Religion's Insufferable Position
… the government has opted to follow much of the advice offered in a dissenting report from the committee’s Conservative MPs and senators, which left official Opposition MPs Thursday with relatively little to complain about.
Ottawa Citizen Apr. 14, 2016
This legislation is not so much about easing suffering but prolonging it, ending it only at the last moment when impending death would make the whole assisted death thing a moot point; prolonging the suffering long enough so that those who consider a lingering agonizing death a reflection of a god's prerogative will have fewer objections ... and it seems to have worked.
This is politics at its absolute immoral worse.
To hear religion's objections to assisted death, you would think that humanity's allege invisible friend is a ghastly sadist who likes to see people suffer and that He will end their suffering, of which He is the cause, in His own good time, thank you very much.
All mainstream religions i.e. Christianity, Islam and Judaism are very much in a conflict of interest with their message that there is a psychopath in charge and that it is up to him to decide when we have agonized long enough, and therefore they should stay out of this debate altogether and let reason and compassion guide its outcome.
The reason we are not knee-deep in bacteria is because this single cell microbe reproduces without regard for the environment in which it initially thrives until accumulated filth, mostly its own excrement, causes a massive extinction. I would like to think that we are smarter than bacteria, that we can avoid the fate of the many species that are being snuffed out by our unrestrained population growth.
Unless we do something we too are approaching a massive die-off.
Religion is largely responsible for the looming cataclysm with its message that Judgement Day is near and that god will soon come down to clean up the mess we made.
In the meantime, it expects us to behave like mindless bacterium and not do anything to reduce our contamination of our environment even if, of our own freewill, we want to avail ourselves of the means to limit our ability to conceive. And, when we feel it is time to go and make room for the next generation, avail ourselves of the means that will make it a painless peaceful transition.
All mainstream religions insist that all life and death decisions are the prerogative of a fickle sadistic deity, as if he or she has not given us freewill and the ability to reason to do what is in our own best interest.
Religion will be the death of us all, and not in a good way.
I had a discussion with a Catholic doctor and a friend about assisted suicide.
He had just come from church where the celebrant had expressed the same extreme views in his sermon as Archbishop Prendergast, views he felt were not helping him as a Christian and a healer comes to terms with what he might have to do.
I said, if his mother was terminally ill and in unbearable pain and asked him to use his training to gently send her on her way, would he do it. And if did, he could not deny others in similar condition the same type of care, for it is care, caring for the dying.
Ottawa Archbishops Against Assisted Death ... Prendergast also said priests would feel it was their duty to try to talk the patient out of it. Ottawa Citizen
Most priests, unlike their superiors in divining the Will of the Almighty, I suspect will be more compassionate and understanding and offer comforting words to the one about to die, not unlike those said by a priest to a mother, a devout Catholic, who felt compelled to sign off on an abortion for a daughter too young to have a baby.
He simply told her "not to worry, God would understand."
Being compassionate is being aware of the suffering of an other and wishing to relieve it. Those who seem to revel in prolonging the suffering of the terminally ill are nothing of the kind.
A long time ago I found myself starring up at a grey sky with rain softly falling on my face. I thought I was going to die. I felt no pain. I was not scared (and I don't know why). I waited for my eyes to close on their own. It was quite lovely when I think about it.
Three days later, I woke up in a hospital bed in pain and in extreme discomfort. I would make a complete recovery which is why, to this day, I am still beholding to the priest who saved my life.
Assisted death for me is making it possible for someone who wishes to end their interminable suffering, to so do while experiencing the pain-free serenity I felt that day when I thought my time had come.