For those of you who are familiar with my faith, my conservative political leanings, and my frivolous awarding of Bullets
to people who do things that I can't understand. You may have been wondering why I haven't posted anything, or awarded any Bullet Awards, in regards to the Terri Shiavo case.
It's a complex matter for me. For one, if I'm going to give any of the people involved a Bullet, I'd prefer to deliver it myself... through the more traditional method. Besides, there are far too many people that deserve the Awards in this case. I'd run out of ammo way too fast.
But more important than that is the fact that I can relate to the Schindler family's dilema. When my father passed away, he was in a semi-comatose state. He lapsed in and out of conciousness during his last week or so. He had moments when you could tell he was there, and fully cognizant of who was around. But he also had moments when you could tell that he wasn't 'at home'.
Both of my parents have (had, in my dad's case) Living Wills. They have (had, in my dad's case) both expressed their wishes to not be kept alive by some machine. My brother and I have agreed to honor their wishes... should the time ever come (again) to do so.
Still, when it came to my father; my mother, my brother, and I, all understood that "nutrition" was not a form of "Life Support". We refused to allow the hospital to remove the feeding tube when they asked us. While we also refused additional "treatments" for my father, as per his wishes, we were not going to allow him to dehydrate and starve to death. I would not allow that to happen to one of my enemies, let alone my father.
In discussing this issue with my son, he began to ask me some very serious, and strangely simple questions. The one that seemed to strike at the heart of the matter was this: "If we did that to Sheba, we'd go to jail wouldn't we?".
Why is it that my 14 year old son get's it, but so many others don't. We're not talking about an animal, or even someone who was "going to die anyway". If that were the case, then we'd all be in line for that kind of "treatment". But Terri Shiavo was not dying, nor should she be at this moment. But she is.
And all because a handful of judges have decided that they are worthy to be gods among men. They have decided that they are wise enough to decide the fates of people who should be able to trust them to protect their lives, not take them. Not only that, but they've also decided that the "checks and balances" that were placed in our Constitution do not apply to them being checked on, or balanced, by either of the other two branches of our government. Can you say TYRANNY?
That's all I'm going to say about this for now. I get too fired up about it, and I hate to make the kind of ranting, irrational posts that might be inspired by that anger. Instead, I'll merely recommend that you check out JT
's recent post on this issue
. He makes some very good points and raises some very important questions that need to be addressed.
And, finally, above all else... please pray for everyone involved. Pray for Terri, her parents and her siblings. Pray for our courts, legislators and other leaders. Pray for people who seem to want this woman to die. Pray for our nation, that we embrace the culture of life, and allow the culture of death to "... go quietly into that good night.".
Labels: Family, News, Politics, Rant