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to pressure the government to act
Perhaps some parliamentarians
want to get the decision over with
because it transcends our usual
ideological positions. It’s a set of
issues that compels us to think
about the core of who we are and
the principles on which our society
Rather than invoke the notwithstanding clause to give more time,
they prefer to be rushed to judgment.
Too many, I fear, both politicians
and other Canadians, are taking
comfort in the mantra that our
courts have decided and we must
comply. It makes the decision more
palatable if we can wrap it in the
Charter and say the Supreme Court
made us do it.
Would that we have the same
sense of immediacy, a let’s just do it
attitude, about palliative care.
But hastening death is easier
than building capacity and committing to the investment of resources,
as well as investing the time we all
must spend caring for each other.
Parliament has a variety of options, as the EFC has stated numerous times. But it’s easier to blame
the Supreme Court than take
ownership of the life and death
decisions that need to be made.
How we engage this issue speaks
to the kind of society we actually are.
It is the role of society to promote, protect and defend life. It is
not unlawful for someone to take
their own life, but society should
always and everywhere discourage
suicide and offer help and comfort
to those in distress, and not death.
To provide assistance to those
who want death undermines and
compromises society’s commitment to care and nurture.
When we collectively choose to
actively hasten the death of some,
for whatever reason, our moral authority erodes. What line do we
draw to say we will help one and not
another that will not be challenged?
Those who work in medicine can
no longer commit to doing no harm
– they’ll be expected to comply with
an individual’s choice without being able to consider familial, communal and societal implications.
Let’s reach out and have these
conversations with our politicians
and our neighbours. Whatever the
politicians decide to do, our response must al ways be an expression
of our respect for life and love for
our neighbour. /FT
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EFC President Bruce Clemenger
attended an international
leadership forum in Seoul,
Korea held by the World
Evangelical Alliance in March.
It brought together some 90
leaders from 40 countries to
strengthen partnership in key
issues facing the Church today.
Clemenger, a member of WEA’s
International Council, participated
in the meetings which included
meetings with Korean pastors
consider this important case for
religious freedom ( www.theEFC.
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The EFC issued a variety of other
statements in recent months.
One reflected on the UN
Declaration on the Rights
of Indigenous Peoples as a
framework for reconciliation
( www.theEFC.ca/ TRC48).
Another commented on the
closure of Canada’s Office of
Religious Freedom ( www.theEFC.
ca/ORF-closure). EFC staff were
part of a delegation of religious
leaders who met with Rona
Ambrose, leader of the official
opposition, in advance of the
parliamentary vote on whether
to extend the ORF’s mandate.
The EFC had encouraged the
to care and