murderous violence - I also believe it imperative to counter such extremist speech with speech holding such individuals ethically accountable for their irresponsible words. It is also important to point out how despicable and deleterious a psychological tool it is to excuse one's own murderous desires by attributing them to a vengeful, fictional deity that is by definition "Good." As John Stuart Mill put it in "The Utility of Religion": "Is there any moral enormity which might not be justified by imitation of such a Deity?"

1 comment:

Left-wing Wacko said...

These guys think that God is on their side, so whatever they desire is God's desire.

It is also common to elevate this to the national level and promote the thinking that "God is on our side" in wars as well. Dangerous and sick stuff.