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by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.,
read at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles,
Saturday Evening, June 18, 2005

"Thou shalt not kill" (Exodus 20:13).

Terri Schiavo was deliberately killed by denying her a drink of water. She died of thirst according to Dr. Jon R. Thogmartin, the chief medical examiner, "who announced the results of the autopsy at a news conference in Largo, Florida" last Wednesday (Los Angeles Times, June 16, 2005, p. A1). Dr. Thogmartin said that Terri "Schiavo died of dehydration" (ibid.). That means she died of thirst. She was killed by denying her a drink of water. It should be remembered that several people were actually arrested for trying to take her water. And it should be remembered that she could actually have swallowed the water if the court had allowed those brave people to give her a drink. The feeding tube was only used for convenience, because Terri was fully able to swallow liquids and soft foods. That is a well-known fact, and it is proved by those people being arrested for trying to bring her a bottle of cold water to drink. They weren't trying to hook the bottle up to a tube. They were trying to take water to put in her mouth, which the court knew perfectly well she could swallow.

She died of thirst, according to the autopsy, because the court ruled that she was not fit to receive a cup of cold water. That is the hideous truth that the liberal news media is trying to cover up by "spinning" the report of the autopsy. But this news "spin" will not confuse thinking people. Terri died of thirst. The autopsy report made that clear. Even the Los Angeles Times had to admit it when they said, "Schiavo died of dehydration" (ibid.). They killed her by stopping those who wanted to give her a drink of cold water. She died of thirst, deliberately killed in a ghastly violation of the sixth commandment, "Thou shalt not kill" (Exodus 20:13).

Now the L.A. Times tried to "spin" that horrible truth to confuse people. So did others in the liberal media. The headline of the Times article said, "Schiavo Was Beyond Saving, Autopsy Finds" (ibid.). Your built-in lie detector should immediately go "on" when you read a headline like that. "Schiavo Was Beyond Saving…" Beyond saving from what? She certainly was not beyond saving from death! If she was "beyond saving" from death, why did they prevent her from being given a drink of water? If she was "beyond saving" from death, why did the court stop those people from giving her a drink of water? When you "unspin" the liberal news "spin" it is easy to see that the Times headline was nothing but a twisted lie. It said, "Schiavo Was Beyond Saving." But she was not "beyond saving" from dying of thirst - and they know it! That's why they had to admit that "Schiavo died of dehydration" (ibid.). They were forced to admit that she was killed, that she died of thirst, because the liberal courts refused to let her have a drink of water.

It doesn't matter that she was "irreversibly brain damaged" (ibid.). That had nothing to do with whether or not she should have had a cup of water put into her parched and thirsty mouth. These liberals in the courts and in the media think it's O.K. to let someone die of thirst if they are weak and cannot defend themselves. But they are wrong. And President Reagan was right when he said that a civilized society must "protect its weakest members." If we can't protect someone as weak as Terri, how can we be called civilized?

And in what sense can we even be called a democracy if cases like Terri's are taken out of the hands of the voting public and put in the hands of a "politburo" of leftist judges? I say these judges do not represent the American people as a whole. We did not vote for them. They were put into office by a cruel group of left-wing politicians. And they need to be replaced by decent judges who will protect weak people like Terri from being murdered.

What right does some judge have to say who is fit to live and who must be killed? It is time for the Republicans to give us better judges. And they need to act quickly, before the leftist courts decide that more of us - maybe the Jews, or the Baptists, or some other minority group - are denied the right to have a drink of water - as happened in Auschwitz under Hitler.

And so I say, to President Bush and the majority in both houses of Congress - "Give us better judges and do it now!" If the liberals filibuster, so what? Those who wanted to keep Black people from having civil rights filibustered in the 1950s. Their racist filibusters are now forgotten. They were overridden by decent men in those days. And the liberals who want to filibuster to stop the appointment of good judges should be overridden in our day. Let the fuzzy-headed leftists filibuster until their throats are sore. And when they can't talk any more, vote them down, and give us judges who will protect all Americans, no matter how weak, from the death-wish of those who support the American Holocaust.

"Thou shalt not kill" (Exodus 20:13).

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