R.I.P. BRITAIN'S PATIENT-KILLING “PATHWAY TO DEATH”
FrontPageMag.com, 7/18/13, “R.I.P. Britain’s Patient-Killing ‘Pathway to Death’” [Excerpts]: Americans who wonder how their medical care will evolve once the Affordable Healthcare Act is fully implemented should turn their attention to the UK. After a sustained campaign by the UK’s Daily Mail, the so-called Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) that provided end-of-life care to thousands of patients in Britain’s government-run National Health Service (NHS) will be phased out over the next six to 12 months. This is due to the reality that an independent review board found “shocking examples of abuse” regarding the treatment of the system’s most vulnerable patients.
According to the Daily Mail, patients [were] so heavily drugged they could no longer communicate with family members.
The Mail notes that last year as many as 60,000 patients “placed on the scheme were never asked for their consent, or their families were not asked....” With regard to protocols that call for nurses to moisten the lips of the dying after food and water have been withdrawn...family members reported that they were forced to hydrate their loved ones in secret, “disobeying instructions from medical staff to withhold fluids” according to the report.
A RELIGION OF "PEACE"?
FrontPageMag.com, 7/15/13, “The Arab World’s Ramadan Hate-Fest” [Excerpts]: [On July 10, 2013] Ramadan began—the month-long Muslim holiday commemorating the first month in which Muhammad received Quranic revelations.
Ramadan is, of course, a holiday of fasting—during the day. In the evenings, after the fast-breaking Iftar meal, families typically gather together around the TV. That sounds nice—family fun and togetherness for the holiday.
This year Arab families are being treated to a series called Khaybar. Khaybar was, of course, the town in northwestern Saudi Arabia where, according to the Quran, Muslims massacred Jews in 628 CE. To this day, “Jews, remember Khaybar, the army of Muhammad is returning” is a Muslim battle cry against Jews or Israelis—used, for example, on the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara in May 2010.
In advance billing for the show, Al Jazeera told viewers that it “sheds new light on the battle with the Jews, on their hate for Islamic preaching, on their crafty schemes…and even their personal aggression towards Muhammad himself.”
Scriptwriter Yusri Jundi, reports Ynet, “has become a hot commodity on the Arab interview circuit”; he told Al Jazeera that “the series shows how the Jews are Jews and that their nature endures despite the fact that hundreds of years have passed, they still spread corruption wherever they live.”
One of the leading actors, Sameh el-Sereity, told an Egyptian paper that “the hostility between us and the Jews still exists. The hatred is ingrained. Neither Egyptians nor Arabs need this show to justify their hatred of Zionism. The existing struggles between us provide the simplest proof of this.”
Seemingly all this should give the world’s peace processors pause. There are still a lot of them, undeterred by anything that has happened since the initial “peace” euphoria of the early 1990s.
SUPREME COURT MARRIAGE DECISIONS & SCHOOLS
Christian Post, 7/11/13, “Public Schools Impacted by Supreme Court Marriage Decisions” [Excerpts]: Public schools focus as much on shaping a student’s values as they do on teaching the three Rs. Indeed, in a recent student speech case (Morse v. Frederick), Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Anthony Kennedy observed that schools are increasingly “defin[ing] their educational missions as including...whatever political and social views are held by...the school administrators and faculty.”
All too often, the values public schools instill in our children are informed by a secular worldview that is hostile to key tenets of the Christian faith....Consider, for example, the two largest teachers’ unions statements in support of the Supreme Court’s marriage decisions:
What we have witnessed today is a major milestone in American history—a monumental decision and a huge step forward for civil rights....I am reminded of the struggle, and I think of how far we, as a society, have come to let love overcome hate and bigotry....—Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association.
Today, we took a giant leap forward in the march for equality and justice for all....While we wish the court had acted to extend marriage equality for all Americans, make no mistake that the momentum for equality is building and there is no going back.—Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers.
While not all public schools, and not all public school teachers, agree with the above statements, you can be sure that these views will increasingly find their way into your child’s classroom.
The NEA President’s words “because of what we do and who we serve, we will always be on the frontline of this battlefield”—should be chilling to any Christian parent with a child in public school. This is an unabashed acknowledgement that the NEA sees its members’ role as indoctrinating students with its pro-homosexual, anti-marriage views.
63% OF ABORTIONS IN TEXAS BLACK OR HISPANIC
CreationMoments.com, 6/14/13, “63% of Babies Aborted in Texas Are Black or Hispanic; Annual Total Exceeds Population of Galveston [Excerpts]: In Texas, where the state House today approved a bill that would prohibit abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy, 63 percent of the babies aborted in the most recent year on record were black or Hispanic, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Black babies were aborted in Texas at more than twice the rate of blacks in the state’s population. According to the Census Bureau, 12.3 percent of the people in Texas are black. However, 24.8 percent of the babies aborted in Texas were black.
Hispanic babies were aborted in Texas at a rate approximately equal to the rate of Hispanics in the Texas population. According to the Census Bureau, 38.2 percent of the people in Texas are Hispanic. According to the CDC, 38.3 percent of the babies aborted in Texas were Hispanic.
White babies were aborted in Texas at a rate that was less than the rate of whites in the Texas population. According to the Census Bureau, 44.5 percent of the people in Texas are non-Hispanic whites. However, only 31.7 percent of the babies aborted in Texas were non-Hispanic whites.
Planned Parenthood, a vocal opponent of the Texas bill that would outlaw abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy, was founded by Margaret Sanger, who argued that some Americans should be sterilized or segregated.