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For or Against Initiative 1000?

Thoughts anyone?  Will you be voting for or against Initiative 1000, and why?

From Faith and Freedom Network:


Last week Initiative 1000 was certified for the Washington State ballot.

Now, the citizens will decide if they want to become the second state to legalize physician assisted suicide.

To help you decide, out-of-state money will be paying for ads and flyers to flow toward your media and your mailbox.

A lot of money.

You will not only see and hear ex-Gov. Booth Gardner’s appeals, but those of others in similar circumstances.

Joel Connelly, a columnist for the Seattle PI, has written an excellent column on the subject. His second on this issue.

While we often do not agree with Connelly’s positions, we not only agree but appreciate his thoughtful and thorough reporting on the matter in his July 27 column.

He points out that upwards of a couple of million dollars from out-of-state are already committed to the campaign.

He also quotes the 2007 Death With Dignity National Center report stating that after a considerable amount of research they feel that Washington is a great opportunity for them to have a success. “We,” they say, “have never had such great odds of success as we have in Washington in 2008.”

This, of course, is why they are directing such resources toward the effort.

Connelly points out that there are profound ethical issues at stake in this, and indeed there are.

He says he will vote “no” on I-1000, which is breaking with the position of his own paper and probably most others in the media.

I sincerely hope people of faith and conservatives will do the same.

Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom


July 29, 2008 - Posted by | Political Updates


  1. The Bible says “Thou Shalt not kill”. It doesn’t matter if the people behind this have read the Bible or not. They will all answer for it on judgment day. By voting yes on this initiative we are opening the door for legal murder and I for one will not be in support of it.

    Comment by Jon | July 29, 2008 | Reply

  2. I’m voting for I-1000 because nobody – not the government, not the church hierarchy, and certainly not Joel Connelly – should tell me how to make decisions about how much I am allowed to suffer.

    Decisions about my health care and my suffering are between me, my family, my doctors, and my God. Washington’s death with dignity initiative puts those decisions back in my hands.

    Comment by Death with Dignity | July 30, 2008 | Reply

  3. You have created a god that will suit your life style. The Bible happens to be God’s word and it says in 1 Timothy 5:8 that if we do not take care of those in our family, we have denied the faith and are worse than unbelievers. I-1000 is simply a symptom of disobeying that verse. Which bringd us to the heart of our disagreement, I believe in a sovereign God that will be there for me whenever I need Him. And no matter what happens, whether I-1000 passes or not, God will win in the end.

    Comment by Jon | July 30, 2008 | Reply

  4. Death with Dignity: For people of faith, God is sovereign and His Will prevails in their lives. They don’t want to control when they die because God has them taken care of. This is why people of faith will most likely not vote for I-1000, because they trust in their Maker to do His Will in their lives, and die with His timing, not theirs. (which is ultimately the better choice)

    Even if I-1000 passes, what comforts me is that:
    “No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the LORD.” (Proverbs 21:30)

    Jon: “You have created a god that will suit your life style.” That’s a good point. Death with Dignity has a different view of God than we do. Our view is based on the Infallible Word of God.

    What is your view of God based on Death with Dignity? How are you coming to your conclusion?

    Comment by Betsy | July 31, 2008 | Reply

  5. I agree with you Betsy that assisted suicide is sin! But flip this around and look at our modern medical technology and how they keep people alive who are suffering. That is also wrong. I’m not talking about technology that will heal but the technology that keeps them alive.
    I have been watching my wife suffer with cancer and it is extremely hard to watch. She has days and weeks of nothing but extreme pain. Is God sovereign…….absolutely! She would be the first to say that even though she has cancer……….God is enough! He is good! He is precious! He is our treasure! He will satisfy us!

    If you are interested:

    Comment by Ike | August 16, 2008 | Reply

  6. I see your point and I agree with you that we should not keep people alive simply to keep them alive. But, can God use modern technology to do His work? I believe He can and does. I also believe that no matter how much we try to keep people alive, God can end there life at any time. I think theres a balance in between deciding when we should end people’s live’s and not taking someone to the hospital when they get a disease.

    I’ll be praying for your wife, Ike.

    Comment by Jon Roth | August 19, 2008 | Reply

  7. Check out our Fact Check WA blog. We have fact-checked two advertisements related to I-1000, namely one in favor of passage and one against passage.

    Go to factcheckwa.wordpress.com.

    Comment by ijp | October 20, 2008 | Reply

  8. i think that you you are all right but what happens to the people who dont believe

    Comment by sky | December 16, 2008 | Reply

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