Monday, April 04, 2005

Terri Schaivo - Murdered by the State

We have now decided in America, according to Judge Greer of Florida, that if you are not with us mentally and but still alive physically then you may be put to death by your legal custodian. Michael Schaivo, as Terri Schaivo's legal custodian, requested and was granted the right to kill his severely handicapped wife against the wishes of her parents.

Terri's crime was that, although her body could live for many more years, her mind was not able to communicate cogently with us. If that is the legal reason someone can be ordered by a state judge to be starved or dehydrated to death then what will happen to the mentally ill in this country in a few years? The only difference between Terri Schaivo and the mentally ill is that she could not swallow and had to be fed by a feeding tube. Otherwise, they are the same. The mentally ill cannot cogently communicate with us either. Alzheimer patients get to the point they cannot even recognize their own spouse and family. Should we just kill them and put them out of their misery?

That seems to be Michael Schaivo's position, the ACLU and the mainstream media. If you disagree with that position then, of course, you are a religious nut or on the extreme far right. Yes, we are on the far right if we believe that starving or dehydrating to death a 41 year-old woman against her parent's wishes is the wrong thing to do.

If that makes me on the far right then I am proud to be there. What the state of Florida did, what Michael Schaivo did, what the ACLU did, and what Judge Greer did - there is no other word for but murder.

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