Human Exceptionalism

Belgian Death Doctor Wins Humanist Award

I keep saying that humanism has metastasized into anti-humanism.

Case in point, the notorious euthanasia death doctor William Distelmans–an oncologist–killed the healthy but depressed Godelieva De Troyer because she wanted to die. The first her son Tom Mortier heard of the deadly endeavor was when the hospital called and curtly told him to pick up her body.

One would think that even euthanasia supporters would oppose death doctors killing patients with conditions outside their medical specialties.

But then, treatment isn’t the point of euthanasia. Killing is, which is why supporters of Jack Kevorkian shrugged at his killing “patients,” even though he was a pathologist who hadn’t treated living people for decades.

Now, the Belgian Liberal Humanism Society has given this killer its Liberal Humanist Prize. From the announcement (Google translation):

This prize is awarded every two years by the Liberal-Humanist Association to “an eminent humanist who has demonstrated in his life and work of a genuine and sustained liberal humanist engagement.”

De Troyer wasn’t Distelmans’ only liberal humanist engagement.” Among his other humanist triumphs, the killing of a trasgendered person upset at the outcome of sex change surgery and deaf twins who were losing their eyesight.

What next? The Euthanasia of the Year Award? 


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