by Nancy Goldstein, for RawStoryQ
Man, what a party the theo-cons threw in Florida last week with the blessings of their elected officials.
Those fun-loving theocracy conservatives — also known as the GOP’s base — took turns chilling outside of Terri Schiavo’s hospice with signs that read “Death House” and a seven-foot tall cross, complete with a bleeding Jesus. They staged photo ops with former Green Berets and fourteen-year-olds being arrested for trying to bring Terri bread and water. And who can forget that wacky radio talk show host whose determination that Michael Schiavo fit the profile of a wife abuser was based entirely on information provided by Terri’s parents?
Incendiary rhetoric wasn’t contained to the fringes. House majority leader Tom DeLay warmed up the crowd with his declaration that “murder is being committed against a defenseless American citizen in Florida.” And that’s just what he said in public. In private, while speaking to the rabidly theo-con Family Research Council in remarks secretly taped and later released to the press by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, DeLay warned his audience of “a huge nationwide concerted effort to destroy everything we believe in,” urged them to “participate in fighting back,” and claimed that staying out of politics is “not what Christ asked us to do.”
The article is a good summation of Terri's Death Watch Circus and where the show is likely to go next. Read on, and hold on to your hats - the show's just getting started.