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Death of Charlie Gard is Tragically Revealing

Billy Graham

There are still very important lessons to learn from the life and death of little Charlie Gard.

Over the course of the last several weeks, no story has been as important as the tragedy of this little baby in the United Kingdom with a rare mitochondrial disease.

His story first came to world attention when his parents made a public appeal to the people of Britain and all around the world of the fact that they were no longer able to make decisions on behalf of their infant son and his health treatments.

They knew that there were experimental treatments. They raised money on their own to try to make those treatments available for their infant son.

There’s a good reason why Charlie Gard became such a focus of conversation and concern. Columnist Charles Krauthammer put his finger exactly on the issue, when he wrote: “There is only one real question. What’s best for Charlie? But because he can’t speak for himself, we resort to a second question: Who is to speak for him?”

Yes, that is exactly the question, and it has answered with parents, not with the medical establishment, nor with the government. That’s what’s at stake with this tragedy, and we dare not forget it.

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Michael Medved: The Left’s International Collapse

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If Theresa May wins her expected victory in June’s British elections it will represent the latest evidence of a sweeping international trend: the utter collapse of the old left.

Britain’s Labour Party dominated the United Kingdom for 13 years under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, but with radical leader Jeremy Corbin, it’s struggled for traction and relevance. The same thing happened in France, where the candidate of the long-dominant Socialists finished a dismal 5th in recent elections.

In Germany, center right Chancellor Angela Merkel has already ruled for 12 years and is heavily favored to capture another term in September. And in Israel, the leftist Labor Party that held power for the nation’s first 29 years, now commands only 16 percent of their Parliament; Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu faces more formidable competition from fellow leaders on the right.

In America, as Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and other hard-liners drag Democrats leftward, the nation’s oldest political party faces much the same fate.

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Michael Medved: Britain’s Most Serious Religious Problem

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The horrific Manchester terror attack raises uncomfortable questions about the imperfect integration of Britain’s Muslim minority.

A series of such brutal incidents in the United Kingdom involved native-born British subjects, not recent refugees. And despite some fears of Islam’s surging influence, the most recent numbers show that self-identified Muslims still comprise only 5 percent of the UK population. The far more worrisome numbers involve the declining percentage who say they are Christian—down from 72 percent to just 59 percent today.

Those who hope that America and the United Kingdom will maintain their distinctive cultural identities are right to worry about Christianity’s declining numbers. But we should remember that those losses reflect disenchantment and disaffiliation far more than the growth of Islam or any other rival faith.

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Owen Strachan: The Erosion Of Parental Authority

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Charlie Gard is fighting for his life.

Tiny Charlie is eight months old and battling a rare disorder called mitochondrial depletion syndrome. His muscles are deteriorating and he is fed through a tube.

Recently, a judge it the United Kingdom ruled that Charlie should be taken off of life support. Judge Francis decreed that “parents have parental responsibility” but that “overriding control is vested in the court.” It was in the “best interests” of Charlie that his costly care be shut down.

These words from a Western judge should chill the blood of every citizen. The government does not have—or at least should not have—“overriding control” of children. Fathers and mothers are ultimately responsible for their kids, not bureaucrats. The family, not the government, is the foundational unit of society.

We parents must not sleep in advocating for our children. We cannot hands our kids over to officials. We must fight for them, love them, and defend them—whatever the cost.

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