The Intelligent Person

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Copyright March 30, 2005 12:49 PM CST

By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti


Updated March 31, 2005 12:18 PM CST

Copyright March 31, 2005 12:18 PM CST

By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti





NOTE:  Because of death threats against Mr. Schiavo, we have edited out Mr. Schiavo’s name from the article below.



Well, how do we know anyone is telling the truth?  In other words, how do we know anyone is being honest?  There are two ways to ascertain (figure out) whether someone is telling the truth.  First, there is the simple matter of whether someone has been known to tell the truth.  Second, and this is more important, there is the question of whether a person has lived a decent life.  Let’s look at _______ _______ in these two regards.


First, does _______ _______ have a reputation for telling the truth?  Well, we know one lie he has told and it is a big one.  When he married Terri Schiavo he promised to “know no other.”  He has “known” another and he has had two children by her.  This proves that _______ _______ is a liar or, at the very least, is not an absolutely reliable witness to the truth of anything.  On this basis alone, his testimony in court should have been thrown out no matter how sincere and earnest he may have sounded and appeared.


But there is something worse.  When it comes to determining whether a person is telling the truth a person’s character carries far more weight than whether they have a history of telling the truth.  A member of a terrorist group tells his fellow terrorists the truth but would you trust a terrorist to tell you the truth?  Well, what do we know about _______ _______’s character.  We know this:


For years he has had no respect for his invalid wife.  This is demonstrated by his violation of his marriage vows and by his committing adultery.  Then, to add insult to injury, he fathered not one but two children through this adulterous relationship.  What would his wife, Terri, think if she were to be miraculously restored to a normal state of mind and to discover that he had been unfaithful to her and had fathered two children with another woman?


So we see that _______ _______ is not a person of good character.  Someone might argue that he was partially faithful to his wife, Terri.  However, there is no such thing as PARTIAL faithfulness.  Faithfulness is an “all or none” arrangement.  But let us be generous and propose the ridiculous notion that “_______ _______ was too weak to be faithful and couldn’t help himself.”  Of course, this is really stretching it since he had years and years to develop strength of character and failed to do so.  Still, for the sake of argument, let us say that he was “too weak to be faithful and couldn’t help himself.”  Well, this would mean that possibly he was “too weak and couldn’t help himself and so lied when he said that his wife, Terri, wanted to die.”


Thus, we see that, even if we put the most positive construction on _______ _______’s behavior, he could NOT be an absolutely reliable witness to the truth of his wife’s wishes and he could NOT necessarily have the strength of character to tell the truth in a court of law.  Only one conclusion is possible:  _______ _______’S WORD ABOUT THE WISHES OF HIS WIFE, TERRI SCHIAVO, CANNOT BE TRUSTED!!!