An offensive religious reference

Regarding Amy Chavez’s June 1 column, “Everyone’s own path to enlightenment“: Chavez should be ashamed of herself.

She is old enough to know that religion produces strong feelings in people. It binds them in many cases to their family and their culture. It is part of their identity. When a person’s religious symbology is demeaned, that person feels demeaned and hurt.

In her June 2 column, Chavez refers to Jesus as “that guy on the cross.” Christians reading that will feel hurt. Chavez will have hurt them. Chavez is a comedian, and it is not the business of comedians to hurt people. It isn’t funny.

brian redmond
saitama

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  • Roan Suda

    As a conservative Catholic, I find much in the Japan Times dismayingly mindless, intolerant, and, yes, to use a liberal codeword, “insensitive,” but now having read the column by Amy Chavez, I can only smile, albeit wanly. Surely she is making fun of commercialized religion, not religion per se. When I see Japanese young people wearing huge crosses and even crucifixes as “accessories,” I have to remind myself that they simply don’t know any better and that such is no excuse for me to feel in any way superior. Unknowing disrespect for Buddhism falls into the same category.

    • http://wordofmouth-a5.tumblr.com/ Word of Mouth 英会話

      I would argue that Japanese people wearing crosses as accessories, while laughable, is forgivable *because* they don’t know any better. Much more perplexing is why devout catholics around the world don crucifixes. Would be like all the Newtown CT parents wearing miniature Bushmaster rifles on their necklaces.

  • http://wordofmouth-a5.tumblr.com/ Word of Mouth 英会話

    Actually, it is a comedian’s job to push buttons, to make people uncomfortable. Lighten up, Chavez could have (accurately) said, “that bastard on the cross.”

    • Charlie Sommers

      Or even, “that Jewish bastard on the cross.”

  • Ivar

    Wow, desperately needing something to be offended by, was that really the best you could find? Whether right or wrong, it’s unhealthy not to have your beliefs and ideas challenged once in a while. This is as mild as it gets.