Church of Euthanasia

The One Commandment:
"Thou shalt not procreate"

The Four Pillars:
suicide · abortion
cannibalism · sodomy

Human Population:

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The cover of the Church of Euthanasia's new CD Six Billion Humans Can't Be Wrong features a photograph of Rev. Korda naked inside one of the ovens at the Dachau crematorium. The German music magazine "Beam Me Up" has charged Rev. Korda with anti-semitism, and the following is Rev. Korda's response.

Nationalists believe that one group of humans is superior to all others. Concentration camps are a well-known symbol of what happens when this belief is carried to its extreme. Dachau has been preserved as a monument, to remind visitors that something shameful happened there. National shame has had positive consequences: patriotic displays are still discouraged in Germany to this day.

Humanists believe that one species is superior to all others. This belief has also been carried to its extreme, with an equally predictable result: the extinction of at least a third of the non-human species on earth, over a period of a few thousand years. The pre-human rate of extinction is estimated at one species from any major group every million years. By comparison, a species currently disappears every thirty minutes.

The Jews suffered terribly, but any sane person will admit that there are still Jews in the world. The same can't be said for the millions of plant and animal species that have become extinct as a result of the human population explosion. Where are the symbols of this species holocaust? Where are the monuments to remind us that something shameful has happened, and is still happening, every day, faster and faster?

The Nazis stabilized the currency, built autobahns, and restored national pride. Many Germans were grateful, and avoided asking too many questions. It was better not to know where the trains were going, because knowing would mean either accepting guilt, or fighting the Nazis. Today, citizens of the industrial nations are in much the same position. Each year, there are more cars, computers, and shopping malls filled with merchandise. It's better not to know where the oil is coming from, or where the garbage is going. It's better not to know that the earth is poisoned. Why spoil the fun?

The Holocaust was not an exception, but the rule, the extension of industrial technology to the extermination of humans, rather than insects or plants. The railroads and crematoriums were familiar, because the same techniques had already been applied to animals for decades. In the United States, one billion animals are slaughtered every year, in factory farms that look suspiciously like concentration camps. It's better not to think about this, while we watch the flesh cooking in our ovens.

By August of 1999, the human population will exceed six billion. Wilderness will continue to vanish like smoke, and with it the biological diversity that keeps the planet habitable. A planet of weeds, on which only rats, roaches, pigeons and humans thrive, is not only ugly and shameful, it is the next step towards a desert planet. Members of the Church of Euthanasia take a lifetime vow to never have children. This is one way of facing the shame, and taking personal responsibility for allowing the earth to heal.

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