Skip to comments.Guardians laud Michael Schiavo for fulfilling wife's wishes
Posted on 08/06/2005 10:01:22 AM PDT by jdhljc169
DORAL, Fla. - (KRT) - He has been rebuked by the Vatican, castigated by Congress and slandered on the Internet, but Michael Schiavo was welcomed as a hero Friday by a state organization whose members make end-of-life decisions for people unable to make them for themselves.
The Florida State Guardianship Association bestowed its Guardian of the Year Award on Schiavo for carrying out his wife's wishes not to be kept alive artificially despite a drumbeat of withering criticism.
In a rare public appearance, Schiavo, 42, modestly accepted the award at the association's 18th annual conference at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa west of Miami.
"As you know," he said, "I'm not much of a speechmaker. I don't talk much. But on behalf of my wife Theresa, I thank you."
Association members, most of whom are appointed by judges to represent people who have been declared incapacitated, acknowledged Schiavo was a controversial choice and they anticipate a backlash. After all, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush joined world leaders from the president to the pope in aligning themselves with Bob and Mary Schindler, the couple who fought their son-on-law's effort to remove the feeding tube that kept their severely brain-damaged daughter alive for 15 years.
But, group members said, Michael Schiavo's unwavering commitment to honoring his wife's wishes in the face of public scrutiny and enmity embodied the professionalism and compassion with which court-appointed guardians quietly carry out their duties every day.
"We see a lot of situations where family steps away," said association president-elect Michelle Kenney, a care manager and professional guardian in Broward County. "He stuck by. He didn't walk away."
Added past president Joan Nelson Hook, an attorney from New Port Richey: "He was an ordinary guardian who carried out his duties in extraordinary ways."
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These people worship at the altar of "death with dignity" but their idea of dignity is pretty peculiar, to me.
What is it about Florida? I view California as sane compared to them.
Note that this is a Florida STATE organization!
"The Florida State Guardianship Association bestowed its Guardian of the Year Award on Schiavo...
"Association members, most of whom are appointed by judges to represent people who have been declared incapacitated... "
This POS does NOTHING "modestly," IMO.
No, it's not an official state of florida organization. It's an ASSOCIATION of GUARDIANS.
None of which takes away from the surreal unbelievableness of their actions.
Fulsome praise for helping to turn nursing homes into abatoirs.
I hope no one is in the middle of lunch reading this.
Looks like it's going to be a long uphill battle on this front. I cannot believe the amazing gall of this "award".
Now they are rewarding murderers.
No kidding. I really love the part about "his wife, Theresa". Talk about asking to be thrown straight into hell...
Thanks for the correction. The way they phrased it "Florida State Assoc. of Guardians", as in "Florida State Legislature", made me think that they are some state organization, especially since it also said that judges appoint them.
But at the very least they are "professional" guardians, private people, who are appointed guardians to a relative don't go join an organization.
Some "guardians", who can't wait to kill you, if you can't defend yourself, which is when you get a guardian appointed for you.
Was Florida Governor George W. Greer there to cheer his boy on?
Creepy... ghoulish ... any other words?? This scumbag is a hero to some.
He's hellbound, the sooner the better.
What? He still hasn't married the hussy who he made his children with?
Thanks you! Ping! grrrrrrrrrrr..............BS!
Has anyone read Mark Furman's book? Is is worth reading?
Honoring his wife's wishes??? There was NEVER any CLEAR and CONVINCING evidence those were Terri's wishes and indeed there was evidence to the contrary. This was one of the MAJOR problems with Terri's case.
Of course to those pushing the Euthanasia Agenda, FACTS don't matter.
This is beyond OUTRAGEOUS, its BIZARRE.
ANYONE, and I do mean ANYONE, who wasn't absolutely APPALLED by what MICHAEL SCHIAVO and the STATE did to Terri, is either evil, or has no ability to discern.
Has anyone read Mark Furman's book? Is is worth reading?
I've read and amazingly my husband read it. He doesn't read that type of thing much at all. He was shocked. He had heard me talk about it, but learned a lot he didn't know from the book.
Yes, it's worth reading. It doesn't really come to any conclusions. He just puts out scenrios based on all the digging he did. Probably 50% of it I already knew, but I did a lot of research on the subject. I learned more about the medical aspects, ways to asphixiate (sp?), etc. Overall, I would say it was well worth it. I believe people who didn't know much about the case will learn what MS was really like.
It's a scary thing to end up in the Hands of our living God...Michael, a short life on earth 70-90yrs receiving glory from man comparing all eternity in the hands of God...is what you've got to look forward to...shame on you...you 2 legged beast.
There was no 'good' answer in the Terri Schiavo case, an answer that would please everyone.
Undoubtedly, Terri Schiavo was brain dead, her electroencephlogram had flat-lined. Furthermore, CAT scans had shown severe brain atrophy, indicative of damage that would never repair. But, at the same time, imposing euthanasia is not a really comfortable option.
I might have had some sympathy for the Schindler's in this case. However, I do not have any sympathy for them, now. Why? They chose Randall Terry as a spokeperson. Randall Terry, the fanatic and psychopathic bigot.
Some documented Radall Terry quotes, indicating the degree of his fanatacism:
1. "I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you. I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good ... if a Christian voted for Clinton, he sinned against God. It's that simple. Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a biblical duty, we are called by God to conquer this country..."
Randall Terry is calling for a civil war. His call for hatred sounds an awful like Palpatine in the Star Wars Movies, or in the real world, Hitler blaming the Jews for all of Germany's woes.
2. "When I, or people like me, are running the country, you'd better flee, because we will find you, we will try you, and we will execute you. I mean every word of it. I will make it part of my mission to see to it that they are tried and executed... If we're going to have true reformation in America, it is because men once again, if I may use a worn out expression, have righteous testoserone flowing through their veins. They are not afraid of contempt for their contemporaries. They are not even here to get along. They are here to take over..."
Randall Terry is calling for killing everyone he does not like. That sounds an awful lot like 'The Final Solution'.
Randall Terry is truly a dangerous nut case. The fact, the Schindler's would ally themselves with him, discredits their position on the issues.
this boy is going to start circling the drain in a big way.
Randall Terry is a Horse's Ass.
How much money did he get upon Terry's death?
those are indeed sick things to say, that you attribute to Randall Terry. How about citing and linking to the sources, you know, just to back them up.
You sure this is not from The Onion??
Who came in second, the Kathy Bates character from "Misery?"
I am 44 years old........is an RN......I love Terri!!!!!
I have 3 strokes..........1 years......The Michael is SICK!!! Liars!!!
I've read Fuhrman's book. It's not up to the same standard of quality as his others. Read it, if you like, though.
How about remove the feeding tube but let the parents try to feed Terri orally? If they succeed, great. If not, too bad.
Is there any way in which that would have wrongfully harmed anyone?
"those are indeed sick things to say, that you attribute to Randall Terry. How about citing and linking to the sources, you know, just to back them up."
It is very simple to find the Randall Terry Quotations: Just go into Yahoo! and use "Randall Terry Quotations" for a search string. The quotations are on a number of web sites.
BTW: Randall Terry is evidently a convicted felon. Terry spent 5 months in Federal prison, which means the real sentence was more than a year and one day (a good rule of thumb for deciding if a crime was a felony).
How perverted, a sick joke!
I live in FL. I have seen their idea of "guardianship" for children through social services and through this organization.
I keep thinking this is the group Ronald Reagan was thinking of when he said, "The scariest words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help you.'"
I've seen guardians destroy families and lives, because of perverted liberal socialistic ideas - they step in where not needed or wanted and wreck lives - and feel self-satisfied doing it, with the full weight of nanny government behind them.
Organizations like this is why I am a conservative. Beware lest these liberal do-gooders ever get your life in their hands.
A COMFORTABLE option??? No, I suppose being starved and dehydrated wouldn't be comfortable.
when you quote someone, you cite the quote. even the most rabid of liberal journalists knows that. you don't send someone off on search engine hunt to do your homework.
I know several decent, professional people who's experiences with Florida DFS has been a total nightmare.
Florida is a very sick place. I'll bet I've posted those words a thousand times if I've posted them once.
I'm not sure what this claim, and the bit of calculation that follows it, has to do with anything.
No WAY is that official.
I have volunteered as a guardian in the past.
This is not a mandatory organization.
In fact I bet most Guardians do not even know they exist.
Hi old friend, Good to see you back. I've thought of you (and prayed for you) often. Stay well, God be with you.
Holyscroller!!!!!!!!!!!! I love you!!!!!!!!!! Thanks you!
I can't tell you the abuse I have seen by CPS. It almost seems like they make it their business to go after normal, decent parents and ignore the real offenders. It's scary.
Never, ever get involved in CPS in FL. They are power mad nanny state liberals waiting to destroy families. They hate homeschooling, people of faith and normal nuclear families. They may say, "Oh, that's not true" to that statement, but I have seen it too often. The proof is in the fruit.
I have personal experience with them prosecuting 3 close friends. Every one was an excellent family just dealing at the time with a severe stress. Defending themselves legally drained their resources and damaged the children.
Every case was dropped, because, finally, they were proved to be the witchhunts they really were. But it makes you want to cry, watching the state abuse of these powerless, innocent people. Heaven help the accused parent that can't afford a good lawyer.
I have seen it too many times. Thank God my kids are adults now. I have one friend that was actually told that if she didn't divorce her husband (of 30 years) that not only would her kids be taken away, but charges would be brought against her.