The Great Smoky Mountain Journal
Posted: Tuesday, January 01, 2019 02:49 PM
OUR VIEW: Britain's Embrace Of Death In the Case Of Alfie Evans is Warning To America
A baby boy named Alfie
Evans died Friday at the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in
Liverpool, England, in the pediatric intensive care unit that had been
his home for the last 18 months.
The life he lived for
close to 24 months was mercilessly short, yet full of meaning. He didn’t
know it, but he was at the center of a heart-wrenching, and in my
opinion, scary debate about who should have final authority over
children’s medical care: Parents, or the state? My question is simply,
should there BE any debate?
The little Evans was
born on May 9, 2016, the healthy child of two young parents, Tom Evans
and Kate James. But as early as July 2016, Alfie’s health began to
deteriorate. He was brought into the pediatric unit at Alder Hey in
December 2016, where, over the course of a year, he suffered seizures,
bi-lateral pneumonia, and cardiac complications that put him in a coma
by January 2018.
But Alfie’s parents did
not accept the doctors’ conclusion, arguing that the hospital had rushed
to judgment. In later court hearings, they said they felt the hospital
had “given up” on Alfie. And so the hospital turned to the family
division of the UK’s High Court for a ruling.
The family then filed an
appeal request before the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, which was
denied in March 2018. After having exhausted all legal options in the
UK, the Evans took their case to the European Court of Human Rights,
where their appeal was ruled inadmissible.
This was a fundamental
conflict between the actions of the British legal system and both the
right to life and the right of parents to determine a child’s medical
Alfie Evans is not the
first baby whose medical condition sparked similar debates. Last year,
Charlie Gard, a terminally ill British baby, died in July 2017 a day
after the British High Court ruled that his life support could be
withdrawn. Charlie’s case had attracted the attention of world leaders
from Pope Francis to US president Donald Trump.
But the British legal system took the view that, in some cases, like Evans and Gard, keeping children artificially alive only prolongs their suffering.
Listen up Britain and
listen up America. God did not give any court system the right to judge
when a person lives or dies. He ALONE has that right to determine when
death occurs in anyone, no matter their age.
This was not a legal matter, it was a moral one.
History warns us what happens to nations when life is tossed aside as some second thought, not as a first thought.
We have no further to look than Nazi Germany where the Nazis advocated the killing of children of “unwanted” or “dangerous” groups either as part of the “racial struggle” or as a measure of preventative security. Many Germans and their collaborators killed children for these ideological reasons and in retaliation for real or alleged partisan attacks. When all was said and done the final tally was 1.5 million children dead.
One would say, 'well the British situation was not anywhere close to what Nazi Germany did, it was simply a matter of the courts doing what they felt was best for the child." To use a South Georgia term, hogwash.
The British courts had no blanking right to be interfering in the FIRST place into the choices of parents and their kids. The same ruling class in Britain mirror the Democratic party here in America which embrace this same culture of death.
While the pundits argue this was over health care, I argue it was about LIFE. God is the only one who has the right to end a life simply because He created LIFE! He was the author of Alfie Evans life and HE alone should have been able to determine when he died, not sinful wicked judges on a British court who took matters into their own hands in a callous way.
If you don't think this was ideological then look no further to the local police department where Evan's parents lived who threatened fines and even jail to anyone that posted on social media that the courts "killed the infant Alfie Evans." George Orwell is turning over in his grave right now screaming, "I told you this was coming!" That's no longer a free democracy when things like this take place; it's a police state.
I warn America today that if we're not careful this same type of judicial tyranny and the striping of parents' rights is coming here. It's already starting with judges feeling they are now the legislative branch of America. If Democrats ever get full power again over this nation, the culture of death will surely be part of our culture.
Any nation who embraces the slaughter and killing of innocent children will always find itself on the opposite side of the fence with the Creator. God is a God of life!
While I'm 10000% certain Alfie Evans was taken into the hands of the same loving God on Saturday AM, I'm also certain God's heart was grieved for the callous display of death He witnessed in Britain this week.
America, we better wake up. This stuff is coming to our shores on the backs of liberal politicians and those who embrace this culture of death.
There's a saying in
Britain, "God save the queen." The Brits need to be praying "God have
mercy on our wicked souls and forgive us for the killing of this baby."
It's more than the queen that needs saving today across the pond. God
Christopher McDonald, Publisher, Editor in Charge
Great Smoky Mountain Journal