The Culture Of Death
In a world where complex ideologies are constantly being reduced to their most black-and-white essence, we now have the extreme right telling us that the Terry Schiavo ruling and even birth-control pills are a detriment to the "culture of life," and therefore . . . wait for it . . . contribute to the CULTURE OF DEATH!!!
Now, I'd just like to say this: the term "Culture of Life" is actually pretty stupid. It has little to no semantic value, as Dex would say, as a term. Culture is something that has to, by virtue of being a product of humanity, deal with both life and death. Simply deeming a human cultural event such as the Terry Shiavo ruling as promoting a "Culture of Death" is nonsense. A culture of any kind must be a culture both of life and of death.
But again, the reductive powers of the religious right and their profiteers (the Bush administration) have shown time and time again that there is no issue so complicated, no concept so nuanced, that it can't be boiled down into a good versus evil proposition in the able hands of Karl Rove.
Finally, how can a culture that counters death with killing, such as in the contexts of war and capital punishment, ever be deemed a culture of life? How can an administration that has killed 100,000, probably more, Iraqis in the name of their liberation call itself the promoter of a "Culture of Life?" There obviously is only a small segment of life that this "Culture of Life" considers sacred- the lives not yet begun and the lives no longer lived.