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Australian bishop compares abortion of handicapped to Nazi eugenics

Catholic World News - November 05, 2010

The abortion of unborn children with birth defects is reminiscent of Nazi eugenic, an Australian bishop observed in a recent homily.

“A seek-and-destroy policy kills little human beings in the womb because they are 'guilty' of Down Syndrome, dwarfism or other imperfection,” Bishop Peter Elliott preached. “They are deemed to be unfit to live for they do not come up to the standard of the 'designer baby' and a healthy, sport-loving race.”

“It is no surprise that euthanasia is being strongly promoted today,” he continued. “Nor should it be a surprise that this is the policy of a political and ideological force that puts more value on wattle and wombats than people.”

“Resurgent aggressive secularism resorts to killing as it strives to engineer, direct and control not only society, but your life and mine.”

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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Nov. 05, 2010 9:52 PM ET USA

    Hitler died 65 years ago. In New York City 2010, I suppose, we have have exhausted the power of Hitler analogies to shock, or at least turned them all into parodies. People today know of the Nazis from Indiana Jones, the "Soup Nazi", "The Producers", and dozens of You Tube "Downfall" parodies.

  • Posted by: Mike in Toronto - Nov. 05, 2010 7:25 PM ET USA

    I would be surprised if Australian Bishop Elliot *had* heard of "Godwin's Law", which is no more than an American lawyer's humorous observation and which has no serious international currency.

  • Posted by: Joseph Paul - Nov. 05, 2010 6:43 PM ET USA

    "Godwin's law applies especially to inappropriate, inordinate, or hyperbolic comparisons of other situations with Hitler or Nazis or their actions. The law and its corollaries would not apply to discussions covering genocide, propaganda, eugenics (racial superiority) or other mainstays of Nazi Germany" - courtesy of Wikipedia. Therefore Bishop Elliott's comparison is entirely appropriate and long overdue. The Nazis killed all the handicapped children in Germany that they could lay their hands on

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Nov. 05, 2010 3:33 PM ET USA

    I am surprised that Bp Elliot has not heard of "Godwin's Law". It refers to the self-defeating nature of criticism when one uses the Nazis as negative example of someone.

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