Anglican Samizdat

October 25, 2009

A church does euthanasia

Filed under: Mad Churches — David @ 10:40 pm
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The Unitarian Church of Vancouver proudly proclaims that it is a community of diverse beliefs and shared values. I’m not sure exactly what this means, although I toyed with: we all believe something different and all beliefs are of the same value even when they contradict each other; thus they are all rendered equal but meaningless – relatively speaking; or We value the fact that everyone in our church believes something different because…. well, we’re daft or Our shared value is that we don’t care that no-one believes the same thing; we are a church with no duplicate beliefs!

Whatever the real meaning, a value that is not shared is the sanctity of human life:

A Vancouver church is stepping in to host a workshop by an Australian right-to-die doctor after the city’s public library cancelled the event over legal concerns.

Rev. Steven Epperson of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver said he believes Dr. Philip Nitschke, director of the pro-euthanasia group Exit International, has the right to free speech, even if he’s telling people how to kill themselves.

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4 Comments

  1. I dont’ believe the church is doing anything wrong. They are simply providing a venue for a group that is exercising their rights to free speech. To me, they seem to be a church that doesn’t feel the need to pigeon hole their beliefs to one set of rules. Everyone who is there believes in the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Why does it matter that some people there have diverse beliefs? In no way does it make them any less of a church.

    Comment by Bonnie — October 26, 2009 @ 3:33 pm

  2. But of course – and Bonnie is defending this – the church is allowing free speech for ideas that are PC, or compliant with the secular materialism, the Culture of Death, that rules Western societies. The same church (should that be “church”?) would not allow free speech if it was someone talking about creeping Islamisation or the evils of abortion or the abuses of the Gay Power lobby, or suggesting any other non-pc viewpoint, now would it?

    Comment by John Thomas — October 27, 2009 @ 1:30 pm

  3. Yes, they’re allowing free speech in which all parties in this situation (assisted suicide) are willing. That is the difference. Where is it exactly that your problem lies with all of this? Other than it doesn’t agree with YOUR set rules.

    Comment by Bonnie — October 27, 2009 @ 5:08 pm

  4. […] A church does euthanasia Steven Epperson of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver said he believes Dr. Philip Nitschke, director of the pro-euthanasia group Exit International, has the right to free speech, even if he’s telling people how to kill themselves. […]

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