Sunday, March 20

IF MICHAEL SCHIAVO AND GEORGE FELOS HAD THEIR WAY

If Michael Schiavo, Terri Schindler-Schiavo's poor-excuse-of-a-husband, and his attorney, George Right-To-Die Felos, had their way, Terri's slow, agonizing death by dehydration and starvation, while in lock-down in a hospice room north of St. Petersburg, Florida, would be exclusively a "private judicial matter," well out of the purview of the mainstream media, the blogosphere, Florida's Department of Children and Families, the Vatican, and, most certainly, the United States Congress. Michael complains vehemently that the government is trampling all over his personal life -- he wants to be left alone to his own devices. And his co-conspirator, George Felos, fulminates that GOP-led government intervention in the case has been "odious" and "shocking" and tantamount to "thuggery." Quite a pair, aren't they? So, too, is Circuit Court Judge George Greer full of himself and ever the brazen one -- Greer, who has dug in his heels, withstanding the voices of outrage over his patent judicial activism.

But, this tendentious triumvirate hasn't succeeded. Oh, they were able to have the feeding tube removed and for the third time no less. No one can argue that they are anything but determined in wanting Terri Schiavo dead. But, the nation now knows and many worldwide now know what they are up to and what's going on right now in that execution chamber in Florida.

Gary Cass, the executive director of the Center for Reclaiming America, told a group of more than 500 that the "eyes of the world are watching us." The center, an outreach organization of Coral Ridge Ministries, advocates for pro-life and religious-freedom issues.

"The world is watching how we treat the weak, the disabled, and it will reflect on the consciousness of our nation," he said. "We need to do the right thing. We're here to save Terri's life, but it's not just life for Terri, it's also for people like her."

Indeed, that hospice room in which Terri has been confined for far too many years has now become the epicenter of a moral war being waged against those secularists who insist on making a mockery of the sanctity of life and usurping God's prerogatives. A moral juggernaut is rolling and because of it the words of Emily Dickinson thankfully do not apply to Terri Schindler-Schiavo:

To fight alone, is very brave --
But gallanter, I know
Who charge within the bosom
The cavalry of Woe --

Who win, and nations do not see --
Who fall -- and none observe --
Whose dying eyes, no Country
Regards with patriotic love --

We trust, in plumed procession
For such, the Angels go --
Rank after Rank, with even feet --
And Uniforms of Snow.

Your country, Terri, regards you with love and admires your courage in the face of court-decreed barbarity. We pray you live -- we pray with fervor and trust in God's divine mercy. But should you pass, this nation will have observed. It will have observed.