Ashley Emans

Kevorkian does not espouse a simple right to die or even euthanasia. He has never covered over his intentions; actually he is quite upfront about them. Neither compassion nor mercy was ever allowed to interfere with selfish and quackish experiments. He wrote an article in 1961 about his experiences doing blood transfusions with the blood of dead bodies into living people. Often times his 'patients' had no terminal disease, but were depressed.

"In actuality, most of Kevorkian's "patients" were not terminally ill, but disabled and depressed. Several weren't even sick, according to their autopsies. Moreover, Kevorkian never attempted to treat any of the 130 or so persons." said Wesley J. Smith in the National Review Online. Jack Kevorkian is a "doctor" in the same way Al Sharpton is a "reverend."

Once again my school is making national headlines for reasons that make me cringe. It very rarely speaks for me, and I am ashamed my fellow students in the governing body want the cache of Kevorkian at the expense of respect or dignity. At the same time I understand how important controversial, unconventional figures are to public discourse, which is why I will probably go see Dr. Death speak. The problem is that disrespect for any dissenters to the secular 'religion' is a given.

Terri Schiavo was euthanized in Pinellas Park, Florida on the order of Pinellas County Court Judge George Greer, a UF alum. Bioethicist Bill Allen teaches here, who said in an interview that he believed Terri Schiavo was not a person (Terri's Foundation already has an email petition setup to oppose Kevorkian's appearance at Florida). The verdict is in: UF does not value life, and espouses the "Culture of Death" Pope John Paul II warned of. How sad we no longer expect anything else from our public universities.

It reminds one of the Creationism vs. evolution debate in public science classes: should it not be mentioned that evolution is still a theory, that there are serious gapes, or that most people trust in intelligent design? According to a CBS News poll (an already liberal pool then), just 13% of respondents said they did NOT believe God was involved in the origin of the earth. A passing acknowledgement to evolution alternatives is beyond justified. The Judeo-Christian morals that all of Western society was built upon have been systematically run out of town by our colleges and universities.

I take issue with UF falling all over itself to nab Kevorkian first. What are you trying to say here, my Gators? That we in Gainesville are all so open-minded and progressive, and must prove it to the world? That we enjoy making headlines and drawing yet more ire from those backwater yokels who actually treasure life? I fail to see what good is to come from using taxpayer dollars to preach a religion of death a significant number do not subscribe to.

The obtuse utilitarian arguments, such as Kevorkian's fear of losing organs with people as they die, are utterly unpersuasive. Not enough people know that Kevorkian is actually disdainful of mercy, and is only interested in being a ruthless experimenter. What does our culture's respect for a man with so little respect for others mean for us all? Miss Emans is a junior at the University of Florida.

Ashley Emans

Miss Ashley Emans is a junior at the University of Florida.