By now you must no doubt be aware of the media circus surrounding poor Terry Schiavo. (But then since when has The Guardian needed such a lame excuse to get stuck into Dubya?)
And a very interesting take on it from Get Your War On.
Glassy-eyed, no cognitive ability, persistent vegetative state. Poor Terry Schiavo — the unwitting personification of the Christian right. Except she’s not a disgusting hypocrite.
But . . . If it’s hypocritical of Bush to want to save the lives of people in comas and foetuses but not Texan criminals or Iraqi civilians, is it equally hypocritical of other people to want to kill people in comas and foetuses but not criminals or Iraqis? At least the Nazis were consistent: they wanted to kill people in comas, foetuses, criminals and foreigners. And Jews and gays. And pretty much everyone else.
Nihilists! Fuck me. I mean, say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it’s an ethos.
— Walter, The Big Lebowski
I mean, if you honestly believed in the sanctity of life you’d be anti-abortion, anti-euthanasia, anti-war and anti-capital punishment. Otherwise you’re just choosing a convenient set of people you deem it acceptable for society to kill.