Rick Santorum, while campaigning to be the Republican Presidential candidate, recently spoke at religious right and Christian evangelical leader James Dobson's forum, "American Heartland: A Conversation on Faith, Freedom and the American Family." In his taped conversation with Dobson, Santorum told Dobson and the audience that elderly people in the Netherlands, where euthanasia is legal, wear bracelets that say "Do not euthanize me" because they are afraid of being involuntarily euthanized. Santorum also said , "Because they have voluntary euthanasia in the Netherlands, but half the people who are euthanized every year - and it's 10 percent of all deaths for the Netherlands - half of those people are euthanized involuntarily, at hospitals, because they are older and sick. And so elderly people in the Netherlands don't go to the hospital, they go to another country, because they're afraid because of budget purposes that they will not come out of that hospital if they go into it with sickness."
The only thing wrong with what Santorum was saying is that it is not the truth. Stephen Colbert covered this lie of Santorum's in a most entertaining and humorous way on The Colbert Report (click here for the video - it starts at 2:53).
Santorum spokeswoman Alice Stewart, when confronted by a Dutch journalist who directly asked her about the false statements Santorum made regarding euthanasia in Holland, simply said and repeated, "It's a matter of what's in his heart." She also repeatedly said that Santorum is pro-life and is concerned with life from conception through natural death.
Ms. Stewart's comment is very revealing. It strongly implies that she and Santorum believe lying and falsehoods are acceptable if it is believed by the liar who is telling them that they will further the agenda they hold dear in their heart. For Santorum and company, in regards to this lie, it is what they perceive as the Bible's teachings -- that all life is sacred, and intentionally ending a life under any circumstance is wrong. How they managed to get this idea from the Bible is beyond reason. The Bible is loaded with examples of mass genocide by the Israelis allegedly on orders from God. Add to this mass killings directly by the Bible god himself, such as the Bible god killing everyone on planet Earth by drowning with the exception of Noah and his crew. That included killing not only unborn children and infants and babies, but also the elderly. And add to this the horrific Bible claim/Passover myth that the Bible god personally went around Egypt at midnight killing the first born of all the Egyptians (this would not be limited to babies since the first born usually grow to adulthood and the Bible god would have slaughtered them all regardless of their age), even killing the first born of their animals, and it becomes obvious that the Bible does not hold life in very high regard.
The fact that Santorum and his camp put more importance on what is in their hearts than what is in their minds exposes a fundamental flaw in Christianity and in all of the "revealed" religions. That flaw is that our hearts should dominate our minds and God-given reason. This makes the work of the clergy much easier since they don't have to be bothered with facts and reality and instead only deal with feelings which are easily manipulated while facts remain facts.
This flaw is a cornerstone of the "revealed" religions. It is the motivation for tradition and ritual over reason and common sense and progress. It is what makes the mind accept nonsense such as the theme promoted in the title of the Christian hymn "Faith of Our Fathers." As the title of the hymn implies, why be a Christian? - because our fathers were Christians. And to show how this type of non-thinking numbs the mind and stifles reason, some of the lyrics in the hymn are simply not true. They falsely claim and imply that Christianity was spread by peaceful means and they imply that Christians are the ones who suffer for their faith in dungeons while ignoring the fact that Christians themselves have brutally imprisoned and slaughtered countless heretics, non-Christians and even fellow Christians for centuries when they had the power to do so. In fact, Faith of Our Fathers was written just 23 years after the Inquisition murdered its last of many victims, the Deist Cayetano Ripoll in 1826.
To demonstrate the degree to which the mind is numbed by putting more importance on feelings and the heart than on our God-given reason and our minds, no one thought to ask Santorum why people who are sick go to hospitals when the Bible promises Christians that they will be able to heal the sick. And another appropriate question for Santorum would be, "Why don't you act on Jesus' promise to Christians at John 14:12-14 which promises Christians that they can do everything Jesus did plus even more. Since the Bible teaches that Jesus brought people back to life after they had died, why don't you bring those people who were unwillingly euthanized/murdered back to life???" Questions like these are required to shock people into THINKING. And once they start thinking, Deism and progress are right around the corner!
The Deist Albert Einstein said, "Humanity is going to need a new way of thinking if it is going to survive." Deism is that new way of thinking that will protect the world from deadly religious superstitions and will pull the world back from the brink of nuclear destruction while propelling us on to new natural progress never dreamed possible.