A horrific act of government abuse that thankfully is quite unlikely to occur in America, not now. It could very well have been our future as well but we can thank God Donald Trump is president. It won’t happen here because our President has stripped these powers out of Obamacare. Otherwise, this sort of monstrosity could have, probably would have, been in our future.
I’m talking about British 2-year old Alfie Evans who was recently forced to die just before his second birthday by the execrable British National Health Service (’NHS”). I’m sure you know the story by now. It’s everywhere. Put Alfie Evans into a Google search you come up with a zillion stories.
Here is a photo from Archbishopcranmer.com of Alfie’s father kissing his child goodbye.
An awful lot has been written about the tragic case of Alfie Evans; so much, in fact, that there is absolutely no desire at all to add to the mountain range of fraught opinion, anger and incredulity that already exists across the mainstream and social media. It is a case that is shaming the country on the world stage: we have apparently become a nation which treats dying children worse then we treat sick dogs. Alfie’s parents have been criticised; their lawyers censured; the Christian Legal Centre denounced; Alder Hey hospital assailed; doctors abused and threatened, and some of the most outrageous smearshave been levelled against the presiding Judge, Sir Anthony Hayden. There’s so much reaction out there it’s impossible to link to all strands of opinion on the matter. Just google ‘Alfie Evans’, and you’re bound to find something mind-boggling, jaw-dropping or profoundly (dis)heartening: there’s a moral and legal view for all dispositions.
Ultimately this is about a little boy who is dying, and the rights of his loving parents to care for him in his last days. Somehow it has become a proxy culture war (or a series of unedifying skirmishes for moral supremacy) between those who believe the Government, Judiciary and doctors are complicit in the murder of a child; and those who believe the tyranny of the State must be resisted; that Alfie Evans must liberated from Alder Hey because it is behaving more like Auschwitz than the Good Karma Hospital.
Alfie’s father, Tom Evans, is Roman Catholic, and Pope Francis has become involved. His Holiness has generously made arrangements for the boy to be flown by to the Vatican’s Bambino Gesu Hospital in Rome. Bizarrely, Alfie Evans has even been granted Italian citizenship in a last-ditch attempt to afford him further protections and facilitate the necessary diplomatic processes.
Alfie was condemned to a slow death because the NHS of Britain would not allow Alfie’s parents to take him to Rome where at least been allowed oxygen, food and water. He would still have died unless a miracle happened. But miracles do happen. That miracles cannot be predicted or counted is no reason the dash the hopes of the parent just to serve the false wisdom of the NHS.
The right question is asked here, What if Alfie had been Muslim and his parents wanted to fly him to Mecca for a “once-in-a-lifetime Hajj to Mecca, in fulfillment of the Five Pillars of Islam before he goes to meet Allah? Would a judge dare imperil the salvation of a soul?”
If Alfie were Muslim his Muslim parents would never have been treated so severely as Alfie’s parents were. So why are Catholic Christian parents forbidden to take their baby to Rome to inter spiritual desire, to send his soul to heaven? “Does compassionate palliative care in Rome not bring more healing to a sick boy’s soul than being left to die of hunger and thirst in Liverpool? Why should flawed doctors and secular judges sit in judgment upon prophecy or prohibit the signs of heaven?”
Would this have been different if Alfie and his parents were Muslim immigrants? The questions answers itself. Of course it would. Neither the NHS nor the judge who issued his ruling would have prevented a dying Muslim baby to be taken to Mecca. What is the difference? I can think of two. One is the prejudice in the UK in favor or Muslim immigrants. The second is there is no danger Alfie’s parents and their supporters will launch a terrorist attack against these oppressors. The two are intertwined.
Alfie’s parents simply long for something spiritual, supernatural and divine. Rome offered them that, just as Mecca might do for a Muslim Alfie or Ahmed. To those who might consider this a peculiar religious delusion or absurd subjective sensation, Archbishop Cranmer says, “Who made you the fount of all holy knowledge, or gave you a title to heaven?”
I think if will be difficult if not impossible for Alfie’s parents to recover from this. This will be a bitter memory for them until they go to their own graves. What kind of government does this to it citizens? Oh, I forgot. In the UK they aren’t citizens. They are subjects. It’s the root of the word “subjugation.”
We in the colonies should be sad to see the mother country become such a rotten heap of brutality and indifference to the death of a child. But then, we weren’t the first to notice. That came back on July 4, 1776.