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Of everything I read about the June 6 funeral of late-term abortionist George Tiller, I thought this was the most telling, from the New York Times:

But for the most part, Dr. Tiller’s funeral focused less on his work than on his life with his family and friends. The word abortion was never uttered….

This shows they all knew. Tiller was unjustly murdered for his “life’s” work by a mentally unstable person, but the reason was not mentionable? Very sad. Even in death George Tiller’s “vocation” was anathema.
Imagine eulogizing anyone else murdered for a cause without lauding that for which they were slain. It would be a travesty….

  • Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice between fellow human beings. He died in the cause of that effort.” – Eulogy by Bobby Kennedy
  • “[I]n a large measure he made this country, during the last 30 years or more, attain to heights of sacrifice which in that particular domain have never been equaled elsewhere. He succeeded in that.” – Eulogy by Jawaharlal Nehru about Mahatma Gandhi
  • “This is what makes her murder such a disaster…. She was attempting to make the connection between lack of democracy in Pakistan and the rise of mullah-manipulated fanaticism.” – Eulogy by Christopher Hitchens about Benazir Bhutto
  • “Nor can there be a correct history of this nation, as it has passed through this great struggle for existence, without the life of Abraham Lincoln, and without connecting his name with that immortal proclamation which gave freedom and manhood to four millions of bondmen.” – Eulogy by Henry Champion
  • Imagine the eulogies of those killed in the line of duty – police officers, firemen, soldiers – without mentioning that for which they sacrificed their lives. Again, a travesty.
    attitude is everything 2.jpgYet mention of Tiller’s cause célèbre was utterly ignored, indeed a travesty if that for which Tiller was killed was so heroic. The closest anyone came? According to the NYT:

    Most carried white carnations and wore a button that read, “Attitude is everything.” The button held special significance. Dr. Tiller, a lover of axioms, had worn a similar button for more than 25 years.
    At the front of the sanctuary, beside a framed photograph of Dr. Tiller, was a large wreath that framed a simple sign, “Trust Women.”

    At this moment I feel sorry for George Tiller. His death was a tragedy in all regards. That for which he dedicated his career – sacrificed his life – should have been heralded, not concealed, most certainly not trivialized by a button.
    Unless, of course, there is something wrong with abortion.
    [Photo attribution: New York Times; button attribution: positivepromotions.com]

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