Against the grain
: Conservative radio talk-show host Neal Boortz breaks from the pack on Terri Schiavo with a religious argument that we have rarely heard:
Where do your concerns truly lie, with the eternal soul of Terri Schiavo, or with her earthly body?…
Is it possible that the soul of Terri Schiavo has been floating ñ held in some prolonged and excruciating limbo ñ waiting for doctors to stop interfering with the process of her death? I believe that this is so, and that is why I have supported her husbandís desires to have her feeding tube removed. Terri Schiavo isnít being murdered. Sheís being allowed to die. Death will not be an end for Terri Schiavo, it will be a beginning. She will finally be allowed to claim the reward that ultimately we all seek, a reward sheís earned and deserves.
: LATER: Nuclear Dann corrects me and says he is a libertarian and not a conservative and is, indeed, staying with the grain of libertarians who say that government imposition of medical treatment violates individual rights. Boortz, though, put himself in the club of nonliberal talk-show hosts and is certainly against the grain among them. I quoted it less for the political graininess than for the religious view we’ve seen infrequently.