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Merkoski column hypocritical, harsh on religion

Concerning the recent column by Jason Merkoski '94 ["Religious conflict abounds on Massachusetts Avenue," Sept. 17], I would simply like to make a request. Could the word "hypocritical" be added to Merkoski's existing self description of "a hedonistic, scum-swilling atheist?"

Unless I was entirely mistaken, the greatest fault that Merkoski found in the religious groups that solicit on Massachusetts Avenue was that they were attempting to force their opinions on him, a person who is "sure of [his] religious convictions."

Yet, the sub-head for the latter half of Merkoski's article could have been "Hi, you brain-dead fool. My name is Jason, and I'm an atheist. How can you actually live by your faith?" Just as the "overbearing Catholic contingent" attacked him, Merkoski attacked believers in Dianetics along with those of other religions.

I think Merkoski was a little extreme in his "retaliation." While the religious groups were simply trying to hand him literature about their beliefs (and why they follow them), Merkoski's action can be deemed nothing other than a blatant attack on the beliefs of others.

If Merkoski is so upset by this constant harassing and running, why doesn't he just confront the problem directly? Through all of my experiences, a simple "No, thanks," has put an end to the situation.

Eric R. Richard '95