Eugenics didn’t begin with Hitler or government agencies or Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood.
It began in the universities of Britain, Germany and the United States.
Long before infanticide of babies with disabilities became a government-sanctioned reality in the Netherlands, faculty at prestigious universities in the United States and Europe were arguing for it.
So I’m grateful when organizations invite discussion around important issues, bringing such issues into the light of day rather than letting discussions that could shape future public policy and culture hide behind the doors of the academy or through inaccessible academic journals.
And one of the important issues of our day that impacts all people, but probably most directly people living with cognitive disabilities of all kinds, is the definition of a person.
On August 2 from 7:00 a.m. to noon, The MaLaurin Institute is hosting a free event for pastors, lay church leaders and university faculty:
The Problem of the Modern Self: Imagining Personhood in Light of Limitations, Disability, and Suffering
RSVP Required | Breakfast Provided
Contact : 612-378-1935 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: The Campus Club, Coffman Memorial Union
The main speakers are Dr. Joseph Davis of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia and Dr. Elizabeth Schiltz (who happens to be the mother of a child with disabilities) of the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy.
I’m trying to arrange my schedule to attend, and I expect it will be a very challenging, sobering morning. But I also expect that God will use discussions like this to prepare us to defend and promote those who cannot speak for themselves, and to bring greater glory to his name!