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In my twenty years as an academic, I have spoken out on a wide range of controversial moral questions, including such blood pressure raisers as abortion and homosexual conduct. Never have I received hate mail as vicious as what has come in since my appearance on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer to oppose the decision to remove Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube. Still, no one has threatened my life. Sadly such a threat has been made against a prominent academic who has spoken publicly on the other side of the question, Art Caplan of the University of Pennsylvania. Evidently, the threat is being taken very seriously by University security officers. That Professor Caplan or anyone speaking out on either side would be threatened with violence is an outrage. The persons responsible for the threat deserve the most severe condemnation, and not merely because they grossly dishonor the great cause they purport to serve.



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