Alan Keyes

John blueoval at 1SMARTISP.NET
Mon Apr 4 09:07:12 MDT 2005

Focus of evil
Posted: March 31, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern

Alan Keyes
© 2005

Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union "the focus of evil in the 
world" (at the annual Convention of the National Association of
Evangelicals, Orlando, Fla., March 8, 1983). The role that the 
Union played in the international arena then, the judiciary has
fulfilled in our domestic life for the last 50 years and more.

The courts have been the staging ground for a sustained assault on 
moral foundations of our institutions and the conscience of the
American people. Now, that assault has come to a head in the
judicially mandated murder of an innocent, helpless person, whose
condition of severe disability should have commanded our 
but instead invited a ruthless assault on her person and her most
fundamental constitutional rights.

Those of us who have been in the thick of battle against the 
of death have argued for many years that the judiciary's 
to allow murder in the womb would lead to murder in the world at
large. Now our analysis has been verified by the judiciary's 
and ruthless advocacy of the right to kill a childlike disabled 
named Terri.

Under cover of viciously bigoted expressions of public prejudice
against her because of her physical condition, court after court 
from probate Judge Greer to the highest federal court in the land 
joined in sanctioning this travesty of justice. Some people cited 
as proof that the murder was lawful and must be accepted by us as
such. On the contrary, like the Dred Scott decision on slavery in 
19th century, it is in fact proof that utter moral corruption,
lawlessness and lack of conscience now characterize the judiciary 
every level, representing a grave threat to the physical and 
lives of our people.

Sadly, for some Americans, the assertion of lawless and
unconstitutional judicial authority has now become the substitute 
the authority of God as final arbiter of the public morality of 
nation. We should have foreseen their ambition when they abused 
authority to drive God and prayer from our schools, from our 
events, from our public places and monuments. William Penn was 
when he said: "If we will not be governed by God, we must be 
by tyrants," and on the bench those tyrants have now appeared.

The judicially mandated murder of Terri Schiavo warns us, 
that by their tyranny they seek to expropriate and corrupt 
more precious than property, more precious than physical life, 
precious even than liberty itself. They seek to dominate and 
our moral being as a people, and by doing so to prepare us – as
philosophers, professors and public leaders of the Weimar 
prepared the German people – to tolerate or be the instruments of 
worst kind of atrocities.

Then, as now, the corruption of conscience began under the 
pretext of saving disabled people from the supposedly oppressive
burden of living out their lives. By undermining the people's
sensitivity to atrocity against innocent, vulnerable individuals 
prepared them callously to ignore and explain away massive 
against large groups and whole races and nations. If the death of 
innocent helpless person counts for nothing because it is 
by the formal appearance of legality, then the death of millions
counts for nothing when it appears in the same disguise – a 
times nothing is nothing.

This is the calculus of evil. The judicially mandated murder of 
Schiavo shows that it is already deeply in our midst. Already we 
the guards who will deny food and water to those shriveling with
starvation; already we find the jurists and media hounds who will
order or advocate their destruction; already we find the public
officials who acknowledge the injustice but do nothing, when 
sworn duty is to defend and protect constitutional right.

Nazi Germany is not the only historical illustration of the fact 
that evil, once licensed by the specious pretext of legal 
formalism, sets no boundaries to its atrocious appetites. This 
latest judicial atrocity is a clarion sign and warning to America. 
As a people we must awaken and heed its meaning.

We must rediscover the constitutional tools with which we can 
defend our moral being. We must rally around leaders willing to 
understand and make use of them. We must now resolve that the 
suffering of Terri Schiavo – and the long agony of her parents and 
true family – will not be in vain. Terri's innocent life was at 
stake, but so is the moral life and future liberty of our whole 

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