In case you are not paying attention there is an ongoing attempt to not only make suicide legal and acceptable but to force doctors to prescribe medications to speed the process. It is usually packaged as a way to help terminally ill people who are living in agony to bow out gracefully. Underneath there are a lot of selfish motives from insurance companies trying to cut costs to children wanting to cash in on their inheritance.
It was interesting that the opponents to the bill used the race card to bring down a bill that is usually favored by the race baiting left. One spokesman said the bill
“...would have become a cheap medical procedure that would have steered the vulnerable toward suicide and favored the white, wealthy, and well insured.... The poor, people of color, and people with disabilities would have received the all too familiar denial of care letters from insurance companies and from Medicaid, refusing to cover expensive care but offering to pay for suicide pills.”The article says there are six states that have already made it legal for doctors to kill patients. According to Wikipedia there are seven: Oregon, Montana, Washington, Vermont, Hawaii, California, Colorado, but I remember seeing a headline that Hawaii was just starting to vote on the issue. If you read the Wikipedia article be advised that the article is written by someone who is in favor of helping people commit suicide so the terminology and evidence is presented with that in mind.
As a believer I am not overly worried. As we say in Christian circles, and double it when Easter is fresh on our minds, “It isn’t the end of the world.” I guess a Buddhist could say the same thing. It is another step in the campaign to dehumanize us and make us just smart monkeys who have no real value. It is the kind of thinking behind euthanasia and the abortion industry. It is the kind of thinking that drove the genocidal maniacs of the twentieth century like Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot. It believes that human beings are just smart animals. It denies that we are created in the image of God.
Happy Post Easter. Christians are still celebrating the resurrection. Evil is still trying to make the world into a mirror of Venezuela. Today we have one small victory for the good guys.
homo unius libri