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Monday, March 21, 2005

People matter

Praise God, the “compromise bill” has passed. Hopefully Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube will be restored soon.

People do matter. All of them. Every one.

Even Michael Schiavo.

If someone says or does something incredibly wrong (or insulting, or hateful), or makes the most wrongful (and hurtful) comments, or reviles something God (or you) treasures, or holds very incorrect views, they are still more important than whatever they do, or think, or say. As are each one of us.

From the evidence I’ve seen, it appears that Michael Schiavo, George Felos, and Judge Greer take an appalling and selfish view toward the value of life itself. But I hope that they are being prayed for as much as Terri and her family of origin are.


  • You people are pathetic. You talk about "gods will be done" and all, but you are thumbing your nose AT GOD. God is not keeping her alive right now, man is. This is against GODS WILL!!!!! You want to prove me wrong, then remove the tubes, if she lives then GOD wanted her to live, if she dies then,,,,guess what...GOD WANTED HER TO....
    People like you all have such a shallow grasp on your faith, it disgust me. This has nothing to do with Congress, the House or the President. But no, you all cannot see past your own greed. This is what Terri's pairents want, not what Terri wanted and not want GOD wanted.
    Can you imagine what kind of HELL this woman is going thru? Not being able to communicate, control your body, EAT, live any kind of a life. All she is now is a chunk of meat that you all are tossing around to get your faces in the paper. You disgust me....

    By Blogger Otis, at 11:44 AM  

  • Thanks for the reminder Bonnie. I've been struggling with feeling for people like Michael Schiavo, George Felos and Judge Greer that less than worthy.

    otis the contradiction that you, and for that matter, Michael Schiavo keep overlooking is that if Terri is in a PVS, then she isn't being tortured. But there is every reason to believe that she isn't. If it is all about her dignity as a human being, why won't Michael even let them brush her teeth?

    My brother was in a coma for a short time before he died. We always treated him as if he could hear us, even if it appeared he couldn't. That's the way you act when you love someone.

    Go and look at the videos of Terri and tell me she is a piece of meat..

    By Blogger papijoe, at 11:53 AM  

  • Hi Otis,

    Regarding your first point, I am wondering how you feel about medical practice in general. Is it strictly an arrogant intervention into the will of God? Should everyone who needs help taking care of themselves be left to natural consequences? Christopher Reeve was on a respirator for many years. Was that what God wanted?

    Second, if Terri were just a “chunk of meat,” why would anyone want to keep her fed?

    Third, if Terri is conscious enough to experience “hell,” she’s certainly not in a PVS. And if she’s got enough consciousness to be aware of pain, she certainly wouldn’t experience starvation as “peaceful.” I doubt she’d be healthy, alert, and happily responsive to her mother if she truly were experiencing “hell” as you refer to it.

    Fourth, my message was that, to God, we all matter. We are all valuable, no matter what we do. We are accountable to Him as well. In light of that, I wonder what the purpose of your comment is.

    By Blogger Bonnie, at 10:31 PM  

  • I heard an official comment from the Vatican yesterday on the matter. One quote I liked was:

    "Who can, before God and humanity, pretend with impunity to claim such a right?" L'Osservatore Romano said. "Who -- and on the basis of which criteria -- can establish to whom the 'privilege' to live should be given?"


    So there you have it. The war in Iraq is an offense against god, as is the death penalty, and the case of Terri Schiavo.

    Would your god agree?

    By Blogger Paul, at 10:14 AM  

  • Hi Paul,

    I believe we had a brief discussion about this before.

    In war, persons are not being singled out specifically for decisions about whether they live or die. It's battle. Soldiers are anonymous.

    (BTW, it's not "my God" -- it's the other way around :-) )

    By Blogger Bonnie, at 11:56 PM  

  • Of course people are being singled out in war. Soldiers make decisions all the time about who to shoot and not shoot - they might not do it based on a background check of each individual, but they're not rolling dice either. Soldiers are not anonymous, and civilian casualties are not anonymous either, just because the soldier who kills them doesn't know their name.

    Politicians, generals, and individual soldiers choose all the time who should live and die. And that is an offense in the eyes of your god, at least according to the Vatican.

    By Blogger Paul, at 9:39 AM  

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