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April 1st, 2013 - 1:55 pm

Gray Lady Down! “The NY Times’ Mortifying Easter Error: ‘Resurrection Into Heaven of Jesus, Three Days After He Was Crucified.’”

As Rod Dreher a decade ago in classic article “The Godless Party” on the state of religion in the Times’ immediate backyard:

True story: I once proposed a column on some now-forgotten religious theme to the man who was at the time the city editor of the New York Post. He looked at me like I’d lost my mind. “This is not a religious city,” he said, with a straight face. As it happened, the man lived in my neighborhood. To walk to the subway every morning, he had to pass in front of or close to two Catholic churches, an Episcopal church, a synagogue, a mosque, an Assemblies of God Hispanic parish, and an Iglesia Bautista Hispana. Yet this man did not see those places because he does not know anyone who attends them. It’s not that this editor despises religion; it’s that he’s too parochial (pardon the pun) to see what’s right in front of him. There’s a lot of truth in that old line attributed to the New Yorker’s Pauline Kael, who supposedly remarked, in all sincerity, “I don’t understand how Nixon won; I don’t know a soul who voted for him.”

Actually, what Kael really said was, “I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.”

For the Times, the religious are so far outside their ken, they can’t seem to be bothered to get any religious article right.

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