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March 30, 2005

OpEd Roundup

Alan Keyes: Jeb Bush is courting dereliction of duty

“Any order by Judge Greer that seeks to prevent him from doing his sworn duty, as he sees fit, is invalid, and any attempt by the judge to incite armed forces to enforce his order would be an act of judicial insurrection against the constitution and government of Florida.”


Hunter Baker: Schiavo and the Slippery Slope

“Although we like federalism and limited government, as means not ends, conservatives (and libertarians, I think) are also quite attached to slippery-slope arguments. Terri Schiavo's case is pregnant with possibility as regards the slippery slope.”


Bernadine Healy, M.D.: When life is on the line

“With all the ambiguity in diagnosing a brain-damaged person's state of mind, the law is unlikely to arrive at something we can call truth. The winner in court is usually the one with the most convincing medical witnesses, who speak with the greatest confidence and authority.”


Joseph Farah: Jeb Bush's political obituary

“Jeb Bush has been talked about as a potential presidential candidate. But who is going to seriously consider a commander in chief who backs down at the first sign of resistance?”


Jill Stanek: They treated Jesus better

“Of all the inhumane orders I learned Judge George Greer imposed to speed Terri Schiavo's death, what ended up distressing me the most was learning he had gone so far as to disallow swabbing her parched mouth with anything other than a dry q-tip. He also prohibited ice chips to moisten her cracked lips.”


Nat Hentoff: Terri Schiavo -- Judicial Murder

“While lawyers and judges have engaged in a minuet of death, the American Civil Liberties Union, which would be passionately criticizing state court decisions and demanding due process if Terri were a convict on death row, has shamefully served as co-counsel for her husband, Michael Schiavo, in his insistent desire to have her die.”


Pat Buchanan: The culture of death advances

“Why did Florida put Terri Schiavo to death? Because that was the demand of a husband who refused to divorce her and denied her medical care, while he lived with another woman. Michael Schiavo is the ACLU poster boy for family values.”


Rabbi Daniel Lapin: What we can learn from 3 wife killings

“Curiously in the same month that we saw our nation using emotion rather than justice in the cases of two West Coast wife killings, our society applied only justice and no emotion at all to an East Coast wife killing – the case of Terri Schiavo in Florida. A warning sign of incipient tyranny? Perhaps.”


Wesley J. Smith: “Human Non-Person”

“Bluntly stated, most bioethicists do not believe that membership in the human species accords any of us intrinsic moral worth. Rather, what matters is whether ‘a being’ or ‘an organism,’ or even a machine, is a ‘person,’ a status achieved by having sufficient cognitive capacities. Those who don’t measure up are denigrated as ‘non-persons.’”


Paul Greenberg: A failure to communicate

“If there is a single reason the pro-Choice side of this debate is losing the now decades-old struggle for the American conscience, maybe it's because it can't justify its views in plain English. Instead it has to take refuge in euphemisms, lest it have to face what it's advocating.”


James P. Pinkerton: The rage over death issues will swirl on

“Opinion polls tell us that most Americans don't think that politicians should have gotten involved in this case. Fair enough. But the facts of Schiavo v. Schindler tell us something else: The law is an ass.

Whatever the legalisms of this case, it's hard to believe that anyone ever envisioned a situation in which an estranged husband could make the decision to kill off — oops, make that ‘dehydrate’ to death — his unconscious wife, overriding the strenuous opposition of the woman's parents and siblings.”


Linda Chavez: The dehumization worked

“As Terri Schiavo lay dying, her organs slowly mummifying from the effects of prolonged, court-ordered dehydration and starvation, the Supreme Court of the United States refused to hear an appeal from her parents that might have saved her life. Her parents argued that Schiavo's right to due process under the law had been denied, a claim summarily rejected — without even the pretense of a full hearing — by a District Court and upheld by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Less than one week later, however, the Supreme Court sat in rapt attention as attorneys argued a very different life and death case, this one involving a convicted rapist and murderer whose case found its way to the high court because he is a non-citizen, and who, it is alleged, had been denied full and adequate access to diplomats from his home country when he was criminally charged.”


Terence Jeffrey: The good Samaritan goes to jail

“Horrified that a disabled woman was being deliberately starved and dehydrated to death in their own country, many good neighbors went to the inn where Terri was now imprisoned and reportedly attempted to peacefully bring her a drink of water. Police arrested them.”


Jay Bryant: The Last Boomer Battle

“In regard to moral/emotional politics, the next quarter century reprise of the previous one, with euthanasia replacing abortion as the principal issue dividing America.

If that happens, it will demonstrate once again, perhaps as the last case, the centrality of the baby boom cohort to our national life during its remarkable cycle of existence.”


Ben Shapiro: The judicial fight against God and the people

“Judges have become the ultimate moral arbiters, while the people are barred from making collective moral decisions. While the Colorado Supreme Court rips jurors for using the Bible as a source for morality, judges have no qualms about looking to "extraneous texts" to impose their morality on the rest of us: Just view the United States Supreme Court's recent decision in Roper v. Simmons, where the majority cited "evolving standards of decency," and then proceeded to justify its own standard of decency by referring to international law. Or how about Lawrence v. Texas, where the majority decided that the Constitution guarantees a right to sodomy based on blasts of hot air from Justice Kennedy: ‘The petitioners are entitled to respect for their private lives. The State cannot demean their existence or control their destiny by making their private sexual conduct a crime’?”


Rush Limbaugh (transcript): The "Personhood" debate

“But as long as we have our faculties and as long as we can communicate and so forth, then we have personhood and we are entitled to life. But the bioethicists are beginning to say that if you're not conscious and not aware, you're just a little disabled, you're not dying, you're fine other than that, but you don't have personhood. What's next after that? Well, then we start deciding who's qualified to live and who isn't. This has always been my fear about this is where this takes us, the culture of death, the fact that it's becoming less and less valued by seemingly more and more people.”


Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership, Inc.

“Several American courts have nevertheless now ruled that positively killing a conscious disabled person, who was convicted of no crime, is authorized under law and must be carried out. There is no way to spin this outcome as a victory for personal liberty or the rule of law. It's a government killing of an innocent, taking place in clear view of the world. We at JPFO oppose the killing of Terri Schindler Schiavo.”

Posted by Danny Carlton at March 30, 2005 09:02 AM

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