Sadly, in the eyes of those who call themselves "Pro-Life," it is.Pro-Lifers believe themselves to pious and righteous, thus their actions are tacitly approved by their God and Savior. Since they see those who provide abortions as murderers (since they believe that life begins at conception) and that such murder goes against what they believe is the most sacrosanct (life is important); any actions they take are righteous and necessary in the eyes of their God.The other problem is that many of these zealots believe that as long as they hold fast to their belief system, their actions are not really their own, but those of their God (the "God told me to..."). This allows them to engage in any action, right or wrong in the eyes of the law, because of this "approval." This also allows them to deny that their actions are wrong or immoral (ever notice that God tells these people to hurt or kill others, but never to self-sacrifice wealth or help those who need it more than they do?).Hypocrites, far and wide.
It reminds me of those who are against same-sex marriage and homosexuality. Many of those people will treat a homosexual as if they were going to hell and be completely disrespectful...yet pride themselves on going to church once a week and "following" Jesus's way. I grew up in a Catholic family, and consider myself Catholic, but have also grown to form my own opinions that go against church teachings (such as being pro-choice, for same-sex marriage) and would hate to see it as all religious people are evil and closed-minded. But I have come to really see how many people who call themselves religious demean someone who is different, or in this case of the doctor who was shot, support his killing since he was seen as a "murderer" in their eyes.I see it as whether or not one is pro-life or pro-choice, they should not see the murder of an innocent man as a positive and justifiable action.
I've spent a lot of time around mainstream pro-lifers and they get really upset about the extremists who engage in violence. The thing is, they also don't do anything about them. If the mainstream of the movement would take the problem seriously, rather than just being frustrated and embarrassed by it, they could probably stop it. But so long as they identify with the extremists more than with their victims that won't happen.
My problem is not that the pro-life movement advocates killing of abortion doctors. That's obvious hypocrisy and I'm glad people point it out, but it seems to me that if you really want to use the term "pro-life," there should be far more strings attached to that position.Of course, that's just my opinion, and as a pro-choice individual, I general avoid that debate with the anti-choice movement.
The irony behind a very small minority that consider themselves to be 'pro-life' - not the irony being the majority of pro-lifers though. There are a few crazy people everywhere but we don't have to paint them all with the same brush (unless it obviously fits). Most pro-lifers wouldn't commit violence against abortionists even though they considered them to be "murderers".
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