A thoughtful comment on my previous posting pointed out that a careful legal process has been followed regarding Terri Schiavo, with high legal standards based on clear and convincing evidence, and that we should trust and respect the process that has been followed. Very good points – and I am tempted to agree, recognizing that my concerns may be in error in this case). But this is a temptation that I have to resist at the moment due to some nagging concerns. Here is my response to that post:
Thanks for your comments. If the process has been fair and objective, in a good-faith effort based upon the weight of clear and convincing evidence, then my concerns are overblown.
I wish I had more respect for the judiciary – perhaps then I could shrug my shoulders and trust the process. But the judiciary, in my view, has become highly liberal as a result of decades of drift in academia and among the movers and shakers of this country, resulting in a modern judiciary that can claim to be upholding the Constitution while overseeing the slaughter of over a million innocent unborn infants every year in the name of a “right to privacy” that was concocted out of thin air. We have a judiciary that can find great evil in organizations like the Boy Scouts, who now have retreated from the schools rather than face the continued crushing weight of legal assaults from the ACLU, with the assistance of corrupt courts. We have a judiciary that is turning the sin of homosexuality in a protected and exalted lifestyle to the detriment of the laws and institutions the courts should be protecting. We have a judiciary that, at least in some courts and some states, is worse than just morally bankrupt. They have become activists seeking to impose their view of how the world should be.
Such trends are not without precedent. The Western, nominally Christian, modern, and well educated judiciary in Germany assisted in the execution of millions of Jews, all done in accordance with the high standards of law, wearing their lordly robes and walking in the courts of the elite.
In another advanced society, we read of a network of activist judges who became key drivers for the corruption of law and for the consignment of innocent people to death, contrary to the fundamental legal principles of their nation. In fact, we read that the efforts of such judges was laying a “foundation of destruction” for their people (Alma 10:27), that some of them went out of their way in an attempt to starve two innocent men to death (Alma 14 – but they were delivered by the power of God), and that similar judges later acted secretly – in conspiracy – to cause the executions of prophets and other righteous people (3 Nephi 6:25-30). They were part of trends and movements, whether they all understood it or not, that would lead to a loss of liberty and gross expansion of central power in the hands of evil people and to the loss of freedom and even destruction of that people. These ancient events were selected and described to aid us prophetically in our day, and we are told when we see such things among us, we are told to “awake to a sense of [our] awful situation” (Ether 8:24).
I’m starting to awake….
I wish I could sit back and say that we can trust our courts, that all will be well, that they surely are doing the right thing for Terri. I admit, the facts of this case are puzzling and it is possible that the judges and lawyers involved really are doing what’s right and wise – but in some courts, with some judges, it’s clear that we’re heading into a classic Book of Mormon scenario – and trouble is brewing.
Whether Terri’s case has been fairly adjudicated or not, the anti-life, anti-freedom tendencies of our courts need to be watched and resisted, in my opinion. It’s a time to awake.