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There is nothing holy about agony: religious people and leaders support assisted dying too

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n2094 (Published 09 September 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n2094

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Re: There is nothing holy about agony: religious people and leaders support assisted dying too

Dear Editor

I was rather concerned about the misleading title of this article: it should really be entitled some leaders support assisted dying too as clearly so many do not.

Although it is written in the book of Ecclesiasticus that "There is a time to live and a time to die", the last words in that book urge the reader to follow God's commandments. The most famous commandments are the ten commandments and this emphatically states that one should not kill.

Yours sincerely,

Anne Pauleau

Competing interests: No competing interests

14 September 2021
Anne Pauleau
GP
London