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Religion, Euthanasia, and the Quadriplegic Thirteen Year Old child

Started this discussion. Last reply by Blaine Leavitt Aug 29, 2012. 17 Replies

I'm a nurse in a facility that cares for medically fragile and technology dependent children, I have worked here for eight years and really enjoy my work... well for the most part at least. One of…Continue

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the Jumping Atheist replied to Unseen's discussion 'Any Atheist Republicans Here? Why?!!!'
"I think there are a large numbers of Republicans who share your not unreasonable beliefs, the problem is they are being drowned out by the religious zealots, who are now running the party and have a very strict religious litmus test."
Aug 27, 2012
the Jumping Atheist replied to Unseen's discussion 'Any Atheist Republicans Here? Why?!!!'
"I think with a large segment of the GOP pursuing the 'Personhood amendment" and the current direction of the party, that comment is not to far off base. I think the Duggars and their 19 children are their dream family."
Aug 27, 2012
the Jumping Atheist replied to the Jumping Atheist's discussion 'Religion, Euthanasia, and the Quadriplegic Thirteen Year Old child'
"I want to thank everyone for their responses and kind advice, it's nice getting different perspectives. Most of my co-workers know of my (lack of) religious beliefs, and pretty much respect my views, it's kind of hard for them to espouse…"
Aug 27, 2012
Ed replied to the Jumping Atheist's discussion 'Religion, Euthanasia, and the Quadriplegic Thirteen Year Old child'
"Your position while understandable is not from his point of view. I can envision circumstances where I become severely handicapped physically and would not want to deal with the miserable existence of depending on others to feed me, change my…"
Aug 27, 2012
Unseen replied to the Jumping Atheist's discussion 'Religion, Euthanasia, and the Quadriplegic Thirteen Year Old child'
"It might be worthwhile to look into the productive lives of other quads (Stephen Hawking, et al) as inspiration and encourage him to turn inward rather than outward and record his thoughts. He has an opportunity, actually, that many don't have…"
Aug 27, 2012
Becca replied to the Jumping Atheist's discussion 'Religion, Euthanasia, and the Quadriplegic Thirteen Year Old child'
"The kid is 13 years old and has clearly thought about the topic of god before and is tired of the stock responses. Be honest with the kid and tell him what you think when he asks. Maybe having a person who is actually truthful will help him to deal…"
Aug 27, 2012
Mo Trauen replied to the Jumping Atheist's discussion 'Religion, Euthanasia, and the Quadriplegic Thirteen Year Old child'
"He may eventually choose suicide but he needs hope for now.  That hope lies in science and the possibility of medical advances that will cure or alleviate his situation.  If you get him to focus on that, it will both give him hope and…"
Aug 27, 2012
Becca replied to the Jumping Atheist's discussion 'Religion, Euthanasia, and the Quadriplegic Thirteen Year Old child'
"Oregon's assisted suicide law would not help this boy unless it changes by the time he's 18 or unless the boy develops a terminal illness. 127.805 s.2.01. Who may initiate a written request for medication. (1) An adult who is capable, is a…"
Aug 27, 2012
Unseen replied to the Jumping Atheist's discussion 'Religion, Euthanasia, and the Quadriplegic Thirteen Year Old child'
"Oregon has assisted suicide, but it's for adults of sound mind. If he can control a wheelchair as, I believe, Stephen Hawking can, there will be many ways of committing suicide."
Aug 27, 2012
Ed replied to the Jumping Atheist's discussion 'Religion, Euthanasia, and the Quadriplegic Thirteen Year Old child'
"You might want to explain that as an adult of legal age he will have more options if he still feels the same way then. His feelings are probably not going to change but I would not volunteer any information about your lack of belief as this might…"
Aug 27, 2012
Eric Cook replied to the Jumping Atheist's discussion 'Religion, Euthanasia, and the Quadriplegic Thirteen Year Old child'
"read to him some Stephan Hawkins and see about getting him an neural actuator..."
Aug 27, 2012
Unseen replied to the Jumping Atheist's discussion 'Religion, Euthanasia, and the Quadriplegic Thirteen Year Old child'
"It's not a matter of losing your job. Does he understand that euthanasia is murder, even with the consent of the "victim"? It's a theoretical death penalty for premeditated murder in some places (though a lengthy prison term is…"
Aug 26, 2012
Heather Spoonheim replied to the Jumping Atheist's discussion 'Religion, Euthanasia, and the Quadriplegic Thirteen Year Old child'
"I've volunteered with disabled kids and it can be a tough situation.  Many cling to heaven as a chance to experience the life on which they know they are missing out.  Others become dark and can be rather frightening in their…"
Aug 26, 2012
kOrsan replied to the Jumping Atheist's discussion 'Religion, Euthanasia, and the Quadriplegic Thirteen Year Old child'
"I'm honest, I'm not the kind of person you'd want to get advice from. But for me it has always been that truth is more important than comfort. But comfort can be found in many things. Sometimes you may find it when something…"
Aug 26, 2012
the Jumping Atheist replied to the Jumping Atheist's discussion 'Religion, Euthanasia, and the Quadriplegic Thirteen Year Old child'
"It seems he's really past the looking to be comforted, that worked for years but now he seems very accepting that things will never get better for him. I just don't know if he would be better off having someone validate how he feels or…"
Aug 26, 2012
kOrsan replied to the Jumping Atheist's discussion 'Religion, Euthanasia, and the Quadriplegic Thirteen Year Old child'
"He sounds kind of too smart for the usual god loves you and heaven is awesome nonsense. Then again he is very clearly looking for comfort."
Aug 26, 2012

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Pediatric nurse who enjoys skydiving and travel
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I read the Bible
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