Skip to comments.What's the Rush?
Posted on 07/01/2007 3:27:40 AM PDT by 8mmMauserEdited on 07/02/2007 4:50:59 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
That's the question Bobby Schindler asked in the case involving Jesse Ramirez, the Arizona man whose case paralleled that of Schindler's sister, Terri Schiavo, until Ramirez woke up. The Arizona Republic reports:
...Bobby Schindler of the Florida-based Terri Schindler Shiavo Foundation placed the blame on a medical establishment quick to dismiss patients with brain injuries.Why is Jesse alive? His family sought legal intervention with the help of the Alliance Defense Fund:
Schindler is the brother of Terri Schiavo, a brain-damaged Florida woman who died in 2005 after a decades-long court battle.
"What is the rush?" he asked. "This is not the first time we've heard of cases like this where doctors want to write off the chance of recovery, and the family, when they're told this, will make a decision to end a person's life.
"In the case of Mr. Ramirez, he'd be dead now."
His siblings and parents refused to give him up for dead, and today, Jesse Ramirez is alive and conscious.
Two weeks ago, he was the center of a family battling over of whether he should live or die.
Now, he can hug and kiss, nod his head, answer yes and no questions, give a thumbs-up sign and sit in a chair.
A Miracle for Jesse Ramirez and His Family
Jesse Ramirez Conscious, Moved To Rehab Facility
Accident victim awakens
The candidate turned out to be impressive, but our initial introduction was a bit awkward.
Seattle City Council hopeful Tim Burgess kept returning to the point that he was a pro-choice Democrat, although running for a non-partisan office that has no power to amend Roe v. Wade.
Eventually it dawned on me: Burgess was anticipating some flak, or had received incoming fire, because he and his wife are religious people who belong to a traditionalist church.
In certain circles, being a Presbyterian -- or goin' to meetings, period -- can lay you low in the Emerald City.
This column has, on occasion, scorched religious-right leaders who impose litmus tests on candidates, define what they call a "Values Voter" and manipulate the Gospels in pursuit of temporal power.
Unfortunately, there's a flip side to the equation: We have, especially in this "unchurched" corner of America, a faction that actively mocks religion and seeks to stigmatize people of faith.
Accurately and bluntly, it's the last form of bigotry that is socially acceptable.
A case in point: Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., recently committed the secular sin of voting to deny federal dollars to Planned Parenthood. He also has supported federal funding for faith-based organizations.
On Seattle's Capitol Hill, The Stranger set out to explain these votes in terms of Reichert's religious affiliation: He is a member of the conservative Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod.
While saying he felt "uncomfortable" bringing up the matter, the author concluded: "It's time to make things uncomfortable for those who would force their religious values on others."
No evidence was presented that Reichert was following dictates from his denomination.
Whether you like him or loathe him, there's contrary evidence that the "Gentleman from Washington" is a) open to persuasion, and b) willing to buck his party when he feels strongly about something.
Reichert went south on House Majority Leader Tom DeLay in 2005, a month after coming to Congress, when DeLay tried to have Congress intervene to keep alive the comatose Terri Schiavo. Reichert also has supported stem-cell research legislation vetoed by President Bush.
We have plenty of evidence, across the spectrum, of public officials taking positions that conflict with leaders of their religious affiliation.
Gov. Chris Gregoire is a practicing Catholic. She was, however, the keynote speaker at a May breakfast of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, raising campaign dollars for candidates who support abortion rights.
Gregoire and other leading pro-choice Catholics coexist, at times uneasily, with a strongly anti-abortion pastor at St. Michael Parish in Olympia.
Congress is home to a trio of cousins from one of the West's great Mormon clans. Reps. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Mark Udall, D-Colo., are moderate Democrats. Both voted in favor of the ban on partial-birth abortions but opposed banning gays from the Boy Scouts.
Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., a former bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is one of the most conscience-driven politicians in America. But a conscience can drive you in different directions. Smith is anti-abortion and has opposed Oregon's assisted-suicide policy -- but was one of the first Republican senators to speak out against the Iraq war.
Smith sponsored an amendment that included gays and lesbians in federal hate-crime legislation. Judy Shepard, mother of slain Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard, praised the Oregon Republican in a TV spot.
Stereotyping, demeaning critics tend to depict those of traditional faith as "narrow," "reactionary" or bent on "imposing" their particular set of beliefs. They are, in fact, as far off base as those in the fundamentalist camp who bash gays and freak out over feminism.
One example comes to mind. Under a new, authoritarian leadership, the Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod in the early 1970s cracked down on Concordia Seminary. The seminary's faculty was dismissed and a large body of students chose to leave.
The exiles from Concordia simply crossed town, where they were welcomed into the divinity school at Jesuit-run Saint Louis University.
Who welcomed them? The dean at Saint Louis U. was future Seattle University President (and 1990 Seattle First Citizen) Father William Sullivan.
In reading The Stranger, it became evident that the author of the article about Reichert had not talked with Reichert. Its only direct quote was boilerplate from Karen Cooper, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington.
People surprise you when you hear them out. Shortly before his death, former Missouri Sen. Tom Eagleton, a Catholic and abortion opponent, bucked his church's leadership and provided pivotal support to a state ballot measure approving stem cell research.
Or Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who has proclaimed: "As a right-to-life senator, I believe that a critical part of a pro-life, pro-family philosophy is helping the living. ... The purpose of (stem cell) research is to save life, not terminate it."
Faith in America will never be a product of dogma, discipline and docility.
It deserves better than to be manipulated by those with a political agenda, or stigmatized by bigots who feign sophistication.
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A leading pro-life organization is concerned that the Senate could adopt amendments to a SCHIP reauthorization bill that could prevent older Americans from protecting themselves from health care rationing. The group says that such rationing can easily lead to the withdrawal of lifesaving medical treatment and euthanasia.
Tallahassee, FL (LifeNews.com) -- Florida pro-life advocates are condemning a recent Florida court case which saw a couple receive $23.5 million for the so-called "wrongful birth" of their child. Daniel and Amara Estrada received the award after a court found their physician should have warned them their baby could have physical disabilities.
The Estradas had given birth to their first child, Aiden, who was born with Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome.
Children afflicted with the condition have small heads, webbed toes, are unable to communicate and require feeding tubes to receive food and water.
It seems that Paris Hilton is going to do a musical about organ harvesting.
"Wrongful life" -- another amazing invention by trial lawyers to screw somebody out of bundles of money. This one will make eight or ten million for the lawyers. It will also put the medical profession on notice once again that it's time to move to New South Wales.
WITHOUT THE FAMILY'S PERMISSION. Mom said Navarro was not in life threatening shape when he was at this hospital and in approx. FOUR DAYS without any word from the docs, Navarro went from disabled to dead.
JEB BUSH IS ON THE TENET BOARD. Jeb Bush, how many disabled people are being euthanized on your watch? We know about TERRI SCHIAVO and now NAVARRO. Who else? Jeb can never run for anything. He's taken up with ORGAN HARVESTERS AND EUTHANASIASTS! Jeb's fans are clueless.
Wife suspects from the looks on her face and that of her pals she must be evil to the core as if possessed. She thinks maybe that is why gramps cut off the $60mil and why somehow certain people are drawn to her.
We are fighting the same fight against globalization because George Soros is behind euthanasia, destruction of our middle class and for globalization. He hates this country.
Nancy Grace covered Navarro last night. Other media is under-reporting Navarro’s premeditated overdose. Gee, it’s the same media who wanted Terri killed and repeatedly misdiagnosed her. Big surprise.
JEB BUSH IS ON THE TENET BOARD. Jeb Bush, how many disabled people are being euthanized on your watch? We know about TERRI SCHIAVO and now NAVARRO. Who else? Jeb can never run for anything. He’s taken up with ORGAN HARVESTERS AND EUTHANASIASTS! Jeb’s fans are clueless.
I did hear about the Tenet Hospital doctor - EVIL, EVIL.
And we can only wonder about how often this happens and we do NOT hear about it.
She should go back to making homemade porno movies in hotel rooms and then leaking them on the internet.
Check out the link in my #578 to the thread and then to the article for suspicions confirmed.
You mean she stopped?
Wife and I spent our honeymoon long time ago in the Hilton in Paris. Mercifully, it was long before this thing came along.
Tony Snow wants to live. So did TERRI SCHIAVO.
http://www.judgegeorgegreer.com (about the players, about the money, about the dirty dealings, about Mitt Romney's big donor MEL SEMBLER. Romney is tied to GREER. I will stay home rather than vote for ROMNEY OR GIULIANI. They are both tied to Florida's elected euthanazis.
Poor things. How can they hate George Soros and Terri at the same time but they do.
BREYER makes good ice cream but horrible justices.
Arlen has some hair. Phil Spectre does wigs. One sells bs and the other used to sell music.
Rush hasn’t forgotten about Terri. That’s nice to read. The debate in St Pete by the GOP preztitutes may never occur. Terri was killed there and Mitt’s money is from there. Mitt is six degrees from J. Greer.
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