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Michael A. Peroutka
Mar. 31, 2005

Dear Friends of the Constitutional Republic,

Terri Schiavo is dead. Her murder has now actually occurred. I hope she died as a Christian because, if she did, God's Word promises that she is now with the Lord and can look forward to a new body "fashioned like unto His glorious body" (Philippians 3:21).

The innocent blood of Terri Schiavo is on the hands of many people who had it within their power to stop her murder. Her innocent blood is on the hands of, among others, President Bush, Governor Bush, her ex-husband, Judge George W. Greer. The innocent blood of this murdered, handicapped woman is also on the hands of those individuals who have a public pulpit, failed to call what was being done to her murder, and who attacked those who were trying to stop her murder.

In this latter category is columnist Cal Thomas, a man who claims to be a Christian but is totally clueless about the murder of Terri Schiavo and what his professed faith requires of him.

For openers, in a recent column about Terri Schiavo (3/30/05), Thomas not once used the word "murder" which is the word that accurately describes what was done to her. This, right away, shows he is without understanding as to what was actually occurring --- in broad daylight, in cold blood --- before our very eyes.

In this column, Thomas criticizes those Christians who, in his words, have "called for defiance of authority, suggesting Florida officials disobey court orders, 'rescue' Terri from her hospice bed and reinsert her feeding tube." He castigates "certain people" because they "seem to be arguing that only those laws and judicial rulings with which they agree are to be obeyed. That invites anarchy." He adds: "Some of those calling for the law to be disobeyed were ordained clergy, which is especially troubling."

But, there is, according to God's Word, no legitimate "authority" to order anybody to be MURDERED! In fact, God says, in the 10 Commandments, that nobody should MURDER anybody! Thus, any court order that orders anyone to be MURDERED is illegitimate and MUST be resisted by ALL Christians.

And it is not at all "especially troubling" that some Christian clergy were calling for disobedience to un-Godly, anti-Christian court rulings that order murder. This is what Christian clergy SHOULD, indeed MUST, be doing. What is "especially troubling" is that a supposedly Christian columnist like Thomas is criticizing such truly Godly men.

Thomas writes: "Should Gov. Jeb Bush have defied the courts and ordered that Schiavo be 'rescued'? Perhaps he had such authority; perhaps not. But that does not give people, especially Christians, the right to rebel against judicial authority. Only when they are ordered to stop preaching the Gospel are they permitted to disobey. They can, and should, work within the system to change judges and the way laws are interpreted."

Wrong! No Christian is required to "work within" ANY corrupt, un-Godly, anti-Christian system. Not at all.

And why does Thomas seem to be mocking the idea of "rescuing" Terri Schiavo from being murdered? The New International Version translation of Proverbs 24:11-12, referring to those who are innocent, reads: "Rescue those being led away to death ... If you say, 'But we knew nothing about this,' does not He Who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He Who guards your life know it? Will He not repay each person according to what he has done?" Explaining this passage from God's Word, the great Puritan Bible commentator Matthew Henry says that it requires "a great duty" from us, "that is to appear for the relief of oppressed innocency," that we ought "to bestir ourselves all we can to save them ... If any [innocent person] be set upon by force or violence, and it be in our power to rescue them, we ought to do it."

Also, Proverbs 3:27, God commands all of us: "Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it." Amen! And in Terri Schiavo's case it would certainly, without a doubt, be doing something "good" to prevent her MURDER!

True, we should disobey when Caesar commands Christians to stop preaching the Gospel. But, God's command to obey Him rather than men is a much broader command dealing with much more than Gospel-preaching. It is a command to disobey Caesar when Caesar commands ANYTHING that is against God's Word --- like MURDERING an innocent human being!

Thomas says that especially Christians do not have "the right to rebel against judicial authority." But, one more time, Christians most certainly do have such a right IF THE JUDICIAL AUTHORITY IS ORDERING THE MURDER OF AN INNOCENT HUMAN BEING, WHICH TERRI SCHIAVO WAS!

Cal Thomas, in this column, gives lip-service to the pro-life argument of those speaking out to save Terri Schiavo from being murdered. He says he shares their concern. But, regardless of what he says, he does NOT share their concerns. Thomas' wrong-headed, un-Godly, anti-Christian, Biblically-illiterate column reveals that he bows the knee to the courts treating them as if THEY are God, which they are not.

A footnote: Thomas also criticized former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy S. Moore for not obeying un-Godly, illegal court orders.

For God, Family, & the Republic,
Michael A. Peroutka

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