The right-wing holy war

The ever-tasteful Family Research Council uses Osama bin Laden to elucidate its position on Terri Schiavo.

By Mark Follman
Published March 22, 2005 11:39PM (EST)

Neal Boortz isn't the only right-winger staking out his position on Terri Schiavo in the context of the war on terrorism. Today, the ever-tasteful Family Research Council said that U.S. District Judge James Whittemore's ruling not to reinstate Schiavo's feeding tube "errs on the side of death," and proceeded to make its case with a helpful comparison using Osama bin Laden. (No, really.) We'll let you do the math on this one.

"Imagine terrorist Osama Bin Laden being put on trial in the United States and sentenced to die a slow, painful death. Now imagine during the appeals process a presiding judge saying, 'continue with the death sentence. If Mr. Bin Laden dies or suffers while I am thinking, then so be it.' Death penalty opponents would be rightfully outraged. Any human being, no matter how despicable, has certain rights -- especially in the U.S. court system. However these same rights are being denied to the innocent Terri Schiavo?"

Mark Follman

Mark Follman is Salon's deputy news editor. Read his other articles here.

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