The Birth of the “Death with Dignity” Movement

As tough as it may be to write about death, it’s one of the only truly universal topics. And yet people have very different ideas about what constitutes a “good” death. Is it smarter to remove a feeding tube from someone who has no chance of recovery? At what point should quality of life for the elderly be given more priority than the length of it? How should we talk about the subject?

Journalist and hospice volunteer Ann Neumann delves into all of these questions in her new book The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America (Beacon Press, 2016):


In the excerpt below, Neumann discusses how acknowledging the pain of others led to the rise of the “death with dignity” movement:

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Why This Pi Day is Better Than the Last One

Vi Hart reminds us that this year’s Pi Day (3/14/16) is *way* more impressive than last year’s Pi Day (3/14/15).

Even though the whole celebration of Pi is a sham.


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Christian Preacher Elaborates on Why Women Shouldn’t Wear Pants

Christian Pastor Steven Anderson spent part of a recent sermon up at a whiteboard detailing to his congregation what clothes men and women should wear.

Pants? Don’t you dare think about being a woman who wears pants. Skirts? A dress? Fine. But no pants. Because Jesus.


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David Barton: Violent Crime Was Reduced by 75% in Las Vegas Due to “Biblical Teachings”

Did you know violent crime in Las Vegas has dropped by 75%?

(Since when? I don’t know. From what to what? Who cares.)

More important, did you know this is all happening because of Jesus?!

(How do we know that? We don’t.)

That’s the claim made by Christian pseudo-historian David Barton on “The Patriot and The Preacher” radio show recently:


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What Does Donald Trump Really Know About His Own Christian Faith?

Donald J. Trump is a lot of things. He’s a real estate magnate, a billionaire investor, a reality television star, and, this election cycle, he’s convinced millions of evangelical Americans he’s a fundamentalist Christian deserving of one of the most important voting blocs for the Republican Party.


Trump wasn’t expected to be the most popular candidate for strong Christians, whom pundits and strategists thought would prefer Senator Ted Cruz, a Southern Baptist who often emphasizes religion in his speeches. But Trump proved more influential among Christians than anticipated by securing important praise from Christian leaders and then making a strong showing on Super Tuesday, when he won a number of contests, including those in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia — states with large Christian populations.

We know Trump is a Presbyterian, and that he has praised his religion and the Bible in the past, but what does he really know about his faith? And why are many conservative voters, who often find religion important when selecting a candidate, eager to accept his belief as genuine?

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