Paul Hill was put to death yesterday in Florida for murdering an abortion doctor and his escort in 1994.
I am a pro-lifer and have been all of my life. But, among other things, that means not playing God -- or judge, jury and executioner. Vengeance is mine, says the Lord. Apparently Hill, a Presbyterian minister, forgot that.
I have often said that abortion is a reflection of something that runs deep in this country - materialism and a sense of self-worship. And a desire on the part of some people to do whatever they wish and avoid any and all consequences and responsibility. These are the roots of abortion...and forgetting God.
But no self-appointed spokesman for God who enacts vengeance in God's name is going to advance God's cause.
Abortion is not the cause of our decadence. It is a reflection of it. When we hunger and thirst after the things of God, abortion will be greatly reduced.
Paul Hill is not a martyr, as he claims, anymore than those who are members of the Taliban or Islamic jihad are martyrs.
Hill would have been more effective fighting abortion within the law, not outside it.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.