The interest and passion of public opinion is often dimly reflected in the main stream media, however here in the Land of Blog, a multitude of voices can make their opinions known in an instant. Those voices weave together and form a rich and varied tapestry of differing interests, perspectives and opinions. Every once in a while, however, an issue becomes a prominent thread in that tapestry as a large number of those voices join together on a common issue. The protection of the life and rights of Terri Schindler Schiavo is just such a cause.
For the Bloggers' Best for Terri Schiavo, I have invited bloggers to submit their best post for Terri to be gathered together here in one place. I also opened up the invitation for others without blogs to submit articles, thoughts, or just their best wishes. Though the deadline is past, I will still accept more links. Send them here. If you wish to leave short thoughts, please use the comment section.
May God hear the prayers that have accompanied the writing and the reading of all these posts, spare the life of this innocent woman, and allow for her to have the care she needs.
UPDATES: Since entries for Bloggers' Best for Terri Schiavo continue to come in, I will begin a "Part Two" post with newer entries. That way returning readers can more easily find posts they have not yet read.
Background on Terri's Situation
In Terri Schiavo: Who Crushes a Butterfly with a Hammer?, Catez of Allthings2all provides background information on Terri Schiavo's case and makes an ominous historical comparison.
And in case you think blogging about these things is pointless, read this post from John Schroeder of Blogotional. In OK, This is a CRIME, he tells how the above post by Catez caused him to look differently at Terri's plight.
From Observations of the SuperCAT! we have Musings on the Terri Schiavo Case, a question-and-answer document including some questions (and answers) not frequently addressed elsewhere. The goal is not to provide information Terri supporters don't have, but to help them respond to issues raised by non-supporters.
Euthanasia: Where There is Life, There is Hope
When can the purposeful killing of a disabled or ill patient be justified?
Baillie of Christianity and Middle Earth submits a powerful post of her own family's experience in, The Ring of Power. She writes, "My brother went into acute respiratory failure a year ago September at forty-five years old. By the time I got the phone call, he was on a respirator in the ICU of a small hospital several hours from my home. Think SARS without the contagious aspect and you'll get some idea of what condition he was in."
bLogicus reminds us in Terri Schiavo's Value is God Given, that although there are reasons to counter Michael Schiavo's claims that Terri is in a persistent vegetative state, this is not what makes Terri's life worthy of protection. Terri Schiavo has a God given right to life that is independent of her health status or the wishes of her husband.
Parableman shares Active and Passive Euthanasia. After distinguishing between a number of philosophical distinctions involving different categories of euthanasia, I argue that common views on
euthanasia are too simplistic, including views held by liberals and views held by conservatives, but in the end very few cases are morally justified, and Terri Schiavo's case is not one of them.
MediaCulpa uses irony to make a powerful point in the satirical Schiavo and Arafat Trade Places! In a shocking and little-reported development yesterday, Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat traded places with Terri Schindler-Schiavo. At this moment, the jet carrying Terri is en route to the Paris hospital where Arafat had been receiving care, and Arafat's body is on the way to the Florida assisted living facility where Terri had been living.
Straight Up with Sherri sends us Your Little Girl, and She LOVES YOU! Excerpt: Every time you walk in the room, her face lights up. She smiles with her whole face, and the love for you is glowing from within. Looking deep into her eyes, you see the joy of having you near her. She LOVES balloons, and watches them float and bounce throughout the room. Each time you turn off the radio, she protests with grunts. You sing to her and she laughs. Then one day they come.......
GM's Corner contributes Saving A Life. "Pickup of several sites promoting this issue, coupled with a number of thoughts of my own. Calling a spade a spade regarding those who are "anti-death penalty" but don't think anything wrong with starving/fatal dehydration of Terri."
Corie of Insane Troll Logic sends us an absolutely beautiful (and not insane or trolly) piece, A Tale of Two Children: Or Why Terri Schiavo's Life Matters to Me.
Florida's Responsibility to Terri
One of the major function of civil government is to protect the life, liberty and property of its citizens. These posts focus on the role of the State of Florida in Terri Schiavo's case.
Doc Washburn, a Florida radio talk show host, does not write a blog, however, he has submitted an article, Jeb Bush Could Save Terri Schiavo’s Life…If He Wanted To, which I have posted here.
Teknosis shares his Exortation to the Florida House Representatives and to the Senators of the Florida Senate. He brings up several issues of conflict of interest of which I (Dory) was not aware and urges the State of Florida to act on Terri's behalf.
In A Letter To Governor Bush, Florida resident Jody of thebandwagon shares her correspondance with her governor. By the way, Jody has on her site an index of Terri Schiavo articles from around the blogosphere.
In The Hapless Misadventures of the Pinellas County Court System: An incestuous tale, Hyscience brings us a late breaking post revealing the highly partial and outrageous rulings of Judge Greer against Terri Schiavo and her family.
the Public Square contribute Liberty and Justice for
All A Few. When a convicted
multiple murder and rapist receives more justice than an innocent woman whose
sole "crime" is having a disability, it is time to ask who are the real
David N. Bass contributes, Judicial Homicide, commentary for WorldNetDaily about how the courts have failed Terri Schiavo.
How Can We Reach Out to Help?
BlogsforTerri contributes their "BlogsForTerri" Attack Plan. "We are in daily contact with those closest to the effort to save Terri, and they believe what we have outlined here is the most effective way that over 100 organized and motivated bloggers can help save Terri Schiavo."
Dawn of WriteWingNut offers help in writing that perfect letter to the editor of your local newspaper in her Sample Letter to Use in the Terri Schiavo Case. She says, "I have composed a basic letter to the editor for those who may want to write their newspaper about Terri Schiavo, but aren't sure what to say or how to say it. Feel free to use this letter as is, or make changes or additions as you see fit."
The Kentucky Packrat reaches out to Michael Schiavo in An Open Letter to Michael Schiavo. He says, "This is an open letter to Michael Schiavo, with both an apology for my feelings of hate towards him, and a plea to turn over guardianship of Terri to her parents.
Mine & Thine sends us Terri Cries, a beautiful reminder to join Terri in prayer as she cries out to God. She says, "I am not a theologian, a philosopher, a politician or an activist. I am a mother, wife, daughter and a Christian… A theologian writes … All of these questions are important if not shocking. But a Christian mother, wife, daughter asks pleads only to our great God for a miracle. God champions the oppressed ..."
Times Against Humanity encourages us to pray in The Final Assault on Terri: Day 1 "Deliver Us From Evil" If Michael Schiavo begins to starve the wife whose bed and care he has betrayed, it will not be the first time. Now as then, we should heed St. Teresa's wise counsel to persist in battle against the forces of death, disciples of the Prince of Darkness whom we know by name.
Ideas Have Consequences
These posts explore the philosophical and theological issues raised by the Terri Schiavo case.
Exultate Justi sends us "A Painless Death?" - Revisited. He says, "What is now called mercy, was once simply known as murder. When this crude Darwinism is the rule of the day, why should one be surprised when "survival of the fittest" makes no provision for the helpless? God gives life to man. Man kills God. Man turns on himself, and wonders why he's left alone."
Fr. Shane Tharp, one of the writers of Catholic Ragemonkey, asks those who would see Terri die to reflect on the case of Sarah Scantlin, consider our treatment of the weak and think about what might be God's purposes for the lives of those who suffer.
Jay of Deo Omnis Gloria sends us Terri Schiavo, Million-Dollar Baby and the Future What do the case of Terri Schiavo and the movie Million-Dollar Baby say about our future? They say one thing clearly: we misunderstand the value of Life in a tragic way.
Christianity Is Jewish, urges Christians to better communicate our worldview in Terri, In God's Image. "For the Christian who trusts God’s Truth, the Bible is the law. That is the bottom line and there is no arguing with people who don’t hold that premise. Such a cynical attitude has made me numb to dastardly evil decisions like the Terri Schiavo case. The only recourse is to reason the reality-fit and relevance of Christianity."
Is Terri in a Persistent Vegetative State?
Michael Schiavo claims that Terri is suffering in a persistent vegetative state. These posts explore that claim. Some of these posts mention video tapes, some of which you can access at Terrisfight.org . Also available at that site are affidavits containing the opinions of physicians and clinicians on this issue.
In More on Terri, Bonnie of Off the Top, comments on excerpts from an interview with Michael Schiavo and George Felos on Larry King Live, October 27, 2003. Schiavo and Felos maintain that Terri's gestures and sounds are reflex only, as they claim several hours of videotape shows. Yet they are unwilling to let anyone besides the judge view the tapes.
In Persistently Vegetative Old Media, Joe of Life at the Frontier says, Last night, NBC Nightly News presented a largely hopeful report ... .But then the report by Robert Bazell goes on to spread the by-now standard misinformation (or disinformation) on the case of Terri Schiavo.
Pro-Life Blogs has been a leader in publicizing the plight of Terri Schiavo. Terri Schiavo is Conscious, Struggles to Talk and has Spoken Words, details how Terri Schiavo has cognitive abilities, recognizes and responds to others and makes attempts at verbal communication. Twelve medical experts, nurses who cared for her, family members and, recently, a Catholic Priest, confirmed these facts.
Common Sense Runs Wild compares the Sarah Scantlin case to Terri Schiavo's case in light of the results of a startling new research study that shows people previously diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state are in fact more aware than previously thought in Fight To Save Terri Schiavo.
Neglect and Abuse
These posts highlight the treatment Terri Schiavo has received and the cruelty of the death Michael Schiavo says she would want to suffer.
Life Matters! in Tale of Two Terries says Sarah Scantlin was not the first person to speak after two decades of silence, but the TAB (temporarily able bodied) bias that threatens Terri Schindler-Schiavo’s life continues to this day.
Stand in the Trenches wrote A dog’s life vs. a woman's life.From today's Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: "The [Nebraska] state Supreme Court granted clemency Friday to a dog sentenced to death for fighting with a neighbor's pet." That's fine... but where is a similar ruling for Terri Schiavo? Is her life not more valuable? After all, she is a conscious, sentient human being, who can speak. Is she of less worth than a dog simply because she's severely disabled, or because her "husband" wants her dead?
Your humble hostess, Wittenberg Gate, contributes No Gardens on a Summer's Day, which asks why it is that Terri Schiavo is deprived of even the most basic humane care, therapy and stimulation.
Would Terri Really Want to Die?
Michael Schiavo now claims that Terri Schiavo had told him that under the conditions she is now under, she would wish to die. These posts question the veracity of that claim.
Messages and Thoughts
Collected here are the quick thoughts and messages from those thinking of and praying for Terri and her family. You may add your thoughts in the comment section.
* Terri, I am only one of many that are praying and believing God to complete your healing. I just want to encourage you to continue to trust in the one that created you and loves you unconditionally. Blessings, Nancy
* The Schindlers are willing to take on the responsibility of Terri's care. Let them have her. They gave her life. They should see her through to death. No one has the right to play God except God. Not the State, not any doctor or hospital, and certainly not her husband.
* Terri will be a Martyr. St. Thomas More had a few pointed
remarks to the Court Official who perjured himself in order to convict More of
treason. I am outraged by the treatment Terri is receiving at the hands of her
husband. If someone could repeat to Michael what More said, he (Michael) would
have reason to tremble in his boots. John Sims, Brockville Ontario, Canada