A Religious Liberal Blog

This site hopefully can provide some vehicle by which I can comment, complain, and once in a while praise the state of religion in this country and around the world from a liberal protestant perspective.

Monday, March 21, 2005

It's been my intention to not post on the Terri Shiavo case because it'd be nice to focus on issues which are not being drummed up by the right..something which is becoming increasingly rare in the mainstream media. But looking at evangelical sites this story is the central one. I even came across a "save Terri blogroll" that must include some 100 plus sites.

In other news a recent government report indicates that 26 prisoners held by the US with the war on terror have died and are "being investigated as criminal homicides, involving prisoner abuse." Yet I've seen no press conferences or cable news coverage for the family of Abdul Wahid who died during interogation while being shakled and gagged. No blogrolls for the family of Dilar Dababa who was killed from a head injury during interogation.

Is Muslim life valued in this country? Are there prayer vigils for the families who have lost their loves ones in US prisons? The religious right is able to get congress to have a special session for one person. Yet there doesn't seem to be any effort to get congress to investigate these deaths. No special session to pass legislation which would ban sending prisoners to known torture states. Until that day comes our faith and country has been shamed.

Other items: My Irony is up and going again. I've also added Body and Soul to the blogroll. I still haven't posted on the Episcopal House of Bishop's meeting, but some of the best thoughts on the subject can be found at Father Jake's site including this piece and this one. And a catholic diocese refuses to lead a gay man's funeral in CA. I didn't realize that funerals, not just communion can be used as a weapon these days.


At 6:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. The way Terri Schiavo is being used is shameful. I'm not even sure that I agree with the way the courts have ruled about her. I think it's scary that life can get shut off like that. But I definitely think that Congress is playing a game with her, and that's the most shameful aspect of this whole ordeal. Where is the moral outrage over the poor state of health care in this country? Or over the plight of the poor? Where was the outrage over that bankrupcy bill? I thank God I'm a Christian, because if I didn't have faith in Christ I'd have to put faith in government and that would be a scary proposition.



At 8:02 AM , Blogger Sven said...

Excellent post, and a very good point. The moral outrage over Terri Schiavo is of course very slective and exposes some of the worst of the Right. I posted a similar article earlier if it's of interest:




At 12:34 PM , Blogger coffee goddess said...

"Mama Mia, Mama Mia.....let me go!"
~ Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen

Figured I'd do my part to reduce the deficit and future government expenditures. No need for infighting, legal costs, and tying up undue time in the Supreme Court or Parliament Hill.

But seriously. If one thing this whole Schiavo debacle has suceeded in is that spouses, partners and family members the world over are communicating their wishes. Let it be known that I have discussed this with my husband and family, and if it were me? Let me go please. Thankyou.

At 2:57 PM , Blogger ChristianLibrul said...

King Goerge and Congress (including 47 Democrats whose names we'll remember when the mid-terms roll around) have destroyed personal privacy and states rights. But the news is not all bad.

They also have guaranteed all of us free healthcare for life, just as they want for Terri Schiavo.

Not a bad trade, huh?

At 9:36 AM , Blogger James said...

That the right is consumed with hypocrisy is nothing new. Even their perversion of the Constitution to benefit a single individual isn't new, if you want to look back to the Supreme Court's decision regarding the 2000 election. That there's a painful lack of outrage concerning the right's abuse of power... also nothing new.

The real question, it seems to me, is what's to be done about it? We're all rending our clothes and gnashing our teeth, but we haven't been able to figure out where to go beyond that point.

At 4:45 PM , Blogger Jody said...

Well if it puts your mind at ease if only a little bit. This conservative would like to tell you that because of Terri Schiavo, I have learned more about the sanctity of life. I feel that life should triumph over death and I am now more aware of disabled people's rights as well. They have a huge stake in whether Terri dies or not. I used to be very comfortable with the death penalty but lately I have begun to rethink the death penalty and because of Terri, I feel I no longer can personally support it.
So maybe one person is sometimes needed to wake up a group of people.
Just a hopeful thought. :)

At 11:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The following is an excerpt from the American Crisis, No. 1, written by Thomas Paine in December of 1776. Washington had the pamphlet read to all the units in his army. The words in brackets make this writing applicable to the current America Crisis facing our country.

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. [The judges in our country], with an army [of civil officers] to enforce her tyranny, [have] declared that [they have] a right (not only to [legislate]) but ‘to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER,’ and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God…
“I turn with warm ardor of a friend to those who have nobly stood, and are yet determined to stand the matter out. I call not upon a few but upon all, not on this state but on every state: up and help us; lay your shoulders to the wheel; better have too much force than too little, when so great an object is at stake. Let it be told to the future world that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet and to repulse it. Say not that thousands are gone, turn out your tens of thousands; throw not the burden of the day upon Providence, but ‘show your faith by your works,’ that God may bless you. It matters not where you live, or what rank of life you hold, the evil or the blessing will reach you all. The far and near … the rich and the poor, will suffer or rejoice alike. The heart that feels not now, is dead; the blood of his children will curse his cowardness who shrinks back at a time when a little might have saved the whole and make them happy…
“Let them call me a rebel, and welcome, I feel no concern from it; but I should suffer the misery of devils were I to make a whore of my soul by swearing allegiance to one whose character is that of a [drunken], stupid, stubborn, worthless, brutish man. I conceive likewise a horrid idea in receiving mercy from a being, who at the last day shall be shrieking to the rocks and mountains to cover him, and fleeing with terror from the orphan, the widow, and the slain of America. There are cases which cannot be overdone by language, and this is one. There are persons, too, who see not the full extent of the evil which threatens them; they solace themselves with hopes that the enemy, if he succeed, will be merciful. It is the madness of folly to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice...
“By perseverance and fortitude we have the prospect of a glorious issue; by cowardice and submission, the sad choice of a variety of evils – a ravaged country… [life] without safety, and slavery [under the judges] without hope...”

We need to be delivered from our bondage of slavery to these royal judges, and led back to our Promised Land.

At 11:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink..."

At 12:12 PM , Blogger Taylor W. Buley said...

I apologize for this lengthy comment, but I wanted to promulgate this parallel to the world:

Because I Could Not Stop for Death
By Emily Dickinson

Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.

We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
And I had put away
My labour, and my leisure too,
For his civility.

We passed the school where children played,
Their lessons scarcely done;
We passed the fields of gazing grain,
We passed the setting sun.

We paused before a house that seemed
A swelling of the ground;
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound.

Since then 'tis centuries; but each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses' heads
Were toward eternity.


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