A man called Roy Jenkins, who calls himself "Right Reverend", was given an uncontested platform on The Today Programme this morning to peddle his wicked superstitions. He said that Kelly Taylor, the brave, terminally ill woman who is fighting for her right to die in dignity, should instead die a painful, lingering suffering death. The reason he gave was that we do not have rights over our lives because we were created by God and that ending our own lives, or anyone else's, would defeat the purpose for which we were created. He opined that Kelly Taylor's 'pupose' was to inspire us by her bravery and suffering.
My thoughts about this are:
- it is astonishing that anyone in the 21st Century could subscribe to mediaeval superstitions which suggest that people are 'created' by somebody who has a 'purpose' for each of us; these views are both irrational and wicked;
- we do have rights over our lives; if Mr Jenkins chooses not to exercise his that is fine by me, but he has no business preventing Ms Taylor from exercising hers;
- the BBC, as a public service broadcaster, has no business giving this kind of cruel superstition air time in the middle of their flagship current affairs programme. They would not invite astrologers, or flat-earthers, or paedophiles, to lecture us uninterrupted; so why should Methodists or Moslems be any different?