Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Holocaust - Denying It Will Not Erase the Facts
Walmart * Euthanasia Back in the News
Insanity fair. Holocaust deniers gathered in Teheran to take part in a conference. Saw a picture of Ahmadinejad embracing a bearded Jew! The Holocaust happened. There is overwhelming evidence to support that a systematic slaughter of Jews took place during Hitler's Third Reich. Those who question it have blinders on.
Facts - The Camps
From Campaign to Defend the Constitution
What's Wal-Mart promoting this holiday season? The religious right's extreme ideology.
Just in time for Christmas, the religious right has released a violent video game in which born-again Christians aim to convert or kill those who don't adhere to their extreme ideology. Disturbingly, the game's apparent attempts at religious indoctrination are aimed at children and focus on violent, divisive, and hateful scenarios. While the religious right apparently has no problem pushing the product this holiday season, America's #1 video game seller should know better.
The Euthanasia Debate - Two Items from BBC
An Italian court has adjourned to decide whether to allow a terminally ill man to die, in a landmark case.
The man, Piergiorgio Welby, has muscular dystrophy and is paralysed. He wants doctors to be allowed to turn off his artificial respirator.
The high-profile case has sparked fierce debate in mostly-Roman Catholic Italy, where euthanasia is illegal and the Church forbids it.
The judge is expected to deliver her verdict within a week.
Church of England
A Christian medical body says holding back treatment to allow ill newborn babies to die - when treatment would be "a burden" - is not euthanasia.
The Christian Medical Fellowship was responding to a report in the Observer.
That said the Church of England believed withholding treatment from some seriously disabled newborns may be right "in some circumstances".
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has been seeking submissions into critical care in foetal and neonatal medicine.
It told the BBC it has received over 100 submissions from interested organisations into the controversial issue.
Its report will be published on Thursday looking at the ethical, social and legal issues which may arise when making decisions surrounding treating extremely premature babies.