Letter to the Editor
The Terri Schiavo controversy is an example of form vs. substance when it comes to politics and religion. The battle creates the illusion that it is about saving the life of someone who is actually already dead. It gives religious people the illusion that they are in a battle for some great cause, and the illusion is the cornerstone of faith based thinking.
In reality this is about letting a dead woman die and respecting her choice to not endure a living death. It’s about whether an individual gets to choose their own fate or have to endure politicians using the law for personal political opportunity. If people of faith and politicians wanted to pass “pro life” legislation they wouldn’t be meeting at midnight to interfere with the death of a single individual. Instead they would be increasing Medicare and Medicaid so that the lives of thousands poor people and old people can be saved. The difference between form and substance is – do you want to really do something to better humanity or do you want to just pretend you’re doing something to better humanity?
I’m surprized they didn’t attach another tax cut for the rich to this legislation. They might have – but we’d never hear about it for the parrot press.