Letter to the Editor

Little coverage of religion in The Post

I continue to be dismayed by The Post’s coverage of religious matters. On the day before Easter, the holiest Christian holiday, Lisa Miller wrote an On Faith column that praised doubt [“The faithful’s doubt will be our saving grace”] and castigated Catholic bishops for opposing a provision of the health-care law. Many knowledgeable people assert that this provision lacks sufficient room for conscientious objection in matters of contraception and abortion, fundamental concerns of many Catholics and other people, religious or other­wise.

The Post featured a thoughtful article on the Seder [“For Passover, tradition and a twist,” On Faith, March 23]. I saw no comparable article respecting Easter. Instead, The Post hosted a Peeps contest and wrote about Easter hats.

On the March 30 On Faith page, there was also an article devoted to rituals during Holy Week [“A time for feasting and cleansing”], as though they were some kind of superstitious, community-building exercises. Where was the recognition that these rituals took place during the Last Supper, where Catholics believe Christ initiated the priesthood,and during Holy Communion, which Christians of all denominations do everywhere in remembrance of Christ’s acts on Holy Thursday?

Oh, yes, The Post put a lovely picture on the March 30 front page of a woman reenacting the Jerusalem womenbut offered nothing to explain its relevance to the Stations of the Cross, or Christ’s Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection — the heart of the Christian faith.

When The Post reports on the growing secularization of America, it should acknowledge its own part in making that so.

Pat Genis, Washington

I was sad to read that Lisa Miller’s March 30 column [“The faithful’s doubt will be our saving grace”] was her last for The Post. She didn’t always get it right (as evidenced by the letters from unhappy Unitarian Universalists published on the March 30 Free for All page), but she always seemed to make an effort to treat religious beliefs and non-beliefs with respect. She certainly didn’t shy away from the tougher issues of the day.

For the most part, it appeared that Miller followed the advice of her last column, “When someone expresses certainty about religion . . . don’t believe it.” I always look forward to reading the On Faith page each Saturday, and I almost always read Miller’s column first. She made me think. I will keep reading the On Faith page, but it won’t be the same for this faithful reader.

George Huckabay, Bethesda

 
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