This has got to be the dumbest argument I have heard for starving Terri Schiavo to death and it was made by a woman who is both a Catholic and a Republican.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — She’s known for her no-nonsense tone, but when Sen. Nancy Argenziano took the floor after a week of closed-door negotiations over legislation meant to keep Terri Schiavo alive, she wept.
"I believe keeping someone from getting to heaven is the wrong thing to do," she said Friday, handkerchief in hand, as she explained why she couldn’t vote to prolong the brain-damaged woman’s life.[Source]
So by this view we should just kill everybody so that those who are going to Heaven will go immediately. That we should adopt the Marine Core’s saying “Kill’em all, and let God sort’em out" in non-war situations. This sounds like a modern version of Albigensianism. They were dualist who believed that the body was evil. Some would keep from having Baptism and then after being Baptized would starve themselves to death so as to go free their souls from their bodies and to to to Heaven immediately. This Albigensianism view is ironically appropriate in this case. The Senator is just being somewhat consistent since she has previously said "I am opposed to government-compelled pregnancy" though she did vote for parents to be notified in their children want an abortion. With this view allowing abortion is alright so that the baby will go to Heaven sooner.
Update: I received a response when I wrote the Senator concerning her statement. You just got to love a reply in response to legislation prevent someone from being starved to death by saying perhaps that I need to read the Bible.
Your response has nothing to do with this case. Perhaps you need to read the bible.
Ecclesiastes 8:8a "no man has the authority to restrain the wind with the wind, or authority over the day of death
Philippians 21- For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain
23- for I am in a starit betwixt two, having a desire to depart and to be with Christ, which is far better
Quote from Billy Graham–…"But someitmes modern medical thecnology doesn’t prolong life, it delays death. When that is the case, we may be actualy be trying to do something God has not willed.
I believe should God desire to keep a person alive, he is perfectly capable of doing so without the help of feeding tubes and or respirators. Thats true faith in my opinion. But it seems that you have no room for any body elses opinion. I respect those on the other sid eof this issue because they truly belive that it is the right thing to do. How can anyone ever not respect people for doing what they belive is right? Even when we disagree there is still respect. I truly believe, as does many religions in this country that it is wrong not to let some one get to heaven by keeping them alive this way. However, I have heard from my constituents and there weere far more people in my district who did not want me to vote for the amendment, then who did. Primarily for the resaon of them not wanting government in their most private issues. Have you read the amendment that I voted no on? Do you know it opened the door to allow "any interested party" intervene in a family’s private issues such asthis one? Do you understand what that may actually do?
Lets say theres another girl named Janice, she is in the same state as Terry except she has no husband, no living will na dher mother is her guardian. She
told her mother she did not want to be taken off feeding tubes, or she never told her mother otherwise. Her mother keeps her on the feeding tube and is takng care of her. There is no litigation. That amendment if passed would allow "any interested" party, lets say someone form the right to die with dignity organization, to intervene, challege the mother and could succeed in getting rid of the feeding tube. A perfect starnger could do they exact opposite of what was intended in that amendment. Not a good thing. I took the time to write to you even though you are not a constituent because this is such a very hard issue. You cannot think this has been easy.
There are many different opinions on this.