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March 29, 2005

Terri Schiavo OpEd roundup

Don Crawford: 4 misunderstandings in Schiavo case

“These four points are crucial to the shared consciousness of a civilized society and yet are amazingly absent from a large segment of our supposedly educated society.”


Mychal Massie: Florida --Land of abuse and criminal-coddlers

“We have been led to believe that our system of government protects the innocent, the helpless and that our laws are humane and moral. Terri Schiavo has shown us that such is not the case. Judge Greer has shown us the intolerable inflexibility of the courts toward all but the corrupt.”


Tod Lindberg: Charges of hypocrisy

“Liberals criticize conservatives for making the matter a federal case when they themselves should have no objection to someone making something into a federal case. This is not an argument about whether the Schiavo case should be settled in state courts or by federal intervention. It's a nihilistic exercise in nyah-nyah over standing: You can't say that, only I could say that.”


Joseph Farah: Meet Judge Greer's pastor

“I don't know Greer personally, but I know many people like him. They go to church on Sunday and then between Monday and Friday lead lives with no seeming connection to what they hear preached in the pulpit, what they read in the Bible, what they claim to believe of the Christian faith.”


George Neumayr: Lying Jesuits and Journalists

“Former Massachusetts congressman Robert Drinan, a Jesuit priest who supported legalizing abortion when he served in Congress, still uses the authority of his collar to cheerlead for evil causes. On Easter Sunday, he turned up at various television studios to praise the starvation to death of Terri Schiavo. Drinan was apparently Tim Russert's idea of a sturdy Catholic authority on this matter.”


Fr. Michael Reilly: Terri Schiavo: Do Her Wishes Matter?

“What person can know the future and anticipate his actual situation years in advance? What person could anticipate the medical technology and techniques that will be available in the future? Is Terri Schiavo the only living human being who can’t benefit from embryonic stem-cell research?”


James A. Smith Sr.: What about George Felos’ worldview in the Schiavo debate?

“Felos later discusses the ‘cosmic law of cause and effect’ in which he argues that human beings create their own realities with their minds and have the power to change their reality with their minds – including causing a new, dream car to appear ‘out of the ether’ (178-179). He illustrates the truth of the spiritual principle by explaining how he once caused a plane to suddenly descend, causing chaos for the crew and passengers, when he pondered, ‘I wonder what it would be like to die right now?’ The pilot later explained that the auto pilot computer program mysteriously quit working, resulting in the sudden descent. ‘At that instant a clear, distinctly independent and slightly stern voice said to me, ‘Be careful what you think. You are more powerful than you realize.’ In quick succession I was startled, humbled and blessed by God’s admonishment’ (181-182).”


Al Rantel: Polls Determined Actions in Schiavo Case

“Right after the Congress and President Bush got involved in the Terri Schiavo case in Florida by passing a law aimed at getting a complete review in the federal court system, several polls were taken as the public became highly charged about the life-and-death issue. All the polls indicated that the public did not support our elected officials wading into this matter. Further, they showed that a huge majority thought politicians were getting involved for personal political gain.

Suddenly, silence befell the crowd of politicians never at a loss for words.”


James Atticus Bowden: Governor Bush is just following orders

“Good Germans followed judges and other officials in obeying the law of the land 60 years ago. Good Americans today, it appears, also obey the law of the land. The law of the land is whatever a black robed priest-king, called judge, says it is. Ask Gov. Bush where in the Florida Code a Circuit judge can deny a woman food and water unto death. Yet, clearly, it's a violation of Chapter 825 of the Florida Criminal Code to abuse and neglect a disabled person, Terry Schiavo, by starvation.”


Mark Steyn: No compelling reason to kill Terri Schiavo 

“I'm neither a Floridian nor a lawyer, and, for all I know, it may be legal under Florida law for the state to order her to be starved to death. But it is still wrong.

This is not a criminal, not a murderer, not a person whose life should be in the gift of the state. So I find it repulsive, and indeed decadent, to have her continued existence framed in terms of ''plaintiffs'' and ''petitions'' and ''en banc review'' and ''de novo'' and all the other legalese. Mrs. Schiavo has been in her present condition for 15 years. Whoever she once was, this is who she is now -- and, after a decade and a half, there is no compelling reason to kill her. Any legal system with a decent respect for the status quo -- something too many American judges are increasingly disdainful of -- would recognize that her present life, in all its limitations, is now a well-established fact, and it is the most grotesque judicial overreaching for any court at this late stage to decide enough is enough.”

Posted by Danny Carlton at March 29, 2005 07:36 AM

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Comments

"If One = zero....?"

During the 30 years plus that I taught 5th Grade, I would often ask my class of 35,
"Boys and girls, if 1 = 0 what does 35 = ?" A wrong answer got an "F Grade."

If they said,"Zero," they got an "A."

America's human value system is based on the value of each Individual person; One.
If One equals Zero what will 160 million be worth?

Abortion/cannibalism is devaluing each and every individual in our Country including you
and me -- and each One in our families -- and each Individual American.

Terri is now being used to teach that each individual is in further jeopardy. She is being
placed there by law. Law which is minimal in describing human behavior and worth in a
civilized society.

Law raises no maxim high standard but only a minimum of acceptance -- not the highest.
Ethics and morality are higher standards which are not being used in Terri's protection
because lawyers and judges revere law as the highest standard -- when it is not. It is the
least standard. "Grade: F "

"Woe unto you lawyers and judges!" Your stewardship before The Creator is non-existent.
The Lord God will not be mocked. As you sow you will reap. Legalists are individuals and
will be weighed in the balances of their own choosing. Observe.......Behold!

Jim Baxter
Santa Maria, California
semper fidelis

Posted by: James Fletcher Baxter at March 30, 2005 03:00 PM

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