Posted by Gary on April 18, 2008
Ephesians 5:11-12 "Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret."
We cannot battle every evil that takes place in the world but what lies nearest us becomes our duty when it comes to wrong and right. We have been concerned and write to oppose the potential death by starvation of a Delaware citizen, Lauren Richardson.
"What business is this of yours?" one might ask those of us who are concerned. "This is a private matter" is the mantra of those who seek to usher in a culture of death in our country to which we have a simple response, imposing death on someone is never a private matter. We are not islands to ourselves, we are all a part of the human race and what is done to one of us effects us all. Death for Lauren would be imposed for she is not terminal and needs no medical machinery to live, she only like you and me, needs food and water.
Those who insist that imposing death on ill and disabled people is a "private matter" need to have something explained to them. Even if it were documented that someone would want to be starved to death (which is not the case with Lauren) such a request forces us all into that person’s situation for by their request they are demanding that we (society) validate and make provision for their self imposed death. Imposing death is not the act of one person, it is the act of a society and some of us maintain and will never stop maintaining that imposing death on the ill and disabled, especially through the tragic vehicle of "substitute judgment" is immoral and unjust. Be very frightened that you live in a country where your life can be ended on the testimony of others while you are unable to speak for yourself.
Guardians and attorneys who seek to impose death through starvation and dehydration will thank us for our concern and then ask us to leave them alone to deal with the situation "privately". No, by imposing death on a fellow citizen you are attempting to force us all to join hands with you, to give our societal approval and consent. You cannot try to make us join hands with you and tell us to go away at the same time.
Of course the response from imposed death advocates to what I am saying is that this is all legal and as evidence of our depravity, it is. Owning slaves and forbidding women to vote was once legal also.
It seems that we are to accept that starving people to death is legal and are to be quiet and go our way, we will not, we cannot. Starving people to death is the act of a society that has lost its moral bearings, fear of God and appreciation of life. If privacy means that things like this can be done, there is no telling what will become possible and practice in our world.
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