Alabama Clergy Council Resolution About Terri Schiavo

The Alabama Clergy Council adopted the following resolution in recognition of the plight of the family of Terri Schiavo and the sanctity of life.


ALABAMA CLERGY COUNCIL
RESOLUTION
TERRI SCHIAVO AND THE SANCTITY OF LIFE

Whereas Terri Schiavo, a forty-one year-old, disabled woman, currently residing in Pinellas Park, Florida, is now being starved to death; and

Whereas, many medical doctors agree that she is not in a persistent vegetative state and that she can possibly improve with therapy; and

Whereas, the President of the United States, George W. Bush, has stated publicly that in such cases, and in this case in particular, it is best to err on the side of life; and

Whereas, the Alabama Clergy Council values the sanctity of all human life and affirms that the rights and liberty of mankind come from the hand of Almighty God, not from the will of any government, constitution, or creed; and

Whereas, God has created all of mankind in his image; be it therefore

Resolved that the Board of Directors of the Alabama Clergy Council, joins with millions of others, including the National Clergy Council, the Florida Clergy Council, and the parents of Terri Schiavo, Bob and Mary Schindler, in pleading for Terri’s life; and be it further

Resolved that President George W. Bush and Florida Governor Jeb Bush are encouraged to intervene and have Terri’s feeding tube reinstated; and be it finally

Resolved that copies of this resolution be distributed to concerned parties and others so that our position be clearly understood and that others of faith are spurred to action.

Terri’s Last Hours

I am here in Pinellas Park, Florida at the Woodside Hospice where Terri Schiavo is being starved to death. This morning, her father went in to see her; he came out later and made some remarks, including that he believes she is in her last hours.

Apparently, there is another federal appeals court proceeding going on now.

The outcry for Governor Jeb Bush to step in and do something is also increasing. Randall Terry, who has been advising the family and serving as a spokesperson, released legal opinions today, including one from the Thomas More Law Center. The legal opinions advised Gov. Bush that he is authorized by state law to use his executive powers to intervene and save Terri from starvation.

The opinion from the Thomas More Law Center states in part,

…The statute provides that the consent of Ms. Schiavo’s guardian is not necessary if the investigator suspects that the disabled adult’s guardian has caused the abuse or neglect of the disabled adult.
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In the final analysis, the facts of this case clearly establish probable cause to conduct a full criminal investigation of the circumstances surrounding the disability of Ms. Schiavo. To date, the facts of the case have not been viewed through the lens of a criminal investigation. Shamefully, the governor’s investigatory resources have not been brought to bear on discerning the truth in this case.

Please keep praying for Terri. Also pray that the hearts of men will be turned to God.

The Injustice Continues

Sadly, Terri Schiavo languishes still in a Florida hospice while government leaders from judges to legislators to chief executives shirk their duties to administer justice.

Some children were arrested today for attempting to take water to Terri. Don’t we see the injustice and the ignominy of arresting children (or adults) for trying to give a cup of cold water to a dying woman?

More leaders will be holding a press conference tomorrow to call on Bush & Bush to use their executive powers to protect Terri from starvation. I pray that they will do so but, even if they do, what kind of testimony to their moral resolve is the fact that they’ve waited over five days to do anything while a woman is being starved?

I will be travelling to Pinellas Park this weekend to stand with Terri’s family and friends. More details and news as possible.

In News From the Starvation Front…

Leaders of several national organizations will hold press conferences in Washington, DC and Tallahassee, FL at 12 p.m. EST tomorrow. They will call on President George Bush and Florida Governor Jeb Bush to use their executive powers to protect Terri Schiavo from starvation.

Among those to speak:

  • Dr. Paul Schenck, National Pro-Life Action Center on Capitol Hill
  • Stephen G. Peroutka, Esq., Face the Truth TV & Radio
  • Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, Human Life International
  • Michael A. Peroutka, Esq., Institute on the Constitution
  • Rev. Greg Cox, Faith and Action
  • Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life
  • Rev. Stephen Cox, Gospel of Life Ministries
  • Rev. John Vandenberge, National Clergy Council

The staff at RenewAmerica have posted an article placing the buck exactly where it should be: Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Speaking of Gov. Bush, I received this reply to an email I sent him last week concerning Terri.

Thank you for contacting Governor Bush to ask for his help in the case of Terri Schiavo. He has asked me to respond on his behalf.

The Governor shares your concern for this young woman and has pledged to do whatever he can within the laws of Florida to protect her life. The next few weeks will be very difficult ones for Ms. Schiavo, her family and all of those who care about her. The Governor asks that you keep her and her family in your prayers during this difficult time.

Again, thank you for writing Governor Bush about this important issue.

Sincerely,

L. O’Connor
Office of Citizens’ Services

There is still much the governor can do that is within the laws of Florida. But, even if the law did say that women should be starved to death, the governor should stand against it. No law can make right what God has declared wrong.

A blogging doctor notes multiple serious unanswered questions about Terri’s medical diagosis based on the CT scan.

And, someone points out the hypocrisy of a rancher’s arrest that occurred last week in Florida as compared with Terri’s case. The man’s crime? Starving his cows. Read the news story.

Finally, the Rev. Robert Johansen has written a critical review of Terri’s medical diagnosis. He points out the fact that the so-called expert medical witness in Terri’s case only spent a few hours evaluating her condition. That doctor has also previously diagnosed patients as being in persistent vegetative state who could physically maneuver their own wheelchairs or follow instructions to sort sizes and colors.

This house of cards we live in–how long before it falls?

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.

Descended

That long-dreaded day arrived this morn.

All of men’s wicked machinations have brought us this day. Make no mistake: this is not the triumph of some great cause; it is the downfall of our nation. The judges and the lawmakers and the governors and the presidents have had their hands in this work. So have the lawyers and the editors and the other monsters of iniquity that we all are.

While our brave are bleeding and dying in strange lands for our liberty, we are injuring and murdering our innocent in our homeland.

Didn’t we think, over thirty years ago, that we were beginning that headlong journey to destruction at a quickened pace? Have we not learned from the rotting carcasses of millions that we are slouching toward Gomorrah at breakneck speed?

How did we get here? We arrived–or, perhaps, descended–here by tolerating the intolerable. We have elected men we didn’t trust to do jobs we knew they wouldn’t do because of promises they couldn’t keep. They make excuses by telling stories that we can’t believe and change the subject to other things. They purport to make law by declaration–the whims of their immoral souls.

Patrick Henry declared that death was as good as tyranny. Our judges have decided that we will have our cake and eat it, too. Well, eating is only figurative in one woman’s case. But the decision is certainly to serve her both tyranny and death. There is no liberty for Terri Schiavo.

Those judges from whose hands blood drips have behind them choirs singing their own anthems of praise. Selfish praise for selfish men. Those representatives and senators and governors and presidents sing their own unending praise.

Some sainted men will make their stand. But what of these government “leaders”? They’ll do what’s within the law, they say. Pray tell, what law says that women should be starved? Now, is it a crime to eat? And if a law of men says so, what law of God?

Before this ends, will we see those judges, lawmakers, governors, and presidents come to aid the innocent? Or, perhaps, they’d prefer their own comfort, as most may. Will they be there, in chains, if necessary? The chains of the slavemaster are no burden for truth.

Better men from better ages with better minds had better hearts. Yes, we’re all sinners but some have given in to God. Yet, in our time, men laud themselves with praise and adulation–and turn no ear to cries for mercy. All is well for them; they’ll be there after she has starved.