Is Muhammad more deserving of reverential treatment than Jesus? The New York Times seems to think so.
A Times article reporting on the collapse of Christian communities in the Middle East contains two references to Jesus. Not “Christ,” which is a religious title, or “Jesus Christ,” but simply “Jesus,” who was (or may have been) a historical figure. The same is true of other Times stories and wire service articles published by the Times which no longer appear on its website (but still appear on other sites under different titles and are linked below). A December 21 story entitled “First Jesus-Era House Discovered in Nazareth” (AP byline) contains ten references to Jesus and none to Christ. Ditto another item, “Mass. School Denies Suspending Student for Drawing” (also AP), about a second grader who may have been suspended for drawing a figure of Jesus on the cross. Three references to Jesus, none to Christ.
A Washington Post article (AP byline) about the controversy surrounding Brit Hume’s recent comments on Tiger Woods contains two references to Jesus and none to Christ. The same pattern has held true of other articles published by the Post, including “Vatican to Review Security After Papal Knockdown” (AP) and “Pilgrims Crowd Bethlehem on Warm Christmas Eve” (Reuters), which are no longer linked to the Post’s website. The articles refer to Jesus, not to Christ or Jesus Christ.
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The Times, the AP, and Reuters all have style manuals setting forth their policies about usage for proper names like “Jesus.” Both the Times and Reuters manuals explicitly caution against using the term “Christ” when referring to Jesus because it is a theological term, “a title non-Christians would not give him,” as Reuters’ handbook says.
Read More: By Johanna Markind, American Thinker