Times praises culture of death
Most readers of the Globblog, I suspect, are cultural liberals. When Markos Moulitsas listed assisted suicide and abortion on demand as "core values" of the Democratic Party, I suspect most readers of the Globblog agreed with him.
The New York Times has long been a megaphone for what Pope John Paul II called the "culture of death" (FYI: I am not Roman Catholic). On the issue of euthanasia, the Pope wrote:
Here we are faced with one of the more alarming symptoms of the "culture of death", which is advancing above all in prosperous societies, marked by an attitude of excessive preoccupation with efficiency and which sees the growing number of elderly and disabled people as intolerable and too burdensome. These people are very often isolated by their families and by society, which are organized almost exclusively on the basis of criteria of productive efficiency, according to which a hopelessly impaired life no longer has any value.Nick Kristof, on the other hand, thinks suicide to be an essential element of "death with dignity" -- dignity more of less summed up as final control over one's bodily destiny. In his opinion piece on a retired Oregon tugboat captain, the theme of productive efficiency is everywhere, hidden under the language of "burden" upon others, control and rational planning.
- "he doesn't want to put his wife and 17-year-old daughter through the trauma of caring for him as he loses control over his body."
- "I don't want to linger and put my wife and family through this."
- "I want to go out on my own terms"
- "his biggest concern isn't pain so much as the loss of autonomy and dignity. That's partly why he wants the medication on hand - if he feels himself losing the self-control he has prized all his life, he can hasten the process."
- "It's pretty weird knowing what day you're going to die, but we could plan for it"
[suicide] involves the rejection of love of self and the renunciation of the obligation of justice and charity towards one's neighbour, towards the communities to which one belongs, and towards society as a whole. In its deepest reality, suicide represents a rejection of God's absolute sovereignty over life and deathThe culture of death says first and foremost "I am God". No wonder the Democrats have a religion problem.