Another Special Life in Christ
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I've enjoyed his "op ed" newspaper pieces for at
least 5 years, and I suspected that he was a believer. He writes out of the Miami Herald. And he said this in a Sept. 5th, 2003 column:
"Paul Hill died happily Wednesday
"He went into the afterlife with taxpayer-supplied
poisons leaking into his veins. In the hours before his execution, he told reporters he
expected to receive a grand reward upon arrival in Heaven because he had done what God told
"I am a religious man, and it is
pretty common in my circle for people to report conversations with the Almighty. One friend
says God told him to organize a crusade to stop people in his city from killing each other.
Another says God steered her away from making $8,000 a week as a television writer and told
her to study for the ministry instead. My mother used to tell us how God consoled her when
doctors said my sister, a tiny infant, prematurely born, was probably going to die. Mom said
she stopped weeping immediately. My sister will be 39 this year.
"So I'm used to God talking to people. Still, I
am, shall we say, perturbed by the idea that He told someone to procure a 12-gauge pump
action shotgun and commit double homicide.
"But that's how Hill -- a former minister turned
anti-abortion extremist -- always justified his actions in July of '94. He said he killed an
abortion provider, Dr. John Britton, and his bodyguard, James Barrett, outside a Pensacola
clinic because the Lord wanted him to. The Lord ordered him to whack a guy.
"Sounds more like the Godfather than
"I'll tell you something else that strikes me as
strange. Every person I've ever known who says God told them to do something has struggled
with it, usually because what God wanted was not what they did.
"The guy who leads the anti-violence campaign
dithered about it for years, concerned about how much of his life it would consume. The woman
who turned her back on TV riches revisited that decision when overdue notices began piling up
in the mailbox.
"Small wonder. You feel that nudge at the rim of
consciousness compelling you to take a leap, pushing you toward something you could never
have conceived on your own, and it's only natural to feel stirrings of doubt. To say, Hey,
God, is that really you? Are you sure about this? 'Cause it doesn't make a lot of sense to
"Hill, however, seems to have been a stranger to
doubt. The idea of committing the murder first came to him shortly before he actually did it,
he told a reporter once, ``and as each day passed, I became more certain.''
"Indeed. Certain enough that he shot two men to
death to express his reverence for life.
"Now Hill is gone to what he was sure would be a
great reward. And one wonders if it ever occurred to him -- if it occurs even now to those
who seek to wrap his corpse in a martyrdom flag -- that his reasoning is identical to that of
a Palestinian suicide bomber, those pious lunatics who commit murder in the assurance that
they will be awarded virgins in Heaven.
"As if God were not just a hit man, but also a
And here is another piece that I liked a lot,
September 2006: Following an appeal last week by a Muslim fanatic
for Americans to convert to Islam, Pitts wrote:
"Join your cause? Thanks, but no
"An open letter to Azzam:
"I must admit I'm intrigued; no one's ever invited
me to become a fanatic before.
Of course, it wasn't just me, but all 299 million
Americans you were addressing in the video posted last week on a militant Islamic website.
You were featured with al Qaeda's No. 2 man, Ayman al Zawahri. ''Azzam the American,'' read
"Al Qaeda apparently gave you that nickname, but
according to the FBI -- which would really like to chat with you -- your real name is Adam
Yahiye Gadahn. You're 28, a Californian who has trained at al Qaeda camps in Pakistan. The
group is believed to regard you as someone who can speak to Americans in their own
"You lived up to that billing in the video,
advising that any unbeliever who dies in battle with Muslims is bound for hell ''without
passing Go.'' Bet it took you awhile to explain that reference to your al Qaeda pals. Most, I
suspect, haven't played much Monopoly.
"The gist of the video is that, instead of
following the ''incoherent and illogical beliefs'' of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and
atheism, non-Muslim Americans need to join your faith while they still can. ''Instead of
killing yourself for Bush,'' you say, ``why not surrender to the truth (i.e., Islam), escape
from the unbelieving army and join the winning side. Time is running out, so make the right
choice before it's too late.''
"At one point, you address American soldiers
directly, telling them they are only cannon fodder for a president who ``couldn't care less
about your safety and well-being.''
"Credit where it's due: You somehow refrain from
threatening to bring down a jetliner if Americans don't convert to your model of Islam. But
then, you don't have to threaten, do you? You're al Qaeda, after all.
"I've got to say, your pitch could stand some
work. You should know your fellow Americans well enough to know how unlikely it is we would
be coerced at gunpoint into choosing your religion. Especially the perversion of it you
"It's always been my experience that the best
advertisement for a faith is not proselytizing and certainly not threats. It is, rather, the
adherents of that faith observing its rituals, finding comfort in its Word, struggling with
its commandments, living settled and centered in its promises. To see some Jew at peace in
the face of reversal, some Muslim content in the presence of want, some Christian singing
praises in the valley of the shadow, this is what sells a faith. This is what makes a
nonbeliever, looking on, say, I've got to get me some of that.
"You and your kind don't have that sort of allure,
Azzam, being, well, you know . . . evil fanatics and all. Frankly, it's hard to see any
upside in pledging allegiance to your version of Islam. It's not like doing so would make
anyone safer. Indeed, I find it interesting that you condemn President Bush for not caring
about American soldiers.
"Do you know how many Muslims were killed in the
Sept. 11 attacks? Me neither. As far as I know, there's been no official count, though former
Secretary of State Colin Powell, in a speech, once put the toll at 500.
"That's as good a figure as any, I suppose. Five
hundred Muslims killed. By a group that purports to fight the oppression of Muslims. You want
to talk ''incoherent and illogical beliefs''? Start there.
"Azzam, Lord knows the ''War on Terror'' has been
ineptly and inefficiently prosecuted. But that's OK. Presidents come and go. The national
will, especially on a matter such as this, endure.
"Because I know that, I can make you this promise:
We will live to see you die. So thanks for the offer to join up. In response, I'd like to
say, please stick your offer where the sun don't shine.
"There's another Americanism you can explain to
***give me your comments about this
(posted 17 September 2003; latest addition 10
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