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March 25, 2005
Terri's Figth: D. JAMES KENNEDY: GOVERNOR JEB BUSH DUTY BOUND TO ACT TO PRESERVE LIFE OF TERRI SCHIAVO
Filed in: Bioethics, Current Affairs, Politics

Prominent minister D. James Kennedy of Coral Ridge Ministries in Fort Lauderdale Florida issued the following press release today.

Fort Lauderdale, March 24, 2005 — Dr. D. James Kennedy issued the following statement today:

Governor Jeb Bush is to be commended for all he has done in seeking to save the life of Terri Schiavo. His course of action thus far has proven fruitless. Neither the state legislature nor the courts, state or federal, have been willing to act on behalf of this helpless woman who is now within hours of death.

As Governor, Jeb Bush is the only legal authority who can save the life of Terri Schiavo. He must act and he must act immediately on her behalf. He must disregard the order of Judge Greer. He has both the authority and the duty to do so under the state constitution.

The Florida constitution states in Article I, Section 2, that "[a]ll natural persons, female and male alike, are equal before the law, and have inalienable rights, among which are the right to enjoy and defend life ...." According to the Constitution, "no person shall be deprived of any right [including the right to enjoy life] because of ... physical disability."

As governor, Jeb Bush has the “supreme executive power,” and the constitutional duty, stated in Article IV, Section 1, to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed." The governor, who is sworn to uphold the constitution, is obligated to safeguard this constitutional guarantee of the "inalienable right ... to enjoy and defend life," regardless of physical disability.

The Governor may not disregard that obligation even if a member of the judiciary has ordered otherwise. He is not bound by a court order that is at odds with a constitutional guarantee.

Thomas Jefferson said that “[T]o consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions [is] a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.” Abraham Lincoln disregarded the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Dred Scott when he issued the Emancipation Declaration.

Governor Bush has tried patiently to work with the courts and the legislature but to no avail. Now, at the very last moment, he has a constitutional duty to protect Terri Schiavo’s "inalienable right ... to enjoy and defend life." Jeb Bush must choose between the clear mandate of Florida’s constitution and a judiciary which, in this case, has acted in defiance of that state supreme law.

After all this time of praying, petitioning, and lobbying, it comes down to this.
Governor Bush - how many people must point out your constitutional duty before you will act?

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March 24, 2005
An Exegesis of the Book of Revelation: Chapter 1: 1-3
Filed in: Biblical Studies, Current Affairs, The Revelation of Jesus Christ

Prerequisite.

Revelation 1

Prologue

   1The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2who testifies to everything he saw–that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. (NIV)

The Views:

Thankfully, there are not many things that the key interpreters of this Book are in disagreement on in roughly the first three chapters. Unfortunately, there are many things that are left out by most scholars' commentary and there are seeds of disagreement.

There is some argument from diverse scholars (not consistent with the three major views) about whether the "revelation of Jesus Christ" means that Jesus is the object of the revelation or if he is the revealer. The original Greek allows ambiguity in interpreting this.

"Must soon take place" contains the seed of disagreement for scholars of the Historicist, (certainly the Preterist), and Futurist Views. The Historicist position holds that within John's lifetime the prophecies of the Book began to be fulfilled and that the fulfillment still continues. The Futurist position acknowledges (in most cases) that the subsequent letters to the churches represent initial fulfillment but that the bulk of the prophecies are yet to be fulfilled. For the most part the Futurist position relies on "A thousand years is as a day, and a day is as a thousand years". Spiritual (Idealist) interpreters, because they assert no direct fulfillment by any certain event have little to say about what is "soon".

Some scholars suggest that since these initial verses address the apostle John in the third person that they were written by members of his community - his disciples or perhaps other custodians of the Book. Such interpreters are mostly of the Spiritual school. Most Historicists and Futurists believe that John wrote the entire Book himself.

Fortunately, there is universal agreement on the fact that a blessing is promised to those who read the Book. It is often pointed out that this is the first of seven beatitudes - blessings - in the Book. This is also the first place that the Book claims itself to be a prophecy. Less often it is surmised that there is a second blessing as well - for those that hear it and take to heart what is written in it - which is a bit different than just reading it.

There are more seeds of disagreement in "because the time is near" - of the same nature as "soon" above.

References to scripture:

There's no direct allusion to a particular Old Testament passage. A visitation by an angel alludes to a considerable number of events in both the Old and the New Testament in terms of the imparting of prophetic information. Some knowledge of angelic visitation will assist us in understanding something about what the process is and will confirm the validity of John's experience. As we go on we will look at some of those prior instances.

Call for unity:

Generally, Christians of all views can be inclusive without significant compromise to their individual views of this passage. Historicists who maintain 'early fulfillment' points of view - will still acknowledge that fulfillment of the prophecies in this book are in some way still occurring - on a different timeline than other views - but still occurring. Futurists who maintain 'early fulfillment' points of view - will still acknowledge that at least the letters to the seven churches have a contemporary fulfillment beginning at the time of John's writing. In either case, it is a scriptural basis to talk about "a thousand years are as a day, and a day is as a thousand years" because both the Psalms and Peter reference that concept (more on this in my comments section). This parallels one of our significant assumptions in entering this study: God is not bound by space-time. His view of history is more likely akin to a tableau of 'now' across what we perceive as a spectrum of time. We must allow that our perception of time is not that of God. So, at least for the beginning, we can agree together.

My thoughts:

I'll venture my comments on this passage in the next post.


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UN: Kofi Annan Will Be Exonerated
Filed in: Current Affairs, Politics, UN Oil For Food - Oil For Fraud, War on Terror

Fox news reports:

Kofi Annan will be exonerated in the Oil-for-Food scandal, according to the U.N. secretary-general's chief of staff.

Of course he will be - the investigation that they are talking about has been conducted by a compromised investigator.

Annan will NOT be exonerated by the truth. The truth will out. Congress must continue to ferret out the truth and the American people must continue to demand it.


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Terri's Fight: Speakout at Foxnews
Filed in: Bioethics, Current Affairs, Politics

My email today to speakout at foxnews dot com:

Those that support Michael Schiavo in seeking to kill Terri neglect to appreciate the rich relationship that the Schindler’s and their daughter have together. What’s next – Downs Syndrome kids who have no hope of recovery but have wonderful, rich relationships with one or more of their parents? Look at the videos at http://www.terrisfight.org.

How have we arrived at the place in our culture where we will convict a man on one side of the coast for killing his wife and unborn baby (who had no hope of recovery when his mom was killed – did Peterson’s defense miss a cogent argument?) yet, we will let a man on the east coast in an adulterous relationship murder his estranged wife by judicial fiat? Would anyone allow Michael to strangle Terri with his bare hands?

How is it that the ‘rule of law’ now means ‘what activist judges decide’? The removal of the Ten Commandment displays in recent years from courthouses was not symbolic - it is now in stark reality before us. “You shall not kill” is very clear and that is the ‘rule of law’ that our forefathers and our original adjudicators of justice meant when our system of government was created. The true rule of law is being trampled underfoot by imposters to justice.

We are a people governed by the consent of the governed. If the despicable, morally evil action of one branch of government is not cured immediately by another it is a sign that the people should withdraw their consent. Governor Bush, it is your constitutional duty to use force if necessary to rescue this helpless woman from the culture of death. There is no acceptable alternative.


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Terri's Fight: Ann Coulter nails it
Filed in: Bioethics, Current Affairs, Politics

What should the executive branch of government do when a court clearly makes the wrong decision? They should correct it. There's plenty of precedent for it.

Ann Coulter, conservative heavy lifter, explores the history and necessity of correcting the judicial tyranny that has reached the point of blantant murder in her column for World Net Daily today. Please read the entire article. She concludes:

Just once, we need an elected official to stand up to a clearly incorrect ruling by a court. Any incorrect ruling will do, but my vote is for a state court that has ordered a disabled woman to be starved to death at the request of her adulterous husband.

Aye! And beyond that - if no governmental power is willing to do the right thing - the people must take action themselves. We are governed by our consent. Such consent can be withdrawn. When the arbiters of justice become the evil among us they must be excised from our republic.

UPDATE: You can write directly to Governor Jeb Bush at: jeb dot bush at myflorida dot com. His direct intervention may be the only real justice left.


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March 23, 2005
Terri's Fight: Death by Dehydration Symptoms Regarded as "Cruel and Violent" in 1986 Brophy Case
Filed in: Bioethics, Current Affairs, Politics

From LifeSiteNews.com:

March 23, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In 1986, a 45-year-old Massachusetts fire fighter named Paul Brophy was starved and dehydrated to death at the request of his family. Like Terri Schiavo, he had also been diagnosed as being in a "persistent vegetative state," by his doctors after suffering an aneurysm. Patricia Brophy, his wife and court appointed guardian, seven brothers and sisters, and five adult children all argued that Mr. Brophy would not have wanted continued treatment in his condition.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court accepted the judgment of the family, despite the fact that Paul Brophy had never expressed his medical treatment preferences in writing, and never explicitly referred to artificial feeding in his conversations.

When Michael Schiavo appeared on the television show, Larry King Live, he said that dying by dehydration was 'dying with dignity.' He told King, "It's painless, and probably the most natural way to die. It is a very easy way to die, probably the second best way to die, the first being an aneurysm."

Many commentators have included the term 'death with dignity' in describing Terri's impending death. Numerous newspaper editorials and letters to the editor have included references to 'just letting her go.' The medical effects, however, of a death by dehydration might give most of these people pause. Paul Brophy's attending physician described death by dehydration as cruel and violent.

One judge in the Brophy case dissented from the decision and included in his statements a portion of the evidence given by medical experts describing the effects of dehydration.

The removal of a nutrition and hydration tube, wrote Judge Lynch of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, would likely create some or all of the following effects before death.

   The mouth would dry out and become caked or coated with thick material.
   The lips would become parched and cracked.
   The tongue would swell, and might crack.
   The eyes would recede back into their orbits and the cheeks would become hollow.
   The lining of the nose might crack and cause the nose to bleed.
   The skin would hang loose on the body and become dry and scaly.
   The urine would become highly concentrated, leading to burning of the bladder.
   The lining of the stomach would dry out and the sufferer would experience dry heaves and vomiting.
   The body temperature would become very high.
   The brain cells would dry out, causing convulsions.
   The respiratory tract would dry out, and the thick secretions that would result could plug the lungs and cause death.
   At some point within five days to three weeks the major organs, including the lungs, heart, and brain, would give out and the patient would die.

Does it matter to the culture of death that exists among us what is happening to Terri? Could they watch the moment by moment, day by day deterioration that is occurring? Would they, under any circumstances, make this method of killing their own personal choice?


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Terri's Fight: A Nation of laws?
Filed in: Bioethics, Current Affairs, Politics

'Justices' reading a state transcript instead of a law passed by Congress? 11 'Justices' refusing to even listen at the 11th hour?

This is not a nation of laws. This is a gross miscarriage of justice.

We must root out the foul stink of judicial activism. If we have to remove every sitting judge we must do it. It is time to take our country back.

One of the most fundamental laws is "You shall not kill." Terri is being killed by judicial fiat and our nation is looking on. I am ashamed to be an American.


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Terri's Fight: Appeal denied
Filed in: Bioethics, Current Affairs, Politics

If you were waiting for 'cooler heads to prevail' - it appears that is not going to be the case. The Federal Appeals Court voted 2-1 tonight to refuse to provide Terri with nutrition.

While legal wrangling creeps forward, Terri is starving to death and dying of thirst - being murdered by judicial fiat.

The fact that court after court has trampled on human rights and dignity is a sign post that major changes must occur in our judicial system. It doesn't matter how many impeachments it takes, the culture of death must be removed.


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March 22, 2005
C.S. Lewis is proud of Meghan Gurdon
Filed in: Bioethics, Current Affairs, Politics

Read this brilliant piece by Meghan Cox Gurdon at National Review.

"No thanks to Him," Screwtape snaps. "But we are winning now, I can feel it, Mildew. Think of this: In some rich societies, people are not just destroying blastocysts, not merely dismantling children in the womb, they are euthanizing newborn babies!" Screwtape pats the place where his heart would be, were he to have one. "That's one of my father's, you know. Euthanize. So clean, so modern-sounding. He got a bonus for that one. But not wormwood."

"The one I love," Mildew interjects enthusiastically, "is The Right to Die. It's so devilishly clever."

Screwtape revisited indeed.


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March 21, 2005
WA Governor's Race: Laughable 'public disclosure'
Filed in: Current Affairs, Politics, WA Governor's Race

Last week - on March 14th - the King County Council met and covered - among other things - questions about the 2004 elections process.

Ostensibly, the purpose of this meeting was to allay the public's fears about what transpired in the race for Governor.

Larryphillipskccouncilchair

Presiding at the meeting was Larry Phillips - Council Chair - yes that Larry Phillips - the partisan Democrat that got almost 600 rejected ballots manually counted at the last moment during the final phase of the final recount with King County demurely being the last of the 39 counties to certifiy their results.

Number of times the issue of Larry Phillips, partisan Democrat, forcing the Canvassing Board to vote (in a 2-1 partisan vote) to count these 'found' ballots at the last moment discussed at this meeting: 0

Number of times it was pointed out in the meeting that Larry Phillips, partisan Democrat, controls Dean Logan's budget: 0

Nothing about the insipid nature of their biased relationship prevented Larry from holding Dean Logan's hand in talking about what poor King County can and can't do to purge deceased voters from its voter rolls. Watch this clip (requires Real Networks Media Player) from the King County recording of this meeting.

Here are two partisan Democrats - patting each other on the back and pretending before the cameras that they don't really have a close relationship - saying that King County can only eliminate dead voters from its rolls if someone notifies them of the death prior to the election, if a family member notifies them, or if the state department of health notifies them. They couldn't possibly do anything proactively now could they? They would have to be authorized by law to clean up their data now wouldn't they? Poor, poor, little King County elections ... I'm sorry, it just makes me sick. If the Chairman of this council were in a court of law (well, a non-activist court of law) the objections would be immediately sustained for leading the witness.

Wouldn't you think that if the Council were concerned about any issues of partisanship that the public might perceive or that they thought it important that all questions that the public might have interest in exploring with King County election officials that Larry Phillips would recuse himself from this meeting and invite a non-partisan individual or two partisan individuals or someone or some group that was not at the center of controversy over what happened in King County to chair this meeting? Apparently not.

If you want to watch the entire three and one-half hour meeting it is here (Requires Real Media Player).

More on this meeting to follow. It is rich with blatant Democrat hypocrisy.


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