Thursday, March 31, 2005

The death of Terri Schiavo

The battle for the heart and soul of the nation continues in earnest. The mainstream media, not content to let the nation grieve following the death of an innocent disabled woman, continues its assault on the truth. Proponents of assisted suicide and euthanasia attempt to paint the slow starvation and dehydration of and innocent disabled woman as something to be embraced. This has a certain irony given our serious concern in the Arizona desert that everyone have adequate water in their cars. It has also been a long standing concerns that those crossing the borders face the prospect of dying from lack of water. So the whole notion that somehow Terri's starvation and dehydration was somehow "euphoric" can only be described as disingenuous as best and insulting at worst.

Today we mourn her passing. We remember that every human being has value and worth no matter what some judge claims. No judge, no judicial edict can strip away the human person from the inherent dignity that is a part of his being. This we must not forget as we work to educate the country that providing food and water is not medical care but a basic need for life.

One other point. We no longer live in a republic. The courts allow the appearance of a democratic process, the courts hold the final word and make the final decisions not just on constitutional matters but on whatever they wish. We must respond that the constitution does not permit any branch of government or even the people themselves to destroy or take away the basic rights of innocent persons. We must never fail to stand up for the rights of the least of our brothers and sisters.


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