Roeder never disputed the facts. From the witness stand, he described the events of that Sunday morning when he gunned down Tiller. Roeder went to the church Tiller attended, found him in the church's fellowship hall, held a gun to his forehead and pulled the trigger.
Roeder's only defense was that he had to do it to prevent the deaths of unborn children. He took the witness stand and described what happened that morning in detail. You can read more about the case here.
I had a discussion about the case with my brother over breakfast this morning. He's pro-life and I'm pro-choice, but we both agreed that the jury had no choice in this matter. Roeder had to be convicted. This case was about murder.
But then, later in the day, I could not help but wonder: What would Pat Robertson do? (WWPRD?)
Look at this quote from Gerard Thomas Straub, former producer of The 700 Club (courtesy of this web site):
Thank God (that's my choice...or whomever you want) that we don't live in Pat Robertson's America. Could you imagine if law enforcement was outsourced to church tribunals to discern whether or not God approved of violating our nation's laws?"Here is another example of the way Robertson would mix church and state, rather than keep them separate. Let's say that a Christian thinks God is directing him or her to blow up an abortion clinic or kill a doctor who performs abortions, and this Christian does in fact commit such a crime. In a September of 1984 edition of The 700 Club, Robertson suggested that special church tribunals could be called upon to discern if a believer had in fact received an authentic word from God which compelled him to break a civil law. According to Robertson, if this church tribunal did determine the believer had in fact received an authentic message from God -- how they could reach this conclusion without issuing God a subpoena wasn't made clear -- then, Robertson said, the church tribunal would have the civil authority to provide the believer with immunity from prosecution."
So what do I think Pat Robertson would do? I think he'd let a murderer go...at least, if he believed God called the murderer to kill someone in cold blood.
Hey Pat, STFU!