A TALE OF TWO DOCTORS: The Lighthouse Philosopher Bill Scott, President of the Victoria Humanists, contrasts infamous abortionist, fellow Humanist Dr. Henry Morgentaler with Dr. Norman Bethune, by Ed Gould,

Scott gave talks to clubs he belonged to over the years: Gyros, Kiwanis, Toastmasters.

As President of the Victoria Humanists he spoke and wrote articles in favor and support of the memory of fellow-Piscean and China lover, Dr. Norman Bethune.

Bethune, a Canadian, who died in November, 1939, is regarded as one of Mao Tse-tung‘s philosophical models.

Mao, wrote Scott, understood through practical experience the outpouring of Dr. Bethune’s soul because as a doctor he practiced selfless humanity on wounded Chinese and Japanese soldiers alike.

He said this humanism so inspired Mao that he made Dr. Bethune into a national hero in the eyes of 800 million Chinese.

Scott published the article in the Humanist Magazine and sent copies of it to doctors across Canada because Humanists had long regarded members of the medical profession as outstanding, practical humanists.

Through his efforts as Ambassador At Large for the Canadian Humanists, Scott welded Eastern and Western groups together under one banner and one magazine, but later he had reservations about one Humanist, who was also a doctor.

When Dr. Henry Morgentaler, the convicted Canadian abortionist, was embraced as Amercian Humanist Of The Year in United States in 1975 and given favorable publicity for his “courageous beliefs and self-sacrifice”, Scott was outraged.

He mounted his soapbox and foamed into the fray.

He sent a strongly-worded letter to the American Humanist Magazine and to Time (Canada).

He told of how he and Morgentaler had met eight years previously when both were members of the Humanists, “a society devoted to human rather than religious interests.”

The two men had much in common: Scott was a Roman Catholic who had spent the war in Japanese internment camps in China; Morgentaler was also from a strong religious background: he was a Jew who had spent the war in concentration camps in Europe.

After the war, both came to Canada, converts to Humanism.

In Canada they both joined the free enterprise system, the system that Howard Scott, the founder of Technocracy, said was populated with two classes of people.

The Chisellers and the Suckers.

In such a system, Scott reiterated, it was the hope, dream and ambition of most Suckers to become Chisellers.

“And so we did.

“I became a rest home operator and owner of a pawn shop.

“Morgentaler joined the highest calling in the land: general practitioning.

“In my estimation, we both chiselled peanuts, not coconuts, and we both hoped to benefit mankind in our own small way.

“Then – in my opinion – Dr. Morgentaler became a victim to his own tragic truth.

“He discovered there was more money to be made from killing innocent forms of potential life, than saving them.

“In short, he became an abortionist in direct contrast with our Humanist lifesaver Dr. Norman Bethune.

“He proved that the love of money is the root of all evil and most of us want more root.

“While the Feminists called him a Liberator and looked upon him as Savior, the Catholic Church – rightly or wrongly – evaluated him as a murderer.

“But while making a lot of money allegedly from performing about 5,000 illegal abortions, Dr. Morgentaler also became a modern Robin Hood.

“He galloped out of the forest to rescue a number of poor, unfortunate maidens from the dastardly clutches of Motherhood – for free.

“When the controversy about the legality and morality of abortion came out in the press, other doctors who had apparently been sending him the abortion cases suddenly withdrew unto the safety of the Hippocratic Oath and shut the door.

“Obviously they did not want any part of a doctor who worked without a fee and poor Morgentaler was thrown naked, literally and figuratively, to the legal financial wolves while tax-paying while citizens – both for and against abortion – paid for his keep in jail.”

Scott reasoned that Morgentaler made his fatal error by not performing all the abortions for free.

Scott had not abandoned his Humanist views, although he no longer was a card-carrying member.

He had only abandoned Dr. Morgentaler.

An astute judge of character (“you have to be to stay in the pawnbroking business”), he had had his share of disappointments in his champions.



THE LIGHTHOUSE PHILOSOPHER: The Adventures of Bill Scott

Ed Gould

Hancock House Publishers, Victoria, 1976

Pages 239 – 240



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