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Hellman's humour is a matter of faith


Living in the North East, I am perhaps distanced from the intricacies of the London mayoral elections, but Hellman (AJ 3.6.04) has left me stinging somewhat from what seems like an unfair, I would say offensive, swipe at the Christian faith.

I don't quite understand why in this country it is seemingly now often acceptable to ridicule Christianity but absolutely not any other faith or religion. I understand that the cartoon pokes fun at several sections of society but, nonetheless, it is hard to imagine it having a go at any other faith or religion in this way.

Ifyou look at how Christians are often portrayed on television, and how the 'founder' of the faith is used abusively in speech, it seems that Christianity suffers in a way that other faiths do not.

As a born-again Christian, I often stand up for the rights of others, believing all people to have been created equal. I have often found that I am the only one to resist others' disparaging comments about homosexuals, ethnic minorities or asylum seekers.

I understand that there will be some people who share my faith who would advocate the sort of policies so ridiculed in the cartoon.My hope is that they might be small in number. I think my main cause of offence is that The Architects' Journal is further adding to the ethos of some sort of 'open season' on Christians, while the views of other faiths are being increasingly protected and respected.

My hope is that Louis and the editorial team may be a little bit more circumspect in the future.

John McAskie, via email

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