Post religion coverage hits a few bumps

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Writing wisely and kindly about a day of prayer in my honor for The Post's "On Faith" Web site, the distinguished Christian Dr. Francis Collins said that he prayed, but "not so much for a supernatural intervention -- as a physician I have not seen evidence for such medical miracles in my own experience" [italics added].

When you printed his contribution Sept. 26 ["The atheist and the Reaper"], the last 16 words were omitted and replaced by dots. Is there any reader who has enough faith to believe that this excision was to save space?

Christopher Hitchens,

Washington

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Regarding the Sept. 25 Free for All letter from Antoinette Brennan, a complaint about wearing a rosary as jewelry:

I am a Catholic in my 20s and no fan of Miley Cyrus, but I give her the benefit of the doubt that her wearing of a cross is not meant to be disrespectful.

At a time when it is often difficult for me to defend my religion and sometimes even to persuade myself to remain a part of it, I think people such as Brennan should be heartened to see a young person displaying a symbol of her faith, rather than invent reasons to be offended by it.

Eric Monti, Laurel

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