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What are we to make of the Republican Party's crusade to
maintain Terri Schiavo in a persistent vegetative state for as long as
Even though Terri had been in this terrible condition for fifteen
years and had no chance of recovering, Republicans wanted to keep her
in a state of living death indefinitely. Why?
Republicans claim to be motivated by a respect for the
"inherent" value of human life--even when life
is no longer worth living. And in any meaningful way, Terri was
no longer living--at least not as a human being able to think, act,
Terri Schiavo had nothing to gain from living, so it is clear that
those who wanted to keep her in a state of living death were not
concerned with her well being. They were concerned with advancing and
imposing their religious view that a person's life belongs to
God, and as such must be preserved at all costs. In this
view, suffering and misery are to be accepted and endured even
when there is no hope of improvement or happiness.
Americans must beware of the danger coming from the Religious
Right--and firmly defend their right not to be force-fed with
nutrients or religious dogmas that would keep them in a persistent
state of living death.
David Holcberg, Ayn Rand Institute
(949) 222-6550 ext. 226
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Liberals, but not "liberals," I say.