.- While Terri Schiavo struggles in her last days of life in a Florida hospice, some commentators in the press have already declared the 41-year-old woman dead. This is âobscene,â said Catholic League president William Donohue, likening the ideology that is supporting Schiavoâs death to Nazism. Donohue pointed out that James Kutkowski, Jordan Ross and Jim Seeber of the University of Mississippi, Oklahoma State University and Northern State University, respectively have each stated that Schiavo is âalready dead.â
In particular, the president of the New York-based Catholic League focused on Christopher Hitchens, âa man whose comments are so obscene as to forever discredit him as a human-rights advocate for any cause.â
Donohue recounted how, on the MSNBC-TV show âHardballâ last week, Hitchens told him: âMrs. Schiavo is dead and has been for some time.â Hitchens also described Schiavo as ânonlifeâ and wrote of her this week in the press as the âlate and long-dead Terri Schiavo.â
Likening Hitchensâ position to those expressed during racist regimes in history, Donohue stated in a press release: âHistory has taught that deadly consequences follow when one segment of the human population declares another segment of the human population to be less than human.
âAt various times in history, American Indians, Jews, African Americans, Asians, the unborn and infants have been classified as subhuman,â he said.
These people were dehumanized with terms like âparasites,â âlower animals,â âprimitive animals,â âinferior race,â âinferior class of beings,â âuntamable, carnivorous animals,â âbeasts of burden,â âsicklers,â âtransit material,â âraw material,â âanthropological specimens,â âarticle of property,â ârubbish,â âgarbage,â ârefuseâ and ânonpersons.â
âTo this, Hitchens adds ânonlife,ââ said Donohue.
Donohue then made a particular link between Hitchensâ position and Nazism: âAlbert Speer, one of Hitlerâs henchmen, once explained how it was possible for him to kill so many Jews. He emphatically denied hating Jews, saying only that âI simply depersonalized them.â Get it Hitchens?â