It seems that Kansas has one fewer place for women to go to get abortions. This is from Ben Smith’s Blog on Politico.
“A murder in the abortion wars
A prominent doctor and abortion rights activist, George Tiller, was shot dead on his way to church in Wichita this morning.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had faced opposition for her alliance with Tiller, whose clinic is one of relatively few performing late-term abortions.
The murder is a return to a violent era that seemed to have faded; Tiller himself was shot and badly wounded in 1993, and his assailant is still in jail. The murder may be a reminder of the limits of President Obama’s attempt to find common ground on the issue.
Go to the Wichita Eagle for the full story, which says police haven’t identified a shooter.”
As I commented on Smith’s blog page, what we need is to properly educate people. It seems one of the reasons that fanaticism has become so prevalent in politics is simply because our education system has broken down. Instead of spreading secular understanding we get what seems like a series of Coffin Joe movies like “At Midnight I Will Take Your Soul”.
I am a firm believer in studying comparative religion. I was raised catholic but quit when my dog was run over by a car while I was in religious school. I was 11 at the time and decided if the Catholic god couldn’t look after my dog while I was studying the religion, then it wasn’t much of a religion.
I spent a few years as a communist acid head in high school.
Later I joined a commune and studied with a gnostic group that turned out to be Jesus freaks. I quit when I found my best buddy doing my girlfriend when I was off studying to be a minister.
I then became a punk rock anarchist and moved to California.
Next came my trip to India and Hare Krishna land where I got to listen to gurus complain about how the American Gurus had all the money and wouldn’t share with their Indian God Brothers. When I got to the place where Krishna was god on earth, a town called Vrindaban, I found out that my French girlfriend’s Krishna husband was more curious about our sex life than he was in being a guru type. Anyway I left India a bit disillusioned about gurus. I did see signs of what seemed to be ancient space technology there and I wondered if all the gods we heard about were space aliens.
This long wind up is my way of saying that I do believe there are other realms of energy where forces of nature are strong and wild. We humans have little idea what is going on in these 5th and 6th dimensions. I highly doubt that there is a giant plastic Jesus out there or an old man with a beard or any of the other anthropomorphic god beings. That means no big blue Krishna, no Zeus on Mount Olympus, no Osiris cut up into little pieces with a wife god named Isis searching the world for them. Nope not any of it. Maybe there was a Mohamed but if he saw an angel, he was seeing things. That I can believe, I have seen some pretty amazing things, like my girlfriend turning into an insect being from another planet, but seeing this kind of stuff and creating a religion around it is another thing. I mean I know there are some indescribable levels to the cosmos, and we as humans can only see a very small part of it with our limited sensory mechanisms.
Perhaps we can heal with spiritual power alone. Perhaps trees will bend their shapes so that they will provide shelter for us overnight. Perhaps we can dissolve clouds with concentrated thought. We might even be able to communicate with dolphins and other life forms. But and this is my point, we don’t create religions around that stuff.
Perhaps in the past there was some guy who came up with the brilliant notion that the sun needs human hearts sacrificed every day to come up in the morning. Perhaps there was another person who said, nope sorry what the deities really want is your first born son. Then along came another who said nope, god only wants a goat. Goat blood is as good as human blood and I have heard relgionists say that is a sign of progress. Progress is when God decides that a goat is as good as a human. By that logic then when god as Krishna says that a flower and some fruit is good enough then that is real progress. Fruit juice instead of goat or human blood, progress or regression? You choose. I am thinking progress but I am thinking that meat causes colon cancer. Cancer is bad, but then maybe god doesn’t get cancer.
What is the point? I am a wondering myself. But some guy in Wichita got shot today for performing abortions. Now that should be nobodies business but the doctor and the patients. There are people who call themselves fundamentalist Christians who kill people for performing abortions. There are also people who stone other people to death for sleeping with the wrong person they are called fundamentalist Muslims. There are people who execute other people for ratting out one country for another. They are usually called patriots and the ones they kill are called traitors. People do some pretty horrible things to one another in the name of what they think god wants them to do, or not do. Personally I think reason is the best guide. Using reason is not always reasonable. In a tight situation sometimes you have to use instinct. For instance if you are assaulted by zombies who what to rip your head off and eat your brains, killing them first may by your instinctive reaction. But is it instinct to shoot a guy on the way to church because he performs an operation that women are asking for? I don’t think so, that seems to be premeditated murder and murder is murder. In some cultures murder is acceptable, in fact most cultures allow you to murder the enemy. Problem is who is the enemy here?
I don’t believe in an eye for an eye but I do believe that people have to act reasonably if there is a recourse other than to killing I think it should be chosen. The person who killed the abortion doctor did not agree, but for the sake of the preservation of the species, and for the sake of some sort of human progress, I think that simply killing people because you don’t like what they do, is reprehensible. It is reprehensible because it ends the dialogue for that person. You may think that someone who kills fetuses has no rights, but fetuses have been aborted all through history and until recently people were not killed for the act.
It revolves more around what humans consider to be acceptable killing and unacceptable killing. Most humans accept murder in some form and not in others. Only a few people like Jain’s think all killing is bad.
Personally I think killing cows for food is reprehensible and in some parts of the world it is illegal and considered to be murder. People used to be hung for stealing horses. I will have to say that humans need to face these issues as a community and discuss what is allowable and what isn’t as a human race, and not as so many cultists. We are either a family of humans or we are tribes warring over meat.
So I advocate education, comparative religion, science, history and basic communication between humans. If that doesn’t work then we should lock the fuckers up until they are willing to see reason.