NPR Doesn’t Know What Easter Is

By Published on March 31, 2018

NPR issued a correction on a story Friday about Pope Francis after it completely misstated Easter’s backstory.

In its article on the Pope’s controversial (and disputed) remark, “Hell does not exist,” NPR incorrectly described the meaning of Easter to the billions of Christians worldwide.

The correction reads:

“An earlier version of this post incorrectly described Easter as ‘the day celebrating the idea that Jesus did not die and go to hell or purgatory or anywhere at all but rather arose into heaven.’”

The updated story simply reads: “Easter — the day Christians celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection — is on Sunday.”

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Easter, considered one of the most important Christian holidays, is the recognition of Jesus’s resurrection from the dead and ascension to Heaven. One of the most crucial tenets of Christianity is the belief Jesus rose on the third day after his crucifixion — also known as Good Friday.

The fact Jesus came back to life, unlike NPR’s initial statement that he never actually died, is one of the most significant miracles in the New Testament.

As The Book of Luke reads:

“But at daybreak, on the first day of the week, they took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb; but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were puzzling over this, behold, two men in dazzling garments appeared to them.”

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  • John A. Murdock

    Rule 1 when writing a story about another news outlet botching Christian holy days: don’t botch the Christian holy days. “Easter, considered one of the most important Christian holidays, is the recognition of Jesus’s resurrection from the dead and ascension to Heaven.” Put your period after “resurrection from the dead.” Yes, Christians celebrate his bodily ascension to Heaven too, but that happened weeks later and the Feast of the Ascension is celebrated this year on May 10 (under the Western calendar).

  • Ben Welliver

    Your average liberal, even one with a college degree, is ignorant in many areas –

    Unfortunately, they regard themselves as experts in all three areas.

  • Bojaws Dubois

    What a better way to celebrate the love of Jesus than by taking a shot at someone who doesn’t understand it

  • Boris

    It actually is a celebration of the grain and cereal cycles based on the dying and rising solar deity named Adonis and His mother, Esther the virgin queen of heaven. The Christians just adopted it with name changes to protect the innocent.

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