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"Our life for yours - a simple equation"

Fired with religious zeal, Paul Hill loaded a gun, hid in some bushes, waited for a doctor to drive up to his clinic and - with a prayer on his lips and God in his heart - shot and killed him. And the man sitting next to him.

3 September 2003

"The sooner I am executed the sooner I am going to heaven."

- Paul Hill, martyr.

Back in 1994, Paul Hill shot to death a doctor, and the doctor's bodyguard, outside an abortion clinic: "Dr. Britton was still alive, was moving around, and I fired five more rounds until all movement stopped, laid the shotgun down, and walked out toward the street with my hands by my side, awaiting arrest."

Much as Jesus would have done.

And now Hill is about to be executed for the crime. Praise the Lord! Jesus is going to be mighty pleased with Hill when he comes striding up the pearly gates:

"Yeah, I'm looking forward to glory, there's no question about it... I believe the moment that I'm executed that my soul will be made perfect in holiness and that I will enter into the immediate presence of the Lord."


After the shooting, as the police took him into custody, Hill cried out: "One thing's for sure, no innocent people will be killed in that clinic today."

Note: the justification of violence towards abortionists is explicity that they are killing innocent victims: "It's a moral obligation to defend the innocent," proclaimed Hill in his pre-execution press conference. Army of God leader, Rev. Michael Bray (the author of A Time To Kill defends the actions of Hill on precisely these grounds. He says:

"Paul Hill had no intention to simply wound Abortionist Britton and his accomplice, James Barrett. His intention was to stop the serial murderer permanently; the risk of killing the proximate accomplice was collateral possibility subordinated as a simple matter of fact: the life of the innocent child must be given priority over guilty assailants and accomplices."

The Army of God is an anti-abortion terror group. The Army of God Manual states: "All of the options have expired. Our Most Dread Sovereign Lord God requires that whosoever sheds man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed. Not out of hatred of you, but out of love for the persons you exterminate, we are forced to take arms against you."

At the risk of stating the obvious, what is important to the anti-abortionists is the killing of the unborn babies. Unborn babies who have done no wrong. They will happily kill abortion doctors because the doctors are guilty of murder.

Guilt and innocence. These are the key terms.

Okay - so what I don't understand is this: surely the Army of God believes that the "innocent" unborn children who suffer abortion will go to heaven, precisely because they are innocent. (There is no mention in their theology, as far as I can tell, of a need for baptism to attain salvation). It all boils down to killing. Killing to stop the killing.

Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed (Gen 9:6)

They are not saving the souls of the unborn. They are saving the lives of the unborn. But why is this important? They are willing to treat their own lives as unimportant precisely because they know that they are going to heaven - in which case: why are the souls of the "innocent" unborn children, who are presumably going to heaven anyway, so important?

It doesn't make sense.

But then again, I'm not insane. Perhaps it would if I were.

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