Saturday, March 26, 2005

Schiavo and the American Taliban

AP reports:

A North Carolina man was charged by the FBI on Friday with offering a $250,000 bounty for the murder of Michael Schiavo, the husband of a brain-damaged Florida woman dying in a hospice after years of legal wrangling with her parents.

Richard Alan Meywes was arrested without incident at his home in Fairview, the FBI said. Tim Stutheit, an FBI spokesman in Charlotte, declined to give Meywes' age.

Meywes was charged in Tampa, Fla., with murder for hire and with the transmission of interstate threatening communications.
Meywes is accused of sending an e-mail putting a $250,000 bounty "on the head of Michael Schiavo" and another $50,000 to eliminate a judge who denied a request to intervene in the Schiavo case, the FBI said in a prepared statement. The FBI did not identify the judge.

"It is my understanding that whoever eliminates Michael Schiavo from the plant while inflicting as much pain and suffering that he can bear stands to be paid this reward in cash," the e-mail said, according to a text of the message contained in an affidavit prepared by Tampa FBI agent A.J. Gilman.

Here, in all its glory on this Easter weekend, is the Culture of Life, Fatwa Division.

For the benefit of any wingnuts who might wander here by mistake, a few relevant selections from the Sermon on the Mount:

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake:
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a
tooth for a tooth:

But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever
shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other

And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy
coat, let him have thy cloak also.

And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him

Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of
thee turn not thou away.

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy
neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse
you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which
despitefully use you, and persecute you.

That Jesus fella had some good ideas; it might be interesting to see what would happen if someone organized a religion around this stuff.

Just a thought.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pfft. How could you possibly organize a money machine or politcal base around that drivel?

8:26 AM  

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