March 27, 2005

The Schiavo Rift


We received quite a bit of critical feedback regarding our Grand Old Pragmatists cartoon. A few were emotional condemnations that wrongly accused us of advocating everything from "states' rights" to "murder." But the large majority of the criticism was civil and often complimentary of our past work. Though I cannot individually answer all those (or future) e-mails on the Terri Schiavo case, I'm grateful to those who took the time to write polite disagreements. I will point out that religious beliefs seem to be the primary motive for most of those advocating government intervention in the Schiavo case. And in the past we've been critical of injecting religion into politics (see here, here, here, here, and here). We don't expect everyone, even our regular readers, to agree with us on every issue. We're in the criticism business, so we're not surprised to get some in return, particularly on such an controversial issue.

But apparently the criticism we received was nothing compared to that received by other bloggers who took similar positions, such as being called a "Nazi." As evidence of the rift exposed by the Schiavo case, here are a few posts (much overlap):

Donald Sensing (The Schiavo great divide, Pastoring families of the hopelessly ill)
Glenn Reynolds (Acting Like The Left, Con'd)
Charles Johnson (Today's Schiavo Thread, A Little Less Certainty)
Michele Catalano (Grandma)

UPDATE I -- March 28: This cartoon will appear in tommorrow's (Tuesday's) The Detroit News.

UPDATE II: Robert Tracinski at TIA Daily examined the critical e-mail he's received and concluded that skepticism, promulgated for years by the secular left, has been exploited to promote medical and legal uncertainty in the Schiavo case: Skepticism, Mysticism, and Living Death.

UPDATE III -- March 31: CNN reports: Terri Schiavo has died

Posted by Forkum at March 27, 2005 04:36 PM