Now the alert will have to be sounded, not only for the dangers of TV and of videos, but also for the dangers of the computer, and then in particular that of Internet. Do you know what your children are watching? It could hasten not only their spiritual death, but also their physical death!
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Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00
Suicide Service on InternetWritten by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
Since January 10, 1995, a Canadian Internet service has been advertising literature on how to commit suicide. The service, called DeathNet, was initiated by John Hofsess, executive director of the Right to Die Society of Canada, and Derek Humphry, the author of a how to suicide manual called Final Exit. Humphry says that the service was established as part of a "campaign for physician assisted suicide." It offers books and booklets on how to commit suicide, using plastic bags, barbiturates, gassing and other methods. Sheena Meurin, the director of the suicide services for the Calgary branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, objects to the basic purpose of DeathNet. "If you make methods available to teens or others who may be vulnerable," she says, "it makes suicide seem more acceptable, and they may just decide to do it." Humphry claims he is not responsible if teens use the information to kill themselves, saying, "It's the job of their families, those close to them, to look after these people." So far, more than 30,000 users have logged on to the Internet site. DeathNet guarantees that orders will be filled within 24 hours of receipt of payment. However, before an order is filled, the customer must join a right-to-die society (From Citizen).
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