Thursday, March 24, 2005

Hysteria + Hypocrisy = Righteous Wrong-Headedness

One last ( I promise) comment on my favorite hypocrisy inherent in all the hoopla surrounding Ms. Schiavo's sad case - that of the "Right to Life" credo that all life is sacred. There is something appealing about the simplicity of the argument, but the argument falls apart when, as so often happens, it is not applied with equal fervor or interest to preserving the lives of everyone. Why should the life of a zygote be more important than the woman carrying the fertilized egg? Why aren't anti-abortion proponents fighting just as hard to reverse laws that allow for criminals to be put to death? Why has the religious right remained supportive of a Bush administration that is responsible for the deaths of thousands of humans in Iraq when it is well-documented that our reasons for going to war were trumped-up falsehoods? Why do leaders like Senator Bill Frist find it necessary to defend their support of Ms. Schiavo's parents based on what he believes is the quality of their daughter's current existence? If one applies the test of conviction that "all life is sacred," then surely the question of whether or not Ms. Schiavo has the functional ability to understand her situation, experience pain or ulitmately recover from her current medical state is completely moot. Life is life. A true believer needn't parse the particulars. But of course, silly me, that isn't at all what any of these "right to life" conniptions are really about, are they?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, I hope you don't mind strangers commenting.

I found your blog via Knitty, and having giggled through your description of how the Norwegian evil granny network of keeping knitting patterns and techniques from the uninitiated works ... aka patterns that never ever tell you HOW (mumble mumble), I had to see what else you wrote about.

And this was very nice. Looking at how Americans seem to work, from Norway, is quite scary and bewildering, as I'm sure you found out spending time here, and it's somehow comforting to find a voice like this, and remind oneself that there are lots and lots of sensible and non-frightening Americans, it's just that they usually don't make "Dagsrevyen" on TV... So thank you!

And concerning the knitting patterns -- they don't make sense for Norwegians either, just for the iron grannies. Recipes for cooking are just the same, I have old, inherited recipes with just the name of the dish, and a list of ingredients. No measurements, no instructions, nothing. Ah well, it usually works out. : )

Best wishes,
Norwegian Knitter

4/08/2005 03:01:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Gal said...

I think for their sins against Ms. Schiavo, Senator Bill Frist, our fearless leader and his brother, and the entire staff of Fox News will spend eternity as bedpan volunteers in a Miami Beach hospice.

That's just the kind of gal God is.

4/12/2005 12:59:00 PM  

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