Monday, 7 July 2008

Morgentaler's Order of Canada

From Musings from the Muse
The award committee seems to be making a statement about Morgentaler - we think he's a great guy and deserving of this honour. Morgentaler agrees, in an interview he stated that he "deserved" the award (which should automatically disallow him)...

...The award was not made on the basis of anything he achieved, but rather to celebrate the place of death in western culture.

I guess this should not be a surprise - since our culture has an unhealthy addiction about death, the commercial availability of abortion fits nicely with that idea, as will the legalizing of euthanasia which is just around the corner. What better way to celebrate our fixation with death, than to name the man the media called 'Dr Death' to our country's highest order?

The next medical recipient should probably be the Dr who challenges the laws [against] physician-assisted suicide at the Supreme Court and has them struck down - thereby allowing our medical system to administer 'compassionate' and 'caring' death.

I wonder why the person who invented the 6-49 lottery should not be also named, as they've had a far larger impact on more Canadians that Morgentaler.

Take Care


Dave Groff said...

At our Baptist General Conference annual meeting on the weekend someone made a motion that our conference officially express our displeasure over this appointment. It was passed and will happen. I don't expect it will change anything, but at least one united voice will be heard.

John K said...

I see Jon ignited a bit of a firestorm on this subject over at his blog. Although I don't agree with some of his thinking, I find the whole thing a bit of a ho-hum non-issue. In other words, I'm not all up in arms about it.

I consider myself more of an observer and commentator than an activist. Morgantaler's award is just a reflection of where our society is at the present time. That's just a fact. To many Canadians, he's a hero deserving of the award, but that's because in the current climate, abortion is seen by most Canadians merely as a matter of convenience rather than the taking of a life. It's just a part of the self-centered "me" thinking of the baby-boomers and later generations.

The Order of Canada is, in a sense, little more than a popularity award, like the People's Choice, I suppose. Morgantaler was given it, but I doubt very much that a pro-life activist, who may be just as devoted to his cause as Morgantaler, would ever receive it in today's world.

Nor would a conservative Christian figure, but I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Michael Ingham get it one of these days.

On the other hand, I have no hesitation in saying that what Morgantaler has done is evil, and that his being blatantly unrepentant about it makes him an evil person. Accuse me of being judgemental if you like.

The last chapter of the Bible sums it up for me:

"Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy. Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done." (Rev 22:11,12)