|I wish someone would explain for me the "religious right's" view on all this and other cases like Terri Shiavo's. If these folks believe in God, and feel that being with God puts her is " a better place" why wouldn't they want here suffering to end. And yes I believe she was suffering, being poked and prodded, turned every 2 hours, with limbs that are probably contracted for the last 15 years.
I haven't been the most popular person around here lately becuase of my no-nonsense views on a couple of controversial issues. I am not afraid to go against the tide.
To try and explain THIS particular Christian's point-of-view on the Schiavo case. Some Christians (Pat Boone being one) believe that Teri ISN'T suffering and that she does respond to people she loves. They believe removing the feeding tube is akin to murder.
I have conflicting views. I don't think God (if you believe in Him) would ever want her (or any human) to suffer extended "life" in a body and brain are BARELY functional. My deciding factor is the feeding tube issue. IF man had never devised a way to "feed" a person such as Teri, she would have died of starvation/dehydration anyway. God isn't letting Teri suffer, man is.
However, IF she is similiar to any other disabled American, than she should have the same right to life. It is a VERY, VERY, thin, blurred line in Teri's case.
I have been praying that she either dies very soon, OR that M. Schiavo, give her back to her parents to care for.
My mother and I (staunch believers) also think (against the tide) that if a person is suffering in agony and has injuries that will result in death (hopeless case scenerios) then give the person an overdose of morphine, and "let them go". My mother and I don't like to see physical agony. It would be a mercy to end their life only IF they were in the process of dying anyway. Yes, arguably as a Christian, we should be able to pray for a healing, a miracle. But sometimes you just KNOW a person's time is up.
A physician pointed out that Teri is in a Hospice, a place where people go to die. Teri was not in the dying process when she went there. As long as she is given food and water, she continues to live. So therefore it is wrong to "kill" her.