Time and again, America’s legacy media show their ignorance of Christian doctrine.
This time, NPR is facing criticism from within its own staff for publishing a dismissive, snarky definition of Easter.
Writer Vanessa Romo, just days before Easter Sunday, described the holiday as “the day celebrating the idea that Jesus did not die and go to hell or purgatory or anywhere at all, but rather arose into heaven.”
Sarah McCammon, a reporter for NPR, chimed in on her colleague’s “snarky, religious-people-are-rubes joke” on Twitter, rebuking Romo for her writing:
I’m not the first to say this, but I think it’s worth saying: if you’re thinking about making some kind of snarky, religious-people-are-rubes joke about the timing of April Fool’s/Easter Sunday – think again. You don’t have to like or understand it to be respectful and tolerant.
— Sarah McCammon NPR (@sarahmccammon) March 30, 2018
McCammon is right — especially on her last point. It’s OK not to fully understand something. But that doesn’t give you carte blanche to be disrespectful about it. In fact, in a more logical reality, it would make sense to be more respectful toward of the perspectives and ideologies you admittedly don’t understand.
Alas, the updated version now defines Easter as “the day Christians celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection.”Christoph Schmid/Unsplash
None of this should come as a surprise. In 2016, New York Times editor Dean Baquet told NPR (ironically) that the writers and editors at the Gray Lady just “don’t get religion.”
“We don’t get the role of religion in people’s lives,” he said at the time. “And I think we can do much, much better. And I think there are things that we can be more creative about to understand the country.”
If this latest example is any indicator, Baquet’s two-year-old admission still rings true today. The media can — and must — do “much, much better.”