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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

How come....?

I was just reading a columnist who is all gung-ho on physician-assisted suicide. It's compassionate; it eliminates suffering; it's death with dignity.

So how come using the same means to kill convicted serial killers is cruel and unusual punishment...often fails and requires multiple attempts to kill while the person seizures, vomits, etc?

I'm not a big fan of capital punishment, but I'm just wondering how the same method of killing is so right for the innocent and so wrong for the guilty. Can you explain it to me?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I bet that nowhere in the article you were reading was there any mention of God, an afterlife or of an eternal destiny so you can easily end up playing God. Here is Ezekiel Emanuel's(remember him? Rahm's brother who helped design Obamacare) version of being God. http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/09/why-i-hope-to-die-at-75/379329/

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

You must have read the same article!

c matt said...

how the same method of killing is so right for the innocent and so wrong for the guilty

Well, I'll give you the modernist answer: Consent. To the modernist, man is the measure of all things - so if man gives his consent, anything goes.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

In view of Hugh Finn and Terry Sciavo and all the vulnerable elderly in places like Holland who are afraid to check into a hospital I'd say consent isn't all that important to a modernist.