The President has begun a cynical campaign of demonization of pro-lifers:
I am shocked and outraged by the murder of Dr. George Tiller as he attended church services this morning. However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence.I have been part of the pro-life movement for five years now, and yes, I have "profound differences" with the pro-choice ideology and the devastation wrought by the abortion industry. But never have I remotely considered murder as an acceptable tactic.
The people I have worked with in helping abortion-minded women are the most compassionate and gentle I have even met. None of them have even engaged in or endorsed violence. The President's patronizing admonition that "Americans" -- i.e. pro-life Americans -- should not let their passions turn to homicide is deeply insulting. Far more people have been shot to death over parking disputes and fender benders than abortion differences, but the President does not mount the national stage to caution drivers to hold their guns in check every times such an incident occurs.
Dedicated pro-lifers all understand the hypocrisy in taking a life in the name of protecting life. The hypocrisy also arises outside the abortion context. For example, it would be hypocritical for an antiwar protester to advocate violence. Yet the President associated for years with one such protester, Bill Ayers, a man who participated in numerous bombings as part of the terrorist Weather Underground organization. And the President minimized and lied about the nature of the friendship, begrudging denouncing Ayers' conduct only when it became politically impossible to maintain his silence on the controversy.
The President lacks the moral authority to lecture the pro-life movement about anything. His insinuation that the deranged act of some lone psychopath typifies the pro-life mindset is simply outrageous.