NUMBER 119 - MAY 4, 2020
The heart wrenching saga of Terri Schavio, which should have been a private family affair, spilled into the public arena as a struggle between faith and medicine, and between a family that loved their daughter and had a hatred of their son-in-law for his failure to meet their expectations of what they believed his devotion to their daughter should have been.
In the last days of her life, hundreds of people, most complete strangers to each other and to the family of Terri Schavio came and gathered in front of a hospice in Pinellas Park, brought there by their faith, a need to grieve publicly for someone they never knew, or to take part in the media circus created by the intervention in her case of both President George and brother, Governor Jeb Bush.
It was for all intents and purposes a staged and manipulated event choreographed by a handful of people people with political agendas, led by Randall Terry and Reverend Patrick Mahoney, and spurred on by a secret memo written by an aide to Florida Senator
Randall first surfaced in the political arena as the founder of the anti-abortion group, Operation Rescue, and Mahoney, in 2008 founded the Christian Defense Coalition.
It was at times painful to watch people acting out their personal psychodramas for the TV cameras, and at other times it was revealing of how a blatantly political narrative was woven into the vigil that mirrored the written by Brian Darling, the legal counsel to Florida Senator Mel Martinez, that described the struggle over Schavio to be a "great political issue," that would appeal to the Republican base.
It was, and continues to be an event that both galvanized much of the country over the issue of the right to die, and in light of the comments now being made about allowing older American to be "sacrificed" for the betterment of the country's economy, it offers a look back at how some evangelical christians chose to take a stand against what they believed to be a forced death caused by the unwarranted intervention of government.
I doubt that we'll be seeing protests like this break out if news of older Americans dying in greater numbers becomes a reality because given the mood and instigation of those coming onto the streets to protest today to protest would be on the side of letting Grandma die so they can go to the mall.
Here is what it looked like outside the hospice where Terri Schavio died in 2005.
RANDALL TERRY AND REVEREND PATRICK MAHONEY - THE ORGANIZERS/SPOKESMEN
THE SCHINDLER FAMILY
SEAN HANNITY & FOX NEWS
THE ONLY BLACK PERSON WHO SHOWED UP TO PROTEST, GOT ARRESTED
NO PROTEST INVOLVING "RIGHT TO LIFE" PROTESTERS CAN OCCUR WITHOUT TRUCKS FESTONED WITH SCRIPTURE AND CONFEDERATE FLAGS
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