Cammie Freed: A difference in beliefs |

Cammie Freed: A difference in beliefs

Cammie Freed

The letter written on Sunday sharing the stark contrast of the Republican and Democratic party was refreshing to read. Don wrote, “The Sara Palin-Joseph Biden debate is a historic meeting for America ….” This historic meeting does show in a nutshell the ideals and values of Americans from every walk of life. Many don’t understand the importance of this basic difference in beliefs.

One side believes that only people who are living out a productive life have the right to live and to decide who lives. This is proven in their views on euthanasia of sick and elderly and abortions performed even after birth. The reasons given for support of these practices are similar: They’re a burden, unwanted, handicapped, too young or too old, not yet conscious or not conscious anymore, in the womb or in a nursing home, no “meaningful life,” and too many babies or too many old people. The real alternative to euthanasia is to provide loving, competent care for the dying. A new concept for the dying is called hospice, where they specialize in compassionate, skilled care of the dying. The true alternative to an unwanted child is adoption.

The other side believes that no matter what stage of life you are at, may it be growing in your mother’s womb, one day out of the womb, or even laying in a bed at the age of 97, you have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

If people know they are valued, at all stages of life, I believe that physical and emotional abuse, murder, depression, and even divorce would be lower. I want a world that gives equal value to those who contribute just a smile or hug! This difference in beliefs in America has and will shape our future.

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