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Kevin Rafferty’s Jan. 7 article, “Christianity vs. secularism,” is a disjointed and mostly aimless sermon in disguise. He laments the absence of Christ in Christmas, but unfairly points to holiday festivities in Hong Kong as an example. Why should the Nativity story be taken seriously in a historically non-Christian society?

Rafferty seems to equate secularism with selfish materialism and unchecked inequality, even warning that Hong Kong and Japan are going too far in this direction. He implies that Christianity mitigates these tendencies, and cites Pope Benedict XVI’s recent argument that Christians are dedicated to fighting poverty and working to share the world’s resources. For evidence he turns to China, a “godless society” that foments inequality, as indicated by China’s recently estimated high “Gini coefficient” of 0.61.

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