Discussing Terri Schiavo and the benefit of a living will:
WorldNetDaily: Clinton: Americans ‘reluctant to get to heaven’
“It’s interesting to me that we always proclaim – especially certain numbers of us – that we’re the most religious big country in the world,” said Clinton. “It may be true, but we also seem to be the most reluctant to get to heaven. Look, I only halfway mean that in the sense that I think that everyone has a moral obligation to live as long and as well as he or she can,” Clinton continued. “But I do think the living will will help to deal with the health-care crisis.”
On the topic of living wills and euthanasia, I think The Anchoress said it best last March:
The Anchoress » Jeff Jacoby, Terri, my living will, and a terrible eclipse
“my wishes are changed, and that is due to both Terri and my brother, S. Before S, I would have said, “just let me go – no life support of any kind – ” Now, I am not so certain. Now, I think…why deprive my family of the opportunity to love? Why deprive myself of the chance to be loved and to love them back? I am too grateful for those extra weeks with S, that no one, not the doctors, not the nurses, not the chaplains believed we would have. Those weeks were so precious, and I learned so much – so very much – about love, and about how as long as love exists, as long as someone is being loved and trying to love back, no matter how feebly…you are in the midst of a Holy Mystery.
If God is love, and that love is alive – in life, no matter how compromised…then it seems to reason that if life is destroyed, or ended too soon, then it is a kind of eclipse of love, an eclipse of God. I look at Terri Schiavo and I see S. I see Christ. I see the brain-injured people I used to work with, and I see Christ. I see something “there.” If I am wrong, I am wrong. But I might be right.”
Bill Clinton calls himself a Baptist. Many evangelicals do not consider Catholics “Christians.” Just goes to show you how useless it is to try to classify groups of people as saved or unsaved, because you can’t possibly know that based on a label.