I have been arguing that legalizing euthanasia will have a negative effect on society by creating a culture of death in which death will become the accepted means for dealing with life’s difficulties, it will lead to abuses that will endanger the weak and elderly, and it will result in other forms of euthanasia (such as nonvoluntary and involuntary) that can endanger everyone, and, therefore, should not become an acceptable means for dealing with the difficult end-of-life dilemmas, for rather than promoting death with dignity, it will provide a license for killing with impunity.
The viability of this slippery slope argument can also be vindicated by the worldview agenda that underlies the euthanasia movement. The foundation of euthanasia advocacy is the utopian objectives of Secular Humanism. The rhetoric of the “Right to die” movement displays a worldview that is interrelated with Secular Humanism. Their arguments for euthanasia echo the doctrines set forth by the Secular Humanists as found in their official literature known as the “Humanist Manifesto (I, II, and III).” The seventh article of the Humanist Manifesto II states liberty in a society built upon Humanist ethics, “also includes a recognition of an individual’s right to die with dignity, euthanasia, and the right to suicide.” Joseph Fletcher, who was one of the signer of the Humanist Manifesto II and major advocate for euthanasia uses explicity Humanistic language that reveals his Humanistic philosophy in his arguments advocating euthanasia, “let him ask himself if he is a humanist or alternatively has something he holds to be better than the well-being of human beings.”
But what is the big deal that the proponents of euthanasia operate in light of a Secular Humanist worldview?
Secular Humanis is a philosophy and value system that has been developed to provide an over arching system for understanding the world in light of its postulation that scientific and technological advances have proven religious, and especially biblical, faith to be false and an outmoded means for understanding the world and society. The problems of the modern age are beyong the pale of solution by belief in ancient religious beliefe and there is, therefore, the need for a change. Its stated “social passion” is based upon “the comple realization of human personality. . . expressed in a heightened sense of personal life and in a cooperative effort to promote social well-being.”
The ultimate end for humanism is a utopian society society free of anything that would abate its quality or progress. Included in this is a consideration for issues such as economy, natural resources, and population growth. Becuase of its utopian agenda, secular humanists believe that euthanasia and suicide should be viewed as a valid course of action for doing away with things and persons that are deemed a burden to society and an impediment to their utopian agenda.
I hope that you read this and weigh it carefully–and I hope that you become repulsived by the extremely and explicitly inhumane statments of the secular humanists who advocate euthanasia. The fourteenth common principle of the Humanist Manifesto II states, “The world community must engage in cooperative planning concerning the use of rapidly depleting resources. . . . Ecological damage, resource depletion, and excessive population growth must be checked by international concord.” Furthermore, the fifteenth common principle states, “It is the moral obligation of the developed nations to provide . . . massive technical, agricultural, medical, and economic assistance, including birth control techniques, to the developing portions of the globe.” Although these statments seem tame, they become frightening when we see how they are utilized and applied in euthanasia literature.
According to Christian Barnard, the best way to deal with the problems brought about becuase of an ever increasing population competing for ever depleting natural resources is death. Because of his secular humanist committment to the evolutionary principle of natural selection, he thinks that suicide is the natural and logical course of action for dealing with the problem. He says,
As the aged are already one of the high-risk sucide groups, it seems logical to assume that the total number of sucides for almost all population groups will increase dramatically . . . I cannot think of a more civilized approach to the problem. Suicide is a basic human right and should be an option always available to the individual.