The other big story from the weekend was the murder Sunday of Dr. George Tiller, gunned down at his church, apparently by a militant pro-lifer. Dr. Tiller performed late term abortions. In all the discussion that's ensued, a lot has been made of the fact that the suspect, Scott Roeder, is a fundamentalist Christian. As for what that means and how it plays into the crime, I found this observation from PZ to be worth repeating:
In many ways, though, his religiosity is going to be a distraction. It simply doesn't matter, and the strongest conclusion we can draw from it is that religion fails to provide a reasonable framework for morality, since it is so easily and regularly subverted to rationalize evil. Focus instead on the root of the problem: Roeder was an amoral, obsessed nut who found support for his delusions among a particularly ugly American subculture. Gods don't matter. And when you think gods do, you lose sight of the truth: other people matter.Quoted for truth, as the kids say.