Just when you think Americans are as crazy as they can be we top ourselves. And once again religion plays or a key role in the insanity. We live in a nation that asks medical professionals to carry out state sponsored killings yet we punish medical professionals who assist people who want to end their own lives in order to ease their suffering from life ending diseases. We live in a nation that permits religious freaks to use illegal hallucinogenic teas during their wacky rituals but prevents suffering AIDS & cancer patients from using pot to ease their suffering.
Are religions people cruel? You would not think so but they can be. When you look at how some of them live their lives and who they vote for it is not so clear that these people are not cruel. Some of them hunt (enjoy killing living animals), wear fur (animals killed for vanity, not food), and vote for legislators that implement policies of cruelty. Many of them advocate violence, war, hatred and cruel mean assaults on the dignity of homosexuals. Is this what religion teaches us? I would hope not.
If there is anything in your Bible or holy book that teaches you to deny pain relief to people who are suffering, regardless of the form and as long as nobody gets hurt in the process, you should re-evaluate the teachings of your religion. If your religion teaches you to help the suffering then you should do everything in your power to eliminate every obstacle between the people who suffer and the potential relief from that suffering, especially if those obstacles are cruel and immoral politicians! Think about it!