‘Death’ Category Archives

6
Jan

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT PUSHES “MERCY-KILLING”: can they be stopped? do enough people care?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, crime, Death, Ethics, Politics

The Victorian government — determined to introduce legalised euthanasia — assure us there will be strict “safeguards”.
Do they really believe those safeguards will be adhered to long-term?
Anyway, safeguards aren’t the point.
The problem with mercy-killing is that it is killing.
It isn’t “letting the patient die”. Or “letting the patient refuse treatment”. Those things are legal already.
Any act or omission which intentionally causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder.
On the other hand, discontinuing medical procedures that are burdensome or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be legitimate.
Using painkillers to alleviate sufferings, even at the risk of shortening their days, can be acceptable if death is not the intention, but is only foreseen and tolerated.

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31
Dec

MURDER OF CHILDREN: holy innocents, then and now.

by Arnold Jago in Death, History, Jesus, Multiculturalism, Persecution, Recent Developments

For Christians, December 28 is/was the Feast of the Holy Innocents”.
The “innocents” being babies murdered by King Herod, who feared a possible new-born alternative king.
“When Herod realised that he had been outwitted by the Magi (wise men) he gave orders to kill all boys in the Bethlehem region aged two years and under….” (Matthew’s gospel, chapter 2)
We know who killed those Bethlehem victims.
Who is murdering the hundreds of innocents being killed right now — daily, week in, week out?
Don’t we and our politicians and media bend over backwards to avoid suggesting that it’s mostly done by Muslims?
Is Islam, in fact, an ideology of violence dressed up as a religion?
We’d like that not to be true. Don’t we all long for a day when all Muslims renounce violence?
But we see little reason to expect it.
Denial and lies certainly aren’t helping.

23
Dec

ISLAM AND THE FUTURE: thoughts about the options to choose between.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Death, God, History, Modern Church, Politics

Check our media — is the only religion anybody takes seriously today Islam?
Involving (for some) taking seriously Koran chapter 2 which says about unbelievers:
“Kill them wherever you find them…fight them until there is no more disbelief….”
How best to react?
Voting for “conservative” parties?
One Nation? But don’t they specialise in unpredictable candidates?
A new party sponsored by Mr Bernardi and Mrs Rinehart? But aren’t they too economically dry and market-loving?
Like it or not, governments have to provide some kind of safety-net for those whose children would starve if nobody intervenes….
No. Political parties, by themselves, can’t do the trick.
What could be handy is a Church with credibility — to get people thinking straight.
Straight — as in putting God first — and the common good for all God’s children equal first – and our beloved selfishness, greed, pride, lust etc. last and nowhere….
Politicians of whatever party might then notice that, to stay elected, they’ll need to start doing the right thing.

29
Nov

BULLYING, SUICIDE, HOMOSEXUALITY: what is wrong with our schools and our families and our society and our souls?

by Arnold Jago in Death, Education, Family, Lifestyle, Politics

A 13-year old boy has committed suicide because, according to his mother, he was bullied for being “gay”.
That’s very sad.
We need school programs to curb bullying whatever its context – race, body-image, religion or whatever.
But this poor lad’s death is now being politicised by activists determined to infiltrate schools with programs teaching that homosexual acts are normal, that one’s gender is changeable at whim and that sexual activity needn’t be related to marriage between a man and a woman.
Such politicking can only make matters worse.
If we teach the young in school that traditional marriage is irrelevant and that it’s appropriate to do whatever turns you on – how can things get better?

24
Nov

FORGIVENESS FOR ABORTION: the pope’s position gets a mixture of boos and hoorays.

by Arnold Jago in crime, Death, Family, Forgiving, Modern Church, Women

As from now the Pope says that all priests are able to give absolution (forgiveness) to persons involved in abortion.
Previously only certain priests had that authority.
He makes it clear that abortion was, is, and always will be, a grave sin.
But he’s trying to be a bit merciful in the way that grave sin is dealt with.
Anyway, let’s hope he wasn’t hoping to be thanked by the progressive types, including self-styled feminists.
For example, a lady journalist of the Sydney Morning Herald (22 November 2016) uses the headline “Women don’t need Pope Francis’ forgiveness for having abortions”.
But do they need God’s forgiveness?
That is the point.

19
Nov

SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S EUTHANASIA REJECTION: seems the right thing, despite Mr Denton….

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Common Sense, Death, Faith

South Australia’s state parliament has rejected another bill to legalise “euthanasia” (the killing of certain categories of sick people).
The debate was settled by the casting vote of the speaker, Michael Atkinson.
Pro-euthanasia activist, Andrew Denton, is displeased with Mr Atkinson because he’s “deeply religious” and didn’t base his vote on “health grounds”.
But medical ethics clearly must intersect with religion — religion being principles and practices relating to ultimate reality.
Congratulations, Mr Atkinson, on your well-principled stand.