Saturday 25 November 2017

Language offends

Sir -- To say that I was offended by Ms Sinead O'Connor's rant (Sunday Independent, Dec. 26, 2010) would only confirm to you your choice of opinion writer and standard of article for the Sunday before Christmas was spot on. Well done! For you can have had no other motive for approving this piece as acceptable journalism other than to offend Catholics.

Unlike most of your writers, I claim no constituency, no right to represent anyone. I would only like to know when it became acceptable in public discourse to refer to a senior cleric of any religion as an "asshole". A quick search of the word through the archives of your paper reveals no other religious or political leader ever being referred to in your opinion pages using such language.

Mark Lawler,

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