Wes Roth just e-mailed me to let me know that Pope John Paul II made an appeal to end the Groningen Protocol:
The Pope has urged doctors and authorities in the Netherlands to think again about their increasingly far-reaching decisions on euthanasia.
He issued his appeal as it emerged that a group of senior Dutch doctors had formally reported themselves for killing 22 terminally ill newborn babies. Their admissions were intended to force the authorities to agree to regulate the practice.
Pope John Paul II said on Saturday: “I urge the authorities and medical personnel and all those who exercise an educative role to weigh the gravity of these questions.”
The Pope expressed his objections while receiving the new Dutch ambassador to the Vatican, Monique Frank.
He said: “For several years Dutch society, marked by the phenomenon of secularisation, has set in motion a legislative policy concerning the beginning and the end of human life.
“The Holy See has not failed to lay out its clear position and to invite Catholics in the Netherlands always to bear witness to the most absolute respect of the human person, from conception to natural death.”
I’m glad he’s speaking out. But for all the effect he’ll have on today’s Dutch, the Pope may as well shout into the wind.
I’ve commented on the Groningen Protocol before (here, here, and here). I’ll be gone most of tonight so I’ll be blogless, but my initial observation is straightforward: what more do we expect from a radically secular society? A callous disregard for human life flows predictably from a worldview that denies the existence of objective moral standards, much less any obligation to obey them.
Do the Dutch see the well-worn path they’ve started on? They don’t … and this road bends ever downwards. It’s doubly disappointing to see this banal form of evil sprouting in a place that once was a center of Calvinist thought and reformation. For once, the often over-used Nazi comparison applies.
We in America would be wise not to keep following the Dutch.
The State of California will actually carry out a lethal injection tonight. Governor Schwarzenegger denied a clemency request, so the state will execute Donald Beardslee for a double murder he committed in 1981 … while on parole for another murder he committed in Missouri. He’ll only be the eleventh death row inmate executed since California reinstituted the death penalty in 1978.
“I am not moved to mercy by the fact that Beardslee has been a model prisoner,” the governor said. “I expect no less.”
That’s as it should be. It appears that common sense is making a comeback in California, which is a good thing … since there are only 639 inmates left on Death Row.
Click on these links and tell me if you notice what’s missing from the search results:
What’s missing is any mention of the Groningen Protocol on the major liberal blogs. Why are the self-styled Champions of The Downtrodden™ so silent? Do they really have no opinion about a system of government-sanctioned killing of children under age twelve?
In his newest column for The Weekly Standard, Hugh Hewitt looks at the Groningen Protocol for non-voluntary euthanasia of children in the Netherlands. He wonders if the 21st Century will be even bloodier than the 20th:
This is either a low point, or a point of no return. The establishment of “independent committees” to dispatch non-consenting humans is nothing but a death penalty committee for innocents. Once begun, it is impossible–simply impossible–to limit the concept with any bright line. Abortion, of course, has always been limited by the physical act of birth, and once out of the womb, only the most extreme “reproductive rights” advocates have argued that the baby’s natural right to live can be compromised by the mother. But now the Netherlands has gone farther–much, much farther. If the “severely retarded” may be killed upon appropriate motion, second, debate, and majority vote, why not the moderately retarded? Why not the mildly retarded? Why not, in fact, anyone the “independent committee” deems as usefully dispatched.
Incredibly, the nation’s elite media has turned a collective blind eye to this story, though the Los Angeles Times did, on the day following the Drudge headline, find time to put on the paper’s front page, above the fold, the story that Salmon and Steelhead May Lose Protection, but not a column inch of ink for a radical leap past Kevorkian land into the regions of Mengele.
Lest anyone bring up Godwin’s Law, kindly remember that this is actually how the Nazis desensitized German culture in preparation for the Final Solution.
Since The Weekly Standard is read by the heavy hitters in the White House, you can bet this will show up on President Bush’s radar. Watch for references to the Groningen Protocol in upcoming presidential speeches on the partial birth abortion ban, and maybe even in speeches on judicial nominations in general.
I heard something frightening on Hugh Hewitt’s show yesterday. Low-key news coverage reveals that systematic euthanasia of children has begun in the Netherlands:
A hospital in the Netherlands – the first nation to permit euthanasia – recently proposed guidelines for mercy killings of terminally ill newborns, and then made a startling revelation: It has already begun carrying out such procedures, which include administering a lethal dose of sedatives.
The Groningen Protocol, as the hospital’s guidelines have come to be known, would create a legal framework for permitting doctors to actively end the life of newborns deemed to be in similar pain from incurable disease or extreme deformities.
The guideline says euthanasia is acceptable when the child’s medical team and independent doctors agree the pain cannot be eased and there is no prospect for improvement, and when parents think it’s best.
I recoiled from this news as soon as I heard it, but some of you reading this are thinking “what’s the big deal?” Let me illustrate the big deal with a hypothetical situation.
The Netherlands are very friendly and quite liberal. Multiculturalism’s got a lot of fans among the Dutch, who are a polite and patient people. But when you repeatedly stomp on their toes and their collective fuse finally burns down … step back. They are not passive.
Theo van Gogh was a distant relative of the famous painter. He made movies, and his newest film, Submission, criticizes muslim attitudes toward (and abuse of) women. An Islamist recently demonstrated his disapproval of Van Gogh’s movie after spotting him on the street.
His attacker was a Dutch Moroccan who wore traditional Islamic clothing. After shooting van Gogh, he stabbed him repeatedly, slit his throat with a butcher knife, and left a note containing verses from the Qur’an on the body.
By “left a note”, Spencer means “pinned a note to the victim’s chest with two knives.”
Note to Islamists: don’t screw with the Dutch. See here and here and here and here and here and here and here … get the point?
UPDATE: Pieter Dorsman of Peaktalk is an American of Dutch extraction who’s covering the van Gogh murder and its fallout, and he’s doing it quite well (thanks for pointing this blog out, Arthur). Give Zacht Ei a look, too.
UPDATE 2: Professor Goose gets it.
Following up yesterday’s flurry of blogging on the bombing at the Taba Hilton Resort in Egypt, The Jawa Report has a Religion of Peace™ round-up and a collection of information on Kenneth Bigley, the British subject beheaded today by followers of guess-which-religion.
The Religion of Peace™ has done it again.
Al Qaeda militants beheaded an American engineer it had held hostage since last week, Al Arabiya television reported on Friday.
The network was quoting its correspondent in Saudi Arabia and gave no further details. Al-qaeda had given the Saudi government a Friday deadline to free jailed militants or it would kill Paul Johnson.
When are we going to realize that we will all face the same end as Daniel Pearl, Fabrizio Quattrocchi, Nick Berg, and Paul Johnson unless we get serious and wipe Islamism and its diehard practitioners from the face of the Earth?
UPDATE: Jeff Quinton of Backcountry Conservative is tracking the story as it breaks. So far, there are only pictures, not video (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES).
UPDATE 2: AP reports that the terrorist ringleader responsible for Mr. Johnson’s death may have assumed room temperature. More from Fox News, which reports that two of his Islamozoid flunkies were killed too. The more, the merrier.
UPDATE 3: The Saudi Embassy offers its words of condolences. That’s sweet. How about not letting these scum go free this time? And the next time, and the next, and the next ….
UPDATE 4: The Al Qaeda scumbags responsible for kidnapping Mr. Johnson had help in setting up their roadblock from … wait for it … the Saudi government. I’m so shocked. *sigh*
Why do I feel no warm fuzzies for “palestinians” in the “occupied territories”? Here’s why.
I need advice from somebody who’s a better Christian than I’m turning out to be.
Somebody tell me how I’m supposed to muster the willpower to love my enemies when they ambush and murder a pregnant woman traveling with her children.
Pardon my tired sigh, but I can’t muster any surprise at the moment. The “loyal patriots” over at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) put out a press release on Wednesday with their reaction to the Fallujah corpse-piñata party:
CAIR condemns mutilation of bodies in Iraq
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned the mutilation of those killed in Iraq on Wednesday. Four American civilian contractors were ambushed in their SUV’s, burned, mutilated, dragged through the streets and then hung from a bridge spanning the Euphrates River, according to news reports.
CAIR said the mutilations violated both Islamic and international norms of conduct during times of war and called on all parties to the conflict to respect the sanctity of the dead and the sensitivities of their families.
The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group cited a tradition of the Prophet Muhammad that prohibits mutilating bodies (Hadith 654.3).
In another tradition, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Do not kill women or children, or an aged, infirm person. Do not cut down fruit-bearing trees. Do not destroy an inhabited place.” (Al-Muwatta, Vol. 21, Hadith 9)
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 25 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
Awww, how sweet. Now how about adding something about not killing civilians, especially if they’re bringing you food? And what’s this irrelevant fluff about how Islamofascists ought to “respect the sanctity of the dead and the sensitivities of their families”? Try not killing them in the first place, you shifty crapweasels.
I’m left to conclude that this kind of thing must not be a problem (WARNING: graphic images) for followers of the Religion of Peace™.