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Terri transcending the Culture of Death

by Judi McLeod
Thursday, March 24, 2005

as Rush Limbaugh laments of late, it's the overt glee with which some quarters are talking about Terri Schiavo's inevitable death.

In inimitable style, Limbach points out that a few whales will undoubtedly be beaching themselves somewhere, at which time members of the Let-Terri-die faction will be racing out to hydrate the lips of the dying giants.

The pervasive Death Culture of the left is very much alive on this long Easter weekend, and it's got nothing to do with somber Good Friday.

Everybody's heading home for the holidays, some stopping enroute at the nearest stationary store to pick up copies of their "Living Will".

Demagogues are sprouting up as fast as lawn dandelions. Plum appointments are going the rounds. Here in Canada, abortionist Dr. Henry Morgentaler will have conferred upon him an honourary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Ontario, the university's highest honour. Morgentaler, who currently operates six abortion facilities in Canada, is viewed by the university as "a humanist leader who has promoted the idea that people have a right to control their own sexuality and reproduction without interference by the state."

It seems that people have a right to control anything without interference by the state, except eating and drinking.

For believers and non-believers, Easter is a special time, a time for family and friends; in the north, a time to welcome a change of season; a time, too for Easter Sunday dinner.

Children will be warned by countless mothers not to over do it with the goodies in their Easter baskets. The welcoming waft of turkey and ham will tempt us from the kitchen.

Many will be chowing down on Easter dinner, including a triumphant Michael Schiavo, Florida Circuit Judge George W. Greer, judges who upheld Greer's ruling in appeal and Supreme Court judges who refused to take a stand.

Chowing down on Easter dinner, too will be the 58 members of american Congress–five of them George W. Bush Republicans--who voted last weekend against reinserting Terri's feeding tube.

as a journalist, I wasn't very involved with the fate of Terri Schiavo until a Canadafreepress reader by the name of ana sent me the url from NewsMax.com of Bob Schindler's letter, Help My Daughter Terri Schiavo. attached to ana's note was the appeal "Please if possible, give voice to this horrible crime."

Schindler's compelling letter told, in brief how Terri Schiavo had come to be in her helpless state in a Florida hospice. There were facts in the letter that I haven't, to this day, seen anywhere in the mainline media.

…When I kiss her hello or goodbye, she looks at me and "puckers up" her lips," wrote Terri's dad. "This may not seem like much to you, but it means everything to Terri's mother and me. It tells us she is still there, she still knows us."

Everything Bob Schindler predicted in his NewsMax.com letter has come to pass.

While we all eat our Easter dinner, one thing is for certain: Terry Schiavo will be dead or dying.

But there is another certainty. It's one of light in a dark time and one that transcends even the growing Culture of Death: Lawyers, judges, hate-filled husbands politicians come and go.

Yet even as she was left to die, Terri Schiavo was achieving mortality. The Easter season of 2005 will go down in human memory as "The Easter of Terri Schiavo."

Canada Free Press founding editor Most recent by Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years experience in the print media. Her work has appeared on Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, Glenn Beck. Judi can be reached at: [email protected]


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