Nobody knows for sure, but the example of Britain is certainly alarming. In recent weeks we have heard that the Holocaust is being written out of the public school curriculum of British history texts. It seems that it is offensive to the growing Muslim population. Now we have a prominent philosopher saying that the elderly should kill themselves so that they are not a burden of the universal health care system of England. Remember such stories when you go to the polls. The following is from Chuck Colson.
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A Demented Idea: Human Dignity on the Sceptred Isle
October 23, 2008
The Brits may be losing their marbles. The distinguished Baroness Warnock, labeled by the DAILY TELEGRAPH as
's leading moral philosopher, ought to be ashamed of herself. Britain
You see, Lady Warnock once chaired a government committee th
athelped legalize embryonic research. She's known for supporting assisted suicide for people don't want to burden their caregivers.
But now Lady Warnock has gone a step further. She says elderly people who suffer from dementia are "wasting people's lives" -- th
atis, the lives of those who care for them -- and ought to choose to die even if they're not suffering.
And even if they aren't a burden on their families, they ought to "off" themselves anyway, as she puts it, because they're a burden on the public, which, under British n
ational health care, pays for their tre atment. According to the DAILY TELEGRAPH, Warnock hopes people will soon be "licensed to put others down."
Putting others down? Th
at's the kind of euphemism we use when talking about injured horses or sick dogs. It's not how we talk about human beings -- or atleast, it's not how we used to talk about them.
At age 84, Lady Warnock is old enough to remember Hitler's Final Solution -- and the thinking th
atdrove the slaughter, not only of the Jews, but also of the handicapped, gypsies, and others the Nazis considered "defective" or "useless."
But even though Lady Warnock should remember World War II, she evidently has forgotten its terrible lessons. Given her despicable recommend
ation for the elderly, she ought to hope th ather memory issues aren't rel ated to dementia.
atleast a few Brits are outraged by Warnock's comments, calling them -- in typical British underst atement -- both callous and deeply ignorant. Neil Hunt, a spokesman for the British Alzheimer's Society, says to suggest th atpeople with dementia "have some sort of duty to kill themselves is nothing short of barbaric."
More ominously, a spokesman for a British right to life group said Warnock's views "are an illustr
ation th atwhile euthanasia is promoted as a right to choose, it pretty rapidly becomes" an oblig ation to die.
This tale out of
is also a dire warning about wh England athappens when countries n ationalize health care. There's never enough money to go around -- and some bureaucr at atthe top is always going to start making choices about who gets to live and who's going to die. If those targeted for de ath don't go willingly, well, they will need to be encouraged to die -- or they might get a visit from someone "licensed to put others down."
Has the Western world truly sunk this low? Do we ever need a more vivid reminder of the tremendous importance of worldview?
Either all human life -- from unborn children to demented mothers and f
athers -- is cre ated in the image of God and therefore infinitely precious, or humans are nothing but the result of mere chance, indistinguishable morally from a sand flea. The choice society makes will determine whether the most vulnerable among us will be respected and protected . . . or whether we will "put them down" when they become a burden.
We Christians must speak out as others -- especially those in authority -- move us closer and closer to compulsory killing.
If we do nothing, it's evidence th
atperhaps we've all lost our marbles.
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