Christopher Hitchens, the famous writer and polemicist whose later years were known for his fierce arguments against religious belief, has died of cancer. His death is being mourned in the growing community of atheists, agnostics, humanists and freethinkers. ReligionLink has a comprehensive guide to groups and leaders in that community.
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The death of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, a former pathologist who helped dozens of terminally ill people die with a suicide machine, has renewed a national debate on end-of-life issues that never went away completely, even after Kevorkian was sentenced to prison in 1999.
Americans are confronting challenges in bioethics every day and in every venue, from hospital rooms and research labs to Congress and the Supreme Court. Developments in genetics, debates over the beginning of life and the fate of embryos, and technologies that extend and even create life are raising complex questions in medical decisions and treatment.
March 31 will mark the second anniversary of Terri Schiavo’s death, which plunged the nation into a heated debate over who has the right to end a life. While the intensity of the debate has lessened since the days leading up to Schiavo’s death, it continues as patients, families, physicians, ethicists, legislators, judges and clergy [...]
The deaths of Pope John Paul II and former President Ronald Reagan brought the funeral rite to a new level of public scrutiny, with television commentators and print reporters explaining every ritual and custom. But while papal and state funerals have changed little through the years, private funerals in this country have, reflecting significant shifts [...]