Friday, March 25, 2005

NEIL BOORTZ has a stunning commentary on Terri Schiavo at I never thought that I could ever agree with someone who loves Rush Limbaugh "for what he’s done for our radio format, what he’s done for America, and what he’s done to the left," but there is a first time for everything. Boortz answers Rush Limbaugh's question -- "Why do you want Terri Schiavo to die?" -- addressed to the people he called "you liberals."

I want Terri Schiavo to die because I believe she’s earned it.

I don’t view death as the end of the journey of a human soul. I view it as a transition. The God I believe in would not waste the total life experiences of a man or woman made in his image on a total and complete death; a dead end, if you will, with nothing to follow. I cannot believe that it is God’s plan that the life experiences of a man; wisdom gained, lessons learned and love experienced, should, upon death, disappear as if they never were. I believe that there’s something to follow the life we know on this earth; and I believe that most of the people fighting to keep the body of Terri Schiavo alive feel the same way.

So if you do feel that same way, Boortz asks the Schindlers and their supporters, why are you behaving as if the death of the human body is the worst thing that could happen? Why are you allowing Terri Schiavo's soul to remain trapped in a body that has existed in a vegetative state for 15 years? Boortz makes head-on contact with the essential point about the inconsistency of religious people acting in the apparent belief that it is more important to preserve a human body which can no longer function in the world; which can no longer build and learn from life experiences; which can no longer experience either the joys or sorrows of life on earth, than it is to allow that body to die, so the soul can be released and go on to wherever the next part of the journey lies.

Do you believe that the human soul can make the transition to everlasting life while the human body that carried that soul through life clings to life on this earth? If you do, then you must surely believe that Terri Schiavo has earned and is already enjoying her reward in heaven. That being the case, why is it so important to you that the now-unneeded body of Terri Schiavo is kept alive?

But perhaps you believe, as I do, that the human soul is so connected to and integrated with its earthly body that any transition will not be made until that body ceases functioning -- until death occurs.. That being the case, why do you so ardently desire that the soul of Terri Schiavo spend five, ten, perhaps 30 years or more trapped in a useless and non-functioning body, unable to move on to whatever reward awaits her? Isn’t 15 years enough?

Where do your concerns truly lie, with the eternal soul of Terri Schiavo, or with her earthly body?

It's a more original, intelligent, and thoughtful question than I would ever have expected from a Rush Limbaugh admirer. Do any of the people who want Terri Schiavo's feeding tube to be re-inserted have an answer?

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