Thursday, March 20, 2008

Euthanasia case stories mention religion, but only in an oblique way

A high-profile Euthanasia case in France made it to a lead story on this morning.

What is interesting in this story is the use of religion, that assumes the reader has a lot of background knowledge. The second sentence mentions that France is a "nominally Roman Catholic country," but never goes on to say why that might matter in this case. The penultimate one quotes a Jesuit, but besides identifying him as one, does not state why he would be an authority on this matter.

What elements of religious context could make this story better?

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