A Virginia anti-abortion activist has sent a scathing letter to the church of slain Wichita abortion provider George Tiller, telling pastors they "brought damnation" onto themselves for failing to rebuke the "babykilling."
The Rev. Donald Spitz, a longtime advocate of the belief that killing abortion doctors is an act of justifiable homicide, said he also mailed a letter to College Hill United Methodist Church, which offered its larger sanctuary to Tiller's family for his funeral.
Tiller was shot to death in his church on May 31 while serving as an usher. Scott Roeder of Kansas City awaits a Jan. 11 trial on a charge of first-degree murder.
Spitz, who is the head of Pro-Life Virginia, runs a Web site called the Army of God. He has praised Roeder’s actions and calls him a "true American hero."
"If Reformation Lutheran Church had done its job and brought George Tiller to repentance, he would be alive and the babies he killed would be alive," Spitz said in a phone interview. "But George Tiller received his just reward, and Reformation Lutheran Church is to blame for his blood, and the blood of the children he murdered is on their hands."
Abortion-rights advocates condemned the letters.
"Unbelievable," said Kathy Spillar, executive vice president of the Feminist Majority Foundation. "After they vilified Dr. Tiller, after they viciously attacked him in writing and in person and tortured him for years, it's beyond the pale."
In his letter to the pastors of Reformation Lutheran Church, Spitz wrote: "Why would you allow a babykilling abortionist like George Tiller to serve as an usher in your church without informing him his eternal soul was at stake for the sins he was committing?"
You "have failed in your responsibility towards the position He has placed you in and have brought damnation onto yourselves," Spitz told the pastors.
The Rev. Lowell Michelson, senior pastor at Reformation Lutheran Church, confirmed receiving the letter. He said he didn't intend to respond.
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