Vigilantism Worksheet on Abortion

Please see the Abortion Vigilantism Worksheet at American Right To Life. On air Bob Enyart talks through the fascinating questions in that worksheet...

Questions 1-4: Why is Defense of a Child OK but Not Against Tiller: In the aftermath of the murder of abortionist George Tiller, join Bob Enyart to talk about the first four questions from American RTL's Vigilantism Worksheet. Topics include God's granting the government the right to use force, and the right of self defense to civilians. Can you identify the factors that determine when a civilian's use of force is justified or unjustified? You might want to print out ARTL's vigilante worksheet to follow along as Bob discusses these vital and timely principles.

Questions 5-11: What Factors Show Valid Civilian Use of Force: After the murder of abortionist George Tiller, Bob Enyart discusses questions five through eleven from American RTL's Vigilantism Worksheet. Can you identify the factors that determine when a civilian's use of force is justified or unjustified? These ARTL questions look at the special function of imminence in identifying a just use of lethal force. You might want to print out ARTL's vigilante worksheet to follow along as Bob discusses these vital and timely principles.

Questions 12-18: What Factors Show Valid Civilian Use of Force: After the murder of abortionist George Tiller, Bob Enyart discusses questions twelve through eighteen from American RTL's Vigilantism Worksheet. Can you identify the factors that determine when a civilian's use of force is justified or unjustified? Where is the threshold between self defense and vigilantism?

Does the government have authority to use lethal force in more circumstances than do civilians? One pro-life activist addressing this question had been confused by the libertarian claim that government only has the authority that an individual has. Bob relates his conversation (with this wonderful but confused Christian leader) in which this activist acknowledged that a government does have the right to utilize military force, so then when Bob asked him if an individual has the authority to declare war, this libertarian-minded Christian couldn't offer an answer. Bob pressed the issue by illustrating that while the government has every right to arm itself with military might, it would be absurd to maintain that a neighbor also has the right to house surface to air missiles in his garage, or that the Mosque down the street has the right to build a nuclear weapon. Authority does not flow uphill, from kids to parents, or from people to the government, but authority flows downhill, from God through government to people, and from Him through parents to children (and even the kid can kick the cat off the couch).

Today's ARTL worksheet questions also look at biblical history and at what point did God delegate the authority for human government and the death penalty? Also, aside from self defense from imminent harm, what tradeoffs would occur if God had delegated authority to the individual to overrule the government in matters of life and death?

Finally, American RTL was stunned to see TheGeorgeTillerMemorial.org! Have you seen it?