Alfie Evans – Rest in Peace

When we read the news, today, almost all the headlines read: “Alfie Evans dies at Alder Hey hospital after life support withdrawn . . .

It brings to a end the stalwart fight by Alfie’s family to give him a chance at life. Instead of releasing the child to his parents in order to get a second opinion, they were in court many times trying to win the right to be parents and do what they felt was right for their son. The world stood with them but the UK system gave them police guards which were not to protect the baby but to insure he was not taken to another hospital for reevaluation. Money was not an object as Italy, Poland, Germany, and China made offers. Italy made Alfie an Italian citizen in order to get him to Rome, with the Pope’s blessing, to seek treatment. On all counts, Alfie was refused a chance.

In spite of being basically declared a ‘vegetable’, Alfie breathed on his own. He responded to his parents’ voices. He stretched and even had smiles. This did not move the doctors who still refused him life. His parents wanted to take him home to have him to themselves and their family for however long he would be with them. The doctors refused.

Well, today the Alder Hey doctors got their wish and Alfie went home to heaven. It seems that the UK is getting good at preventing second opinions or allowing families to seek the best options for their babies. In a country supposedly as civilized as the UK, why were these tactics necessary? Why did they fight so hard to insure the death of a child?

So, when we read the news, today, understand the headlines do not say that little Alfie passed quietly from this life so much as Alder Hey hospital removed his life support. Naturally, the hospital sent their condolences but it is easy to be kind once you’ve gotten what you want.

The world should never forget the three, little boys who had their lives taken away from them in the UK medical system: Charlie, Isaiah, and Alfie – mandated by the hospital with the blessing of the courts to die. Prayers should continue for these three families as they probably relive their own agony as the next child gets sentenced to death.

Praying for Alfie Evans . . .Urgent!

A happy day for one couple in the United Kingdom, today, as a royal couple welcomed a baby boy this morning. A blessing for them that their child is healthy and they will soon be able to return home with their baby.

In another part of England, there is a large army of police surrounding Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. The police are there to guard a child rather than protect a child who has been a patient in that hospital for months. Today was to be the day the child was basically murdered by the doctors there because they feel he has no chance of a normal life. He have never been diagnosed by the doctors from what I understand but their ‘cure’ is to kill the little boy.

However, the parents are not in agreement with this outcome for their beautiful baby boy who does respond to his father’s voice, stretches on his own, sucks happily on a pacifier, opens his eyes and focuses on his mother’s face. The doctors say it is merely reflexes and it would be a kindness to end the toddler’s life. The parents have been fighting in the courts for months but the judges are supporting the doctors’ intent to bring this baby’s future to an end before he has had a chance to find out if a future is possible.

Is there no one in the world who cares? Google Alfie’s Army and see the masses of people who have been protesting, raising money for legal fees, and supporting the young parents and their little son’s right to have a fighting chance at life. Even more heartening is the concern publicized by the Pope, Father Pavone, a pro-life activist and two hospitals in Italy who are ready, willing, and able to bring the baby to Italy at a moment’s notice. Still, the Alder Hey doctors prefer ending Alfie’s life and thoroughly breaking his loving parents’ hearts.

To show how adamant they are at breaking down the parents and making life difficult for them in what they hope to be Alfie’s last days, they have removed the parent cot in Alfie’s room so they have no place to hold and cuddle their baby or catch a nap during their lengthy vigils with their baby. The hospital also changed their protocol just for Alfie and family by not allowing relatives to hold him unless the staff can remove his ventilator.

You have to wonder what secret this baby boy is hiding that the doctors refuse to release him to another team of doctors who might actually make a diagnosis and give him a chance at a future with his family. Are they embarrassed that they have never even diagnosed Alfie? Are they hiding something they don’t want revealed? Or, are they just angry doctors who don’t want their authority questioned and are pulling their weight by killing a child?

So, while some of the UK rejoices in a new Prince in the royal nursery, a young couple is living minute to minute since the courts have given the Alder Hey staff permission to separate a beautiful child from his life. This is the third publicized baby controversy in the last year . . . the first two died with the ‘help’ of the hospital.

Serious Quote to Ponder . . .

A man must not use pornography unless he wants demons to invade his home. I realize this is a rather show-stopping claim, but every exorcist I know will back me up on this.

–Fr Dave Nix

Greens For Dinner!

A favorite at our house is sauteed fresh spinach with red onion and bacon. And it is so convenient that it comes bagged and ready to use . . . maybe. Yes, most fresh spinach products claim to be freshly-washed but I never feel it is freshly-washed up to my expectations!

I’m making spinach this evening and decided to show you what you can  expect if you don’t wash and soak your spinach.

First of all, always clean twice as much spinach as you think you will need as it cooks down drastically. My cleaning method is to put it into a very large bowl, fill the bowl with water to cover the spinach leaves and then pour in a half cup to a whole cup of cider vinegar depending on how much I’m making for dinner. I stir it around a bit and let it sit for 15 or 20 minutes while I work on other dinner prep. When I’m ready for the spinach, I put a colander in the sink and put in several handfuls of spinach into it, rinse, and place on a triple layer of paper towels, usually about four ‘sections’ of paper towel long. I continue this way until I have rinsed off all the spinach. Now, look at the water left in your soaking bowl. Doesn’t look too great, does it?

 

Weakness of the Christian Privilege Notion.

Have you heard? The newest ‘privilege on the block is now Christian Privilege. Up to now, the ‘privilege’ affecting so many of us has been ‘White Privilege’. Well, I still haven’t wrapped my head around what White Privilege is or how I acquired it and now in addition to possibly being in legal sin of some sort with that, I find out I am also endowed with Christian Privilege.

First of all, just to clear the air a bit, I do not remember at the time of my conception being given a choice of being white, black, or brown. Nope, I was born and that was that, I was white. And, if white was the color du jour and God is a merciful God, why did He arbitrarily assign skin colors rather than coming up with a neutral tone for everyone? So, I resent being condemned for something I had no control over.

Now, the White Privilege masses are also entitled to belong to the Christian Privilege group. A pause for a question: If, to avoid the label of being a part of Christian Privilege, someone denounces any kind of Godly faith, does that now label them with ‘Atheist Privilege’?

A thought does come to mind, however. Not just white people (or whatever variation of the color wheel you might belong to . . .) are Christians. In fact, attend a Christian service most any Sunday and you will find quite a variety of ‘color’ in the congregations. Now, are only the white people in attendance of the Christian Privilege persuasion? Should the other races be parceled out in title because they are obviously sharing that church time with us white Christian Privilege people.

Given this mixture of races sharing time with God in the same pews at the same respective churches, wouldn’t it be safe to say that if you want freedom or prejudice from race, color, or creed, Christianity is the way to go? As one of our hymns go, All Are Welcome . . .

Now, the media didn’t come out and say that all Christians are white but there is always the insinuation and the Christian Privilege seems to be quietly linked to us pale pew warmers. With some thought (not a liberal strength), it seems to me in my humble opinion that Christian Privilege is actually a good and noble state of being. It is the one thing that includes all people, that doesn’t judge, and makes better people of all that attend.

I say we all drive the crazies that came up with Christian Privilege into turmoil by regarding the title as a compliment acknowledging our faith in God and wanting to be the best people we can be.