HOLY TUBE? by
Cliff McKenzie, Editor
ZERO PLUS 1296 DAY--New York, NY, Thursday, March
of the best writing is the shortest. Some things can be said
with the meagerest of words.
So, this piece will be
Hopefully, it will provoke
rich, stirring thought.
Here it is.
feeding tube has been pulled to the frustration and horror
of her family and supporters
Terry Schiavo is a young
woman who has been on a feeding tube for more than a decade.
Her parents claim she is aware. Her husband and legal guardian
claim she is in a vegetative state. Doctors on both sides argue
the state of her being--one side claiming she is as good as
dead, the other, she is alive and well trapped inside her body.
Moralists battle over
the "right to die." Because she had no living will,
the decision about pulling out her feeding tube and letting
her "die with dignity" rests with her husband. Her
parents have argued against such a decision for years.
Finally, the feeding
tube has been pulled. Terry Schiavo is inching her way toward
a death by starvation.
On another continent,
another human being is being fed by a tube.
Pope John Paul II is
reported to be consuming food through a tube stuck into his
stomach through his nose.
At 84 and ailing fast,
the Pope may become the next Terry Schiavo.
The question of Vigilance
today is: "Is there a difference between a Holy Feeding
Tube and a normal one?"
In other words, is there
any moral difference between keeping the Pope alive when his
life on earth seems to have been deemed terminal by Nature and
that of keeping of Terry Schiavo alive?
On the other hand, should
the Pope's Holy Tube be pulled, as was Terry Schiavos?
I consider it ironic
that both the Pope and Terry Schiavo end up on the same front
page of moral decisions in this 21st Century period of moral
and secular clashes.
Something is afoot.
In the Holy City of Jerusalem,
three of the world's oldest and often bitterly opposed religions
have come together to speak out in protest against a planned
Gay Festival to be held in Jersusalem in August.
Major clerics from Christianity,
Judaism and Islam are lobbying against the WorldPride festival
being held in the Holy City, including parades down the street.
religions are making a show of unity to stop the WorldPride
festival in Jerusalem, the Holy City
American Rabbi Yehuda
Levin of the Rabbinical Alliance of America says the festival
is the "spiritual rape of the Holy City." He added:
"This is not homo land, this is the Holy Land."
In many ways, the 21st
Century is a time when the "moral tubes" are being
shoved down people's throats as well as being ripped out of
What is right? What isn't?
Is there a Holy Tube?
Is there one on any moral
Or, do we ultimately
need to let Nature take her course and step out of her way?
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