Saturday, March 05, 2005

Right to Cry

These two headlines appeared right next to each other on the Fox News website this morning:

Right-to-Die: Who Decides?A majority of Americans agree with a Florida judge's ruling that Terri Schiavo's feeding tube can be removed

Ailing PontiffHalf of Americans say they have said a prayer for the pope’s health

A new poll is stating that 59% of Americans agree that Terri Schiavo's feeding tube should be pulled. Directly under that link is a story saying that 51% of Americans have prayed a prayer for the ailing pope.

There is a chance that with prayer that Terrri Schiavo could be healed or at some point show improvement. (I'm thinking here of the woman who snapped out of a coma after 20 years). There is zero chance, however, even with prayer, that the 84-year old ailing Pope will cheat death. It seems that logically and statistically, the one with a greater hope for survival and health is Terri. And yet, America isn't praying for Terri, they are online taking Fox News Polls in favor of the Florida Supreme Court's decision to pull her plug.

I also think it is interesting that this poll was posted today -- a mere week after the movie Million Dollar Baby raked in a handful of Oscars. I'd like to think that life is imitating art in these recent stats, but a quick (and very depressing) Google search has shown me that in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Euthanasia is favored anywhere from 59-86%.

This, however, should not shape facts or determine Truth. Scripture says, "There is a way that seems right to a man but in the end, it leads to death." I think also of Noah. There were only eight people in the ark, but clearly, they had the right idea.

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