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Demonstrator Donna Kuntz of Lutz, Fla., prays for Terri Schiavo, outside the Woodside Hospice, where Terri resides, Saturday, March 26, 2005, in Pinellas Park, Fla.
Here we see an example of the intelligence of those busybodies who insisted that Terri Schiavo should continue to "live" in her vegetable state. This woman's sign refers to Bush's [meaning belonging to one Bush] when she probably meant Bushes [referring to the two brothers, George and Jeb Bush, President and governor of Florida].
I would not normally expose such ignorance. However, this fanatic represents a very dangerous trend in U.S. politics.
Demonstrators claimed they champion the "right to life". However, they also support capital punishment. And many of them endorse bounties offered for the assassination of Michael Schiavo, the judges who ruled in his favor — from Florida District Judge George Greer all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court — and the Florida legislators who blocked enactment of a new "Terri's Law". Beyond the Schiavo issue, they also support assassinating doctors who perform abortions. Thus, they support the "right to life" only for those who agree with them.
Demonstrators also support ongoing medical care for Terri Schiavo, but they do not want to pay taxes to provide appropriate medical care for all. They proclaim their support for "family values" and the "defense of marriage", but they agitate to eliminate the guardianship of a husband over his incapacitated wife.
These religious zealots hold to inconsistent, hypocritical dogmas that reject sincere beliefs that are contrary to their own. The danger lies in the fact that they now have the ear and the heart of President Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress. Already, they have started pressuring the federal government to interfere in end-of-life issues even when there is a living will, advance directive, or durable power of attorney for health care. We must not allow them to succeed!
28 March 2003
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