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Death By Committee: The Groningen Protocol Part II

Posted by Mark on December 3, 2004

Hugh Hewitt has done yeoman’s work on this topic. The link is to his article from The Weekly Standard.

The protocol was already in effect, and at least four babies had been deemed disposable, and killed.

This is either a low point, or a point of no return. The establishment of “independent committees” to dispatch non-consenting humans is nothing but a death penalty committee for innocents. Once begun, it is impossible–simply impossible–to limit the concept with any bright line. Abortion, of course, has always been limited by the physical act of birth, and once out of the womb, only the most extreme “reproductive rights” advocates have argued that the baby’s natural right to live can be compromised by the mother. But now the Netherlands has gone farther–much, much farther. If the “severely retarded” may be killed upon appropriate motion, second, debate, and majority vote, why not the moderately retarded? Why not the mildly retarded? Why not, in fact, anyone the “independent committee” deems as usefully dispatched.

As Hugh notes, the MSM has yet to see this as worthy of their attention, and this would have been buried immediately if not for the bloggers. It remains an important, and sad, story.

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Christians: A Tutorial for The Liberal Elite

Posted by Mark on December 3, 2004

From the Boston Globe, of all places. Hat tip to Laura Ingraham and her new site for this:

IN A recent speech at Tufts University, Andy Rooney reflected on the election and said, according to The Tufts Daily, that Christian fundamentalism is a result of “a lack of education. They haven’t been exposed to what the world has to offer.”

Those comments as well as the identification of the “bigoted Christian redneck” after Election Day in various editorials left me wondering: Where do these “liberal elites” get this fictional image of Christians? When did this distorted perspective begin in our cultural history? How can I work to bridge this gap?

Rooney is reflective of the “liberal elite” in America that suffers from an odd disconnect with much of America and those who voted for President Bush. With respect to Isaac Asimov, I have decided to create “The Three Political Laws of Christian Fundamentalists” for the confused “liberal elite”:

* A Christian is a human being capable of independent, logical reasoning to the highest order.

* A Christian is not a mindless entity seeking to obey public religious leaders, such as Pat Robertson, John Paul II, or Ralph Reed, when voting on the future of America.

* A Christian must protect his own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the Bible.

These laws might serve a good base as these elites attempt to reach out to those in “Jesusland” over the next four years and work to correct their lenses that only allows them to see “homophobic knuckle-draggers.”

The rest of the article is just as timely and profound.

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Death By Committee: The Groningen Protocol Part II

Posted by Mark on December 3, 2004

Hugh Hewitt has done yeoman’s work on this topic. The link is to his article from The Weekly Standard.

The protocol was already in effect, and at least four babies had been deemed disposable, and killed.

This is either a low point, or a point of no return. The establishment of “independent committees” to dispatch non-consenting humans is nothing but a death penalty committee for innocents. Once begun, it is impossible–simply impossible–to limit the concept with any bright line. Abortion, of course, has always been limited by the physical act of birth, and once out of the womb, only the most extreme “reproductive rights” advocates have argued that the baby’s natural right to live can be compromised by the mother. But now the Netherlands has gone farther–much, much farther. If the “severely retarded” may be killed upon appropriate motion, second, debate, and majority vote, why not the moderately retarded? Why not the mildly retarded? Why not, in fact, anyone the “independent committee” deems as usefully dispatched.

As Hugh notes, the MSM has yet to see this as worthy of their attention, and this would have been buried immediately if not for the bloggers. It remains an important, and sad, story.

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Christians: A Tutorial for The Liberal Elite

Posted by Mark on December 3, 2004

From the Boston Globe, of all places. Hat tip to Laura Ingraham and her new site for this:

IN A recent speech at Tufts University, Andy Rooney reflected on the election and said, according to The Tufts Daily, that Christian fundamentalism is a result of “a lack of education. They haven’t been exposed to what the world has to offer.”

Those comments as well as the identification of the “bigoted Christian redneck” after Election Day in various editorials left me wondering: Where do these “liberal elites” get this fictional image of Christians? When did this distorted perspective begin in our cultural history? How can I work to bridge this gap?

Rooney is reflective of the “liberal elite” in America that suffers from an odd disconnect with much of America and those who voted for President Bush. With respect to Isaac Asimov, I have decided to create “The Three Political Laws of Christian Fundamentalists” for the confused “liberal elite”:

* A Christian is a human being capable of independent, logical reasoning to the highest order.

* A Christian is not a mindless entity seeking to obey public religious leaders, such as Pat Robertson, John Paul II, or Ralph Reed, when voting on the future of America.

* A Christian must protect his own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the Bible.

These laws might serve a good base as these elites attempt to reach out to those in “Jesusland” over the next four years and work to correct their lenses that only allows them to see “homophobic knuckle-draggers.”

The rest of the article is just as timely and profound.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »