“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup
Saturday, September 3, 2016
WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY (BUT NOT FOR THE SICK AND DISABLED)
In Canada, we now have legal assisted suicide for Canadians "who have a serious and incurable illness, disease or disability." I meet the criteria for what the Canada's Liberal government euphemistically calls "medical assistance in dying" -- should I become suicidal. World Suicide Prevention Day is NOT meant for people like me.
I have advanced multiple sclerosis (MS) and have been incurable ill for 32 years. It has caused significant disability. No, World Suicide Prevention day does not include me, nor others like me. Although
people who consider themselves "progressive" would never admit it, their world of progression is one without the chronically ill and disabled and they are prepared to kill to get it.
World Suicide Prevention Day is for healthy and able-bodied folks and bypasses the sick and disabled in Holland, Belgium, the U.S. states, Oregon, California, Washington or Vermont, and now their neighbors to the north: Canada. We get medical assistance in dying! Our therapy is lethal injection or poison pills. So kind and inclusive of the "progressives". Such progress!
Proponents of assisted suicide say people should be able to choose the time and place of their own deaths. But have you ever noticed they only speak this way when dealing with sick and disabled people?
The euphemism "medical assistance in dying" is intentionally inaccurate and misleading. If the Canadian Liberal government of Justin Trudeau was honest they would have termed their law what it is: "An Act to permit medical assisted suicide" or "An Act to permit medical killing". But that does sounds regressive (which it is) and reminiscent of (dare I say it?) the Nazis.
So much for progress. In Canada, we are talking about state-
sanctioned medical killing specifically targeted at incurably sick and disabled and tax funded. It is anti-disability prejudice disguised as autonomy and choice.
Until the annual World Suicide Prevention day denounces assisted suicide of the sick and disabled -- and particular state-sanctioned assisted suicide -- it will be a selective prevention, a cruel and hollow lie at the expense of people like me.