Church of Euthanasia

The One Commandment:
"Thou shalt not procreate"

The Four Pillars:
suicide · abortion
cannibalism · sodomy

Human Population:

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Bet he'd like to stash that youth in Asia

by Mitchell Fink

So you thought you had problems because your kid wanted to pierce his navel. Be thankful you are not Michael Korda. Korda is renowned in New York literary circles as the best-selling author of 10 books, including "Man to Man: Surviving Prostate Cancer," and as the editor in chief of Simon & Schuster. He's also the father of Christopher Korda. And that's where the headaches come in for Michael. Christopher, you see, is the founder of the Church of Euthanasia, a non-profit Somerville, Mass.-based group that promotes suicide and cannibalism as ways to reduce the world's population.

It may seem like a sendup, but he has talked up these "pillars of his church" on his own Web page as well as on "The Jerry Springer Show." And when the whim strikes him, Chris also puts forth the church's message as "Chrissy" Korda, who often answers E-mail in a section of the his Web page called "Ask Chrissy."

Word is that Michael isn't exactly thrilled at his son's interests. In fact, the whole thing is deeply embarrassing for this very public person, friends say.

Michael was unavailable for comment. As for Chris, when asked if his father supports his endeavors, he said: "I would never discuss that. It's a matter of principle. We are deadly serious. We are the Act Up of the overpopulation movement."

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