When the high ranking Nazi and German officials (many of whom were Christian - Germany was 99% Christian at the time) met in Wannsee to discuss the murder of millions of Jews in 1941, they planned to do it by effectively 'euthanizing' with poison gas. While this seemed more humane to those who were not convinced that genocide was the best answer to the Jewish question, the Zyklon B poison gas that was eventually used was simply a more efficient way of carrying it out.
Repealing Obamacare (an admittedly horrible healthcare coverage plan in it's own right, but for millions of people, it's better than nothing) achieves the same effect as the Wannsee conference, but dispenses with all pretense of being humane about it. While one treated people like a dog that needed to be put down, the other treats the uninsured like Terri Schiavo, and while the former was the result of racism the latter is the result of greed. Yet both were performed for "moral reasons," by Christians.
Terri Schiavo, you may recall, was a woman in a persistent negative state who died in 2005. In a right-to-die case that played out across televisions in America, Schiavo was caught between her parents who wanted to care for her despite her condition, and her husband, Michael Schiavo, who claimed Terri had previously insisted before her "accident" - that the parents claimed was actually an attack by Michael - that she would not want to be kept alive in such a condition. While the parents tried to convince the courts that Michael had attacked her and to therefore put Terri in their care, the court eventually sided with the husband.
Having given power to decide Terri's fate to Michael Schiavo, he "pulled the plug" on the administration of all life saving measures, such as feeding, hydration, and medication, "in accord with what Terri would've wanted." And over the course of the next couple of weeks, much to the horror of Christians across the country (including myself), Terry slowly starved to death.
Today, as an atheist, I watch many of those same Christians act like Michael Schiavo by deciding to pull the plug on as many as 20 million potential Terri Schiavo's, and all for the financial benefit of healthcare insurance companies that have been boasting on Wall Street of their ever increasing record profits.
Like Terri Schiavo, Conservative Christians in America decry the killing of the "unborn human life," and clamor for laws that outlaw abortion. Such Christians do not care that studies show that outlawing abortion does not actually decrease abortion rates and that in some such places abortion rates have actually increased as a result. Nor do they care that such laws tend to only increase the number of injuries and complications associated with abortions (with a recent law being passed that allows medical professionals to chose not to treat those suffering from such complications if it conflicts with their religious beliefs - Christians do not have to provide medical assistance to "sinners," in other words ).
Instead, such Conservatives Christians only care about feeling they've done the right thing, even if the "right thing" they've done has only contributed to increasing the number of "unborn human beings" being "murdered." And by repealing Obamacare, such "Christians" will likewise increase the number of people who will die from a lack of access to healthcare. But since they've succeeded in defending the profit motives of "capitalism" from the evils of "socialized medicine," regardless of the cost to human life, they'll sleep soundly in their beds, comfortable in their beliefs that they're one step closer to heaven, regardless of all those who's lives they just turned into a living hell.
Indeed, if America is a Christian nation, it is clearly NOT because we "treat others as we would want others to treat us, or believe Jesus when he said that "whatever you do to the least of your brothers or sisters you do unto me," but because we all too often worship the golden calf of free market capitalism by enriching the money lenders, and for our 30 pieces of silver we save in our taxes, a nation would gladly crucify the body of Christ.
Friday, January 20, 2017
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