Tag Archives: Circumstance

Ethics: Should faith be used in advertising?

Every Monday, I explore a different ethical dilemma. Today, I examine whether aspects of faith should be included in advertising.

A friend on his commute spied a cleaning service van. The twist? Their services were faith-oriented, and they weren’t shy about advertising their work on God’s behalf. (Or perhaps God’s admiration of their labor.)

Is this sort of marketing ethical? Does it boast refreshing honesty? Or does it pander to please, thereby generating additional revenue?

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ASK JASON ANYTHING: Should you let a suffering loved-one die?

It’s a writer’s job to know a little bit about everything, and to thoroughly research anything he doesn’t know. ASK JASON ANYTHING is your opportunity to challenge Jason with a question of any kind, whether it’s scientific or religious, financial or social, political, historical. It can be something you already know, or something you’re genuinely curious to learn. You can ask trivia or knowledge or advice, and every Thursday, Jason will do his best to answer. (Read more atwww.jasonrpeters.com.)

TODAY’S QUESTION:

If a close friend or relative is greatly suffering, should you permit him or her to give up and die?

You’ve heard this circumstance. There’s an incurable disease. Or perhaps the cure is worse than the disease, like years of chemotherapy (particularly when it hasn’t worked). The afflicted has made his peace with god, with family, and with himself. And he insists its time to let go.

But you have this “respect for life”. You can’t sanction this person’s casting off into eternal goodnight. Or perhaps you believe that suicides go directly to hell. Or you’ll just miss the person too damn much. Whatever the case, you can’t let go.

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