Friday, October 24, 2003

I know there's been a lot here on the Schiavo case in recent days, but I think it's of paramount importance. The battle lines being drawn here represent the deep fissure that divides our entire culture; it's a perfect microcosm of the larger culture war.

Al Mohler absolutely nails it in his blog today. I'll quote him at length, because I haven't seen the issue presented any more starkly:
The most macabre angle to this case is the role of George Felos, Michael Schiavo's attorney. Felos is a well-known euthanasia advocate and he is second to none in his presentation of the "Big Lie" through propaganda. Even Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels would blush at statements made by Felos. Consider this: "The governor of the state of Florida does not have the right to trump a patient's personal choice."

Felos has the audacity to make this statement when he knows full well that Terri Schiavo left no specific instructions. Terri is the patient in this case, not Michael Schiavo. As if that was not bad enough, Felos went on to argue: "It is simply inhumane and barbaric to interrupt her death process. Just because Terri Schiavo is not conscious doesn't mean she doesn't have dignity."

The evil essence of that statement is breathtaking. George Felos claims that those who would save Terri Schiavo's life are "inhumane and barbaric." And he further suggests that their inhumanity is seen in "interrupting" Terri's death process. If this is the ethical standard, then the nation's emergency rooms should be seen as barbaric institutions, where the "death process" of thousands of Americans is interrupted each day.

George Felos is an apostle of the Church of Death. When he claims that Terri Schiavo's dignity should be respected, we must keep in mind that it is this man who has presented the courts with arguments for removing her feeding tube so that she would die of dehydration and starvation--a fate that would not be legally allowed in a veterinary clinic.
When I grow up, I want to be Al Mohler.

No comments: