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Monday, September 28, 2009

Death Be Not Proud

Slouching toward a culture of death.

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

Earlier this summer, former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin was criticized for deploying hyperbole in her opposition to health-care-reform legislation. Palin warned of “death panels,” and in doing so she convinced certain lawmakers to withdraw proposals for “end-of-life counseling” boards that would parcel out advice in a government-controlled health-care system.

She could have been more sober in her choice of language. But these are alarming times, and Palin’s attention-grabbing language highlighted some of the life-and-death issues being debated on Capitol Hill. Considering that, under the Democrats’ proposed legislation, vital health-care decisions will very possibly be made in closed-door conference committee, perhaps the more people hear, the better...

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Fr. Phillips is the founding pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church, the first Anglican Use parish, established on August 15, 1983. Not that there is any confusion, but he is on the left, shown in his younger, less gray-headed days.