Mercy Killing in New Orleans?
Yesterday Heath gave me a little grief for posting something flippant about the paranormal (which apparently noone understood) rather than dealing with the serious down in New Orleans - "How come you haven't written about why God would cause such a thing?"
Good question. The short answer is - it takes time to write something thoughtful, and I haven't had much of either recently (time or thoughts). The longer answer is - does anyone actually care? I haven't run into too many people actually wringing their hands on this one, but maybe that's just me not getting out enough.
At any rate, here's something for Heath, and hopefully it will get all our attention: according to this article in the UK, doctors in New Orleans actually killed patients rather than evacuate them:
Doctors working in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans killed critically ill patients rather than leaving them to die in agony as they evacuated hospitals... With gangs of rapists and looters rampaging through wards in the flooded city, senior doctors took the harrowing decision to give massive overdoses of morphine to those they believed could not make it out alive.Couple of thoughts. First, I don't actually know if it's true (can anyone confirm?). Second, I'm very curious to hear what other people think when they read this - does it really bother you? or does it hardly give you pause? Is this an instance of compassion? Or does it go beyond the pale? How does the Bible speak to something like this?
I'd encourage you to read the article for yourself, and then share your thoughts (Heath - you better pipe up here!). I'll post my own ideas a little later, but I want to reflect a bit more before I tip my hand. Until then, the ball's in your court - mercy killing or murder? You tell me...
(Hat tip: James)