This is a big project. We need to work together as united Christians, looking towards the future. We should consider all realistic ideas to fix this enormous problem. We can start with this:
Life, Death and Judicial Tyranny
I WILL RESTORE YOUR JUDGES AS IN
DAYS OF OLD, YOUR COUNSELORS AS AT THE BEGINNING.
AFTERWARD, YOU WILL BE CALLED THE CITY OF
RIGHTEOUSNESS, THE FAITHFUL CITY." ISAIAH 1:26
For more than 27 years, I have been writing monthly letters sharing advice and concerns about the moral integrity of the nation and the welfare of the family. A handful of those letters have turned out to be both prophetic and historic—if not to my readers, then certainly to myself. This new letter that you hold I believe, may be one of those commentaries that will have significance years from now and deserves to be taken very seriously today. I pray that you will read it in its entirety. It is too long, I know, but I had to say what is written here.
Thank you for hearing me out.
As the nation now knows, Terri Schiavo slipped out of this life and into eternity on Thursday, March 31st. 1 This pitiful 41-year-old mentally disabled woman was condemned to death by an immoral Florida court judge named George Greer, who never came to visit her, yet ordered that she be dehydrated and starved to death at the insistence of her “husband,” Michael. Mr. Schiavo lives with another woman with whom he fathered two babies2, and yet, he was designated as the “guardian” of Terri’s welfare to the moment of death. Seven years after Terri’s brain injury occurred, and five years after Michael successfully obtained a reputed million-dollar plus malpractice settlement3 designated for his wife’s care, he began saying he remembered that she didn’t want to be sustained by a feeding tube. His claim is nothing more than hearsay and there is no written record to substantiate it. But for Judge Greer, it was sufficient to grant his wish to have her put to death, despite the husband’s enormous conflict of interest, related to his common law “marriage,” divided loyalties and competing fiduciary responsibility.
To understand the enormity of this decision, it is important to recognize that Terri was not comatose before the killing began, was not on a respirator, and was not unaware of her circumstances. She smiled faintly, she followed people and objects with her eyes, and according to the registered nurse who had cared for her, she succeeded in saying a few words. Nevertheless, Michael and the unjust judge made sure that Terri received the barest minimum of medical attention, no therapy such as assistance in learning to swallow, and, eventually, no food or water. Toward the end, the judge ordered that Terri not even be permitted to have ice chips placed in her mouth to moisten her parched tongue. She was confined to her room for five years with the shades drawn, could not be legally photographed or video taped, never received an MRI to determine the nature of her brain injury, and her parents were not even allowed to take her out in the warmth of the sun or to an outing at a mall. 4 And this is called justice.
Gary Bauer wrote this about Terri in a daily update distributed by his organization, American Values: "In the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 25, verses 35 and 36, Jesus says, ‘For I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.’ His disciples were puzzled and asked when they had done those things for Him. Christ responds (verse 40) - ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it for me.’
Then Gary commented, “Surely, Terri Schiavo, abandoned by her husband, sentenced to death by our courts, regularly compared to a ‘vegetable,’ qualifies as ‘the least of these.’ Will someone give her a drink?” 5
The answer was, “no.” Judge Greer had police posted at the door to keep anyone from bringing relief to Terri, and an entire family was arrested for attempting to give her a sip of water. 6 Toward the end, Michael even refused to let the priest provide communion for Terri, and instructed the police to arrest him if he tried. 7 And shortly thereafter, Terri died. God forgive us!
Not even a dog or a cat in the pound, or a prisoner on death row, would be treated with such cruelty. In fact, on the very Sunday evening when House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist were scrambling to pass a bill to save Terri, and President Bush flew back from Florida to Washington D.C. to sign the pending legislation, what was CBS television news doing? It aired a feature on the property rights of animals! 8