Religion: The Burning of Bodies

Technically, "the burning of bodies" is illegal in The Netherlands, but in practice it has been tolerated for years in the country's only crematorium, owned by the Association for Voluntary Cremation, at Velsen, near Amsterdam. Last week the Dutch Parliament debated a government bill legalizing cremation, with these qualifications: 1) the written request of the deceased either in his will or otherwise would be required; 2) royal permission would be necessary to establish any new crematorium; 3) any substantial local religious opposition could prohibit the building of a crematorium in a given area.

With 55 of the 100 members of Parliament's Second...

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