Hill's Twisted Logic
By Doug Patton
September 8, 2003
Hill was put to death in Florida last week. The former Presbyterian
minister went to meet his Maker with a smile on his face,
a lie in his heart and a boatload of twisted logic in his
was convicted of murdering abortionist John Britton and Britton's
bodyguard, James Barrett, and of wounding Barrett's wife outside
an abortion clinic known as "The Ladies Center"
in Pensacola in 1994. His weapon was a 12-gauge shotgun.
believed he was going to heaven for his actions on behalf
of the unborn. "I expect a great reward in heaven,"
he said with a smile on his face in an interview before his
death. "I am looking forward to glory."
statements sound chillingly like Muslim zealots who believe
that 72 virgins will satiate their every desire in the afterlife
if they will just "kill the infidels." As a pro-life
Christian, I am saddened that this man called himself a follower
of Christ, let alone a minister of His gospel.
have compared Hill's actions to those of a person who had
a clear shot at Adolf Hitler - an analogy that warrants close
and his Nazi henchmen forced millions of people into death
camps and systematically exterminated them. As justification
for his actions, Paul Hill's defenders would point out that
forty million unborn American children were forcibly killed
over the last thirty years in abortion mills, and they would
be correct. But no one forced those mothers into those abortion
clinics. This is still America, not Mainland China.
shot to the head of Adolf Hitler would have affected the outcome
of World War II, possibly even stopping it cold. When he was
apprehended minutes after his crimes, he was quoted as saying,
"I know one thing: No innocent babies are going to be
killed in that clinic today." Probably not, but that
does not mean they didn't die at the hands of some other abortionist
the next day or a week later. Paul Hill stopped nothing except
three beating human hearts.
is a growing body of evidence that Americans have become more
conservative in their views on the abortion issue over the
past decade. The loving care of crisis pregnancy center volunteers,
combined with frank debates over the issue of partial birth
abortion in Congress and in state legislatures across the
country, have brought the reality of abortion home to many
Americans who had never before equated abortion with the infanticide
that it truly is.
Gallup Poll earlier this year showed that only 23 percent
of Americans want abortion to be "legal in all circumstances."
Conversely, 19 percent want it "illegal in all circumstances,
and 42 percent want it to be "legal only in a few circumstances."
Factor in the consistent polling figures that show 85 percent
of people want an outright ban on partial birth abortions
and it is not hard to see that Americans are not, by any stretch
of the imagination, in favor of abortion on demand, which
is currently the law of the land.
one could make the case that the sad, sick odyssey of Paul
Hill may have set the pro-life movement back several years
by giving ammunition to the radical pro-abortion left, which
would like nothing better than to demonize legitimate protest.
man is not a hero to the pro-life cause. He is no less a murderer
than the extremists who commandeered those airplanes two years
ago this week.
Hill did nothing to save unborn babies, and those of us who
have fought the pro-life battle peacefully for years - speaking
out in our churches, protesting in the public arena, working
through the courts and through the legislative process - are
ashamed to have him and his ilk associated with our cause
and with our God.
Patton is a freelance columnist who has served
as a political speechwriter and public policy advisor to candidates,
elected officials and organizations at the federal, state
and local levels. His weekly columns can be read in newspapers
across the country, and on selected Internet web sites, including
he serves as the Nebraska Editor. He also writes for Talon
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