Should America be a Christian nation?

Britain is officially a Christian nation. Because it is, America is not. That distinction was intentional because America's founders had chaffed under the abuses of a state faith. However, it is a serious mistake to believe America's founders were anti-Christian.

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But does any government have any business dabbling in religion or morality questions?

A few days ago, British Dr. Patrick Pullicino, a neurologist at East Kent Hospitals and a professor of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Kent, startled the Royal Society of Medicine in London by disclosing that annually 130,000 elderly Britons receiving government health care are routinely hurried along on their way to the grave by bureaucrats of the United Kingdom’s National Health Service.

Dr. Patrick Pullicino

“The chilling news came to light,” reported Charlotte Meredith of the Daily Express, after Pullicino revealed NHS doctors are using the controversial “Liverpool Care Pathway” – an official policy under which “doctors can withdraw treatment, food and water while patients are heavily sedated in an attempt to make their final days pass quickly and comfortably – normally resulting in a patient’s death within 33 hours.”

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“NHS doctors are prematurely ending the lives of thousands of elderly hospital patients because they are difficult to manage or to free up beds,” reported Steve Doughty for the Daily Mail newspaper.

A May 2011 Daily Mail story exposed elderly British patients being starved and dehydrated to death as government-paid medical staff routinely ignored patients’ calls for help and forgot to check that they had had enough to eat and drink. A commission found that hip replacements and cataract surgery were being put on a “non-urgent” list in an attempt to help save the state health care program $20 billion.

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Rob Kerby, Senior Editor
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