And leaves Christians behind to fend for themselves against the leftist Taliban
FIRSTLY, a dystopia update: from 15 December, an unvaccinated priest in Brisbane will be banned by Archbishop Mark Coleridge from attending a Catholic hospital to administer last rites to a dying patient. From 17 December, that priest can be arrested in situ if he ignores the state ban decreed by the Archbishop’s superior, Annastacia Palaszczuk. And from 1 January 2023, allowing a euthanasia agent into the same Catholic hospital to kill a dying patient will be mandatory. For conscientiously objecting doctors, referring-on an ‘assisted suicide’ will also be mandatory.
Showcasing the Premier’s colossal malevolence, this mafia don’s morality was touted as a generous compromise. If we adjudge an act to be an enormity, facilitating somebody else to do it in our stead is equally heinous and cowardly to boot. I wouldn’t argue Palaszczuk is a dragged-up dolt unaware of this; the protocol may be second best for her but it is designedly vengeful. See also her Hendrik Verwoerd-esque isolation of un-vaxxed kaffirs.
Notwithstanding the attention conservatives and libertarians are understandably affording Daniel Andrews’ pandemic autocracy grab, Queensland’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Act is by far the most egregious assault on religious liberty, personal conscience and property rights now disgracing the Commonwealth. When reports began appearing yesterday that the Federal government’s Religious Discrimination Bill was ready for tabling, many were therefore eager to see an unbridled intention to legislate protections for private hospitals and their staff. The result:
The Coalition has made several amendments to the Religious Discrimination Bill, scrapping the “Folau clause” and removing the ability for health providers to refuse treatment on the basis of “conscientious objection.”
So much for the Prime Minister’s election campaign pledge. He and the LNP are abandoning faith-based institutions to the mercy of state governments whose hostility to them already verges on the violent. The exemption intended to shield doctors from prosecution was dumped “on the grounds,” say Geoff Chambers and Simon Benson, “that people, especially those in regional areas, should be able to access… abortions.” As a consolation prize, the gutted draft retains a surety that recusants cannot be struck off by professional bodies.
The upshot for medicos and future Folaus is they can still be harassed and punished by courts and tribunals but can stay registered in between lynchings. The well-informed Chambers and Benson report that “business groups railed against” the formerly all-encompassing safeguards. One whiff of corporate woke was grapeshot enough to dispirit Attorney-General Michaelia Cash and her boss. Sir Robert Menzies’ heir, Mark Latham, has slammed this “weak version of the bill.” No promises Scott Morrison makes should ever be believed.