That is just crazy!
Because I am an atheist I do believe we are all equal. I am not only worried about my own "kind" - based on religion, race, nationality - Because I am an atheist, I know we all truly brothers and sisters through evolution. I don't think I deserve better or more healthcare than anyone else, I think we should let rational thinking by caregivers and patients based on science guide these decisions. Because I am an atheist, I don't have to rely on faith to heal.
BWAHAHAHAH! Funny shit but seriously... don't peoples legal guardians make the choice to terminate coma-patients or what? If the answer is YES then, bill the family directly and if they can't/won't pay I certainly wouldn't. After all, would anyone help pay for my mom to get back-surgery so her disks in her lower back don't eventually cripple her? I highly dought it...
I have told numerous members of my family, inclueding my mother and god-mother, that if I am to ever need life support for more than 1 year: JUST PULL MY PLUG, CREAMATE MY BODY/THROW ME INTO THE OCEAN AND MOVE ON. I personally wouldn't want to go through the recovery process anyways and it's scary for me to think - "What if I wake up and my limbs are hacked off?" or "How high will my medical expenses be?" Plus I always did want to visit the historical beaches of Normady, Germany so hopefully I could have my ashes throw overboard near there...
As for the human race being "Special" I tend to think we are very "Special" indeed... what other species on Earth takes another living beings life when it's not hungry or in defence or itself/it's family or it's territory? Humans are "Special" as in the alternative term for "Mentally Retarded" compared to the Animal Kingdom. At least most Animals can co-exist in a semi-peaceful manner, do not discriminate and don't use Nuclear Weapons...
Oh and on the whole "trusting in god vs government" non-sense, this is what I have to say about that: "IN ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WE TRUST!" - quote from "Trust" by Megadeth
"Thanks for reporting that Ruth, I like it better this way! I can't believe a nurse used the word "telescope" in describing what the doctor was going to use to look at your bladder!!!!!!! Wow! Vocabulary review time! lol.
"This is another way of eventually going back to stating that abiogenesis is impossible, as many theists do. There are bound to be those here who have studied far more in depth than I have, but my own findings have been that we have absolutely NO…"
"Yup, that's why tornado warnings are to be taken seriously. During severe storms with tornado potential I turn off my TV sound or Stereo in my apartment so I can hear what possibly may be coming my way. I want to be able to hear the…"
"i didn't see it till today, and it inspired me to start a discussion on it. but while i had a negative reaction to Wolf, i was much more interested in that brave woman. it can't be easy to come out as an atheist on national tv…"
"I am sorry to hear about your loss. The best explanation I can offer is that believers struggle with facing death because they know they are supposed to be "happy" but of course, they are devastated, the same as you. And yes, it is…"
"I saw the Blitzer question on the evening news, I wanted to "throttle" him, as folks used to say. Wolf has trouble without a script, me thinks.
I wish he would ask me that question, but then bleeps are not that interesting."