Ken Connor

It is no secret that we live in a celebrity obsessed society. This isn't just an American phenomenon, it's a global phenomenon. We look to celebrities to tell us how to dress, what to eat, even who to vote for. President Obama used our celebrity obsession to great effect in both of his presidential campaigns. In the 2012 race, some of Hollywood's most glamorous starlets took to the airwaves warning American women of the holocaust on women's rights that would ensue if Mitt Romney were elected President. In the U.K., international celebrity cosmologist Stephen Hawking has been drafted to the cause of assisted suicide.

The push to legalize assisted suicide in the U.K. has been ongoing for several years. Three times, the British people have rejected the idea, but champions of "end of life choice" will not be deterred. And much in the same way that the American mainstream media does everything in its considerable power to advance the agenda of President Obama, the BBC seems quite happy to use its influence to advance the cause of one, Lord Falconer, and his assisted-suicide legislation.

In an interview that served as an ad-hoc endorsement for a feature segment with Lord Falconer, Hawking said the following:

"I think those who have a terminal illness and are in great pain should have the right to choose to end their lives and those who help them should be free from prosecution. ??But there must be safeguards that the person concerned genuinely wants to end their life and they are not being pressurised into it or have it done without their knowledge or consent, as would have been the case with me."


Ken Connor

Ken Connor is Chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.