Saturday, March 26, 2005

Taliban rising

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity...

- William Butler Yeats in “The Second Coming,” 1921

“...a majority of American colonists didn’t believe in witches during the Salem trials either - any more than the Taliban reflected the views of a majority of Afghans.” (1)

The courts have directly ordered all Florida police to not allow anyone into Schiavo’s hospice, not even Jeb (or presumably, George) for the purpose of feeding tube reinsertion or related intent, and we now have (Reagan’s former Cabinet secretary) William Bennett weighing in with the opinion that Jeb has a DUTY to do exactly that, based upon his interpretation of the Florida Constitution and his having sworn to uphold it. (2)

When two branches of government are at odds - and actually, it’s now two against one, with the state and federal courts on one side and the governor and legislature (and President and Congress) opposing those courts - whose orders do the police have to follow? With these larger issues at stake, things could readily spin out of control.

History has repeatedly shown that seemingly small, local events can easily morph into widespread and agonizing chaos, and more and more, that seems to be exactly the intent of the “End Times” crowd. They are not interested in the rule of law, or the separation of powers, or the Constitution, or a right to privacy, or even, truth be told, Terri Schiavo’s life or death. Their only interest is in forcing their narrow view of their theology upon the rest of us, and in this, they might as well call themselves the “New Taliban for Jesus,” as they roll out their shariah for the rest of us to obey, and as they gather up their stones.

(1) “The God racket, from DeMille to DeLay,” by Frank Rich. New York Times, March 27, 2005.

(2) “The right to life - protecting one woman,” by William J. Bennett & Brian T. Kennedy. National Review Online, March 24, 2005.


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