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Schiavo lawyer: New Age mystic
World Net Daily ^ | Nov 1, 2003 | David N. Bass

Posted on 11/02/2003 3:33:10 PM PST by amdgmary

Schiavo lawyer: New Age mystic

November 1, 2003

By David N. Bass

All the controversy surrounding Terri Schiavo in Florida boils down to one major issue: differing worldviews. Battles over right-to-die cases inevitably come down to the moral and spiritual content of a man's heart, and this case is no different.

For those who've kept their heads in the sand for the past month (obviously not readers on this site), Terri Schiavo is a 39-year-old brain damaged woman who requires a feeding tube for sustenance. She receives no life support or respiration; she responds to communication, recognizes her family and is considered physically stable. Yet her husband, Michael Shiavo, has demanded that her feeding tube be removed, which would force her to slowly starve to death.

It's obvious from his actions that Mr. Schiavo has little regard for his wife's welfare. Even his appearance on a recent edition of "Larry King Live" was more about damage control for his own image than about Terri. If Mr. Schiavo were truly concerned about her safety and health, his past actions would show it. But they don't.

Schiavo's attorney George Felos is in the same boat as his client, but the two part company when it comes to motivation. Michael Schiavo may be induced by greed or selfishness, but George Felos is coming from a different, and even more sinister, position altogether.

Felos has been regarded as a champion of the right-to-die movement for more than a decade. During that time, he's made no attempt to hide his inclination towards wacky New Age mysticism. Instead of a lawyerly estate, his home looks like hippie villa USA, complete with crimson couch, bright green carpeting and a living room wall painted neon blue, reported the St. Petersburg Times. When he's not stirring up theta waves or practicing yoga, he invites friends over to chant "I am that I am … I am that I am …" while he bangs out a tune on his harmonium.

According to the May 2001 article by the Times, Felos indicated that his practice of law – specifically cases pioneering the right-to-die movement – open new opportunities for spiritual growth. The Times story reports Felos first became interested in right-to-die cases 14 years ago, in the case of Estelle Browning. Browning had written in a living will that she did not want to be kept alive by artificial means if she ever became ill. She suffered a stroke a year later, but hospitals refused to stop her feeding tube since she wasn't technically brain dead.

Felos stepped in to champion the case for the right-to-die crowd. He visited Browning in the hospital, and even though she couldn't speak, he claimed his "spiritual side" detected her soul crying out to his soul, asking "Why am I still here?"

Additionally, Felos published a book in May of 2002 entitled "Litigation as Spiritual Practice" in which he contends that his religious beliefs are what drive him in the courtroom. This is a point you shouldn't miss. Felos is admittedly incorporating his New Age philosophy into the practice of law, yet liberal groups like the American Civil Liberties Union are conveniently silent. If the situation were reversed and George Felos' convictions stemmed from Christianity, the liberal uproar would break your eardrums. But since Felos is an enlightened New Ager sharing the same anti-God worldview as the ACLU, he seemingly has every right to allow his beliefs to influence his interpretation of law.

I guess religious bias is fine as long as mainstream liberalism considers it "hip." The ACLU will support George's belief that the souls of disabled people are calling him to end their lives, but if a lawyer comes along advocating the Christian admonition to uphold sanctity of life, well, everyone knows that's mucking up the law with religion. Can someone say double standard?

Conveniently, the mainstream media has also neglected to mention Felos' New Age inclinations. He's openly admitted that he incorporates New Age mysticism into his practice of law, and yet his beliefs are rarely exposed or questioned.

Evidently, the media think support of life for religious reasons is extreme, but support of death for the same reasons is perfectly acceptable.

We need to realize that the battle in Florida is not only a legal and moral issue, but a spiritual issue as well. If you think God is in everything, or that humans are simply collections of molecules coming from nowhere and going to nowhere, then why not euthanize the burdensome?

In the end, it all boils down to worldview. Men like George Felos stand for a worldview that's the complete antithesis of godly morality. It's a worldview our society is quickly accepting. Don't let that lesson pass you by.

David N. Bass is an 18-year-old homeschool graduate who writes for World Newspaper Publishing and is a regular columnist at AmericanDaily.com, ARationalAdvocate.com and RenewAmerica.us. He is also a contributing writer to Tolkien-Movies.com. Bass is currently working on his first novel.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: homeschool; letherdie; terriidiots; terrinutjobs; terrischiavo; terrischindler; wackosforterri

1 posted on 11/02/2003 3:33:10 PM PST by amdgmary
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To: amdgmary
David N. Bass is an 18-year-old homeschool graduate

Oh jeez, the neo's are going to have a fit about this. A well-written, pro-Terri article from a homeschooler.

2 posted on 11/02/2003 3:36:28 PM PST by jmc813 (Michael Schiavo is a bigger scumbag than Bill Clinton)
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To: jmc813
Battles over right-to-die cases

They are not right-to-die cases... they are right-to-kill cases.


3 posted on 11/02/2003 3:41:40 PM PST by Common Tator (I support Billybob. www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: Common Tator
The fact that his lawyer is a whacko with an agenda(who is just not feeling certain vibes of energy from Terri) would be hilarious...if not so deadly serious.
4 posted on 11/02/2003 3:45:43 PM PST by At _War_With_Liberals (Screw 'the security' plan in Iraq. It's time to 'go Saddam' on their medieval asses...)
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To: amdgmary
This is not a right-to-die case.
5 posted on 11/02/2003 3:45:56 PM PST by ellery
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To: amdgmary
Probably not a good choice of topics about Terri. The folks who were giving Terri therapy by cell phone via the Schindlers, Galaxy Wave Group, are new age themselves.

http://www.adamtechnology.net/
6 posted on 11/02/2003 3:49:18 PM PST by Catspaw
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To: Catspaw
Probably not a good choice of topics about Terri. The folks who were giving Terri therapy by cell phone via the Schindlers, Galaxy Wave Group, are new age themselves.

That may be, but somehow I suspect that just about anything is better than being locked up in a room in a deliberate effort at sensory deprivation and torture.

7 posted on 11/02/2003 4:16:35 PM PST by supercat (Why is it that the more "gun safety" laws are passed, the less safe my guns seem?)
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To: sweetliberty
Ping
8 posted on 11/02/2003 4:38:17 PM PST by viaveritasvita ("When Love takes you in, everything changes.")
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To: viaveritasvita; sweetliberty
ping again. Great article, especially by a teenager....would never have known.
9 posted on 11/02/2003 4:42:17 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: Common Tator
Thank you!!
10 posted on 11/02/2003 5:08:31 PM PST by The_Pickle ("We have no Permanent Allies, We have no Permanent Enemies, Only Permanent Interests")
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To: amdgmary
"Battles over right-to-die cases inevitably come down to the moral and spiritual content of a man's heart, and this case is no different."

Actually, this case is VERY different because it is NOT a right-to-die case. That is just the mantra of Felos and is the false premise that is being perpetuated by the media.

11 posted on 11/02/2003 5:08:39 PM PST by sweetliberty ("Having the right to do a thing is not at all the same thing as being right in doing it.")
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To: amdgmary
she responds to communication, recognizes her family

I do not claim expert knowledge of this controversy, however, it appears to me that this statement is exactly what is at the heart of this issue. The woman's parents contend the above is true, her husband contends that it is false.

I have heard that both sides have found medical experts to agree with them.

12 posted on 11/02/2003 5:09:25 PM PST by marktwain
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To: amdgmary
"If the situation were reversed and George Felos' convictions stemmed from Christianity, the liberal uproar would break your eardrums"

You got that right. Here is the key....if it is from God, it is not acceptable. If it is from Satan, it is just fine and dandy and to be encouraged. One cannot serve two masters. I think we all know which master the ACLU serves, and the Florida courts, for that matter.

13 posted on 11/02/2003 5:14:02 PM PST by sweetliberty ("Having the right to do a thing is not at all the same thing as being right in doing it.")
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To: amdgmary
Homeschool bump....
14 posted on 11/02/2003 5:15:38 PM PST by Diva Betsy Ross ((were it not for the brave, there would be no land of the free -))
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To: Common Tator
Absolutely, they are "right to kill" cases. What the heck do they mean right to die when someone clearly wants to live and is being denied that right? It's absurd.
15 posted on 11/02/2003 5:19:34 PM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South)
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To: jmc813
Just wait 'til the next four years of homeschoolers hit the job market, politics, the pulpit and the press. The libs aren't gonna know what hit them.
16 posted on 11/02/2003 5:22:29 PM PST by TaxRelief (Welcome to the only website dedicated to the preservation of a Freerepublic.)
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To: Huber; JenB; Restorer; biblewonk; aardvark1; WillRain; Tax-chick
Another amazing homeschooler wrote this great article!
17 posted on 11/02/2003 5:27:06 PM PST by TaxRelief (Welcome to the only website dedicated to the preservation of a Freerepublic.)
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To: marktwain
Unfortunately Michael spent Terri's cash to pay for his 'expert witnesses'.
18 posted on 11/02/2003 5:28:51 PM PST by TaxRelief (Welcome to the only website dedicated to the preservation of a Freerepublic.)
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To: TaxRelief
Not too shabby, having the ACLU figured out at the tender age of 18!
19 posted on 11/02/2003 5:39:08 PM PST by Huber (Secularism is the opium of the elite.)
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To: amdgmary
Click on pic

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George Felos - Death Guru and Whackjob

20 posted on 11/02/2003 5:58:50 PM PST by sweetliberty ("Having the right to do a thing is not at all the same thing as being right in doing it.")
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To: TaxRelief
"Just wait 'til the next four years of homeschoolers hit the job market, politics, the pulpit and the press. The libs aren't gonna know what hit them."

It is my considered belief that the conservative surge that is reviving the country right now is based in the past ten years of homeschooling. - Here in California, 62% of voters voted for a republican candidate for governor in the recall election. (If you don't think that's remarkable, perhaps you just don't know much about California's politics)

21 posted on 11/02/2003 6:47:35 PM PST by editor-surveyor ( . Best policy RE: Environmentalists, - ZERO TOLERANCE !!)
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To: marktwain
"she responds to communication, recognizes her family
I do not claim expert knowledge of this controversy, however, it appears to me that this statement is exactly what is at the heart of this issue. The woman's parents contend the above is true, her husband contends that it is false."
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Actually, the husband's first attorney said she knew her husband. It wasn't until Felos took over that they changed the story and said she didn't recognize anyone.

"During the trial, attorneys for the Schiavos showed a film of a day in Mrs. Schiavo's life at Sabal Palms Nursing Home in Largo. Although she's in a vegetative state, said St. Petersburg lawyer Glenn Woodworth, 'you can tell she has some sense of her predicament".... (On the film) she knows her husband and looks into his eyes.'"
22 posted on 11/02/2003 7:18:40 PM PST by FR_addict
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To: amdgmary; Xenalyte; Salvation; NYer
The Bizarre Motivation behind Michael Schiavo's Right-to-Die Lawyer George "Killer" Felos

DIVINI REDEMPTORIS, On Atheistic Communism ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS XI ON ATHEISTIC COMMUNISM MARCH 19, 1937

23 posted on 11/02/2003 8:21:13 PM PST by Coleus (Only half the patients who go into an abortion clinic come out alive.)
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To: FR_addict; marktwain
Terri & Michael in 1990 St. Pete Times photo before he won the lawsuit and she lost it.
H'mm, Michael, did it take 4 hrs for the photographer to get this one good picture?
May Terri achieve her freedom soon after all these years of justice denied.

Below are EXCERPTS -- please see PDF for original from friends of Terri website. Thanks to FL engineer, who found this!

Reports ‘transcribed’ to FreeRepublic

Physical Examination -- 6 - 27 - 90

*patient is awake, eyes are open
*easily startled to her name or when bedrail fell down

*significant amount of tone in the head and neck.
*severe hypertonicity of all four extremities; plantar flexor contractures, some shoulder limitation
*"again, tone is quite significant in all four extremities and difficult to achieve range of motion of the left hip and knee while she is in a supine position."
*she does give eye contact to family members
*she will close her eyes to any threatening response around her face and blink appropriately
*no verbal output during this exam but it has been reported by husband and other family members and therapists over at College Harbor.

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Treatment Plan Review from Mediplex rehab, Bradenton, 1/29/91

*Vocalizing when prone in P.T. [physical therapy]
*Occasionally will say "STOP" to nursing during procedures.

*to TR [recreation?] groups. More relaxed to therapists voice, touch (habituation)

24 posted on 11/02/2003 10:06:11 PM PST by cyn (http://www.terrisfight.org)
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To: At _War_With_Liberals; ellery; Common Tator
Terri all spiffed up in a trip to the mall salon, before 1992 trial.
Terri is not in coma or PVS (see exam & evaluations above)
It is Michael who needs to let go and get on with his life.
Let Terri go home to her family.


25 posted on 11/02/2003 10:13:35 PM PST by cyn (http://www.terrisfight.org)
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To: TaxRelief
Thanks for the ping! One of the most frightening things about this case is that, whatever happens to Terri Schiavo, Mephisto-Felos will still be walking around loose to strike again!
26 posted on 11/03/2003 3:39:07 AM PST by Tax-chick (Due to lack of interest, this tagline has been cancelled.)
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To: amdgmary
Great article! I read another article this week that characterized this case not as a quality-of-life issue but a value-of-life issue. How true!
27 posted on 11/03/2003 4:41:54 AM PST by aardvark1
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To: sweetliberty
I'm currently reading George Felos book, "Litigation for Spiritual Practice." In a chapter entitled "The Weekend from Hell" (page 23), Felos wrote about his desire to kill his ex-wife, "I was on fire, fueled by thoughts of bludgeoning and tearing her apart. If she was there at that moment, I thought I would kill her - happily destroy her." Felos and his wife were going through a divorce.

I considered myself reasonably attactive and carried few major bad habits. I loved her. And I was dumped. Not even for another man. Had I been a lout or had she enamored herself with someone else, perhaps the rejection would have been easier.

Felos further wrote about his ex-wife on page 7, "To her, I seemed unattractive, sexually unexciting, balding, boring and just not fun enough to be with."

Felos describes his experience with Estelle Browning in the chapter "Soul-Speak", page 73: "As I continued to stay beside Mrs. Browning at her nursing home bed, I felt my mind relax...As Mrs. Browning lay motionless before my gaze, I suddenly heard a loud, deep moan and scream and wondered if the nursing home personnel heard it and would respond to the unfortunate resident. In the next moment, as this cry of pain and torment continued, I realized it was Mrs. Browning. I felt the mid-section of my body open and noticed a strange quality to the light in the room. I senses her soul in agony. As she screamed I heard her say in confusion, "Why am I still here...why am I here?" My soul touched hers and in some way I communicated that she was still locked to her body. I promised I would do everything in my power to gain the release her soul cried for. With that, the screaming immediately stopped. I felt like I was back in my head again, the room resumed its normal appearance, and Mrs. Browning...lay silent."

The book consists of 318 pages of Felos's rambling about his spiritual powers (he claims he has the psychic power to influence people's thinking process) and to change the outcome of events.




28 posted on 11/03/2003 6:15:12 AM PST by amdgmary
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To: amdgmary
Sounds like he's in a dream world.

29 posted on 11/03/2003 6:24:36 AM PST by pickyourpoison
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To: carenot; farmfriend
PING!
30 posted on 11/03/2003 6:41:35 AM PST by countrydummy
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To: nickcarraway
ping!
31 posted on 11/03/2003 7:02:14 AM PST by wisconsinconservative ("...then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak out for me.")
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To: amdgmary
"I seemed unattractive, sexually unexciting, balding, boring and just not fun enough to be with."

Golly gee....what's not to find attractive about this specimen?

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32 posted on 11/03/2003 8:56:53 AM PST by sweetliberty ("Having the right to do a thing is not at all the same thing as being right in doing it.")
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To: sweetliberty
He forgot to add that she probably was tired of his teeny, tiny willie! HAHAHAHAHHA
33 posted on 11/04/2003 12:06:55 PM PST by Lion in Winter
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To: sweetliberty; MarMema; Destro; RussianConservative
According to a Greek Orthodox priest who writes on the Orthodox Today website, he is a "fallen son" of the Greek Orthodox Church.

That is very telling as to the kind of person, felos is. He is a new age wacko!

34 posted on 11/04/2003 12:13:00 PM PST by Lion in Winter
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