Saturday, July 30, 2016

Islam, Sexual Violence And The West

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The unacknowledged victims of Western denial.
July 29, 2016
Noah Beck



Reprinted from InvestigativeProject.org

The mass rape of hundreds of German women mostly by Muslim migrants last New Year's was recently revealed to be far worse than originally acknowledged. Authorities now believe that more than 1,200 women were sexually assaulted – over twice the original estimate of 500. While more than 2,000 men were allegedly involved, only 120 suspects — about half of them recently arrived migrants — have been identified.

One explanation for why it took half a year for the full extent of the crime to be revealed is the German police's effort to avoid a public backlash against refugees. But ultimately, Holger Munch, president of the German Federal Crime Police Office, acknowledged to the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung that there is "a connection between the [sexual assaults] and the rapid migration in 2015."

Denial is not a strategy. Western countries that cherish women's rights must wake up to the fact that many migrants could challenge those values. Most of the mass migration comes from violence-plagued, Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa, where women are second-class citizens subject to honor killings and various legal restrictions, and where the local culture often condones rape, encourages wife-beating, and treats women as sexual objects (with 72 virgins promised to Muslim men who reach heaven).

Thus, just as the mass migration from the Middle East and North Africa raises the specter of regular Islamist terror on European soil, it also augurs the kind of sexual abuse that those regions have traditionally tolerated. German officials implicitly seemed to acknowledge as much with their laughably impotent campaign to re-educate migrants using signs that explain acceptable behavior towards women.

Non-Muslim ("infidel") women are especially vulnerable to sexual assault: Christian women are often abused and denigrated in Islamic societies, as extensively exposed by Raymond Ibrahim, author of Crucified Again. The Islamic State (ISIS) regards the Yazidi, another religious minority, as devil worshippers and reportedly enslaved up to 5,000 Yazidi women, subjecting them to rape, sexual slavery, forced prostitution and other acts of extreme brutality, like burning alive a 20-year-old girl "because she refused to perform an extreme sex act."

Saudi Arabia, arguably the leader of the Sunni Muslim world, has a legal system based on strict sharia law, which prohibits women from dressing as they wish or even driving a car. Saudi rulings are notoriously abysmal when it comes to rape. Last year, a Saudi woman was sentenced to 200 lashes after being gang raped by seven men. In 2013, a Saudi preacher whoraped, tortured, and murdered his 5-year old daughter was punished with just eight years of prison, 800 lashes, and a $270,000 fine. With such legal norms, it's not surprising that when members of the country's ruling elite travel to the West, their behavior may not change accordingly (last October three women accused a Saudi prince of sexual assault in Beverly Hills). By ironic and tragic contrast, U.S. soldiers stationed in Muslim majority countries are trained to respect local norms to the point that marines stationed in Afghanistan were actually taught to look away if they find Afghanis raping children, a common local practice.

While sharia advocates often claim that the Islamic dress code protects women, the brutally unfair treatment of women by Islamists seems driven more by power-hungry male chauvinism and/or sexual insecurity than by any genuine concern for women's welfare, judging from the staggering hypocrisy of its proudest proponents. The 9/11 jihadists visited strip clubs, and paid for prostitutes in their motel rooms. Anwar Al-Awlaki, the American-born imam whose sermons continue to attract recruits to jihad, frequented prostitutes. Osama bin Laden had an extensive pornography collection, and is among the many examples of jihadis obsessed with porn and prostitution collected by Phyllis Chesler, a CUNY emerita professor of psychology and a fellow at the Middle East Forum.

Between 1997 and 2013, well before the recent mass migration to Europe began, an estimated 1,400 children had beensexually abused in Rotherham, England, predominantly by gangs of British-Pakistani men.

While that scandal involved mostly "white" victims, an Oxford-educated Pakistani-British woman revealed her own exploitation, noting that "sexual abuse has been systemically under-reported among Asian girls due to deeply entrenched cultural taboos – obscuring the reality that there is a similarly rampant problem of minority girls being abused by members of their own community."

A few weeks ago, Swedish police received 35 complaints from girls aged 12 to 17 who claimed that "foreign young men" sexually assaulted them at a popular music festival.

Soeren Kern, a distinguished senior fellow of the Gatestone Institute, compiled details of dozens of sexual assaults by migrants in Germany during the first two months of 2016, and noted the enabling reaction from "the upside-down worldview of German multiculturalism: Migrants who assault German women and children are simply rebelling against German power structures. Germans who dare to criticize such assaults are racists."

In contrast to the initial cover-up by German police of the mass rape by mostly Muslim migrants, France's top security official recently spoke with candid alarm about the threat that his country faces. Just two days before the truck-ramming, ISIS-inspired massacre in Nice, Patrick Calvar, chief of the Directorate General of Internal Security, warned members of the French parliamentary commission that France is on the verge of a "civil war" that could be sparked by the mass sexual assault of women by migrants.

There are remarkable exceptions within Islam itself, such as the Tuareg, an Islamic tribe in Africa, where women embrace sexual freedoms, dictate who gets what in divorce, and don't wear the veil because men "want to see their beautiful faces." But how long can the Tuareg's enlightened version of Islam survive in southwest Libya when ISIS is expanding there, or in Mali, Niger and northern Nigeria, where Boko Haram is on the march?

There are also brave Muslim reformers trying to improve the way Islam treats women. However, they mostly operate in the West, where they still face death threats; one example is Irshad Manji. Another, Fadela Amara, founded Ni Putes Ni Soumises, a group that defends Muslim French girls against the pressures they face to wear the hijab, drop out of school, and marry early without the right to choose their husband. Amara went on to serve in the government of Nicolas Sarkozy, but she, too, received death threats for her efforts to liberate Muslim women.

Muslim feminists outside of the West assume far greater risks. Pakistani social media celebrity Qandeel ‎Baloch, who openly expressed her feminist views online, was recently strangled to death by her brother in their family's home, in an "honor killing." Her "intolerable behavior" is what drove him to murder her, he said, because her risqué persona was bringing "dishonor" to the family. There are an estimated 1,000 honor killings per year in Pakistan.

Even in the West, few feminists dare to criticize Islam because doing so can invite threats and violence. Absurdly, those brave enough to do so also risk being prosecuted for "hate speech."

Western countries must support courageous Muslim reformers while protecting all women living in their territories from the sexual abuse often encouraged by Islamist culture – whether that abuse is perpetrated by recent immigrants or long-time residents. The survival of the West depends on it.

Noah Beck is the author of The Last Israelis, an apocalyptic novel about Iranian nukes and other geopolitical issues in the Middle East.


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Is Florida Putting Psych Drugs In The Water? Debbie Wasserman Schultz Challenger Visits Radical Mosque

IFSF brings al-Qaeda web designer to speak; mosque Youth Director calls Israelis ‘demonic.’
July 29, 2016
Joe Kaufman




It is election season here in the US, and candidates are clamoring for votes. A problem arises, though, when those seeking votes look for them from those who would wish America harm. That was the case, when politicos, including Debbie Wasserman Schultz primary challenger Tim Canova, showed up to the Islamic Foundation of South Florida, an extremist mosque located in Sunrise, Florida, for an event sponsored by the organization Emerge USA.

Emerge USA is a radical Muslim group which tries to mask its Islamist agenda by claiming to be a political advocacy organization. The main individual behind Emerge is Khurrum Wahid, a South Florida attorney who has built his name on representing high profile terrorists, including members of al-Qaeda and financiers of the Taliban. The group holds events at mosques tied to terrorism. They include Tampa’s al-Qassam Mosque, which was founded by Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami al-Arian, and Pembroke Pines’ Darul Uloom, which has served a number of al-Qaeda operatives and which is headed by an anti-gay imam, Maulana Shafayat Mohamed.

On June 8th, Emerge organized an event – its annual Ramadan Iftar dinner – held at another extremist mosque, the Islamic Foundation of South Florida. Attending the affair were elected officials Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness, Coconut Creek Mayor Mikkie Belvedere, School Board Member Robin Bartleman, State Representative Hazelle Rogers, Broward County Clerk of Courts Howard Forman, and United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida Wifredo Ferrer. Many candidates attended as well, including Debbie Wasserman Schultz primary challenger Democrat Tim Canova.

Formerly named the School of Islamic Studies of Broward, the Islamic Foundation of South Florida (IFSF) has been incorporated since September 2009. The Registered Agent for the group’s corporation is Emerge USA’s Khurrum Wahid.

One of the co-founders and current director of IFSF is Mohammed Javed Quereshi. Quereshi was the Manager of the Taco Bell where “Dirty Bomber” Jose Padilla, aka Abdullah al-Muhajir, worked before Padilla met with al-Qaeda leaders and plotted to set off a radiological bomb in the US. According to Padilla, Quereshi gave him his first Quran and invited him to attend mosque. Following Padilla’s conversion, Quereshi would see him at IFSF and the Islamic Center of South Florida in Pompano Beach. Padilla also spent much time at Darul Uloom and Masjid Al-Iman in Sunrise, which was then-headed by imam and Hamas fundraiser Raed Awad.

IFSF partners with and uses its facilities to play host to a number of groups that have been linked to terror. They include the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), ICNA Relief, Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD), Islamic Relief (IR), American Muslims for Emergency & Relief (AMER), and the Muslim American Society (MAS).

In April 2014, IFSF and MAS held an affair featuring MAS National Executive Director Mazen Mokhtar. In March 2000, Mokhtar began work for Azzam Publications – named for Osama bin Laden’s mentor Abdullah Azzam – designing al-Qaeda and Taliban fundraising and recruitment websites. Between 1992 and 1996, Mokhtar posted on an internet forum his views in support of terrorism, calling Hamas operations “heroic” and suicide bombings “an effective method of attacking the enemy and continuing jihad.” In April 2007, Mokhtar was arrested at his New Jersey home and charged with failing to file tax returns and filing false tax returns.

In June 2013, IFSF hosted a Ramadan Prep Youth Night featuring Masjid Jamaat Al Mumineen (MJAM) imam Izhar Khan. In May 2011, Khan was arrested and spent 20 months in a Miami federal detention center on charges of terrorism. According to the indictment against him, “Izhar is a Pakistani Taliban sympathizer who worked with [his father Hafiz Khan] and others to collect and deliver money for the Pakistani Taliban… Izhar… provided and attempted to provide material support and resources… knowing and intending that they be used in preparation for and in carrying out… a conspiracy to murder, kidnap, and maim persons in a foreign country.”

The IFSF Youth Director is Abdur Rahman al-Ghani (aka Samuel Pittman). Al-Ghani has used social media to post anti-American, anti-Jewish and Islamic supremacist language and images. In December 2012, he wrote, “Zionist/Israelis… are demonic and the most evil on earth.” In March 2012, he posted a graphic stating, “ISLAM WILL DOMINATE THE WORLD” and wrote by it, “Yes, Allah has Decreed we will overtake the world in numbers…” In September 2012, he posted a graphic promoting al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki. And in February 2012, he posted a graphic of the CIA logo spattered in blood with a caption that called for “wiping out the CIA.”

With all of the menacing history of IFSF, it is deeply disturbing that elected officials and candidates for high public office would enter into such a sinister establishment. Given the terror-related groups it partners with, given the terror-related speakers it hosts, and given the radicals who are directly involved with the mosque, elected officials and candidates should balk at the mere thought of appearing at such a place.

It is the duty of our elected officials to protect their constituents, not consort with those who threaten the public’s safety and security. The only connection that our government representatives should have with IFSF is in the context of an investigation in conjunction with law enforcement, aimed at safeguarding the community by shutting the mosque down.

Beila Rabinowitz, Director of Militant Islam Monitor, contributed to this report.
Tags: CAIR, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Islam



ABOUT JOE KAUFMAN

Joe Kaufman was the 2014 Republican nominee for United States House of Representatives in Florida’s 23rd Congressional District. He is an expert in the fields of counter-terrorism, foreign affairs and energy independence for America. He has been featured on all major cable networks, including Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and C-SPAN. Joe has been instrumental in getting terrorist charities shut down and terror-related individuals put behind bars. Exactly one month prior to the September 11 attacks, he predicted the attacks by stating that the 1993 World Trade Center bombing was no aberration and that it would happen again.READ MORE

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18 U.S. Code § 1031 - Major Fraud Against The United States

Prohibited By Law

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18 U.S. Code § 1031 - Major fraud against the United States

(a)Whoever knowingly executes, or attempts to execute, any scheme or artifice with the intent—
(1)
to defraud the United States; or
(2)
to obtain money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises,
in any grant, contract, subcontract, subsidy, loan, guarantee, insurance, or other form of Federal assistance, including through the Troubled Asset Relief Program, an economic stimulus, recovery or rescue plan provided by the Government, or the Government’s purchase of any troubled asset as defined in the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, or in any procurement of property or services as a prime contractor with the United States or as a subcontractor or supplier on a contract in which there is a prime contract with the United States, if the value of such grant, contract, subcontract, subsidy, loan, guarantee, insurance, or other form of Federal assistance, or any constituent part thereof, is $1,000,000 or more shall, subject to the applicability of subsection (c) of this section, be fined not more than $1,000,000, or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.
(b)The fine imposed for an offense under this section may exceed the maximum otherwise provided by law, if such fine does not exceed $5,000,000 and—
(1)
the gross loss to the Government or the gross gain to a defendant is $500,000 or greater; or
(2)
the offense involves a conscious or reckless risk of serious personal injury.
(c)
The maximum fine imposed upon a defendant for a prosecution including a prosecution with multiple counts under this section shall not exceed $10,000,000.
(d)
Nothing in this section shall preclude a court from imposing any other sentences available under this title, including without limitation a fine up to twice the amount of the gross loss or gross gain involved in the offense pursuant to 18 U.S.C. section 3571(d).
(e)In determining the amount of the fine, the court shall consider the factors set forth in 18 U.S.C. sections 3553 and 3572the factors set forth in the guidelines and policy statements of the United States Sentencing Commission, including—
(1)
the need to reflect the seriousness of the offense, including the harm or loss to the victim and the gain to the defendant;
(2)
whether the defendant previously has been fined for a similar offense; and
(3)
any other pertinent equitable considerations.
(f)
A prosecution of an offense under this section may be commenced any time not later than 7 years after the offense is committed, plus any additional time otherwise allowed by law.
(g)
(1)
In special circumstances and in his or her sole discretion, the Attorney General is authorized to make payments from funds appropriated to the Department of Justice to persons who furnish information relating to a possible prosecution under this section. The amount of such payment shall not exceed $250,000. Upon application by the Attorney General, the court may order that the Department shall be reimbursed for a payment from a criminal fine imposed under this section.
(2)An individual is not eligible for such a payment if—
(A)
that individual is an officer or employee of a Government agency who furnishes information or renders service in the performance of official duties;
(B)
that individual failed to furnish the information to the individual’s employer prior to furnishing it to law enforcement authorities, unless the court determines the individual has justifiable reasons for that failure;
(C)
the furnished information is based upon public disclosure of allegations or transactions in a criminal, civil, or administrative hearing, in a congressional, administrative, or GAO report, hearing, audit or investigation, or from the news media unless the person is the original source of the information. For the purposes of this subsection, “original source” means an individual who has direct and independent knowledge of the information on which the allegations are based and has voluntarily provided the information to the Government; or
(D)
that individual participated in the violation of this section with respect to which such payment would be made.
(3)
The failure of the Attorney General to authorize a payment shall not be subject to judicial review.
(h)Any individual who—
(1)
is discharged, demoted, suspended, threatened, harassed, or in any other manner discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment by an employer because of lawful acts done by the employee on behalf of the employee or others in furtherance of a prosecution under this section (including investigation for, initiation of, testimony for, or assistance in such prosecution), and
(2)
was not a participant in the unlawful activity that is the subject of said prosecution, may, in a civil action, obtain all relief necessary to make such individual whole. Such relief shall include reinstatement with the same seniority status such individual would have had but for the discrimination, 2 times the amount of back pay, interest on the back pay, and compensation for any special damages sustained as a result of the discrimination, including litigation costs and reasonable attorney’s fees.

(Added Pub. L. 100–700, § 2(a), Nov. 19, 1988, 102 Stat. 4631; amended Pub. L. 101–123, § 2(a), Oct. 23, 1989, 103 Stat. 759;Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330002(a), (f), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2140; Pub. L. 111–21, § 2(d), May 20, 2009, 123 Stat. 1618.)


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Friday, July 29, 2016

Eugenics Watch: Catholic Priest Unloads On Planned Parenthood: History Will 'Lump You' With The Slave Traders, The Nazis, The Communists,

CNSNews
By Rachel Hoover | July 29, 2016 | 2:37 PM EDT


Fr. John Hollowell, the archdiocese of Indianapolis, Ind.

“We have no doubt that in 20 or 50 or 100 years, other societies and other civilizations will look back and will lump your organization in with the slave traders, the Nazis, the communists, all those groups that have always sought to oppress people,” said Fr. John Hollowell, a Catholic priest of the archdiocese of Indianapolis, in a video message to Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Hollowell uploaded the video to YouTube in February 2012, when Richards called for women to make videos with the tagline ‘I Have a Say,’ explaining why birth control is important to them.

The video has garnered 148,254 views, far more than Richards’ video, which has pulled in 37,573 views. The Catholic site Roman Catholic Man recently re-posted the video. 

“I wanted to take her [Richards] up on the offer even though I’m not a woman, because I think that all people have a say in our country,” said Hollowell in the video.

“My parents chose sacrifice over selfishness, and because they chose to give me life, I do have a say,” he continued. “You, of course, have worked very hard to push the total number of those in our country who never had a chance to have a say well above the 50 million mark: those who have been victims of abortion.”

“You’ve also worked very hard to push that number even higher through, although you try to keep it secret, the number of those children who’ve been aborted through the use of contraception and the birth control pill,” said Hollowell. “Thanks to you, many never have had a say. But I do.”

Hollowell, a high school teacher as well as a priest, also discussed the attitude of youth toward Planned Parenthood.

“As an educator of young people, I can tell you that the pamphlets hanging from my door that link breast cancer with contraception, and the pamphlets that link abortion and contraception, and abortion and breast cancer, are flying off those doors faster than I can replace them,” he said.

“Our young people in our schools are devouring and want to know more, and are no longer content to be fed the lies that your organization continues to put out,” said Fr. Hollowell.

“Our young people are hungry for the truth, and our young people are hungry as well for the Church’s understanding of what authentic human sexuality looks like, and how to express that self-giving love and that self-sacrificial love in the sexual act that takes place,” he said.

“We have no doubt that in 20 or 50 or 100 years, other societies and other civilizations will look back and will lump your organization in with the slave traders, the Nazis, the communists, all those groups that have always sought to oppress people,” said the priest.

Fr. Hollowell then challenges Richards and Planned Parenthood to a “battle” with the Catholic Church.

“I have a say, and we have a say, and I say this,” remarks Fr. Hallowell. “The Catholic Church has certainly been humbled in recent decades through the sins and crimes of some of our priests and bishops and other people acting in the name of the Church,” he remarks.

“I have this to say, though: You better knock us out now,” he says. “You and the president, in seeking to silence the Church, seeking to silence those who also believe that they have a say--you and the president better knock us out right now. Because Cecile, I can promise you, here comes the Catholic Church.”

“Our seminaries and our convents are bursting at the seams, at least those convents that have not bought in to your agenda of the culture of death and the lies that you seek to spread,” says Fr. Hollowell.

“Our convents and our seminaries are exploding at the seams with young people ready to spread the love, to satiate that thirst that our young people have for authentic teaching, for truth, who are no longer content to be fed by your lies,” he says. “The young people who have seen a third of their generation wiped out by abortion, our generations now coming into service in the Church, will not be swayed by your lies and your half-truths.”

“Cecile, I can promise you, here comes the Catholic Church,” says the young priest. “you, and the president, and this mainstream media have awakened a sleeping giant. Cecile, here comes the Catholic Church.”

“We’ve gone long enough and were going to get it on,” says the priest, “because we don’t get along, as Muhammed Ali once said. And as J.R.R. Tolkein, the famous Catholic novelist once noted, the board is set, the pieces are now in motion, at last we come to it, the great battle of our age.”“You and your organization have set yourself up as a sworn enemy of our faith from the very beginning,” he says, “from your foundress Margaret Sanger, who interestingly, we never hear much about from you. We would think that an organization would actually be proud of their founders. I wonder why you aren’t.”

“But we have heard from her, Margaret Sanger, all the way through to you,” he relates. “We have seen that you are a sworn enemy of the Catholic Church. You have set yourself in direct opposition to us. And, while that battle may have gone on quietly in the shadows in the past, our two sides now step into the ring. The gloves are off, we step into the spotlight, ready to do battle with one another.”

Hollowell was accused [in] of “anti-gay indoctrination” by gay rights activists in 2011 for teaching his students what the Catholic Church teaches about sexuality. He was the executive producer of a crowd-sourced documentary on the Church’s teachings on homosexuality called ‘The Third Way,’ and he also blogs, writes, and runs a YouTube channel.

Cecile Richard's video, "I Have a Say," can be viewed here.

Thank You Fr. Hollowell, Ms Hoover and CNS. 

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18 U.S. Code § 371 - Conspiracy To Commit Offense Or To Defraud United States

Continuing with our series on The Actual Laws being violated by Psychiatry:

No one can legally charge money to sell Homicide.

18 U.S. Code § 371 - Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud United States

If two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

If, however, the offense, the commission of which is the object of the conspiracy, is a misdemeanor only, the punishment for such conspiracy shall not exceed the maximum punishment provided for such misdemeanor.
(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 701; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(L), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.)


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Eugenics Watch: When Assisted Suicide Becomes Coercive

Now, can we Please not be subjected to any more patronizing bullshit concerning their 'Benevolent Intent' as 'Care Givers' from not just Behavorial Medicine but the entire Field of medicine?

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Hans Von Spakovsky,


Even the best intentions cannot reverse the insidious effects of a wrong policy. When those who advocate for assisted suicide cite a benevolent desire to relieve suffering, the horrifying results of such a practice still lie just beneath the surface.

Recently, an elderly Vermont woman found herselfrepeatedly pressured to commit assisted suicide. Her grave ailment? Only a broken wrist. Nevertheless, staff at her rehab center “repeatedly asked the elderly woman if she was in pain or depressed; then they would remind her that she could commit doctor-prescribed suicide under the new law.”

Advocates of assisted suicide have blown off claims that these laws could lead to this sort of pressure to die. But in the face of high end-of-life costs, Guy Page of the Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare said, “It doesn’t take a health care economist to see the shortest distance in finding ways to reduce health care costs is physician-assisted suicide.” This means that in some circumstances, the main factor in “choosing” to die could very well be more related to money than patient condition.

‘Life Is Expensive but Death Is Free’
ED; Ask yourself what the real cost of Free Stuff from Government is and where it's headed at Warp 10.

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Oregon displayed a grim example of such pressures when the state Medicaid program began informing patients and doctors that many prescription medications and painkillers would not be covered—but assisted suicide would.

Barbara Wagner, a lung cancer patient, received one such letter. She recalled, “I got a letter in the mail that basically said if you want to take the pills, we will help you get that from the doctor and we will stand there and watch you die. But we won’t give you the medication to live.”

>>> How Physician-Assisted Suicide Endangers the Weak, Corrupts Medicine, Compromises the Family, and Violates Human Dignity and Equality

As physician Dr. William L. Toffler wrote, “Supporters claim physician-assisted suicide gives patients choice, but what sort of a choice is it when life is expensive but death is free?”

Based on research concerning Oregon’s assisted suicide experience, those who choose to die frequently do so for reasons other than unbearable pain, such as loss of autonomy, dignity, or ability to engage in enjoyable activities. In other words, some who turn to death as a final recourse are suffering what could be alleviated by a society that values life enough to assist in healthy coping rather than death.

Slippery Slope

The bottom line is that assisted suicide laws lead to an increase in suicide for all the worst reasons. And it is a slippery slope: In the Netherlands, euthanasia is now practiced on individuals who are not terminally ill, but suffer from depression and other psychiatric illnesses. Babies are being euthanized there, too,because their parents or doctors “deemed their suffering too difficult to bear.”

As Wesley J. Smith, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism, hassaid, those pushing assisted suicide should “stop pretending” that it is “about terminal illness and admit it is much more about disability—which is why the disability rights movement remains so opposed as they are the primary targets.”

Value Life

Instead of encouraging—or even pressuring—those most vulnerable, what if more terminally ill patients and their families were able to share an experience similar to that of Toffler and his late wife:

Last year my wife, Marlene, died of metastatic cancer. We’d been married for 40 years. The final five years we both knew she would inevitably die of her cancer. At one point doctors told her that she had only three to nine months left, yet she lived more than four times as long. While I treasure all of our years together, the last years of our marriage were among the best. There was great suffering but also great joy and meaning in the special moments we and our seven children shared together—moments that became all the more special the closer we came to the end of her life. I wouldn’t trade a nanosecond of those last years. She died peacefully and naturally at home surrounded by her family and friends. She never took an overdose, yet her death and life had great dignity.

As Smith says, the assisted suicide movement “is about allowing killing as an acceptable answer to many causes of suffering, whether terminal or chronic disease, disability, mental illness, or existential despair.” Once you open that door, it leads to “virtual death-on-demand.” And that is something we should all oppose.


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