Arrogant, out-of-place criticism
Your criticism (Feb. 8, 1997) of Tony Campolo's remarks at the inauguration prayer service seems arrogant and out of place. To tell a brother in Christ what he should have said to the president is to presume you have full knowledge of his private counsel to President Clinton. To ask "What would the apostle Paul have done?" and assume he would have spoken out on abortion (or infanticide or slavery in the First Century) doesn't square with Scripture itself. Please, give Mr. Campolo the freedom to rely on the Holy Spirit to guide his public remarks and to seek God's wisdom for private rebuke and exhortation as needed. - Mike Umlandt, Beaverton, Ore
Can't please everyone
I was very disturbed and surprised to read the less-than-complimentary report (Feb. 8) about Tony Campolo's participation in the inaugural prayer breakfast for President Clinton. After reading your editorial, I reviewed the recording that I had made of the affair; I find no reasonable grounds for your criticism. Mr. Campolo very clearly charged the president with his moral responsibilities. He clearly criticized the executive and the legislative bodies in the execution of their affairs and proposed a cure: Forgiveness. So he failed to mention abortion. He is not a Mother Teresa and who would expect him to attempt to be? He has his own unique style and is not trying to please anyone. - Ralph Deffenbaugh, Uniontown, Pa.
Robert Kroening's "800-pound guerrilla" (Feb. 8), was timely and insightful. However, two points of clarification are called for. First, we should not assume that we will never see the type of high-intensity conventional war of the past. That is as dangerous a position to take as is planning mainly for the last war. We'd better be prepared for both. Second, Mr. Kroening's assertions that our "traditional army tactics are of little use" against domestic and airline bombings, organized crime, and "political gridlock" from refugees are true, but also irrelevant. Law enforcement agencies--not the military--are charged with these missions. The distinction between crime-fighting and war-fighting must be maintained, no matter how tempting it is today to blur that distinction because of terrorism. I'd hate to see the day when our streets are policed by the military; the price for that kind of "security" will be far too great. - William G. Blissett, Tucson, Ariz.
A service, not a company
Lighten up on the U.S. Postal Service. I live in a rural area of Kentucky and if the USPS were privatized, I probably would not receive my mail but once a week or every two weeks. Rural areas are not money-making areas for companies. That is the reason the USPS is a service and not a company. By the way, I received my Feb. 8 WORLD on Feb. 5. - Linda A. Hall, Means, Ky.
Save yourself some money
Here's an enterprising idea: Let the pony express deliver your magazine for you. Don't expect too much, though. It will be a lot harder on that horse carrying millions of pieces of mail than just two or three letters. Save yourself 16 cents and cancel my subscription. - Dennis Stephens, Rutherford College, N.C.
Reinforcing the point
I have to chuckle. I had just finished reading your Feb. 8 issue of WORLD. This issue included your commentary on the Postal Service. The very next day I received the Jan. 18 issue. - Steve Noyes, Ellensburg, Wash.
Nine days late, but at sea
In response to Joel Belz's article concerning the trouble getting WORLD delivered on time, you'll be happy to know that I received the issue on the 17th--only nine days after the cover date. But I am at sea on the USS Theodore Roosevelt on deployment in the Mediterranean! - Jeff Hillman, Livorno, Italy
In the cover story on Afrocentric education (Feb. 1), Charles Ware of Baptist Bible College of Indianapolis says, "The Democrats and the liberals, they're the ones who helped us." Let's not rewrite history. Southern Democrats opposed Harry Truman because of his civil-rights program. The first civil-rights bill passed in 1957 under Eisenhower. Another bill passed under President Johnson after a southern Democrat filibuster of 75 days, ended only by cloture. We must not forget two Democrat governors, George Wallace and Orval Faubus, tried to prevent school integration. Gov. Faubus even used the National Guard until President Eisenhower federalized the Arkansas National Guard. - Joan Meyer, Sigel, Ill.