If Terri Schiavo could talk, maybe this is what she would say:
I've been humbled and amazed that my life could generate so much attention and discussion, but please don't worry about me.
No matter what happens to me — and I may be gone before you even read this — I'll be well. If my feeding tube is reinserted and I live, I'll be surrounded by people who love me. If I die, I'll go to a better place, where I'll wait patiently to be rejoined by the people I love so much.
No, it is America I am worried about.
A Fox News poll showed that 59% of Americans believe my feeding tube should be removed. I'm not on a respirator, mind you, but merely need nourishment to live, and yet many Americans are eager to withhold my food and water until my body slowly shuts down.
The reasoning behind this thinking is what is troublesome. If you were in my situation, some of you say, you wouldn't want to go on living, and that is your justification for letting me die.
Others among you won't say it aloud, but you view me as an inconvenience. In your minds you compare me to your elderly parents or grandparents who may require extraordinary love and care one day — sacrifices you're too selfish to make.
So you determine that if I am not 100% of what I was — if part of my brain is damaged and I cannot take care of myself — then I should be left to die. You feel this way, even though I clearly display a level of awareness, and even though my voice and facial expressions show that part of me is still there.
I think you are willing to believe I should be left to die because you have become a cynic. Your cynical worldliness blinds you to the fact that I am a human of extraordinary blessings.
Look at the love that surrounds me every single day. My parents, sister and brother adore me, nurture me and shower me with compassion. It is a gift that I wish everyone could experience.
I have given to them, too. Yes, they wish I was healthy and vibrant and had a family of my own. But the tragedy that befell me brought us all together — it brought out a depth of love they did not know they were capable of.
Millions go to bed praying for me every night, and you have no idea how this calms my soul. I feel the pull of their spirits connecting me more closely with our G-d, who I know is watching over me.
Of course, the cynics among you say that if G-d existed, He never would have let such a tragedy befall me, but there you go again.
Whether or not you understand it, every human life has meaning and purpose — even a life like mine. G-d works in mysterious ways — ways that no human can fully grasp. And maybe this has been my purpose in this life.
Maybe G-d is letting my husband with the full sanction of the courts, rush me to my end to see how you respond. Maybe it's time that a country that celebrates individual freedoms and rights rethinks how the most vulnerable among us are treated.
Maybe G-d is using my pain and suffering to remind us all that there is nothing more precious than life, and that all life should be treated with dignity and compassion, as my family has done so beautifully.
Maybe G-d is trying to remind us all that it is His role, not ours, to determine when life shall be taken. And make no mistake, withholding food and water is tantamount to taking life.
I don't know why this fate has befallen me, but please don't worry about me. It is hard for some to see, but I've been very blessed. It is you I worry about.
The Wefaq member said the opposition was encouraged by the recent peaceful pro-democracy rallies in Lebanon and Egypt.I blame Bush.
“There is a peaceful democratic movement in the Arab world. In Bahrain, the openness provided by the king’s reform project allows us to express our demands as long as they are within the legal boundaries of the system.
Bahrainis plan rallies to demand charter change
Students are beaten to death for playing music as Shia militiamen run amokDeath at 'immoral' picnic in the park
THE students had begun to lay out their picnic in the spring sunshine when the men attacked. “There were dozens of them, armed with guns, and they poured into the park," Ali al-Azawi, 21, the engineering student who had organised the gathering in Basra, said.
“They started shouting at us that we were immoral, that we were meeting boys and girls together and playing music and that this was against Islam.
“They began shooting in the air and people screamed. Then, with one order, they began beating us with their sticks and rifle butts." Two students were said to have been killed.
Standing over them as the blows rained down was the man who gave the order, dressed in dark clerical garb and wearing a black turban. Ali recognised him immediately as a follower of Hojatoleslam Moqtada al-Sadr, the radical Shia cleric. Ali realised then that the armed men were members of Hojatoleslam al-Sadr’s Mehdi Army, a private militia that fought American forces last year and is now enforcing its own firebrand version of Islam.
The picnic had run foul of the Islamist powers that increasingly hold sway in the fly-blown southern city, where religious militias rule the streets, forcing women to don the veil and closing down shops that sell alcohol or music.
One brought a video camera to record the sinful spectacle of the picnic, footage of which was later released to the public as a warning to others.
It showed images of one girl struggling as a gunman ripped her blouse off, leaving her half-naked. “We will send these pictures to your parents so they can see how you were dancing naked with men," a gunman told her. Two students who went to her aid were shot — one in the leg, the other twice in the stomach. The latter was said to have died of his injuries. Fellow students say that the girl later committed suicide. Another girl who was severely beaten around the head lost her sight.
The idea was launched in the U.S.A. in 1969 by a law journal article entitled "Due Process of Euthanasia: the Living Will, a Proposal." (In Britain the Voluntary Euthanasia Society is the main distributor of Wills/Directives). The proposal soon found favour with U.S. government officials as an economy measure. The leaked "Derzon memorandum" advised President Carter to "Change social values regarding cost-inducing activities" and stated "The cost-saving from a nation-wide push toward 'Living Wills' is likely to be enormous. Over one-fifth of Medicare expenditures are for persons in their last year of life." But it was not until 1991 that it was made compulsory for all patients admitted to hospital in the U.S., for whatever reason, to be presented with "Living Will" forms.
Michael Schiavo’s Attorney Helped to Fund
Judge Greer Re-Election Campaign
Thursday, March 24, 2005
By Sam Kastensmidt
As if the circumstances surrounding Terri Schiavo could not get any more suspicious, the Center for Reclaiming America has uncovered evidence that Pinellas-Pasco County Circuit Judge George W. Greer accepted a campaign contribution from the law firm of Michael Schiavo’s attorney only one day after “Terri’s Law" was declared unconstitutional by a Pinellas county court.
Judge Greer’s Role in the Starvation of Terri Schiavo
This appears to establish a clear conflict of interest between Judge Greer and the best interests of Terri Schiavo. Judge Greer has been responsible for establishing “the facts" in the case of Terri Schiavo. Sadly, he has dismissed or ignored testimony from 33 physicians (15 neurologists) who are willing to testify that Terri is not in a persistent vegetative state and can improve, he has refused to allow the Florida Department of Children and Families to conduct a criminal investigation of Michael Schiavo, he has refused to honor a subpoena from the U.S. Congress, and he has blocked virtually all efforts from the Schindler family to save the life of their daughter.
Law Firm Donates to Greer Re-Election Campaign
According to public records available from the Florida Department of State: Division of Elections, Judge George W. Greer received a campaign contribution from the law firm of Felos & Felos during his re-election efforts in the spring of 2004.
Of course, no direct evidence suggests collusion between the two parties, but the timing of the campaign contribution is highly suspect. On May 6, 2004, a Pinellas county court struck down legislation (“Terri’s Law") passed by the Florida legislature and signed by Governor Jeb Bush, which was designed to halt a previous attempt to starve Terri Schiavo to death. On May 7, 2004 — only one day after the ruling — Judge Greer received a campaign gift from the law firm of Michael Schiavo’s attorney.
This was not due to a fundraising effort, as this was the only contribution made to the Greer campaign fund on that particular day.
Contact Governor Bush and encourage him to protect the life of Terri Schiavo and expose the highly suspicious details behind Pinellas-Pasco County Circuit Judge George Greer’s campaign fundraising records.
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A female author leading a campaign for more rights for Muslim women said she would conduct a Muslim prayer service in Boston on Friday, amid growing opposition from Islamic leaders.And that's how change begins.
Asra Nomani, author of an upcoming book on women in Islam, said she would preside over a small Muslim congregation of men and women, becoming the second woman in a week to lead a Friday service, a role historically held by men.
Nomani, 39, led a small service near Boston on Wednesday, but leading a Friday service is far more controversial as the midday prayer is the most important one of the week. A service where men and women sit together also goes against Islamic tradition, as most mosques make them pray separately.
Last Friday, Amina Wadud, an associate professor of Islamic studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, led about 100 men and women in prayers in New York City, in a controversial event Nomani helped organize.
Nomani said she would organize other services throughout the United States, including San Francisco and Washington.
She and her supporters said they had received threats and what she called "violent e-mails." Friday's service in New York attracted a dozen angry protesters and its location changed multiple times due to threats of violence.
Ali Gomaa, the top authority on Islamic law in Egypt, and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, are among several Muslim leaders who have criticized the woman-led services, saying they go against Islamic law and are unacceptable.
"The violent reaction we're getting from people in power is the result of efforts to maintain their power and their control over the masses," Nomani said. "We won't accept their corrupt thinking anymore. We're confident in the validity and righteousness of what we're doing."
Once upon a time, a Sultan was blessed with the birth of a son after years of hoping.To The Point
The boy immediately became the apple of his father's eye.
Just before his son's sixth birthday, the Sultan said to him, "Son, I love you very much. Your birthday is coming soon. What would you like?"
His son replied, "Daddy, I would like to have my own airplane."
His father bought him American Airlines.
Just before his son's seventh birthday, the Sultan said, "Son, you are my pride and joy. Ask what you want for your birthday. Whatever it is, it's yours."
His son replied, "Daddy, I would like a boat." His father bought him the Princess Cruise Line.
Just before his son's eighth birthday, the Sultan said, "Son, you bring so much happiness into my life. Anything you want, I shall get for you."
His son replied, "Daddy, I would like to be able to watch cartoons."
His father bought him Disney Studios.
Just before his son's ninth birthday, the Sultan said, "Son, you are my life. Your birthday is coming soon. Ask what you wish. I will get it for you."
His son, who had grown to love Disney, replied, "Daddy, I would like a Mickey Mouse outfit and a Goofy outfit."
And that’s why the Sultan bought the Democrat Party and CBS News.