King’s Professor David Innes Published at WORLDmag.com
Dr. David Innes Comments On Tiller Murder
NEW YORK, March 1, 2010—Dr. David Innes, Assistant Professor of Politics at The King’s College, recently published his commentary on the Tiller Murder trial. Scott Roeder was sentenced for life in prison for shooting to death Dr. George Tiller. According to Innes, Tiller “was a doctor only in the legal sense of the word. He was not a healer, but a killer—a callous monster” and “mass murder” who performed partial-birth abortions.
In his article "Leaving Tiller to God," Innes argues that Roeder was wrong to murder Tiller. Opponents of abortion, Innes suggests, explore the train of thought that would lead to physically stopping or killing abortionist doctors to save helpless innocents, but all except a small handful pull back from such violent intervention.
Innes expertly articulates the political and theological tensions that restrain American evangelicals. He argues that Romans 13:1-5 establishes the God-given right and exclusive duty of the government to execute justice, leaving vigilantes like Roeder in the wrong.
Provocative and stimulating, Innes defines foundational questions concerning justice and its right expression in society. He agrees with advocates of abortion that Roeder’s verdict was just, though differs in a critical way—it is the government’s responsibility to execute justice faithfully. Ultimately, if for some reason justice is not served by the courts, it is not a citizen's responsibility to force justice, but instead to leave it to God.
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