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Jill Stanek: Missing from Tiller’s eulogy: The A-word

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This is a very interesting piece by blogger Jill Stanek.  Despite the pride in his work the progressive left touted during his life, in his death, no one thought to celebrate his work by calling it what it was.  Intentional misdirection?  Or Freudian slip?

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. …

Clearly they all knew: Tiller was murdered for his “life’s” work, but the reason was unmentionable? Sad. Even in death George Tiller’s “vocation” was anathema.

Imagine eulogizing anyone else murdered for a cause without extolling that for which they were slain. On the contrary, why they died was a reason to eulogize:

“Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice between fellow human beings. He died in the cause of that effort.” – Bobby Kennedy

“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.” – 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 4 millions of bondmen.” – 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. It would be a travesty.

Yet mention of Tiller’s cause célèbre was utterly ignored, indeed a travesty if Tiller were a hero. The closest anyone came?

via Missing from Tiller’s eulogy: The A-word.


Written by Jeremy Dys

June 10, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Posted in Life

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