had no response to the questions raised on Wednesday, so I'm postponing indefinitely
the continuation of that topic, after belatedly realizing that to most if not
all of the rest of you, this is Good Friday. This is also the Feast of the Annunciation
in both my eastern and your western Christian communions, the feast that commemorates
the announcement by the Holy Spirit to Mary that she had been chosen to bear the
Messiah, exactly nine months before Christmas. I wonder if the fact that the Latin
calendar for Easter makes it possible for a major feast of the church to overlap
with one of its major fasts is the reason the Greek (i.e. Eastern) churches opted
not to accept the Vatican's revised formula for the fixing of the Resurrection.
This year, Easter probably seems too early for everyone, and I must admit that
as Orthodox, celebrating Pascha this year on May 1, it seems a bit late.
of the previously announced topic I want to share a few of my thoughts on the
Terri Schiavo case. Though it seems at this writing that there is no hope for
Terri's deliverance from the cruel punishment the courts have prescribed for her,
I believe that as long as there is life there is hope, and there is still a prayer.
And keeping the hope alive as long and as strong as we can has a salutary effect
on the public, in my opinion. Even some liberals (Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz,
Larry King, for example) seem to have softened or nuanced the stance of their
party as the story has unfolded this past week (though others seem to be more
than happy to torture and sacrifice the life of Terri Shiavo to somehow prove
their favorite point, that George W. Bush lies or is a hypocrite).
actions of the courts asked to intervene seem to prove the oft-repeated charge
that many if not most contemporary judges want nothing more than to play God.
Not even an act of Congress can move them to give Terri Shiavo as much consideration
as any death-row prisoner routinely gets.
Terri Shiavo's "husband"
may be even more reprehensible than the judges. Obviously, as the father of two
children by another woman since Terri's impairment has begun, he is an adulterer,
yet claims through a brother to be working for Terri's best interests. I join
Terri's parents, brother, and sister, and thousands of others in finding it hard
to believe starving her to death is in her best interests. The revelation that
Terri's condition came about under mysterious circumstances (not a heart attack
as has been reported), makes the "husband's" crusade to end her life
even more suspect. But the fact that the judge has refused to prefer the custody
of her obviously loving parents over the claim of the polygamist (his girlfriend/mother
of his children is described as a common-law wife, even though he claims to be
still married to Terri) "husband" who so obviously has broached his
marriage vows puts the final onus back on the judge.
believe the husband's claim that he and Terri discussed such an eventuality as
this when they were in their 20s, and she asked him to put her out of her misery
if she had to depend on artifical means to stay alive. People in their 20s don't
discuss such topics, and even if it came up as a result of a personal confrontation
of the issue, as Samuel Goldwyn is famous for saying: "a verbal contract isnít
worth the paper itís written on." Unless, of course, that "contract"
is presented to a culture-of-death judge from the lips of just one "witness."
But even if I'm wrong in guessing she never made such a statement, in the face
of medical opinions offered even in recent days that Terri can be at least somewhat
rehabilitated, if he's a loving person why would "the husband" not at
least consent to a "stay of execution," telling the doctors, "All
right, prove it"? Why, unless he's trying to make sure Terri is never able
to speak again, would he not agree to such a reasonable request?
are hoping that in the end this case may be the straw that break's the back of
the public's acquiescence to activist, god-playing courts, and launch a reform
movement that restores the other branches of government to the roles our national
and state constitutions set forth. We can only hope.
for Terri Shiavo, her family, and her legions of friends.
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