Thursday, March 31, 2005
In conversations at work and in letters to the editors of a couple papers I look at, I see similar illogical arguments to defend the starvation of a severely disabled adult.
1) Outsiders should shut up because they don’t know what she really wanted. Then why can’t the benefit of the doubt go to life? Especially since her husband finally recalled what she wanted after he won the lawsuit.
2) The court shouldn’t interfere with his custodial rights. That’s fine but he should be put in jail now for murder. That’s not a logical response, but I don’t understand why the court never doubted his motives.
3) People who want Terri to live are such hypocrites because they support the war in Iraq that has killed multiple thousands of highly functioning adults. Does Jesse Jackson support that war? This highlights a person’s inability to recognize a more complicated approach to life. Pacifism is not the only option to the philosophically consistent person who wants to prevent Terri’s pre-meditated death by neglect.
4) Since starvation and death hasn’t been overcome in third world countries, it is inconsistent to pour effort into helping a brain dead person. But they aren’t as concerned for those sufferers elsewhere when they are in need of medical attention. Are they really advocating we send all of our medical professionals and all of our medications to other countries until we all descend to the same level of suffering? Are they advocating all veterinarians of companion animals also be sent overseas to care for farm animals, since Terri is only existing on an animal level anyway, and she just needs to be put down like an old dog?
I agree with the Pope, although I am not Catholic, that tube feeding is not extraordinary treatment. http://tinyurl.com/5aoxg Why? Because without it they will definitely die. Also I don’t think it is inconsistent remove a respirator from someone who is brain dead. Why? Because that person’s body may continue to breathe on their own, they aren’t being denied oxygen. This is far too simplistic in a blog entry so I recommend a couple bioethics sites.
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
If Terry Schiavo was born in this condition our country might have been in a unified uproar if her parents had decided to starve her in her adult years. But she, instead, descended from a functioning bulimic adult to a severely disabled adult. So most of the country judges that the loss of her quality of life disqualifies her protection from intentional starvation by her husband. Christopher Reeve needed a feeding tube but he could speak and think clearly. She can’t, so she gets to die based on her statements not remembered until several years into her handicap. Her family and lawyer claim she can respond and aver to anecdotal evidence, yet by court order they can’t bring in video or audio equipment to document these. Why does the court collude with this murder? Why does this country collude with this murder? Christopher Reeve had hope in stem cell therapy and had much national sympathy. Terry’s husband has no hope for her. But her family does. He stands to profit when she dies. They are willing to continue to lose to keep her alive. Has she no dignity because of her condition? She has the dignity of every human, no matter how much help she needs to get through the day, no more than Christopher Reeve needed. There’s a great quality of life for the strong in a society that doesn’t value the lives of the vulnerable, as long as you never become weak.
Jesus said in Luke 4:18-21:
The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor. (HCV)
He also said in Matthew 5:3-12:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs. Blessed are those who mourn, because they will be comforted. Blessed are the gentle, because they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, because they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, because they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, because they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, because they will be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of Me. 12Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (HCV)
Jesus is for the weak. How dare we oppose God?
For more info on the facts see http://www.nrlc.org/euthanasia/Terri/mythsvsreality.htm
Excellent blog entries at http://christiancadre.blogspot.com/Good link farm here http://www.biblicalapologetics.net/Subjects/E/Euthanasia_Terry_Schiavo.htm
Monday, March 28, 2005
1 Corinthians 15
19If all we get out of Christ is a little inspiration for a few short years, we're a pretty sorry lot. 20But the truth is that Christ has been raised up, the first in a long legacy of those who are going to leave the cemeteries.
21There is a nice symmetry in this: Death initially came by a man, and resurrection from death came by a man. 22Everybody dies in Adam; everybody comes alive in Christ. 23But we have to wait our turn: Christ is first, then those with him at his Coming, 24the grand consummation when, after crushing the opposition, he hands over his kingdom to God the Father. 25He won't let up until the last enemy is down-- 26and the very last enemy is death!The Message
Friday, March 25, 2005
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (NIV)This is the Good News! This is why this terrible death is celebrated as Good.
I don't have today off from work, but these are things worth thinking on today.