There have been a lot of people holding vigil outside of the hospice where Terri Schiavo resided throughout the past few weeks. When word finally came this morning that she had passed away many of them were understandably upset. They had all put a lot of passion and emotion behind their vigil as well as more than a little wishful thinking, but a select few of them demonstrated a worrying lack of sanity about it.
Upon hearing the news, Patrick Bautch, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, disgustedly tossed away a sign that said “President Bush, Please Help Terri.”
“He could have done something,” Bautch said. “He was supposed to be for life and he neglected his role. … The value of human life has just gone down the drain.”
OK, nothing too horrible with that comment other than it implies that Mr. Bautch believes the President has the power to do whatever the hell he wants regardless of what the law says or the courts have decided or the people involved want.
A few feet away, a small group burst into hymns, singing the traditional song, “How Great Thou Art,” as Richard Jacobson, of Corning, New York, accompanied them on a tarnished trumpet.
Jacobson, who has been playing religious and patriotic music outside the hospice for the past three days, said he didn’t really believe that Terri was dead.
“I’m not believing the report of man,” the bearded man said. “God will raise her from the dead, and all the world will see it.”
Now this guy has lost touch with reality and has apparently confused Terri with Jesus Christ. As far as I’m aware, JC has been the only person to do the ‘lookit me I’m not really dead” routine so far in history, if you believe in that Bible thing at least, so why God would suddenly decide to have Terri provide an encore performance of that trick is beyond me. It also leads me to wonder if he thinks God would bring her back to life fully restored or just to the state she was in prior to death. Wouldn’t that be kinda cruel if God were to bring her back to life, but leave her in a persistent vegetative state?
After the announcement, Mike Stafford, of Hollywood, Florida, stood before police, who had arrested more than 50 people trying to bring water to Schiavo, gave the Nazi salute and shouted “Heil Hitler.”
“It’s really sick what we’ve seen here,” Stafford said.
This guy isn’t so much of a crazy as he is an asshole. He removes all guilt I sometimes feel about referring to the overly fundamentalist Christians in this country as the American Taliban. These people need to get a friggin’ hobby and stop sticking their damned noses in where it doesn’t belong.