I’m sure that John Kelly meant to be snarky and humorous with his Sept. 18 Metro column, “For unto them a cub was born.” But did he give a thought that comparing the birth of the new panda cub to the biblical account of the birth of Jesus Christ might be considered by many as . . . irreverent?

To use this passage of scripture as comedic background — to parody what is holy to people of faith — is at best tasteless and, to Christians, blasphemous. But no riots, no death threats. There is a much more powerful recourse available: I’ll be praying for him.

Mary Erickson, Columbia