For if you do, I will punch you straight away in the face. Yes, it will probably get me arrested. Yes, it will open me up to a law suit. Yes, I will still do it, for nothing has made me as angry as this situation that you have forced upon all of us by your selfish decision to rid yourself of your wife, not through divorce, which would have placed her in the loving care of her family, but through murder.
Yes, murder. You are the agent of her unnatural death, and despite your fetid assurances, a most horrible and excruciating death it is.
Yes, it is unnatural because starvation and water deprevation have to be inflicted on someone. You are worthy of so much more than a punch in the face, but vengeance is the Lord’s and you will have to live for the rest of your life within the shadow of God’s judgment. What goes around, comes around Micheal.
Yes, forgiveness is available, but forgiveness requires repentence and for public sin, public repentence. I will not hold my breath. Yes, I will forgive you, but only after I have punched your face. You see I consider that a minimal act to do to a murderer, the essence of restraint.
So Michael, please never ever cross my path. As they say, forewarned is forearmed.
Update 3/29/05: I guess my real question to Michael after the tube (extraordinary measure) was removed, you did not allow efforts to give Terri food and water by mouth. While it may be argued that taking out the feeding tube is not immoral or illegal (though I disagree with the immoral part), denying her any food and water by normal means is both immoral and illegal, at least as I understand it. To me this is no different than when the ventilator is removed and the person breathes on their own, we don’t smother them. Denying food through normal means is the same as smothering them.
There has been testimony that she can swallow (jello and other things) so why hasn’t this been court mandated? If she can only tolerate very small amounts, she would eventually die due to severe malnutrition, but naturally and and withou prejudice, removing all the acrimony.
This decision to not to attempt to feed her at all boggles the mind and to me proves that this is murder, plain and simple. You might as well take a pillow and smother her.
Update 4/8/05: As time passes, even my restrained anger at Michael Shiavo is lessened, instead being replaced by a stronger concern for his soul and his place in this whole spectacle. Since so many people still come to this posting, I needed to add this update. I believe that God has used this tragedy to create a national debate and no matter which position you take in the myriad of possible approaches that could have been taken, at least the concerns are out in the open. We should all remember that Terri is not the first person this has happened to, nor has she been the last, but she is the one God used to bring the issue out into the open.