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Human Exceptionalism

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Assisted Suicide Right for the Institutionalized Mentally Ill

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Is euthanasia really the best way to alleviate the suffering of those dealing with serious mental illness?

Hello, and welcome to Human Exceptionalism. Assisted suicide proponents always promise that facilitated death will be offered solely and strictly to the mentally competent, but once a society accepts the premise of euthanasia, that it is acceptable to eliminate suffering by eliminating the sufferer, there is no way to restrict the putative right to die to the mentally healthy. Think about it. Mental illness often causes greater anguish than…

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Redefining “Death” Would Unleash Great Evil

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Does it matter how "death" is defined, and who defines it?

Hello, and welcome to Human Exceptionalism. Most people understand the word “death” to mean the end of biological life, but now an influential cadre of utilitarian bioethicists wants to redefine it to include a subjective and sociologically based meaning. Their purpose isn’t greater scientific accuracy; rather, by making death malleable, they hope to open the door further to treating indisputably living human beings as if they were cadavers.


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Canada and the Right to Die

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Is the "right to die" more important than religious liberty?

Hello and welcome to Human Exceptionalism. Euthanasia poisons everything it touches, including religious freedom. Last year, the Canadian Supreme Court created a right to euthanasia and assisted suicide. The decision went well beyond what we might call “mere legalization.” Rather, the Court manufactured an enforceable legal right for qualified patients to receive what Canadian policy-makers euphemistically calling “medical aid in dying.”


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“Remembrance of Death” Can Overcome “Death Obsession”

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Why is our culture obsessed with death, and how can remembrance of death help us to overcome it?

Hello and welcome to Human Exceptionalism. Today we’re going to talk about the cheery topic of death.

Many years ago I was approached by a member of the Hemlock Society after a speech opposing assisted suicide. She asked me, “Mr. Smith, how do you envision your death?” I was a bit taken aback. Her whole approach seemed backwards to me, so I replied, “Ma’am, I’m still trying to envision my life.”…

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What Euthanasia Enthusiasts Really Want

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What do euthanasia enthusiasts really want? To eliminate suffering of any kind by eliminating the sufferer.

Hello and welcome to Human Exceptionalism. Assisted suicide advocacy is wrapped in euphemisms and false assurances. We are often told that medicalized killing will be a last resort, reserved for the terminally ill to be deployed in the context of a long-term relationship with a caring doctor, and even then strictly when there is no other way to alleviate suffering. But that is just sales puffery. In fact, no law requires objective proof of pain and suffering…

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Transhumanism

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Wesley discusses "transhumanism"—what is quickly becoming the world's newest religion, offering adherents the kind of hope once within the exclusive province of faith and without the humbling concept of an omnipotent God to whom one owes prayer and thanksgiving.

Hello, and welcome to Human Exceptionalism. The West, we are told constantly, has entered the secular age. Religious faith is irreversibly shriveling, opening space, supposedly, for a society based in rational non-belief and governed solely by reason. Traditional religion may well fade, but we will never see an end to belief. Humans are hard-wired to be subjective beings, driven by moral concepts and the creation of ideologies and creeds. Thus, even if Christianity,…

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Say No to Validated Suicide

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Supporting another's self-destruction is not a compassionate or morally neutral act.

Hello, this is Wesley J. Smith, and welcome to Human Exceptionalism.  Back in 1991, I received an invitation to an unusual party. My elderly friend, Frances, wanted to die. Her plan, she said, was to hold a “life celebration” with her closest friends, where we would hold her hand, kiss her cheek, tell her how much she meant to us as she expressed her own love in return. Afterwards, she would take an overdose of pills and embark upon what…

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Why Our Medical Elite Support Planned Parenthood

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If you think it is respectable to consider babies, whether born or unborn, to be an inferior stage of human life, you can easily come to think that they have few rights that fully developed persons are bound to respect.

The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a scathing editorial about Planned Parenthood’s harvesting of fetal tissues. No, the editorial didn’t criticize the organization for discrediting scientific research by killing fetuses in a “less crunchy” manner, as one executive put it, to obtain intact organs. Rather, using the highly emotive language of ideological pro-abortion activism, it attacked the messenger as “radical…

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Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

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Once a culture accepts the fundamental premise of euthanasia consciousness, there is no way to limit doctor-administered death to those who are already at the end of their lives.

Hello. My name is Wesley J. Smith, and welcome to the Human Exceptionalism podcast on Ancient Faith Radio. Today we are going to take a difficult walk. Our topic will be euthanasia and assisted suicide and where legalizing these lethal acts inevitably takes a society that embraces the death agenda.

Many people believe that assisted suicide and euthanasia are supposed to be limited to the terminally ill, for whom nothing but life termination can end…

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Reflections On Planned Parenthood And Cecil The Lion

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Two items in the news lately have captured Wesley's attention.

This episode is rated M for mature audiences. We will be discussing some of the darker cultural trends in contemporary society in an explicit manner with very frank descriptions involving abortion and killing people for there organs. If you find these subjects too upsetting you may want to skip this episode.

Killing has dominated the news for the last few weeks. An angry debate has raged juxtaposing the harvesting of fetal body parts by Planned Parenthood…

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