Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Useless Eaters - Disability Excuses Genocide

Back in 2002, Mark Mostert a professor at Regent University, wrote a chilling article entitled "Disability as a Genocidal Marker in Nazi Germany." After the First World War, Germany suffered terrible privations, food shortages and extreme economic hardship. Who were the first to be denied care and food? The physically and mentally disabled, especially those who could not "contribute" to society. Their disability was sufficient to deny them life.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the United States and Germany were both being influenced by the thought of Charles Darwin. In particular, social Darwinism which holds that not only biological traits, but social traits are genetically determined. That thinking laid dangerous groundwork for the mass slaughter of the mentally and physically ill. If an undesirable trait existed in a person, the further spread of that trait could be stopped by killing the person. Does this sound familiar? It's done in abortion clinics every day when an unborn child with a "defect" has its life terminated.

The Eugenics movement developed out of Darwin's thought and took hold in the U.S. and Europe. This ranking of human worth based on mental and physical ability opened the door to forced sterilization of the mentally retarded in the United States, and we know what it led to in Germany.

At a time when Newsweek can publish an article entitled "A Case for Killing Granny", without any qualms, we must remain on guard against this type of thinking taking hold in our society and in our health care.

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