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Friday, March 18, 2005

Terry Schiavo and the Morality Police

Dornan's battle of the neurotransmitters continues

Uber blowhard and former House member Bob Dornan was on MSNBC this morning railing about the Terry Schiavo case, and saying that "the Islamic world" has denounced the removal of her feeding tube today, along with spouting a lot of off-topic nonsense about Oregon doctors murdering fetuses I really didn't follow but sounded like a strong indicator that he needed to have his meds adjusted.

There is a peculiar respect being paid these days to exactly what the Islamic world thinks is "right," most notably yesterday when Law Professor Eugene Volokh cheered the long, drawn-out public torture and execution of a convicted child molester in Iran that included the participation of the victim's family. When exactly did the Islamic go from "axis of evil" to arbiter of moral probity?

Now Dennis Hastert, Tom Delay and Bill Frist have joined the fray, and have said they will call Terry herself as a witness before the Senate Health, Education and Labor Committee at its March 28 hearing. While we're on the topic of moral gasbags, I liked the reference of The Green Knight who points us to a definition in John Ralston Saul's book, The Doubter's Companion: A Dictionary of Aggressive Common Sense:
MORAL CRUSADE: Public activity undertaken by middle-aged men who are cheating on their wives or diddling little boys. Moral crusades are particuarly popular among those seeking power for their own personal pleasure, politicians who can't think of anything useful to do with their mandates and religious professionals suffering from a personal inability to communicate with their god. In military terms, a diversionary tactic.
And before anyone accuses me of partisanship, I think that the otherwise superb Henry Waxman's participation in the Congressional hearings yesterday regarding steroid use in Major League Baseball also falls under the category of useless political grandstanding.