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LETTER : Offence against Good Friday

Sir: I am surely not the only Christian to be astonished and angered that you should have chosen Good Friday, the most solemn day of the Christian year, to print two cheap and gratuitously offensive headlines in your section 2.

On the cover you print a picture of the Last Supper, with the headline "The passion for food", and on page 13 you run an article on a sports commentator, headlined "The Jesus of cool". This is gutter journalism. One of the fundamental values of a humane society is an elementary respect for other people's deeply held beliefs. Do the staff of the Independent not understand this, or is it simply that they do not care?

Eamon Duffy DD

Reader in Church History

University of Cambridge