The Star includes a Faith section in the Saturday edition presumably for the people with noteworthy expressions concerning their faith. So why do you publish the ranting from an atheist on that page? (4/26, Faith, “Saving lives is better than saying prayers.”) Is that not an oxymoron?
A letter from an atheist on the Faith page is misplaced. Give the atheists their own page. Very few will read it, and it won’t litter the space for those of us who know better.
As a Christian, my complaint is not that Chuck Lunney, as an atheist, is given space in The Star. It’s where his column is placed that offends me.
If I am reading the Business section, I’m not likely to find a featured column ranting on the failures and fallacies of American capitalism. When I read the Sports section, I’m probably not going to see a piece that suggests that sports fans, in general, have lower IQs than, say, musicians. By placing this column in the Faith section, The Star is essentially saying, “Here’s your religious section, believers, and oh, by the way, none of it’s true.”
I’ve visited with atheists numerous times and have found that they can be every bit as “evangelical” in their “non-belief” as the most conservative Christian. It’s certainly Mr. Lunney’s right to believe as he does, and I wouldn’t begin to try to denigrate him for it (although I suspect he may not know as much about us as he thinks he does). And I’d also have to question the thinking behind putting an atheist on a 12-member “Faith Walk” panel.
I’d be happy to read Mr. Lunney’s opinions again, but in another section.