They are just words, aren't they Bill O'Reilly? Referring to late-term abortion doctor George Tiller as "Tiller the baby killer."
But now, Tiller is dead. Murdered in his church while attending Sunday services.
I wonder if the Fox News Channel host now regrets his words. Or whether he'll push ahead and simply express regret about Tiller's murder. But standby what he called him.
There are many reasons to oppose late term abortions. But no justification for what happened today. Those of us who are in the public eye, encouraging our audiences to take one point of view or another, need to be careful to be certain that our words don't encourage people to cause harm upon others, even by implication.
I don't know if the person who killed Dr. Tiller even watched O'Reilly, nor whether, if he did, O'Reilly's words motivated his actions. But I do know that what we say can influence our respective audiences. And that what we say are not just words.