The Culture We Deserve: October 2003 Archives

Hazardous Conduct



The about to be consecrated bishop of New Hampshire (ECUSA) says he would be surprised if God were to want to stop him now. According to the AP:

"The Rev. V. Gene Robinson, bishop-elect of the Diocese of New Hampshire, said in an interview with The Associated Press that he's been praying for years about becoming a bishop. He feels strongly that God wants him to go through with his consecration on Nov. 2.

"God and I have been about this for quite a while now and I would be really surprised if God were to want me to stop now," he said."

A note of caution to those of you living in the state of New Hampshire: I wouldn't stand within, say, a 5 foot radius of the good bishop anytime in the next 3 weeks or so, just in case God changes his mind.

The Florida Governor Acts


Good news from Florida and the Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Invoking a law rushed through the Legislature earlier in the day, Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday ordered a feeding tube reinserted into a brain-damaged woman at the center of one of the nation's longest and most bitter right-to-die battles.

The bill was designed to save the life of Terri Schiavo, whose parents have fought to keep her alive. Her husband, Michael Schiavo, says she would rather die.

The Senate voted 23-15 for the legislation, and the House passed the final version 73-24 only minutes later. Bush signed it into law and issued the order just more than an hour later.

Schiavo's feeding tube was removed last Wednesday. Doctors have said the 39-year-old woman will die within a week to 10 days without food and water.

After the Senate's vote, a cheer went up among about 80 protesters outside Terri Schiavo's hospice in Pinellas Park.

"We are just ecstatic," Bob Schindler said after Bush told him he would issue the order that will keep his daughter alive. "It's restored my belief in God."

George Felos, a lawyer for Michael Schiavo, took steps to stop Bush even before the governor received the bill. He filed a request for an injunction if Bush issued an order. Pinellas Circuit Court Judge George Greer denied it on technical grounds, but said Felos could refile the request.

Homosexual Unions


Andrew Sullivan asks in today's Wall Street Journal "If homosexuality is now legal, why can't homosexuals marry?"

The answer is two-fold. First, the issue here is not the legal status of a homosexual, the question is the legal definition of marriage. As long as marriage is defined as the union between one man and one woman, homosexuals will not qualify for marriage.

Second, Sullivan is making the mistake of assuming that just because something has been determined by a court to be legal, that it can then be considered moral. A growing number of Americans are coming to agree with the Church that homosexual unions are gravely immoral and do not merit the formal recognition (and reward) by society that the state of marriage confers.

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