Give people the right to make their own choice
Re the letter from David Scoullar (Chronicle, February 11), "Religious views need respect".
First, respect is earned, not given, and I need to say first off that I respect David (Dave).
He was a great media reporter and local newspaper editor, an honest person. He has worked hard within our local community and he has earned that respect.
However, there is a sector within the New Zealand religious hierarchy from the top down that don't hold my respect and, in my view, they have damaged the church and its standing within the community.
I have never attacked people's religious or cultural views and beliefs; I would also consider my views would be "mainstream".
Dave talks about "important social issues", right or wrong I guess he's talking about the coming elections and our right or "choice" to terminate our life if we meet very strict legal criteria.
First, people must have a terminal illness and, within the last months of their life, they can agree to terminate it.
Currently they don't have that legal choice. Easy choice? Hardly, but terminal excessive pain and loss of body function is something that people do not need at the end of their life.
Society has changed in many ways in recent years. Some of those changes irk me, but I have kept my annoyance to myself. I would guess many of the changes go against what is written in the Bible.
So, compared to "social advancement" the world has undertaken in recent years, what's wrong in giving people the right to make their own choice to die with dignity?
Don't ram your views down their throats, respect their views.
It's a double-edged sword, Dave.
St John's Hill
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