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Friday, 04 May 2018 08:59

Alfie Evans, Infanticide and Our Damnable Indifference

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This is now my third piece on little Alfie Evans. That is how important this case really is. And to be honest, if you still have no idea who Alfie is, shame on you. Yes we are all quite busy and we all have issues we are dealing with. But when things like state-sponsored infanticide come along and it means nothing to us, then we are quickly dying as a culture. Thankfully many folks are very concerned about this tragic case, and many have been speaking out. Let me quote from six quite different people on this: a parent who has gone through the same thing, a pro-life expert, a medical doctor, an English politician, a Christian apologist, and a noted American writer. Although they are quite diverse in what they do, they speak as one about this shocking case. Let me begin with someone who has been there and done that. Connie Yates, the mother of little Charlie Gard, who died in similar circumstances last year, said this:

For those who have not been in a situation like this, it is impossible to understand the pain Tom and Kate are going through. When we were fighting for our son, Charlie Gard, to be given a chance to try a treatment that could have improved his quality of life, we realized that cases like these would keep happening until the law was changed. Tragically, this has proven to be true.

Next, let me go to Rome and offer the words of Virginia Coda Nunziante, President of Associazione Famiglia Domani:

We are living in these past few days the case of little Alfie: We must be well aware that if we do not react now, infanticide will become the norm. The demon is no longer satisfied with the blood of millions of victims in the womb of their mothers [by abortion]: now things have passed to the next step, the killing of infants. It is the new holocaust that the devil demands to be offered to him by modern man.

Third, the words of a German doctor should shake us all to the core. Professor Nikolaus Haas, head of the Child Cardiology and Pediatric Intensive Medicine Unit at Munich University Hospital said this about the case:

We have learned in Germany because of our history, that there are things that you do not do with severely disabled patients. Our ethical understanding in Germany is different, I mean – thank God. The [hospital’s] logic that it is better for the child to die than that someone else looks at it, and even to sue [for that] in court, this is an unimaginable behavior for me.

Wow, those words alone should shock us out of our apathy and lethargy. My fourth quote is from an English politician who sees clearly where all this is heading. Nigel Farage writes:

Any parent in the world who’s got a child that’s sick would move heaven and earth if somebody else could offer them a different treatment. And yet what happens here is, our state-run medical system decides there is nothing else that can be done, and backed up by the state courts, they make a decision that those parents are not fit to move their child somewhere else. So this gets to the absolute heart of how much freedom does the individual have, how much decision-making process do the parents have. Or are our children now owned by the state?

Next, I offer the words of commentator Douglas Wilson who reminds us that Sarah Palin had warned about death panels in the Obamacare bill. He discusses this and then writes:

In our time, the whole society has lost its mind. And the proposals before us suggest that we the insane ought to set up and tolerate these all-encompassing bureaucracies, regulating and determining every little aspect of life. The bureaucracy will still be formed, and will still have its perverse internal incentives, but they are being established by a majority vote by all the lunatics in the asylum. There is no going home to dinner afterward. To take an image from Lewis, all they are serving is bricks and centipedes. What is required is a revolt of the normals. We have to learn how to kick. Not only that, we have to learn how to kick early. When they are refusing to allow treatment for a toddler like Alfie, we have to realize that we, all of us, enabled that system to take shape in the first place, and that we didn’t say no to the first encroachments of the wickedness of socialism.

My final quote comes from author Rod Dreher:

In what sense is the UK government not euthanizing Alfie Evans? It is terrifying to me as a parent to think that the state could decide on its own that my sick child should die, even though he is not in pain, and even though his mother and I had made arrangements to have him cared for in another country, at no expense to the state. Is this what it means to live in a post-Christian nation? I think this is what it means to live in a post-Christian nation. It is becoming a post-humane nation.

Yes it is certainly a post-humane culture we are now living in. When most folks are completely indifferent to a shocking case like this, then we have certainly moved over the edge. We no longer have the right to call ourselves civilised. Let me remind you of this basic truth: one day we will all stand before our maker and give an account. One of the big-ticket items we will have to face up to is our damnable apathy, indifference, silence, and cowardice. And the Alfie episode is just one case in point of this sadly. Indeed, there are so many vitally important things that have taken place all around us, yet we said and did nothing about them either because we did not give a rip, or we were too afraid to make a stand. Whatever the reason for our silence, we WILL be held to account for this. As Bonhoeffer so powerfully put it: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

Bill Muehlenberg

Author, Blogger and Speaker 

Bill Muehlenberg, who was born in America, lives in Melbourne. He is married to an Australian, Averil, and has three sons. He has a BA with honours in philosophy (Wheaton College, Chicago), a MA with highest honours in theology (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston), and is working on a PhD in theology. He is Secretary of the Family Council of Victoria. He was formerly the National Vice President of the Australian Family Association. He was formerly the National Research Coordinator at Focus on the Family.

He currently continues an independent ministry in pro-faith and pro-family activism. He is head of an apologetics/ethics ministry called CultureWatch, started in January 2006. This interactive blogsite features over 3,300 articles and 52,000 comments.