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1 Aye Pod  Sun, Jun 17, 2012 5:17:38am

Meanwhile a woman suffering from severe anorexia (also in the UK) is NOT being allowed to die, and is being force fed to keep her alive against her wishes. But hey, anorexia is a mental illness whereas religion...


2 SidewaysQuark  Sun, Jun 17, 2012 7:35:06am

More cult insanity. Obviously this level of religious adherence IS as much of a mental illness as anorexia, as evidenced by the outcome.

3 elizajane  Sun, Jun 17, 2012 8:30:27am

Interesting argument in this thread. I am inclined to think that there is a difference. A physical illness is something that would happen naturally, and if you think that in some sense your life-cycle is in the hands of a larger being and do not want to be treated for that illness, there is a kind of sense to it. Anorexia is self-inflicted, and I think that society has an interest in preventing people from harming themselves. That's why when a guy is standing on the Golden Gate bridge looking down into the water we don't just shrug and say fine, he wants to die. We try to prevent him from jumping.
I completely agree that parents cannot decide for a child that their life is supposed to be short because it's what God wants. Only an adult can decide that for themself, but I think they can do so. It's like refusing life-prolonging treatment at the end of life --is society allowed to choose when that "end" should be? Can you decide to refuse treatment and die naturally when you are 59 (as my mother did), or 90, or 30? If we're only objecting to that decision because these people make it on religious grounds, why is that?

4 Randall Gross  Sun, Jun 17, 2012 8:40:39am

I think that intervening in suicide attempts is in the good/should do column simply because so many "attempts" are momentary passions, cries for attention, etc.

However if someone rationally still argues that they want to die over a long period of time, has reasons, and after multiple interventions, then who are we to say that they must live?

5 aagcobb  Sun, Jun 17, 2012 8:40:42am

I have no problem with people choosing to refuse medical treatment for themselves, however they have no right to make their children religious martyrs, and should be prosecuted when they allow a child to die of an easily treatable illness. Adhering to bizarre religious beliefs is clearly different from being mentally ill, and we don't want to confuse the two. In many societies, including parts of the U.S., atheism would be categorized as a "mental illness" justifying confinement and "treatment."

6 moderatelyradicalliberal  Sun, Jun 17, 2012 10:31:55am

I have some members of my family with sickle-cell anemia and blood transfusions are damn near the only treatment. One of my cousins has to get one every month. This is the kind of stuff that makes me hate religion.

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