looking at what happened then (and a belated apology) and what is happening now with Down Syndrome genocide
…the devaluation of human life, the blurring of what it means to be human is humanity’s greatest crisis.
“The attempted manipulation of life and death is the most significant issue of our time. When does human life begin and when does it have value? What does it mean to be human? The answer to this is critical to our thinking with respect to abortion, destructive embryo research, cloning, eugenics and euthanasia.”
Humanity’s greatest crisis, medicine’s greatest challenge, society’s greatest risk – our future is under attack in three critical areas with interlocking themes of risks to freedom of speech, belief and conscience, the manipulation of life and death, and the re-shaping of Australian society by minority group pressure.
Dr Philip Nitschke also argues that anyone, even – get this – troubled teens, should have the right to kill themselves:
…all people qualify, not just those with the training, knowledge, or resources to find out how to “give away” their life. And someone needs to provide this knowledge, training, or recourse necessary to anyone who wants it, including the depressed, the elderly bereaved, the troubled teen.
National Review Online, 5 June 2001
The Ethical Crisis in our Parliaments
“Recent atrocious laws about abortion and embryonic stem cell research only passed by one or two votes. Will the same happen with euthanasia, assisted suicide and cloning? Why wouldn’t it? If we do not encourage people with strong Christian values about life, marriage and family to enter parliament, nothing will [...]
At root, the culture of death is about autonomy. The cry for abortion centres
on we want control over our bodies; the cloning debate hinges on but we
want to do this research anyway, even if it is not necessary and even if it is
wrong; the call for Advance Care Directives and euthanasia is ultimately
about we want to choose when we die, not just when life is near its natural
end but at any other time we choose as well. It is a “we want” battle to the
exclusion of any consideration of moral law or the soul. And Dr Nitschke
wants to include troubled teens.
Embrace the Grace: Learning to be a Gift of Self.
New Norcia, December 2006.
In JRRTolkien’s The Return of the King, Gandalf describes how the Stewards of Gondor are given responsibility for rule until the king has come. The steward of the time fails that responsibility miserably. In the face of oncoming danger he gives up and seeks [...]
For these two icebreakers it is suggested that answers be written down, quickly collected and numbers displayed. Short discussion may be allowed depending on time available before going on to Bible Study questions.
1. When do you think human life begins?
a. at conception i.e. fertilisation of a human egg by a human sperm (with in-vitro fertilisation [...]