The price we pay when respect for the sanctity of life is lost
By Dave Andrusko
I had never heard of Diane Weber Bederman until I ran across an incredible piece she’d written that appeared in Canada Free Press.
The reader learns that she is, among other things, a blogger for the Times of Israel and a multi-faith endorsed hospital trained chaplain.
When trying to get a grip on Belgium’s race to the bottom, her opening paragraphs are about as good as it gets:
“Bob Schieffer, of CBS News, recently lamented on the condition of the world. It’s gone mad, he said. Then Schieffer quoted [author and philosopher] Will Durant.
“’Barbarism, like the jungle, does not die out, but only retreats behind the barriers that civilization has thrown up against it, and waits there always to reclaim that to which civilization has temporarily laid claim.’
“I have the 1927 edition of Durant’s book ‘The Story of Philosophy.’ It is a treasure for so many reasons. I found it in my father’s library, long after he had passed away. I have come to love and respect Durant’s reflections. Based on the wisdom of Durant I can safely say Belgium is in the process of being reclaimed by the jungle.”
Most NRL News Today readers are well aware that euthanasia—supposedly bracketed by “safeguards”—is completely out of control in Belgium. Not just a “500% increase in cases in ten years; one third involuntary; half not reported; euthanasia for blindness, anorexia and botched sex change operations; organ transplant euthanasia,” to quote Dr. Peter Saunders. In the name of autonomy and non-discrimination, children can now be euthanized on the flimsiest of grounds.
Bederman writes that Belgium is losing (actually, willfully throwing away) “the most important, most revolutionary piece of civilization”:
“respect for the sanctity of life. All life. Not that long ago it was common practice to sacrifice women and children to the gods. …Sadly, sacrificing human beings still continues at the hands of present day barbarians.”
Wesley wrote a piece for the June NRL News which we republished in NRL News Today—“ Making infanticide respectable.”
There he offered thumbnail sketches of the worst offenders, places—the most “respectable places”—where a cold-blooded secular gospel of killing babies is preached with gusto and inventiveness.
Bederman reminds us that by adopting a “changing ethical paradigm,” Belgium now has “a growing and thriving euthanasia industry.” It is no exaggeration to say that
“Belgium is devolving. She has let go of the foundation of Western culture–the sanctity of life.”Put another way, the equality of life is the strongest barrier against the incursion of barbarism, which is always probing for weakness. She adds
“We are forgetting that life is sacred,” she writes. “As children of God we are all equal, all equally loved and valued, and that value is intrinsic. We are loved for being, for existing, not for what we do or how we can be used.” (emphasis mine).I would highly recommend that you read Bederman’s post. After you do, you will be reminded once more how crucial your role is.