A few people, yesterday, put two and two together with regard to the deaths of abortionist George Tiller and military recruiter William Long. Not nearly enough. Still, among those issuing a statement was Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who released the following from her political action committee:
The stories of two very different lives with similar fates crossed through the media’s hands yesterday – both equally important but one lacked the proper attention. The death of 67-year old George Tiller was unacceptable, but equally disgusting was another death that police believe was politically and religiously motivated as well.
William Long died yesterday. The 23-year old Army Recruiter was gunned down by a fanatic; another fellow soldier was wounded in the ambush. The soldiers had just completed their basic training and were talking to potential recruits, just as my son, Track, once did.
Whatever titles we give these murderers, both deserve our attention. Violence like that is no way to solve a political dispute nor a religious one. And the fanatics on all sides do great disservice when they confuse dissention with rage and death.
Governor Sarah Palin
I believe it to be important that those of us on the right stand up and denounce these actions, just as I hope those in the Muslim community will stand up and denounce the actions carried out in the name of Islam by the man who killed William Long. Similarly, I would hope that the press treat these in the same manner — pointing out that Tiller’s killer was pro-life is fine, so long as William Long’s killer is adequately described as a Muslim terrorist.
Personally, I will mourn one of the two, and I’ll leave you to guess which one. In the meantime, I’ll continue to pray that our differences, no matter how vast, can be settled without such violent acts.