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his passion vs. His passion  Jim Thomsen
 Mar 03, 2004 19:34 PST 

<html><div style='background-color:'><DIV class=RTE>I am a freelance writer who recently completed an assignment to talk to local churchgoers and clergy about their reactions to having seen "The Passion of the Christ." When my story was published today, I was dismayed to see that the editor had changed every second reference to Jesus Christ as "His sufferings," "His last hours," "His sacrifice," etc. instead of the lowercase generic "his" that I had initially written. I don't have anything concrete to back me up on this, but it's been my longtime understanding that a reference such as "His sufferings" with the uppercase "H" is how, in written form, Christians communicate with one another. Since, objectively, we as journalists don't hold that Jesus Christ is the one true savior of mankind, to use the "His" in a newspaper seems to be presuming that we who write for the paper are Christians communicating with our readers ... who we are also presuming to be Christians. I want to raise this point with the editor, but with something more to back me up than what I strongly believe to be true (sort of like Christians strongly believe it's true that Jesus Christ IS the one true savior!). What do you folks think?  Am I being too sensitive here? Or do you understand this as I do? Can you point to any credible reference text to help me make my case?</DIV>
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<DIV class=RTE>Jim Thomsen</DIV>
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