Rosary bawlers silence euthanasia lecturer
A disturbing new breed of Catholic activists succeeded in stopping a lecture by Prof Len Doyal at Cork University Hospital.
The professor’s attempt to give a talk about euthanasia was called off soon after it had begun, when between 20 and 50 protestors jumped to their feet and began to loudly heckle the speaker. Some chanted the rosary while others accused him of being a “Nazi” and a “murderer”. One protestor shouted threateningly in Doyal’s face.
The emeritus professor of medical ethics at Queen Mary, University of London was escorted from the premises by security staff.
He has written a letter to the president of Ireland, complaining about his treatment:
I fear that this reflects badly on your country and on the officials that stood by and watched the blatant abuse of a Constitution that so many fought and died for.
Last Thursday evening in Cork was not tragic for me, but for Ireland.
Incredibly, there are some in the Seanad who think that the mere act of talking about the issue of euthanasia is “scandalous” and “deplorable”. Sen Jim Walsh, for example:
We have had tremendous disquiet about some of the goings-on in our nursing homes where there was a strong failure by the HSE to enforce proper standards and regulations,” he said.
I am sure it (the euthanasia debate) will scare every patient in nursing homes throughout the country. It is scandalous and deplorable.
And Ireland South MEP Kathy Sinnott expressed “outrage” that the Health Service Executive had facilitated the debate in the first place.
Won’t someone put them out of their misery?