The Justifiable Use of Force
Justification of the Use of Force
by Dan Holman Keokuk, Iowa
If the unborn are fully human abortion is murder. If the unborn are not fully human than ripping the heads off unborn babies is not murder.
Murder can NEVER be justified. Murder is ALWAYS wrong. But not all killing is murder.
There is much confusion over how and when the use of force might be justified. Equal force is justified by anyone to protect ones’ self and/or others. Using too much force is not justifiable. Using deadly force in a non-lethal attack is unjustified.
Pacifists disagree. A true pacifist would not use force when he or his loved ones are violently attacked. A true pacifist would rather suffer death than defend human life. Most advocates of pacifism are inconsistent. Many would use some form of force in self-defense, or defense of their families, but they may not extend this use of force to protect their neighbor, community, or nation.
Most Americans of all persuasions believe that force is never justified in defending unborn children from abortion and death. Most believe that “Roe v. Wade is the law of the land.”
Abortion on demand is lawlessness. Courts have no authority to legislate. Courts cannot make laws. Legislatures have no authority to codify murder into law.
Others advocate an exclusive non-violent position on fighting abortion with “spiritual warfare” similar to the methods of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King’s Civil Rights Movement. Aborticide and Civil Rights differ in magnitude, injury, and urgency. 4000 Americans a day were not being murdered over slavery or violations of civil rights. The exclusive non-violent position embraces the heretical doctrines of pacifism and Gnosticism. Prayer, worship, and non-violence have their time and place, but it is foolish to send police or soldiers into mortal combat armed only with rosaries, Bibles, and prayer books.
Our biblical position is neither extreme nor is it inconsistent. We believe that the use of equal force is justifiable in defending ourselves and others. In a deadly attack, one may use deadly force in defending himself and/or the lives others. One may be guilty of using too much force if the attack is stopped or is less than deadly. It is criminal to use an attack as an excuse for exercising vengeance. The role of vengeance belongs exclusively to civil authorities (Romans 12:19-13:1-10) Civil Government has the exclusive role of meting out punishment.
Most of those who condemn the use of force muddle vengeance with defensive action. We heartily agree with the Scripture: “Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but leave room for God's wrath. For it is written: "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord." Romans 12:9
Vengeance and defensive action are not the same. Vengeance seeks to punish someone for what they have done. Defensive action is to defending someone who is under attack. We believe the use of force is justified in defending unborn children.
When Michael Griffen shot abortionist David Gunn, followed by Paul Hill shooting abortionist John Britton, those who oppose abortion were forced to take a position on this topic. Most were unprepared for the media onslaught that followed. Was Hill and Griffin justified in using deadly force in these situations? Public opinion at the time of the shootings was emotionally charged against them, and it is still that way today.
While in prison, Paul Hill wrote a defense of the use of force. He was not allowed to have it published, nor was he allowed to use a Necessity Defense at his trial. Hill remained mute throughout his trial as he was denied the only possible defense he had. His book “Mix My Blood With the Blood of the Unborn Children” might be found on
The State of Florida, as well as other states, does not want to argue the humanity of those slated for abortion. They do not want to admit that human life begins at fertilization. They do not want to uphold the Constitution of the United States which guarantees protection “to us and to our posterity.” Unborn babies are “our posterity.” They are entitled to equal protection under the law and to the defense of others.
Paul Hill, Scott Roeder, James Kopp, and others were forbidden to argue that they reasonably believe the unborn are people entitled to Defense of Others. Every state, including Florida, allows for a Necessity Defense in homicide cases. They may argue that they acted to protect other people from deadly attack. Florida prosecutors Motion in Limine prevented Hill from challenging the state that the unborn are entitled to the same rights, privileges and protections as anyone else. They did not want this question put before a jury.
There were inconsistencies in American jurisprudence regarding the protection of the preborn prior to Roe v. Wade. But Roe created a false dichotomy denying legal protection to children in the womb. Before Roe it was understood that an unborn child is a person entitled to at least some protection.
Pro-life leaders (PLL) were, and still are pragmatic, cowardly, and unprepared, to explain why those who shot abortionists were justified in their actions. Some PLL hold to two opinions; a public opinion, and a private opinion. Most PLL publicly condemned Griffin, Hill, and others while privately agreeing with them at least in part. Most PLL are inconsistent by denying the justification of the use of force they are tacitly admitting that preborn people are not entitled to the same rights, privileges and protections as post-born children. If this is true than we must admit that unborn babies are not fully human. If unborn are subhuman they are not entitled to any legal protection! A mother has an absolute right to “terminate her pregnancy.” It would be wrong for anyone to interfere with her personal choice!
PLL are afraid of the repercussions of defending those who used force to protect the unborn. They do not want to encourage others to suffer imprisonment or death by following in Paul Hill’s footsteps. For over 25 years we have publicly defended Paul Hill and others who have used force in defending preborn children. No one we know killed an abortionist because of the truth we declared. We do not advocate killing abortionists. We maintain that those who used force were justified in doing so. To say anything less is to deny the humanity of the womb child, or to wade into the troubled waters of pacifism.
Even if some individual acted on the truth, his suffering pales in comparison to 3000-4000 children torn asunder each and every day. Denying the justification of the use of force is the chief reason why most pro-life legislation fails, and abortion is not abolished. If an unborn baby is not entitled to the use of force, why would he be entitled to any legal protection? Until PLL admits to the justification of the use of force, the pro-life movements as well as abolitionists are stuck in the mud for another 43 years accomplishing nothing. PLL will never end child-sacrifice until they act like abortion is murder.
Again we state that murder is NEVER justifiable, but not all killing is murder. Is it possible to murder a serial killer? Not if all other means are exhausted, or if too much force is used in stopping the murders of children in the womb. Defending a Hebrew slave, Moses killed an Egyptian (Ex 2:11-15). Moses did not murder the Egyptian. Moses did not use too much force in defending the Hebrew Slave.
What does recognizing the justified use of force mean to those of us who oppose child-sacrifice? Are we to acquire a gun and shoot abortion doctors? A life-time in prison is a heavy price to pay. Many of those in prison for shooting abortion doctors would gladly trade places with those of us who are faithfully ministering at the deathpits. Their one-time deed has finished their anti-abortion activism forever. For this reason alone, shooting abortion doctors is not a great strategy. We applaud those who laid down their lives. Scott Roeder put an abrupt end to George Tiller’s reign of terror. Scott Roeder accomplished more in a single hour than the PLL accomplished in 43 years. We are not ashamed of our friendship with Scott, Shelly Shannon, and others who have paid a heavy price. But we do not intend to sacrifice as they did. We will continue to be faithful in pleading for the lives of children so long as God gives us the way, the means, and the where-with-all to do it.
Some argue that our opinion does not count unless we are willing to do it. An opinion regarding the smuggling of Bibles into closed countries is as valid to those who do not smuggle Bibles. One does not have to do something to believe it is valid. We are happy to defend those who have done the deed.
DISCLAIMER: Missionaries to the Pre-born, Iowa, and its associates does not advocate killing abortion doctors, nor do we condemn those who do it.

Paul Hill is an unwanted pro-lifer
by Dan Holman
Paul Hill is an unwanted pro-lifer. His execution is an ex post facto abortion. His body is injected with poison similar to a saline abortion. Paul Hill identified himself with the unwanted babies.
The world identifies with the abortionist. Our laws have eroded to accept abortion, fetal tissue research, and Frankensteinian experimentation. Human cloning, designer babies, hybrid human animals, the cannibalization of aborted children, the profitable trafficking of their pillaged bodies, is a growing industry.
The “pro-life” Republican Party has a 30 year history of betrayal to the unborn. The Republicans are touted by National Right to Life News. In the July, 2003, Carol Tobias, NRL Political Director, has a front page picture of George and Jeb Bush with the caption: RE-ELECT PRESIDENT BUSH. Jeb Bush signed Paul Hill’s Death Warrant just prior to this article!
All of the prominent pro-life organizations distanced themselves from Paul Hill after the shooting of John Britton. Even Flip Benham of Operation Rescue National stated: That had he been at that clinic that morning, he would have taken the bullet for the abortionist!
With leadership like this, pro-lifers are walking in a fog. “A mist in the pulpit makes a fog in the pew.” Whoever condemns Paul Hill’s defense of the babies, agrees with the world that the babies are not worth defending. They admit that the life of the abortionist is worth more than the lives of the babies he kills.
Joe Schiedler recently stated: ''The movement has changed an awful lot, we see the babies as martyrs, but not Paul Hill.''
The word martyr means a witness; Paul Hill is certainly a witness against the child-killing industry. Before and after he shot John Britton he preached on the right of the use of force to protect babies from abortionists.
By definition, a martyr is “One who accepts death to renunciation of a faith, cause, or principle.” Here is where Paul Hill differs from Michael Griffin. Michael Griffin renounced his actions. Paul Hill has not.
Michael Griffin recanted of shooting Peter Gunn after spending months of suffering the privations of prison, and the rejection of the world, including his family, church and the pro-life community.  He received a 25 year sentence as a reward.
Like William Wallace, Paul was tortured so he might recant. For the past nine years he was kept in a windowless 5’ x 9’ cell lit only by a neon bulb. The only way he could tell weather it was day or night is by the brightening or dimming of that bulb. He was allowed outside his cell once a month for one hour of lone exercise in a Gym. The gray walls of his cell, and his orange jail clothes were the only colors he saw. After a week in his cell, he could not dream outside of it.
The separation of family and friends is the hardest trial that a prisoner endures. Paul’s wife and children had to bear his infamy without him. He could not console them during their time of need. He could not materially support them. This was Paul Hill’s greatest sacrifice. It was also a demonstration of his faith. He trusted their care to the Providence of God. Many ancient warriors before him went to war leaving families behind in similar manner of sacrifice. Paul put his family on the altar along with his own life.
There are worse things in life than death. With the loss of family, friends, and freedom, there is nothing left for Paul Hill in this world. He has run the race, he has endured the course. He awaits his turn before the Great White Throne of God. He remained faithful to the end; he will not need to blush. “Well done thou good and faithful servant: …enter into the joy of the Lord.” Matthew 25: 21
Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, ‘Thou shalt love
the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great
commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”      Matthew 22: 36-40
DISCLAIMER: Missionaries to the Pre-born, Iowa, and its associates does not advocate killing abortion doctors, nor do we condemn those who do it.
Betrayal to Christ and the babies
by dan holman
to Johnson County Right to Life.
          The heresy of Pacifism
      (An open letter to Johnson County Right to Life)
Much of the church takes a “pray-only” strategy toward the massacre of the unborn. They frown upon those who are demonstrably disturbed by these deaths. They disapprove of preaching and pleading for the life of the baby. They do not approve of the use of bloody photographs of the unborn babies, even though it is proven that preaching and the photos save lives. They are content to silently twirl their beads if they even bother to come to the clinics at all. Would they employ this same tactic if it were their child that was being gorged? Would they be content to have others merely mutter a prayer for them if they were about to be unjustly executed? Is this “loving your neighbor as yourself?”
This conduct clearly demonstrates that most pro-lifers do not fully believe in the humanity and worth of the pre-born child. They treat the slaughter of these children as an impersonal “issue.”
Pacifism is a heresy. It is an unbiblical doctrine. Those who subscribe to it are heretics! Jesus said we are to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the imprisoned, give drink to the thirsty, and take in the stranger, Matthew 25: 31- 46 not merely pray about it!
“Pure religion undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows IN THEIR
AFFLICTION, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
“If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?”
James 1: 27 James 2: 15 - 16
How would Christ view the pray-only, “pro-Jew” Christian living around the Nazi death camps? At least he would have the excuse that his own life were in danger for trying to help the death-camp victims. He would not even be counted by the “Resistance!” He would be viewed as a collaborator with the Nazis.
Pro-lifers in  Iowa City are hunkered down in their bunkers in a time of relative safety. They will deny Christ, throw down their weapons, and scamper off the battlefield under 1st fire.
“If thou hast run with footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, than how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?” Jeremiah 12: 5
What about the pray-only “pro-negro” who refuses meaningful aid to a run-a-way slave? Would he not be spat upon by the slaves and the Abolitionists for his cowardly conduct?
“In Park Church, on the Forth of July, 1829 in an address on slavery, I unreflecting ascended to the popular but pernicious doctrine of “gradual” abolition. I seize this opportunity to make a full and unequivocal recantation, and thus publicly to ask pardon of my God, of my country, and of my brethren to poor slaves, for having uttered a sentiment so full of timidity, injustice, and absurdity.” William Lloyd Garrison “The Liberator”
Johnson County Right to Life does not want to identify itself with the William Lloyd Garrison types of today.
NRTL adopted the strategy of gradual Incrementalism in the mid-1980s. They wanted to appear reasonable to the politicians and to accommodate them. Instead of demanding the abolition of abortion on demand with its birth control roots; NRTL contents itself with merely trimming its branches. “It is better to save some of the babies than none of them!” is their creed. It is situation ethics at its worse! All the energy and resources of RTL have been focused on half measures such as: Informed Consent, 24 hour Waiting Period, Parental Consent, and Right to Know legislation. They are presently championing the great non-issue, Partial Birth abortion. NRTL legislation is pro-choice legislation! NRTL has devolved from being anti-abortion in 1973, to directing abortion today.
RTL gleefully compromised more lives with the “life of the mother” exception. This position allows for killing a child if a mother’s life is at risk. It is a frank admission by the world’s largest pro-life organization that the child’s life is worth less than the mother’s life. Politicians will not rise above the principals of his constituents. Rape and incest exceptions began to appear. Though not officially adopted by RTL, they are none-the-less accepted via the politician. To “the lesser of two evils,” a wink is as good as a nod. Because there is no serious objection or loss of support from NRTL, the practical policy of NRTL lies in the
hands of politicians. NRTL goes along to get along. They do not support or endorse the uncompromising anti-abortion candidates of the Constitution Party. NRTL has become an organ of the Republican Party. They fill Republican Party coffers with their PAC money.
Planned Parenthood of Iowa City might as well have a sign on its entrance that reads: “Open with the blessing and approval of Johnson County Right to Life.” Johnson Co. RTL is a misnomer. Their leadership is collaborating with Planned Parenthood and Emma Goldman against those who are anti-abortion. They refuse to stand against the assembly-line executions of the babies slated for abortion. They stand with the abortion industry against those who plead for the lives of the children.
dan holman or 319-524-5587
Missionaries to the Pre-born Iowa
  P.O. Box 135
Keokuk, Iowa  52632
DISCLAIMER: Missionaries to the Pre-born, Iowa, and its associates does not advocate killing abortion doctors, nor do we condemn those who do it.
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