Tuesday, March 01, 2005


Campaign for Terri Schiavo

WriteWingBlog is passing around this message. It's a good message, and I encourage you, if you feel that Terri is being railroaded into the hand of a painful, judicially mandated death when noone knows for real if this is something she would have ever chosen for herself, then read it, pass it on, and act on it.

Dear Friend:

I’m writing to you today because we are at a critical point in our efforts to save the life of Terri Schindler-Schiavo. Her estranged husband, Michael, will remove her feeding tube on March 18th at 1:00 p.m., as mandated by the courts. Never was there a more crucial time for you to get involved. YOU can help make a difference in saving Terri’s life with very little effort on your part. Time is of the essence.

The first thing you can do is to become informed, quickly, about the misinformation being perpetuated in the mainstream media and by Michael Schiavo and his attorney. Please visit BlogsForTerri and TerrisFight for extensive resources.

One of the most heinous distortions being reported is that Terri is in a “coma,” “persistent vegetative state,” or even “unconscious.” The truth is, Terri laughs, speaks from a small vocabulary of words, responds to others and is very aware of her surroundings. Numerous witnesses have testified to this and videos taken by her family also prove her abilities.

No one can “pull the plug” on Terri, as some have advocated, as she is not hooked up to any life support machines. She is simply being given nourishment through a feeding tube. Nothing more. Is helping someone eat and drink artificial life support?

Secondly, the mainstream media would have us believe that Terri’s guardian, Michael, is looking out for her best interests. In fact, Michael has denied Terri any rehabilitative therapy whatsoever and won’t even allow for her teeth to be brushed or sunlight to shine into her room.

Michael is now living with a woman (his “fiancé’) and has two children by her. That, at the very least, creates a conflict of interest in his guardianship. But there are other questions that may further compromise his role as guardian.

Medical experts have testified that bone scans show that Terri suffered some sort of physical trauma during the time of her collapse, injuries that one doctor suggests is consistent with having been beaten and possibly even strangled. And experts have testified that Michael’s behavior fits that of an abusive husband. (Again, you can find this evidence at Terri’s site: http://www.terrisfight.org ) No one knows the truth about what really happened but the suspicious circumstantial and anecdotal evidence should have motivated an investigation. None was conducted.

Although it is speculation, if Michael is the cause Terri’s injuries, it would explain why he doesn’t want her to receive rehabilitation and why he wants her to be starved to death. It would also explain why he wants her cremated immediately after her death (to hide any evidence implicating him in her injuries). Again, this is speculation. Only an investigation can reveal what actually happened.

Terri deserves to have her OWN legal counsel (which she has been denied so far) and Michael should be removed as her guardian since sufficient evidence proves there is at the very least, a conflict of interest.

Michael claims that he is merely carrying out Terri’s wishes and says that she expressed a desire to die in such circumstances. However, such a desire was never made known to her family and friends and no written documentation exists to support his claim. Furthermore, Michael’s former girlfriend, Cindy Shook, testified that when she asked Michael what Terri’s wishes were, his reply was, “How the h*** should I know we never spoke about this, my God I was only 25 years old. How the h*** should I know? We were young. We never spoke of this."

In addition, Terri's friends, family, co-workers and fellow church members dispute Michael's claims, and state that Terri was extremely upset when comatose woman Karen Ann Quinlan was disconnected from the respirator that had been keeping her alive years ago.

Another myth just surfaced recently, when the AP reported that Terri collapsed from an eating disorder. But the AP writer cited not one shred of evidence to support this claim.

Pamela Hennessy, spokesperson for the Schindlers stated, "there was never a determination by any court nor the Florida Department of Health that Terri Schiavo ever suffered from any eating disorder, bulimia, anorexia or compulsive behavior that would lead to a heart failure at the age of 26. Though Michael, Terri's estranged husband, accused Terri's general practitioner of ignoring a supposed eating disorder, Florida's Department of Health cleared him of wrongdoing or negligence in the case."

Finally, Terri has never received a proper medical evaluation by a team of experts that can testify as to her current abilities and her future potential with rehabilitation. At the very least, such an evaluation should be mandated before any decision is made in this case.

Now that you know the facts, here’s what you can do to help fight for Terri’s rights:

Here is what you can do to help Terri:
1. Pray for Terri and her family.

2. Blog - communicate the truth about what is going on and rally support for Terri and the Schindlers.

3. Visit BlogsforTerri ( http://www.blogsforterri.com) for information and to join the team of blogs for Terri.

4. Deluge Gov. Jeb Bush with emails and phone calls. He has the power to intervene. Here is his contact information:

Governor Jeb Bush
850 / 488-4441
850 / 487-0801 (fax)

(A sample letter for you to use can be found here: http://writewingblog.blogspot.com/2005/02/sample-letter-to-use-for-terri-schiavo.html#comments)

5. Support HB701(click here).

6. Important - Bypass the Mainstream Media - pledge support paid advertisements in various newspapers to inform subscribers about what is really happening to Terri. [http://www.blogsforterri.com/pledge.php] Your participation in help is desperately needed.

7. Call, write, fax, or email the contacts listed at Blogs For Terri: http://www.blogsforterri.com/archives/contacts/index.php

Please forward this email to all of your friends and family. Together, our voices can make an impact in the fight for Terri’s life. Please don’t remain silent while her life hangs in the balance. She needs each and every one of us to speak up for her. Now, more than ever.

Being intellectually dishonest is a disservice to yourself, to those you love and the God that loves you above the rest of creation.

He is trying to warn you!

You are being manipulated by the Republican Party. They are the Pharisees of old, reincarnate!

The Republican Party has used you and your fellow evangelical Christians through manipulation and fear mongering. They have pretended to share your values while using the faithful in this country to win majorities at the ballot box, all the while paying only lip service to the values you hold dear.

Every time there is an election they rail on about a culture of life, but what have they attempted to do about it?

They support a death penalty system that has our prison systems acting like an execution factory, and we are fighting wars over petroleum.

Republican politicians use they political power that your votes represent to oppress the poor, and boost the rich. Our tax system, our education system, and our healthcare system favor the rich. Don't forget what the bible tells us about this:

"It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one
who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." (Mt 19:24)

These people, in the name of Christian Values have taken advantage of people of faith. They have mocked what you believe by paying it lip service time and time again, but not acting as true believers would.

If the Republican Party wanted to protect life, why didn't they pass a law that would protect people in Terri's situation, rather than delivering her up to the federal courts to be executed as Jesus was handed to the Romans?

These Pharisees that want to claim that this was about preserving life and not politics, in the face of such blatant lies and deceits.

These men are guilty of the sin of Vanity, while making a mockery of the Lord.

Do not doubt for a second that these men would happily accept their 30 pieces of silver, for they have and they will end up paying with their souls.

The Lord Jesus does not allow himself to be so openly mocked.

Again, let us not forget what the bible has to say about such people:

For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
2 Corinthians 11:13-14 (KJV)
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