Messages From Fr. Anthony Smith

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By now I am accustomed to troubling headlines in our daily news. Last Saturday when I read the headlines of our local paper I was particularly disturbed to read two headlines about two bills being discussed in our state legislator – House Bill 6425 (“An Act Concerning Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients”) and the legalization of recreation use of Marijuana. I thought to myself, ‘Is this the best we can do for the generations to come?’ ‘Is this the legacy we want to leave our world and to our children and grandchildren?’ If made into law an “Aid in Dying” law and the legalization of recreation use of marijuana will be a direct assault on the dignity and potential of human life. We can do much better than this.

House Bill 6425 is meant to give the sick and suffering the option to end their life at their discretion. But is this a humane option? Imagine, if you will, a society where ending one’s own life becomes common place. I find this disturbing. The suffering of the sick and dying is very real, but we have, in place, the means to ease the suffering and give comfort to those who are actively dying. House Bill 6425 is not an option our society needs. This will be the beginning of a very slippery slope to justifying other criteria for offering this option, like depression or other mental illness. Life is too precious.

And what does the recreational use of marijuana tell our young people? – ‘When life becomes tedious or when the challenges in life become overwhelming you can simply turn to marijuana and ‘feel good’?’ This flies in the face of achieving excellence and reaching our potential in life. Facing challenges and learning ways to cope with life’s difficulties in our youth builds excellence in character. Open marijuana use will lead to a deterioration in our society and the lives of our children will be the first to suffer. We owe our youth and young adults more than this option. What could possibly be the reason for making drugs more available? Tax revenue? Really? Poor reason to put our society at risk. With the legalization of recreation use of marijuana more people will be in an altered state at work, at school and behind the wheel. And the message to children will be; ‘getting high is just fine’. I’ll ask the question again; ‘Do we, as a society, really want to leave this as our legacy?’ Can’t we do much better?

Please contact your legislator and our governor and tell them we can do much better in Connecticut. Say ‘no’ to House Bill 6425 and the legalization of recreation use of marijuana.

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