State-Sanctioned Suicide Becomes Third-Leading Cause of Death in Quebec

Canada likely suffered a record-number year of euthanasia deaths last year, according to statistics from Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Quebec. Canadian health officials will not release their formal tally for some weeks, but early estimates from the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition show that there were 13,500 state-sanctioned suicides in 2022. That is a 35 percent increase from the year before and an all-time high. In the province of Quebec alone, assisted suicide accounted for 7 percent of all deaths, making euthanasia the third-leading cause of death after cancer and heart disease.

Public support: These statistics are horrible, but euthanasia has public support in Canada. According to a report by the Angus Reid Institute, 6 in 10 Canadians support state-sanctioned suicides for those with a grievous and irremediable medical condition. This same survey also found that 3 in 10 Canadians support state-sanctioned suicides for those with a mental illness. And a separate survey by Research Co. found that nearly 3 in 10 Canadians support state-sanctioned suicides for the homeless and the impoverished. So much of Canada has lost respect for human life.

Moral Relativism: We live in a different social universe than we did a century ago, a universe where the laws of morality are turned upside down. Abortion, assisted suicide, sexual promiscuity, drug use, and numerous other practices that were once condemned are now acceptable. This happened because society rejected biblical and natural law in favor of moral relativism. After Charles Darwin published Origin of Species in 1859, people began accepting the premise that concepts like morality and human rights were themselves byproducts of evolution. They no longer view suicide as a sin against the Creator of life. They view it as a choice that people should be able to make for themselves.

Materialistic education: The late Herbert W. Armstrong warned of this state of affairs in his 1985 book Mystery of the Ages, writing: “Education in the civilized world today has become entirely materialistic. Education has become a combination of the agnosticism of evolution, the politics and economics of Karl Marx, and the morals and social patterns of Sigmund Freud. Higher education remains in utter ignorance of the mystery of mankind and of human civilization.”

The generation born since Mr. Armstrong died in 1986 is steeped in the ideals of Darwin, Marx and Freud. And this is why a quarter of Canadians believe the poor should just kill themselves.

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