I hear a lot of religionists whining these days. They go on about their faith and values being attacked as if that amounted to persecution. In reality, it is the religionists who are guilty of persecuting others.
I use the word religionist to describe people so presumptuous as to think their particular religious illusion affords them divine sanction to inflict its consequences on others.
What troubles them most is the possibility of losing what they covet most: the power to impose their will and values on the rest of society. They seem oblivious to whatever suffering comes to others as a result.
The religionist is adamantly opposed to the legalization of assisted suicide. He insists that man has no right to set the time of his own exit from life no matter the consequences of continued survival.
His insistence holds even if survival means living in a state of helplessness, pain and irreversible physical deterioration for months or years.
Reality is set aside in favor of maintaining religious illusion regardless of who has to suffer in its service.
It seems the ignorant arrogance of the Dark Age delusions lives on.
Paul B. Fluehe
Salt Lake City
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