As most anyone who watches the daily news knows by now, Terri Schindler-Schiavo's feeding tube was removed this afternoon. What else can be said about this travesty of justice that has not already been said? And what other lies about Terri's condition can be bandied about that have not already been uttered? And so - What now?
The buzz on the Net tonight says that the phone lines of senators, congressmen, Supreme Court justices, and other government officials have been consistently busy all day. Some claim that is because the government phones were taken off the hook this afternoon, shortly after Terri's tube was removed. Others allege that their emails to these same influential individuals are bouncing back, because the boxes are full. There are those who claim all of this was done to circumvent those who are intent on saving Terri's life. In other words, they believe it's all been done on purpose.
Speaking of things done "on purpose," is it not possible that Judge Greer set this date, March 18, for a specific reason? After all, it's a Friday. For the most part, government officials "don't do weekends" unless those weeknds benefit their next campaign. And Easter vacation starts early for lots of them. As already stated, many of their email boxes are filled; phone lines are busy for hours. Whether it's because it's a Friday, and everyone left their offices early for the weekend, or because they didn't want to answer their phone lines, or couldn't because they were deluged with calls and faxes, is anyone's guess as this time. But it is Friday - and it seems Judge Greer knew exactly what he was doing.
But back to busy phone signals and clogged email boxes of senators, congressmen, Supreme Court justices, etc. Let's hope that, if true, it's due to people petitioning on behalf of Terri's right to life. Those who are opposed to the right to life may very well be filling up their email boxes, too, urging those with some kind of authority that they should respect Terri's last wishes (known only by the hearsay of her adulterous husband), insisting that she be "allowed to die."
"Allowed to die." That's just a new euphemism for euthanasia enthusiasts.
In the meantime, Terri - an innocent woman - is now suffering dreadful thirst. For all we know, her birth family will not be allowed to be with her during her passion. There's been no word on that, either way, from the Terri's Fight website or any other. In sympathy for Terri, I have purposely taken nothing to drink for a few hours now, and I can tell you that my mouth is parched and my lips are already dry.
But I can get up and get a glass of water any time I wish. Terri can't.
Those of us who stand with Terri's birth family are accused of being religious zealots who only care about Terri because they have political points to make. Amazing, isn't it, about the name-calling that goes on when a moral issue is the real issue? And have you ever noticed, gentle reader, that those calling the names are usually the ones that have their own agenda? It's a case of the pot calling the kettle black, plain and simple.
There's no time to waste in haggling with individuals of that ilk, who are (as usual) showing up on blogs, pro-life email lists, and other public forums (like Free Republic), clogging up Internet space with their fallacious reasoning and their dishonest rhetoric. If you want to help Terri's Fight, please - don't waste your time arguing with those kind of people. Don't worry about the name-callers, the moles or the trolls for now. Instead, put your time to good use.
Keep emailing everyone you can. As I asked before: Fry those phone lines. Burn up the blogs with practical information on how to help save Terri's life. Through it all, keep praying to God, and keep fighting for Terri!
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