Oklahomas Christian Medical and Dental Association is such a massive joke.
They brought in Donald Ewert, a clueless dork, to talk about the
‘Evolution of the Immune System’ Creationism.
Brought in Mr. NOMNOMNOMNOM to talk about
the science/religion/ethics behind stem cell research SCIENTISTS KILLING BABBIES!
And yesterday they brought in Ellen Myers to talk about: “Did the Nazis have it correct? Part II: Euthanasia and Doctor Assisted Suicide; Will We Repeat the Past.”
I had no idea who this woman was. A casual Google search turned up juicy morsels like this:
She has published papers in the Creation Research Society Quarterly and at the International Conference for Creationism. She grew up in Nazi Germany, is multi-lingual, and has a Masters degree in History.
Creationist! Nazis! Me and some friends had to check this out!
… The following 45 minutes were quite possibly the weirdest, most irritating 45 minutes I have experienced in a very long time (hey, its been a while since Caseytits was in town).
Part of it is that Im not used to crazy old people. I dont mean crazy as in ‘kooky fun!’ I mean crazy in a ‘tea-bagger experiencing rapid cognitive decline’ way. My grandmothers were strong independent women up till the end, and very respectful of my religious/political decisions, so it took me a minute to get used to an 80 year old woman, lecturing at a medical institution, saying things like “OBAMA SAID THE US IS NO LONGER A CHRISTIAN NATION! DID YOU HEAR THAT??? GERMANY WAS A GOOD CHRISTIAN NATION UNTIL NAZIS!”
It was kinda like a 45-minute version of this.
The one bloggable thing I got out of this event was an observation*. A difference between Radical Christian ethics and my ethics.
My perspective is that forcing someone to do something against their will is equally offensive as forbidding someone to do something that they choose to do that harms no one. Example: Forcing women to wear headscarves when they go to the grocery store and forbidding women from wearing headscarves when they go to the grocery store are equally repulsive. What do I care whether a woman wants to wear a headscarf for religious reasons or to keep her hair-do nice for a night out? Its a personal decision irrelevant to my existence and my happiness.
Now, I get more passionate about this when it comes to end-of-life issues.
End-of-life issues are a Big Deal to me. They are Very Important. My parents have made wills and have made their end-of-life decisions 100% clear to my brother and I.
This is so goddamn important, but no one wants to talk about it.
Lets say Mom and Dad are in a car wreck. Mom dies. What does she want her funeral to be like? Does she want to be cremated? What are we supposed to do with the ashes? Does she want a $20K casket? Does she want to be buried on an island of Tahiti or in our hometown cemetery?
I dont have to make any of these decisions.
I dont have to worry about ‘what Mom wants’. She has made her wishes 100% clear.
Lets say Dad is in a coma. Severe brain damage. He will never recover. Does he want me to keep him on life-support for 30 years? For a year? Does he want me to pull the plug? Does he want his organs donated?
I dont have to make any of these decisions.
I dont have to worry about ‘what Dad wants’. He has made his wishes 100% clear.
These decisions are not my decisions. I have no right to keep Dad on life-support for 30 years if he does not want to be kept alive that way. I have no right to bury Mom in a casket if she wants to be cremated.
If my parents reach The End and they would rather end it peacefully rather than ‘natural’ lung or ovarian or pancreatic cancer deaths, I fully support their right to do that. Allowing my parents to make this decision themselves is in no way analogous to Nazis killing Jewish people.
Unless you are a Radical Christian, apparently.
According to Ellen Myers and the voices of approval from Oklahomas CMDA, countries that allow physician assisted suicide are a breath away from Nazis. The fact that ‘Obama is an Arab’ is further evidence that the US is going to be shipping Christians to death camps any day now. Allowing someone to choose a physician assisted death is equivalent to killing my parents against their will.
I find it odd that people who believe in Free Will and life-after-death are so opposed to allowing people the choice to go gentle into that good night.
* To be clear, this woman was absolutely disgusting. Parading her mentally handicapped daughter around (“SHE MADE ME HATE GOD, BUT SHE BRINGS PEOPLE TO JESUS! DOCTORS WANT TO KILL RETARD BABBIES!”), parading around the corpse of her mother (“MOM WANTED TO DIE, BUT JEW MOM CAME TO JESUS BEFORE HER DEATH! IF WE KILL PEOPLE WE CANT BRING THEM TO JESUS!”), trampling on the bodies of Holocaust victims… Crazy, stupid, hateful, disgusting old woman. This was just the only interesting about her demented presentation to blog about.