I wish to respond to Pam Frampton’s column, “Fighting for the right to die” of Aug. 25.
Ms. Frampton, you are not fighting for the right to die.
As Alexander Deane, barrister, author and former chief of staff to David Cameron has said, “The debate about euthanasia isn’t about letting people die.”
It is about doctors actively taking part in killing them.
In an euthanasia society, the state is asked as to who should continue to live and who should not.
How frightening and reminiscent of what Hitler, Lenin and Mao built without God — tyrannies that phased out the invalids, bedridden cripples and the unproductive aged by programs of euthanasia.
Murder and suicide bring about death in this world and, most likely, death of the soul in the next.
Whom, may I ask, has had more experience with the dying elderly than the late Mother Theresa? She repeatedly said, “Death with dignity is to die with grace.”
Her formula was to make the person happy — to create an atmosphere of God’s presence in the individual’s surroundings.
No matter what the thinking of sentimentalists, God alone created and owns human life.
Those humans who wish to play God and practice euthanasia are committing the serious sins of murder and/or suicide.
Euthanasia is a vicious killer that preys on the weak and vulnerable. Pope Benedict has declared, “Freedom to kill is not a true freedom but a tyranny that reduces the human being into slavery.”
If we don’t reverse course, the recent popes have warned us, the culture of death, euthanasia and abortion will destroy our civilization. The Pope recently told Scottish bishops that euthanasia “strikes at the very heart of Christianity.”
Recently, Pope Benedict stated, “The cross of Christ will be the demon’s ruin and this is why Jesus does not cease to teach his disciples that in order to enter into his glory he must suffer much, be rejected, condemned, and crucified. Suffering is an integral part of his mission.”
Suffering for Orthodox Christians is an opportunity to unite their sufferings with those of Jesus Christ — it is an opportunity to make atonement for their sins and enter eternal life.
Your column, Ms. Frampton, is a dangerous negation of the truth.