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Well, I have been accused of playing on people’s emotions when a tragedy in a school has occured. So, I will offer an example where potential tragedy was thankfully averted. I maintain my position that our children are safer at home. Traditional schools are hazardous, both public _and_ private. I will keep on presenting evidence that I believe speaks volumes to defend my position. I want this to be impossible to ignore! Here is an article that speaks to this issue.

You can find it here:
http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?s=7933105

Boy suspended over gun threats

Posted: Feb 27, 2008 11:47 AM EST

Updated: Feb 27, 2008 04:08 PM EST


 9-year-old gun suspension
 School gun threat


Indianapolis – A far west side Indianapolis principal suspended a nine-year-old boy indefinitely. His classmates at Westside Christian School say he made serious threats about his parents’ guns.

The principal at Westside Christian School called police about alleged threats from one of his third graders. He explained during a 911 call what the boy’s mother found on their way to school.

“Get an officer here as soon as possible so I can make a reporting on a gun situation dealing with a student,” the principal told the dispatch operator.

“When did this occur?” the operator asked.

“Yesterday morning. His mother discovered that he had a pistol in his front pocket. It was loaded,” the principal replied.

Westside Christian School operates out of Westside Church of the Nazarene in the 8600 block of West 10th Street. The principal refused to talk to Eyewitness News, but he told the dispatcher what he learned from other students about the same nine-year-old boy.

“There was a threat made about blowing up the school. Another child made a statement about going to some city and killing a cop; trying to get a couple of other kids to run away with him, taking some guns,” he told the dispatch operator.

Despite finding the gun in her son’s pocket, the boy’s mother still dropped him off at school. Then the boy’s father became concerned.

“The father got up and found out about the information and noticed that he was missing another gun,” said Lt. Jeff Duhammell, IMPD.

The third grader lives with his parents in the North Berwick Avenue area. Once back home with their son, his parents located the other gun, which was a relief to his principal.
 
“It’s just extra hard when you are talking about a third grader,” the principal told 911. “It’s convoluted with the various things he is reported to have said.”

Those words led to the third grader’s indefinite suspension.

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Okay, I have been tagged by Ginger, over at http://www.clarkchatter.blogspot.com . So, here we go!


You Are a Colon


You are very orderly and fact driven.You aren’t concerned much with theories or dreams… only what’s true or untrue.You are brilliant and incredibly learned. Anything you know is well researched.

You like to make lists and sort through things step by step. You aren’t subject to whim or emotions.

Your friends see you as a constant source of knowledge and advice.

(But they are a little sick of you being right all of the time!)

You excel in: Leadership positions

You get along best with: The Semi-Colon

This is a fun little quiz. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and try it out for yourself! Enjoy!

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I have posted several entries regarding vaccinations, their dangers, and governmental involvement. You can find them here: http://www.thefullquiverhomeschoolhouse.wordpress.com/category/immunizations-and-vaccinations/

Below you will find an article describing legal methods to avoid unwanted vaccinations. You do have a choice! There are avenues to protect yourself and your family.

How To Legally Avoid Unwanted Immunizations Of All Kinds

As you read this work and put its principles into practice, there are two basic axioms you never want to forget. They are the rock upon which all your actions are based.

  1. Nobody, anywhere or any time and under any circumstances has the right or power in this country to immunize you or your children against your will and conviction. If they attempt to do so, you can legally charge them with “assault with a deadly weapon” and have the full resources of our laws behind you.
  2. At all times in attempting to avoid unwanted immunization, you have the Law of the Land behind you. Those who would try to vaccinate you against your will are on very shaky ground. Into every compulsory immunization law in America are written legal exceptions and waivers which are there specifically to protect you from the attempted tyranny of officialdom. It is not only your right, but your obligation to use them, if this is what your conscience tells you.

Article I
In all your contacts with any member of the school, public health, or legal establishment, always remain calm, courteous, and humbly reverent toward their position. You are only asking of them that which the law duty binds them to give you. There is no reason, or advantage, to be gained by antagonizing them.
Most of these officials believe they are discharging their trust as outlined by law. If they are overstepping the law, then you must very diplomatically bring the true facts to their attention, but without attempting to belittle them.

The more you can preserve their ego, the more easily and quickly you are likely to get what you desire – a waiver of immunization.

Rule No. 1: Do not harass, belittle, or antagonize officials unnecessarily.

Article 2
All compulsory laws concerning vaccination (including the military) contain exceptions and waivers. It is these protections placed in the laws that you may legally use to exclude yourself and your children. Surprisingly, these exceptions were placed there, not for your sake (although you may take advantage of them), but for the protection of the establishment.
How is this? Let us assume that these exceptions were not there and everyone was actually forced to be immunized. Should a child die or become mentally or physically disabled, the parent would have the perfect case to sue the doctor, the school, the health department, and even the state legislature for enormous damages.

Since they allowed no exceptions, they must accept full responsibility for all the adverse consequences of the law.

However, if exception waivers are placed in the law, the responsibility is then transferred back to the parent. If a child should be injured by immunization, the officials can say, “Well, the parent should have exempted him if they thought there was any danger.”

Therefore, there is in truth no such thing as a compulsory vaccination law in this country. They are ALL, in essence, voluntary. The problem is that practically no one in authority will let you know this fact.Rule No. 2: There are no compulsory vaccination laws. All are voluntary, and you are held responsible for the adverse results upon you or your children.

Article 3
While all immunization laws have exceptions you can use, the wording in each state differs, and you must know the exact wording for your state to make the proper request of waiver. This information can be obtained in one of two ways.

  1. Go to the reference section of your local library – look in the State Statute Revised Law Book under Public Health Law or Communicable Disease sections. The list of immunization requirements will appear first and then the exemptions will be given. Usually one or two provisions will be listed: either on religious or medical grounds or both.
  2. You may call or write your state representative and ask for a copy of the immunization laws in your state. Making this available is part of his job, and it will be sent promptly.

Rule No. 3: Know your own state law so that you can conform to its exact requirements for exemption.

Article 4
There are two basic reasons for exception – medical or religious. Which one you choose will often depend upon the wording of the law in your state and your personal convictions.
We shall discuss medical exemption first. While laws do vary, nearly all states require that a note or certificate of waiver be submitted by a physician licensed in the state of residence. In some areas where states are small and people continually travel from one to another for business, a statement from a physician in a contiguous state will be accepted.

In this letter it is usually necessary to state the reason for the requested waiver and the length of time it should extend. Many laws limit all such letters to a school year and they must be renewed each fall.

The two most valid reasons for medical waiver are “the fear of allergic reaction in a sensitive child” and “to prevent possible damage to a weakened immune system.” Both of these can occur in a child who has been immunized, and since no one but the physician and the parent will be held responsible for their consequences, it is up to them to protect the child.

It is possible that some states may require the letter from an M.D. or D.O., but many will allow an exemption letter from a chiropractor if it is courteously and properly written, as outlined above.

Rule No. 4: Medical waivers are always valid but must be written to fit each state law and often need to be renewed annually.

Article 5
The foregoing may work for school exemptions, but are there any such waivers in the Armed Forces? Yes. All branches of the Service provide “immunization waivers.”
Again, if they did not you could sue them for millions of dollars if a reaction occurred from their immunizations. Because of these waiver provisions, you become responsible if you react.

When you first sign up or enlist, you must state your objection to the vaccinations and tell whether it is “religious conscience” or medical reasons, such as allergies or a low tolerance to medication of any kind. If you do not show objection at this time, you have given the military the right to do what they will with you.

If there is any difficulty, the same rules apply here as in the school program. Never forget, even though you may be in the Service, no one has the right to immunize you against your will. You do not give up your constitutional rights when you join the Armed Forces.

Rule No. 5: The rules that govern school vaccination exemption also apply to the military. Never let anyone tell you otherwise. They do not know, or are hiding, the facts of the law.

Article 6
What about international travel? May I go around the world without vaccination?
The World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva grants American visitors the right to REFUSE shots when traveling internationally. However, if an area you wish to enter is infected, you may be detained until the public health servant gives you the “go” (at his discretion).

Thousands travel world-wide each year without shots – so you may if that is your choice. Many of our co-workers have traveled over much of the world and have never taken any immunizations, nor were they ever detained.

It would be wise to request a copy of Foreign Rules and Regulations, Part 71, Title 42, on immunization when you receive your passport. Never forget the basic rule, “No one will vaccinate you against your will because by doing so they assume full responsibility for the consequences both legal and medical.”

Rule No. 7: You may travel wherever you wish in the world without vaccination. The worst that can happen is that in very rare circumstances you may be detained temporarily.

Some Important Details
The above seven articles constitute all the basic rules. However, there are many important little “tricks of the trade” to having your legal requests honored. These will now be discussed.
While waivers and exemptions are written into all laws on immunization, most public health officials, doctors, and especially school officials are loathe to discuss their existence when questioned, and rarely, to our knowledge, volunteer such information.

A top Philadelphia school official was on the radio with the unequivocal statement, “NO SHOTS, NO SCHOOL.”

This statement is of course completely counter to state law, with which presumably he is familiar. Such unwarranted dogmatism is common in the people you will encounter. Once the end of their legitimate authority has been reached, they will use their next most powerful weapon – INTIMIDATION.

They will threaten to keep your child out of school, take him from you, or send you to jail. These are all idle threats because they can do none of these thing, if you follow our simple instructions.

The basic rules have been given to you, but there are a few important details to be considered if the officials start on this course of unlawful intimidation.

  1. You must send a letter to the school to inform the education officials of your stand. A phone call is not legal. It can be a note from your doctor, minister, or a notarized letter from you stating your sincere objections to the immunization. If you do not do this and fail to have your child immunized, it could be construed as negligence on your part and in some states there is a possibility of legal action against you.
  2. If the school should refuse to honor your letter, request that they give you a statement in writing outlining their reasons for refusal. If they won’t, their refusal is legally invalid, and your letter stands; they must enroll your child. If they do (they rarely will) they take the risk of incriminating themselves, especially if they are acting contrary (as is common) to what is specified in the law concerning your rights for exemption. Remember they are on tenuous ground, not you. They are your servants, you are not their servant. If worst comes to worst and you have a very knowledgeable official who writes you a refusal and states accurately the lawful reasons for refusal, he will also in a negative way tell you what the accepted exemptions are, and then you can go about meeting them, by one of the routes suggested in this handout.
  3. Child neglect is the one legal point you want to avoid at all costs. No legal parent or guardian can be charged with neglect unless he shows complete lack of concern or action to be more informed. Stripped of legal jargon, this simply means that if you can show that you have investigated the situation, have come to a specific decision concerning immunizations, and have informed the authorities of the same, no neglect charge can be brought. Neglect can be brought only when it can be shown that you have failed to have your children immunized, not out of respect for their medical or spiritual integrity, but only because you were too concerned with other matters.
  4. At times there may be a question of whether you have given or withdrawn legal consent. Legal consent is dependent upon being properly informed on both the advantages and the risks in any choice or decision you make. In other words, if a physician were to tell you that vaccination is perfectly safe and effective to obtain your consent, such consent would not be legal because he lied and you have not been properly informed. Conversely, it could be argued that non-consent is not legal if you are not fully informed about the risks and advantages of immunizations.
  5. What do I do if everyone refuses to give me a waiver?
  6. This would be an extremely rare circumstance. But should it happen, you are not left without resources. Here is where we pull out one of our big guns. Send notarized letters by certified mail to the vaccine laboratory which makes the shot (ask your doctor for the address), to the doctor who is to administer the shot, to your school principal, to the school board, and to your local health department.

    In these letters make it clear that since they have refused to give you a duly requested waiver, you can no longer be held responsible for what may happen to your child if they force these shots upon him. You then state that you will allow immunization if each will present you with a written signed guarantee of safety and effectiveness of the vaccine and that they will consent to assume full responsibility for any and all adverse reactions that your child may develop from the required shots. Of course none will give you such a guarantee. They cannot do so because all vaccines are considered potentially highly toxic. We have yet to hear of an instance of further harassment of parents after such letters have been sent.

    That’s about all that is needed to obtain the necessary exemptions for your children. All that has been said in this last section (1 to 5) is also applicable to the military and international travel, if required.

    Potpourri of Ammunition
    “As long as each individual who opposes vaccines has sincere objections, states them in writing, and signs his name – it is considered legal and proper action and must therefore be honored.”

    “Since many medical controversies exist surrounding immunization, drugs, and various other medications, it mandates that each individual have the right to control his own decisions and freedom of choice; anything less would be contrary to the constitutional laws that protect the citizens’ rights. ”

    “When you deal with school officials and lawyers, you are playing with legal terminology – move the wrong words around and you get hung.” The terminology used in this booklet has worked before and should work again.

    “It is important to state your objections in such a way that it complies with your state’s exemption provisions. They must then accept your request; if they do not, they are breaking their own law.” That is why it is absolutely essential that you know your own state law word for word before submitting your objection.

    “According to CDC (the federal Communicable Disease Center in Atlanta, Georgia), physicians are required to first inform their patients of the risks involved before they consent to vaccines.” If they do not do so, it is prima facie evidence of deceit or negligence on the part of the physician.

    This regulation by the federal government would also seem to assume that the patient has the right to refuse if he feels that the risks are too great. If this is so, is not the federal government on record as supporting voluntary immunization and, by obvious implication, against state-enforced compulsory immunization?

    Should you ever have to go to court, or what is more likely, to appear before a “kangaroo” court of school and health department officials, here is some class A evidence you might find useful to mention.

    • No vaccine carries any guarantee of protection from the laboratory that produced it or the doctor who administered it.
    • The U.S. military allows no-nonsense “immunizations waivers.”
    • There is NO FEDERAL LAW on immunizations. They don’t dare. Their lawyers know the consequences.
    • Your rights have been infringed upon by officials attempting to use force against your will.
    • Most state officials like a nice, stress-free job. When you send in your objections and refuse to fit their ordered world by not having your children immunized, you make waves.

      This rocks their quiet existence, and there are only two ways their life can become orderly again: either by forcing you to their will or acquiescing to yours. What you must do to obtain an early waiver is to make the latter the easiest path for them.

      At first, however, an attempt will usually be made to bend you to their will by some form of intimidation. Many uninformed parents give in to this tack, and so it is tried again and again.

      If you are adequately informed, as a reader of this publication should be, you will let the officials know in no uncertain terms that you understand your rights under the law and will not stand for any such shilly-shallying. Invariably, once they discover you are adamant and acquainted with the state law, your waiver will be rapidly forthcoming.

An Acknowledgment
The greatest part of the material on the first four pages is taken from the work of Mrs. Grace Girdwain, of Burbank, Illinois. Our staff has rearranged and edited the information, but we wish the full credit for its existence to go to this courageous woman who has for twelve years worked arduously, without compensation, to help her fellow Americans obtain their legal rights.
The following is an example of the state of Ilinois law (where I live) relating to immunizations. Illinois, like most states has no philosophical objection, but does have a religious one.

Illinois Administrative Code Title 77: Public Health
Chapter I: Department of Public Health
Subchapter i: Maternal and Child Health
Part 665 Child Health Examination Code
Subpart E: Exceptions

Section 665.510 Objection of Parent or Legal Guardian

Parent or legal guardian of a student may object to health examinations, immunizations, vision, and hearing screening tests, and dental health examinations for their children on religious grounds. If a religious objection is made, a written and signed statement from the parent or legal guardian detailing such objections must be presented to the local school authority.

General philosophical or moral reluctance to allow physical examinations, immunizations, vision and hearing screening, and dental examinations will not provide a sufficient basis for an exception to statutory requirements.

The parent or legal guardian must be informed by the local school authority of measles outbreak control exclusion procedures per IDPH rules. The Control of Communicable Diseases (77 Ill. Adm. Code 690) at the time such objection is presented.

Section 665.520 Medical Objections

a) Any medical objections to an immunization must be:

1) Made by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches indicating what the medical condition is.

2) Endorsed and signed by the physician on the certificate of child health examination and placed on file in the child’s permanent record.

b) Should the condition of the child later permit immunization, this requirement will then have to be met. Parents or legal guardians must be informed of measles outbreak control exclusion procedures when such obje

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I am a reader. I love to read in fact! So, I am going to share some of my favorite book titles with you. Many of these books have been mind-altering or life-changing for me. Of course, the Word of God is my all-time favorite, and the measuring stick by which my other choices are measured. So many in my list frequently reference  Scripture in their text and all line up with the precepts set forth Biblically.

These are books I have read: 

Home Education Category:

  • The Right Choice-Homeschooling by Chris Klicka
  • Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit by Teri Maxwell
  • A Mom Just Like You by Vickie and Jayme Farris
  • A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola

Family Life Category:

  • The Way Home by Mary Pride
  • All The Way Home by Mary Pride
  • The Plug-In Drug by Marie Winn
  • Heart and Home by Debra Evans

The Gift of Children Category:

  • A Full Quiver by Rick and Jan Hess
  • Children:Blessing or Burden by Max Heine
  • Be Fruitful and Multiply by Nancy Campbell
  • Blessed Events by Debra Evans

Parenting Category:

  • Keeping Our Children’s Hearts by Steve and Teri Maxwell
  • The Socialization Trap by Rick Boyer
  • Parenting From the Heart by Marilyn Boyer
  • For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

Adoption Category:

  • 12 Part Harmony by Pat and Jill Williams

Marriage Category:

  • Becoming Heirs Together of the Grace of Life by Jeff & Marge Barth

This is a series I am working my way through:

  • The Original Home-Schooling Series by Charlotte Mason

These are books I have ordered and am eagerly awaiting:

  • The Harsh Truth Abouth Public Schools by Bruce Shortt
  • The Heart of Anger by Lou Priolo et al
  • Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends by Sarah Mally et al

These are some of the books I hope to read in the near future:

  • Created To Be His Help-Meet by Debi Pearl
  • Passionate Housewives Desperate for God by Jennie Chancey and Stacy McDonald
  • Homeschool Heroes by Chris Klicka

I hope this list provides you with some ideas for good reading. I am always looking for more recommendations myself, so, if you have any suggestions please feel free to share them. I would love to hear about what you have enjoyed reading and what titles have blessed your life!

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Here is an article that discusses the reality of government schools and what they are doing to the children subjected to them. It makes a good case against the prevailing idea that Christian children should be left in public school to be “salt and light” to this world. God does want us to be missionaries to the lost, but our children’s “salt shakers” must be filled with truth and life in their youth so that they can minister in their adulthood.  You can find this compelling article at: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=42704

On the ‘sin’ of sending kids to public school
Author shares harsh campus realities, urges parents to pull children

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Posted: February 07, 2005
1:00 am Eastern

© 2008 WorldNetDaily.com

The man who helped push the issue of public education onto the national agenda of the Southern Baptist Convention has written a new book that blows the lid off government schools, showing parents the kind of worldview and values their children are influenced by 180 days a year.
Bruce Shortt, author of “The Harsh Truth About Public Schools,” presents myriad reasons why government institutions are failing America’s children and thumbing their noses at parents with a religious worldview.

As WorldNetDaily reported, last year Shortt helped spearhead an unsuccessful effort to have the Southern Baptist Convention pass a resolution urging its members to remove their children from public school.

In “The Harsh Truth About Public Schools,” Shortt, writing from a biblical perspective, presents rigorous research about the agenda and effect of government schooling on the nation’s young people.

Shortt especially wants to educate Christian parents, millions of whom send their kids off to public school every day.
 

“Contrary to what many Christians have been led to believe, there is no such thing as a ‘neutral’ education,” Shortt writes. “All education is religious and conveys a worldview, and there is no more important decision that we make as parents than how we educate our children.”

Continues Shortt: “Unfortunately, Christian parents allow an aggressively anti-Christian institution to form the minds of their children, and the fruit of that choice is bitter. The overwhelming majority of children from evangelical families leave the church within two years after they graduate from high school; only 9 percent of evangelical teens believe that there is any such thing as absolute moral truth; and, our children are being forcibly indoctrinated to believe that homosexual behavior is acceptable.”

While Shortt wants Christian parents who use the government schools to read the book, he also encourages homeschooling parents to read it.

“Homeschool parents must have this book to minister to their Christian friends and neighbors, pastors and skeptical relatives. Our government-school habit is sowing the wind, and unless Christians turn from this gross sin we will reap a whirlwind that is unimaginable,” Shortt says.

In the book, Shortt documents the pitfalls of public schools, saying the anti-Christian thrust of the governmental school system produces inevitable results: “moral relativism (no fixed standards), academic dumbing down, far-left programs, near absence of discipline and the persistent but pitiable rationalizations offered by government education professionals.”

Shortt also urges pastors to read the book so they might “understand why the church can no longer abdicate its historic role in the education of our children.”

Says Short: “‘The Harsh Truth About Public Schools’ makes it clear why no Christian child should be left behind in government schools. Our Christian children are perishing because parents and pastors lack knowledge. The information in this book exposes the ‘salt and light’ and the ‘our schools are different’ rationalizations for educating Christian children in pagan schools for the contemptible falsehoods they are.

“Any parent or pastor who genuinely desires to be faithful in the education of Christian children needs to find out what the public schools are actually doing, rather than relying on what they are saying they are doing or on memories of the public schools as they may have existed 10, 20 or 30 years ago.”

Shortt makes his argument by citing a school district in Texas.

“There is no public school district in the country that has more Christians in the community or in the schools than that of Plano, Texas,” he said. “In fact, the largest and most powerful church in the state of Texas, Prestonwood Baptist, is located in Plano. Yet, it took a court order to force the Plano schools to allow Christian school children to privately give classmates Christmas gifts that had a Christian message. Moreover, the school district had even prohibited schoolchildren from bringing red and green napkins to the school ‘holiday’ parties for fear the colors might remind someone of Christmas.

“The truth is that the public school policy and curriculum decisions that matter to Christians are not made locally. They are largely dictated by federal and state court decisions, federal and state legislation and regulations, and the teachers’ union and other professional associations connected with the public schools.”

But what about reforming the public schools? Isn’t that a solution?

Responds Shortt: “Public schools cannot be reformed to provide a Christian education, and the evidence is overwhelming that even conventional secular reforms to reinstate traditional academic and moral standards will continue to fail. But even if you think that we should nevertheless try to reinstate traditional academic and moral standards in the schools, taking your children out is the most effective thing you can do to help the children whose parents have left them behind in the public schools. Only the threat of a collapse of the entire public school system offers even the remotest prospect of positive change. Traditional reform efforts are a waste of time.

“Even if you believe that there is nothing wrong with institutionalizing Christian children in public schools, you need to read this book because you may be wrong. Remember, you only get one chance to educate your children. There are no do-overs.”

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Remember Terri Shiavo? It is happening again. This time it is happening to Lauren Marie Richardson, a twenty-three year old woman who suffered an anoxic brain injury after an accident on August 28, 2006. Lauren’s life is endangered by a recent court decision made by Master Sam Glasscock III, by which her feeding tube will be removed.  As a disabled citizen, she is defenseless against the court-approved, imposed act of dehydration and starvation intended to cause her death.

 Our society’s morals seem to be falling off of their shaken foundation and are rolling down a slippery slope. We murder innocent babies before they take their first breath. Now we think it is okay to murder the disabled by denying them the very basic need of food. What is next? More importantly who is next? Who will we decide has no value now?  

Here is an article written about Lauren by Terri Shiavo’s brother Bobby Schindler. You can find it here:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080218/EDITORIAL/864194763 

False compassion
By Bobby Schindler
February 18, 2008
This month the sad case of Lauren Richardson made headlines. The similarities between her situation and my sister Terri Schiavo’s are striking and deeply disturbing. Lauren suffered a profound brain injury in 2006, leaving her dependent on others for her care. Like Terri, she is not hooked up to machines, is not comatose and is unquestionably very much alive.

As in Terri’s case, a judge, based on hearsay evidence that this is Lauren’s wish, has decided to err on the side of death and starve and dehydrate this young woman until she dies. The judge is also convinced that Lauren is in the often wrongly diagnosed (and offensively named) condition known as “persistent vegetative state” (PVS). Unfortunately, some in the media have already begun their campaign to justify Lauren’s needless and heartless dehydration.For example, recently on the Fox News Channel program “Hannity & Colmes,” co-host Alan Colmes incorrectly referred to this brain-injured girl as being “brain dead” — a tactic often used by dehydration supporters in the mainstream media to dehumanize Terri throughout her ordeal.

As was the case with my sister, you will soon undoubtedly see the media drumbeat begin: “Just allow this woman to die,” in order to somehow convince the general public that it is “right” to “end this poor woman’s suffering.” (Never mind the statement’s inherent contradiction: if she is truly unconscious, she is not suffering.) However, Lauren is not dying, does not have a terminal disease and her brain injury is not killing her. Just like the estimated tens of thousands of persons in similar conditions, Lauren is only being sustained by the same thing we all need to live — food and water. And there is a loving father willing and wanting to care for his daughter.

Don’t expect the media to remind people of the growing number of persons diagnosed as being in “vegetative” conditions — people who doctors predicted would never regain consciousness — who have inexplicably awakened. A number of these patients regained awareness after being in a “PVS” or similar conditions far longer than Terri was. For example, Terry Wallis regained awareness after 19 years, Sarah Scantlin after 20 years and Patricia White Bull after 16 years.

And then you have stories like that of 36-year-old Jesse Ramirez, whose feeding tube was removed by his wife only 10 days after he suffered a severe head trauma in an automobile accident. At that time, doctors said that he would most likely end up living in a vegetativestate. Fortunately his parents questioned the doctors, found an attorney and were able to get a judge to have his feeding tube reinserted. Days later Jesse began to make noticeable improvement. Unbelievably, he recently walked out of a rehabilitation facility on his own two legs.

Haleigh Poutre’s story is disturbingly similar. After she was brutally beaten by her adoptive parents, doctors in Massachusetts gave her a “no hope for recovery” diagnosis and recommended that Haleigh’s feeding be stopped so that she would die. The Massachusetts Supreme Court actually agreed to dehydrate this helpless little girl. But just before the deed was to be done, Haleigh awakened and is now in rehabilitation.

Make no mistake: thousands of conscious and unconscious persons die by deliberate dehydration every year. We only hear of the cases in which there is family disagreement. Believe me when I tell you that death by dehydration is something that no family member should ever have to witness. It is cruel and barbaric and takes days and often weeks to play itself out, torturing not only the patient but all who love them as well.

I watched my own sister anguish through 13 days without food or water and there are no words that can properly describe this inhumanity. At the end, blood appeared in her eyes because her tissues were cracking from a loss of moisture.

Tragically, killing the cognitively disabled by taking away their food and water is about as common in our nation as it is for our politicians to abandon this issue. And for reasons I still struggle to understand, deliberately dehydrating persons with brain injuries really doesn’t seem to catch the ire of most Americans, certainly not those in the media. If you did the same thing to a dog, you would rightly join Michael Vick in jail for animal abuse.

Persons with disabilities, no matter how serious, are just that — persons.They should be treated as our most precious treasures reflecting who we should be as a nation — not as damaged goods to be discarded when they outlive their “usefulness” — which, sadly, says more about our growing moral bankruptcy than it does about their intrinsic value or human worth.

Bobby Schindler is Terri Schiavo’s brother. He now works for the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation, Center for Health Care Ethics in St. Petersburg, Fla. The foundation is dedicated to promoting the culture of life and embracing true compassion by opposing the practice of euthanasia.

We need to get the word out about this outrage against the sanctity of human life. For more information please visit:


http://lifeforlauren.org/index.html

 

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As a kind of companion to my post about the dangers of public school that you can find here: https://thefullquiverhomeschoolhouse.wordpress.com/2008/02/19/homeschooling-vs-traditional-school/, I thought I would add this insightful quote that sums things up very well in my mind.

“As Christians, we must rescue our children from public schools. They are being coerced and persecuted there. Frankly, speaking as a pastor who has observed the deterioration of public schools for many years, I would say that Christian parents who are putting their children in public schools today are endangering their children spiritually, emotionally, physically, and educationally. This debate is important because parents need to know how toxic public schools have become.”
– Pastor Wiley Drake, Southern Baptist Convention

Now that is food for thought. Toxic is certainly not a word to be taken lightly. And toxic it is. Our children need to be at home with us, where they belong. What kind of environment do you want for your children?

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