Monday 21 October 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Keeping faith with 'Spectator' and its theme of Christianity'

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

I read what I felt was an unbalanced view of the special Easter edition of the 'Spectator' in the Irish Independent (Letters, April 27) by Frank Schnittger.

He fails to mention the Easter edition contains six pages devoted to the importance of Jesus and his resurrection on Easter Sunday.  The editorial has as its central theme the fact that "Christianity is dying and traditional belief is dismissed as embarrassing superstition by the secular states of the west". 

There is a two-page article by a young British actor under the title of 'Way of the Cross'. The central theme as a byline to the heading is 'Without Christ we would not have western values'. Charles Moore in his weekly 'Spectator' notes devotes his full page to an evaluation of the four Gospels of the New Testament, summarising the powerful message as it "bridges the chasm between God and man" and explains divine love. 

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The commissioning editor Mary Wakefield has an article headed 'The true cross'. In it she describes the dying of a 93-year-old friend who was not very religious, but his final week in which he stuck to his resolve and sank from consciousness made her, although she was a Catholic, begin to understand Easter and the passion of Christ for the first time. 

As far as the article by Liam Halligan, he was invited by the Irish Government in 2012 to join the Global Irish Network - a high-level advisory board of Irish nationals living outside the island of Ireland. Don't blame the 'Spectator' for his views, as the Irish Government appointed him aware of his journalistic views. 

Hugh Duffy 

Cleggan, Co Galway  

Lack of coverage on religion does not reflect our society

ACCORDING to a recent survey, 36pc of Irish adults attend a religious service at least once a week. More than one-third of our population, yet the amount of articles dedicated to religious affairs or God is minuscule. 

Any stories are usually in relation to controversial topics, which is fair enough, but why are there no stories about general religious topics and affairs, and the religious viewpoint on the issues of our day? It appears this prevalent worldview is being denied or purposefully downplayed for whatever reason.

Why not have a few more journalists write articles for your newspaper from this point of view?  It would add a semblance of balance to discussions, and who knows maybe the religious worldview can help solve or assist on many of our modern issues.  Just wondering why you barely acknowledge or represent such a large proportion of the country? God forbid you mention God at all.

Tom Smith

Address with editor 

It helps if you view Old Firm bias with your glass half full

I HAVE discovered a new way to ensure entertainment in a Scottish football match on television. All one needs to do is take a drink every time the commentators mention either half of the Old Firm despite neither playing ("so it's an intriguing Edinburgh derby, but let's talk about Rangers again..."). If mentioned together, one must finish their drink in one.

Be warned, one will be bursting for the toilet long before half-time. People may complain about LOI football, but at least the commentators have the manners to commentate on the clubs whose match they're watching.

Mark Boyle

Renfrewshire, Scotland

Billy needs to be careful with solutions to burning issues 

BILLY Keane (Keane's Kingdom, Irish Independent, April 27) made a mistake by giving details of his proposed Keane Kunkun. At the healing session, in John B's on the Sunday of Writers' Week, 1996, Billy told me about a plan he had for a mobile crematorium. The "Pyre from Lyre" he was going to call it.

There happened to be an American entrepreneur earwigging. The next thing, didn't the eavesdropper apply for a USA patent for "a mobile crematorium comprising a first combustion chamber, which would heat to a temperature of at least 1,000C, thereby creating combustion gases and non-combustible materials.

The combustion gases would be allowed to exit the first combustion chamber into a second one and the non-combustible materials would be removed and placed in a storage device such as an urn".  The man stated in his application that his invention could be disguised as a caravan or a boat, and would have a towing hitch. The patent was granted; I have the number of it.  After such an experience I'm surprised Mr Keane doesn't keep his cards closer to his chest.

Mattie Lennon

Blessington, Co Wicklow

Irish Independent

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