More of my take on the Schiavo case and right to lifers
I have come to the opinion that this issue [the Schiavo case] is a sideshow for these right-wing bible-thumpers. What really is important for them is banning abortion, and they advocate that on the basis that even a 2-cell embryo is "human life." In order to be consistent, they are also getting involved with keeping animated corpses functioning. But the real issue is abortion.
And why abortion? Becuase it's part of the the suite of technological advances that make sexual activity consequence-free. The religious right has been spectaculalry unsuccessful in convincing most people to obey their overly strict interpreation of the "Judeo-Christian" code of sexual behavior, and so they want to do what they can to make the consequences of sexual activity negative enough so that maybe people will keep their pants zipped up.
This is immoral because it forces their code of behavior on other people who don't believe in their religion. It would be sort of like if the State of Israel banned refrigerated storage in stores that sold pork, just to discourage Jews from buying the tasty, but forbidden meat.
And don't think that the religious right is only targeting sexual behavior outside of marriage. Banning abortion (and also restricting access to birth control) affects married couples, too. No longer is sex simply fun. In fact, as far as I can see, the religious right (including the Jews) is opposed to the very concept of "fun." No, that if a man sticks hs you-know-what into a woman's you-know-what, then a baby should result. As if we don't have enough babies in the world.
The relgious leaders don't want you to have "fun" outside the bounds of organized religious activities, becuase they want you to be constantly thinking about God, or more properly, what the religious teachers say about God. They are like cult leader who want to keep you from being distracted by enjoyable things so that you can focus on obeying the cult leaders and giving them money.
This is all about power. We need to disregard these evil cultmeisters and make for ourselves a religious life in which each of us is sovereign before God, and the charlatan priests, rabbis, ministers,gurus, imans, etc. can all end up like Yertle the Turtle, king of the mud, disregarded by people who are truly spiritual.