I follow George Stroumboulopoulos' Facebook page as I think he posts some of the most interestingly 'talkable' stuff. He recently posted about 'right to die' legislation in Quebec. He has an active group of followers and the discussion is quite lively. I wanted to add in so I wrote:
need to learn the difference between disease and disability. The
disability movement is VERY concerned about this. I am a wheelchair
user. I work. I love. I have sex. I enjoy my life. Yet people say to me
that 'they'd rather be dead than in a wheelchair' ... that translates
almost literally into 'you'd be better off dead than in your
wheelchair.' A mother of a happy child with Down Syndrome was told by a
passerby that the child should be 'put down'. Organisations within the
disability community like 'Not Dead Yet' are actively fighting to ensure
that the right to die does not become the obligation to die and the
prejudices that lead people to believe that we, as disabled people, do
not have a high quality of life.
Then I followed up with:
those of you confident that people understand the difference between
disease and disability, right now ethicists are writing that parents
should have the right to 'after birth abortions' so they can kill
disabled babies that slipped through the genetic testing net. They
state, speaking about about people with disabilities:" Merely being
human is not in itself a reason for ascribing someone a right to life."
Then a guy named Adam said:
Hingsburger - certain ancient cultures killed deformed babies on sight.
You may not think its "ethical," but it did contribute to the strength
of their society. Myself, while I understand those families who choose
to be responsible for rearing strongly disabled children, I'm not
opposed to after birth euthanasia for those children who would not be
capable of living a full and independent life.
Then I said:
Adam ... so
you think that Hitler was right to engage in the mass slaughter of
disabled people, who were called useless eaters, in an effort to clean
up the gene pool ... wow.
There were no follow up comments to that. I heard about Godwin's Law several years ago and many of my friends use it to mean 'as soon as you make a comparison to Hitler, you've lost the argument.' So, why did I make the comparison to Hitler? Well, in this case it's apt and a logical follow up to what Adam had said. Ancient cultures contributed 'to the strength of their society' by the death of disabled children. Um, isn't that pretty much the Nazi philosophy regarding that lovely 'master race' stuff.
What astonishes me is that no one. That's NO one, except me, took him up on what he said. It just sat there, reeking of hate, and wasn't worthy of comment.
And that's comment enough for me to leave the discussion frightened.