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calendar   Saturday - March 26, 2005

Terri, I’m Sorry ….

I’m sorry but the whole Terri Schiavo drama has now reached into the arena of the Theatre Of The Absurd. The pro-life protesters have now started sending their children to jail in protest. So far, six children, aged 10 to 14 have been arrested attempting to bring water into the hospice where Terri Schiavo is slowly dying. For the record: Terri can only take fluids intravenously and is incapable of swallowing. I suppose that qualifies as Greek tragedy in more ways than one.

In the last few hours though, it has turned into a self-parody as evidenced by the latest article from the Washington Times entitled ”Woman’s Plight Likened To Jesus’” and the following completely unexplained, “out-of-nowhere” comments ....

Sister Maureen Fiedler, host of the radio program Interfaith Voices, said a special session called by Congress last weekend to resolve the Schiavo issue “appeared to reward the loyalty of the religious right portion of the Republican Party.”

“One positive fallout,” she added, is how Mrs. Schiavo’s plight has begun “a national conversation on end-of-life issues. It’s gripping everyone I know; and everywhere I go, people are talking about it.”

The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, president of the Los Angeles-based Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, noted the absence of black Christians in the debate.

“Nearly all the people fighting and protesting to keep Terri alive are white. Where are the prominent black ministers?” he asked.

“We don’t see them because they’re looking at this as a race issue, rather than as a moral one. Blacks, especially Christians, should stop looking at this issue through the prism of race. The battle is between people who are for life versus those who favor death.”

My views on this whole thing are already known. I have a deep, heartfelt sympathy for Terri Schiavo and I could really care less what anyone else thinks; her parents, her husband, the courts, the government .. they can all go bark at the moon for all I care. My heart and thoughts are with Terri Schiavo. I only hope and pray that her mental condition is as far gone as some have described it and she is unable to feel the pain of dehydration and starvation. I am sick of this entire mess and for some preacher to start wondering “where are the Blacks?” is just a little too much lunacy for me. The lunatics on the Far Right are just as crazy as the ones on the Far Left .. and somewhere in the middle is a fragile, defenseless soul lying in a hospice bed, waiting for something none of us seem to understand.

If I could speak to Terri, all I could try to say would be, “I’m sorry, truly sorry for the behavior of all of us. Please forgive us, dear.”


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 03/26/2005 at 05:12 PM   
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