BP This Week: Michelle Carter, the Culture of Despair, and ‘Hate Groups’

The verdict in a chilling Massachusetts trial has implications far beyond the young woman who was convicted of manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide. John Stonestreet points out that our culture’s embrace of “death with dignity” sends the same message to those in mental anguish: “You’re better off dead.” With an epidemic of opioid overdoses sweeping the country, particularly in rural areas, the kind of despair that drives people to take their own lives is rampant.

Meanwhile, a charity watchdog has adopted the far-left criteria of the Southern Poverty Law Center, declaring organizations that advocate traditional marriage and sexual morality “hate groups.” It’s a move that will only further polarize our politics at a time when we desperately need civility.

Resources

BreakPoint: Overdoses Hit Close to Home
  • John Stonestreet
  • BreakPoint
  • June 19, 2017
The Addicts Next Door
  • Margaret Talbot
  • The New Yorker
  • June 5, 2017
BreakPoint: Michelle Carter and Doctor-Assisted Death
  • John Stonestreet
  • BreakPoint
  • June 21, 2017
A Sad and Terrible Verdict in Massachusetts
  • David French
  • National Review
  • June 16, 2017
Four Myths About Doctor-Assisted Suicide
  • Ezekiel J. Emanuel
  • The New York Times
  • October 27, 2012
GuideStar embraces SPLC ‘hate group’ language
  • Alliance Defending Freedom
  • June 22, 2017
BreakPoint: Civility Now
  • John Stonestreet
  • BreakPoint
  • June 12, 2017

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