This is from the April 12, 2008, Science News letters section:
Respect the Past
I feel that Rachel Ehrenberg was entirely too glib in "Digging that Maya blue" (SN: 3/1/08, p. 134). The description of an ancient Mayan religious ritual as "plucking the hearts from humans and tossing the bodies into the sacred cenote" is disrespectful. I am sure that Science News would never describe any contemporary religious rituals in this manner. Here is hoping that the editors and writers adopt a more dispassionate eye.
GERALD J. CERCHIO, San Francisco, Calif
I mean, if he had wanted to complain about being glib in the face of real people having been brutally murdered, yeah maybe I'd start feeling maybe I was just a little insensitive about thinking the article was fine.
Or at least we could discuss it.
But if he wants me to be sensitive to the possible slight to long-dead members of a defunct religion that performed ritual human sacrifice…..it''s a big WTF time for me.