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March 24, 2005

The War on Life

Pat Buchanan announced that we are in a culture war back in 1988. Almost immediately the front lines of the enemy distorted his message and began the lies that Buchanan and anyone else who dares to expose their efforts would be labeled as racist, homophobic, neo-nazi, bed-wetter or anything else nasty they could think of. But the war rages on. The fight over Terri Schiavo is a major battle in that it will establish the power of the judiciary as well as the enforcement of the immorality of the radical left.

Why do they worship death? Because at the core of the Irreligious Left is the firm belief that there is no God. Sure some will claim the believe, but their actions display the opposite. Yes, there are those who do not believe in God, yet are no where near the ideology of the Irreligious Left.

If there is no God -- what then is the meaning of life? We each crave the answer to that question and we each strive to find that answer. Most find the answer is the simply act of living and enjoying what can be enjoyed -- treading water so to speak. But many need something more than that. Therefore they invent godless rationalizations for meaning such as Humanism, Existentialism even Socialism/Communism. But in the end God is replace with the self or the state.

So what happens to the respect for the individual life? If the god is self, then life is an arbitrary decision based on comfort. If the god is state, then life becomes a matter for the expediency of the state. Either way an incapacitated person's life becomes of little value. In the end, this moral philosophy demands that life be snuffed out.

But if there is a God the equation changes drastically. We are no longer the rulers of our lives and destinies, He is. Life is something He has given us and therefore not something we have the authority to take. In almost every theistic religion I'm aware of there are exceptions to the taking of a life based only on strict rules, mostly surrounding the protection of other lives. But life, even in its sparest form, remains a sacred gift from an all-powerful and all-knowing God.

Marianne Jennings, professor of legal and ethical studies at Arizona State University, tells of that life in her daughter and in her mother, both of whom are in worse shape than Terri Schiavo.

While I have the highest respect for the physicians who have treated our daughter and my mother and will be forever grateful for their selfless efforts and care, I know, and perhaps they do too, that these patients are unique. Doctors are inevitably taken aback at some point by Claire and patients like her who fight for their lives. If I had dug my daughter's grave each time a doctor told me she wouldn't live, I'd be in China by now. Their first death prediction was six months, then it was three years. When Claire turned 10, the good docs called her an outlier and threw in the towel on death predictions. Claire turned 18 two months ago. Doctors read CAT scans, MRIs, and EEGs, and conclude that, clinically, there ain't nothin' there. But doctors are not with these patients 24-7. Our Claire has a perfectly flat EEG. From what I can determine, Terri Schiavo is higher functioning than our Claire. Yet each morning when we touch the bottom of her shirt to prepare for her shower, she closes her eyes in anticipation of that shirt coming over her face. She clinches her teeth if you put a washcloth to her face because washcloths mean a good mouth cleaning and she, like all 3-6-month infants (Claire's developmental age) wants no part of that. She turns her head when you say her name. Claire's smiles come mostly in response to her mother's and her father's voices.

Don't just read the excerpts I quote. Click on the link above and read her whole story. It illustrates the important point that life is sacred, and even the incapacitate are a valuable member of society. When we forget that, society itself will become the enemy of life, just as it did in Germany in the late 1930's and early 1940's.

Posted by Danny Carlton at March 24, 2005 07:55 AM

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