The Issue is Murder, and Our Willingness to Allow It

Death panelMy Sabbath rest from this blog came just in time.

I had read too many combox justifications for killing people.

The ones that took the prize were the comments defending the medical murder of an elderly Italian woman. This lady went to Switzerland and paid $14,000 to have herself murdered. She was in good health. Her only complaint was that she was depressed about aging and losing her looks.

How can anyone subscribe to the medical murder of a perfectly healthy woman who was depressed about losing her looks?

It appears that plenty of folks do.

Remember a couple of weeks ago when Belgium decided to allow medical murder for anyone, at any age, including babies? The talk then was all about unendurable suffering and how we had to murder children because they they were (1) terminally ill, and (2) in horrible pain?

Well, just a few days later, the death rap was a justification for the need to murder an elderly woman because she’s depressed about her looks, and it’s her choice. 

We were told at the beginning of this euthanasia debate that “mercy killing” or “death with dignity” or whatever you want to call it, was only to alleviate the suffering of people who were terminally ill and in unendurable pain. We put down animals, so the debate went, why not do the same for suffering people?

It now seems clear that those arguments were lies designed to get people to go along so that the liars could move to the next level of killing. As soon as the screw turns one half round and we get the power to kill those we decide are in pain and dying anyway, then the nasty old screw turns again and we are told that people should have the “right” to be killed for being sad, if that’s their choice.

Because now the arguments aren’t about “mercy” or “dignity” anymore, they’re about choice. It’s a person’s “choice” to be murdered, so who are we to argue?

Choice, which should be a beautiful word of freedom, has been perverted into a dark word of death. It’s ironic, but not surprising, to hear these promoters of death for the elderly use the same word that they use to justify killing the unborn.

The same people who come on this blog and argue for killing elderly people because they are depressed, also want to kill those with dementia. They are the same ones who will blast you with arguments based on “choice” in favor of killing the unborn with disabilities or for any other reason whatsoever.

The difference here is in the type and tenor of the arguments. They can’t argue, as they do with abortion, about the use of someone else’s body. It serves no purpose to kill grandma because her granddaughter was raped. So, we argue that it’s really Grandma’s “choice” to be killed.

How long before these killers unmask themselves and reveal that this killing is not for Grandma, but for us? How long before we simply say the truth: Sick people are a lot of trouble. Their care costs money, takes time and isn’t all that much fun.

How long before the arguments about “choice” do the next morph and finally become about how killing grandma and saving all that money we might waste on her could allow granddaughter to go to college? Or, if we did in our child with cancer, think of how much it would spare the other children? Or, why should we let that rich old bat sit on all that money when his or her kids need it to maintain their standard of living?

We are less than a fraction of an inch away from Hitler’s useless eaters argument.

The argument from choice as a justification for medical murder is an obvious ruse when we are talking about depressed people, those with dementia, etc. It is a lie, a deliberate, cold-blooded lie, calculated to inure us to murder so that we are ready to take the next step.

The issue is murder, and our willingness to allow it.

Let me repeat that: The issue is murder, and our willingness to allow it. 

These legalized killing fields are an ever-moving target of evil. They have no bottom because their arguments are based on something that does not exist: The ability of fallen and utterly selfish human beings to reason their way to moral behavior.

I asked the rhetorical question in an earlier post: Do you have to be a Catechism-believing Catholic to know this is wrong?

It appears the answer is yes, you do — or at the least, a Bible-believing Christian of some denomination.

There seems to be no place at the table of life for unbelievers, for the simple reason that unbelievers are all sitting at the table of death.

If you do not believe in the real God, you inevitably become your own god, and out of that self-deification flows every evil thing imaginable, including such a low regard for human life that no one, anywhere, is safe from the needle, the vacuum, the shot of poison to the heart.

I am a Catholic:

I do not kill the unborn.

I do not kill the elderly.

I do not kill children.

I do not kill the depressed, the lonely, the ugly, the disabled, or the weak.

I don’t even kill murderers on death row.

Catholics build hospitals to treat the sick.

Catholics provide food, legal services, counseling, shelter, clothing and education to those who need them.

And for this we are attacked. The same people who want to kill grandma also want to close our hospitals, corrupt our educational institutions and belittle and shame those of us in the pews for having the temerity to believe that human life is sacred and may not be ended arbitrarily.

But we will not accede to them. Because human life is sacred. Every human being, including these sad, lost unbelievers who want to kill everyone who can’t fight back, is made in the image and likeness of God. We are fallen and we have the capacity to do evil. But we also have the capacity to turn to God, be forgiven and walk in newness of life.

Today, I set before you life and death, God told the ancient Israelites.

I don’t know about the rest of the world. But I chose life.

  • http://outsidetheautisticasylum.blogspot.com/ Theodore Seeber

    We are Catholic. We don’t throw people away. We challenge people to live lives of courage instead.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    “The case FOR killing Granny.” Amazing. How could anyone have the nerve to even write that?

  • pagansister

    My husband and I have medical directives that allow us to be “disconnected’ from life support if we truly are in a condition that will not under any circumstances be recoverable. Brain dead, vegetative state. That is a personal choice. The only way that can be carried out is with permission of the family member given that responsibility. My husband of 49 years has dementia. Under no circumstances will I want to do anything to shorten his life, as he is otherwise very healthy–so far. But he has said many times, even now, that he doesn’t want to live if he is totally being kept a live by machines and has no idea what is happening and has NO chance of recovery.

    • Ray Glennon

      Thank you for your sharing. It caused me to go back to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) to refresh my understanding of what I (correctly) believed Church teaching to be — that is, turning off of a “machine” (i.e. extraordinary means) and allowing a person to die of natural causes is morally acceptable.

      This is totally different than the “murder” that Rebecca rightfully condemns in the strongest terms. On this I stand with Rebecca.

      Here is the complete citation from CCC #2278: “Discontinuing medical procedures that are burdensome, dangerous, extraordinary, or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be legitimate; it is the refusal of “over-zealous” treatment. Here one does not will to cause death; one’s inability to impede it is merely accepted. The decisions should be made by the patient if he is competent and able or, if not, by those legally entitled to act for the patient, whose reasonable will and legitimate interests must always be respected.”

      CCC #2279 addresses the similar situation when death is imminent and “extraordinary means” are not being used. It states: “Even if death is thought imminent, the ordinary care owed to a sick person cannot be legitimately interrupted. The use of painkillers to alleviate the sufferings of the dying, even at the risk of shortening their days, can be morally in conformity with human dignity if death is not willed as either an end or a means, but only foreseen and tolerated as inevitable Palliative care is a special form of disinterested charity. As such it should be encouraged.”

  • Allison Grace

    How long before genetic testing is required and babies with conditions aren’t allowed to be born; i.e., I’m forced to abort? A recent episode of Person of Interest included the line, “The world has no spare parts,” in encouraging a troubled teen not to commit suicide. All humans are meant to be here for however long their lives last. We are not animals who toss aside the troubled to the predators so that the strong live “better.”

  • Ray Glennon

    I am a Catholic. I stand with Rebecca.

    Three of my favorite Scriptures are relevant here: First… “I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace… (Ephesians 4:1-3). Second… “For I am already being poured out as a libation and the time for my departure is at hand. I have competed well: I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance. (2 Timothy 6-8). And, finally… “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40)

    When you contemplate the evils in today’s world, spread out your hand and point to your fingers one at a time and say to yourself, “YOU – DID – IT – TO – ME.” And then choose life and do something about it.

  • Steve Pålsson

    I fear all these horrors are coming to us soon. The devil seems to have increasing freedom of action in our culture. It must be because Christians aren’t praying enough. We should pray fervently and act politically while we still can. Where there is life there is hope.

  • oregon nurse

    Someday the Church in the West may be like the Underground Railroad and all those people* who think the gov. would never come for their group will be wanting our help to escape their fate.

    *http://www.novakeo.com/images/the3monkeys3.jpg


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