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Issue: "Spring Draining," April 12, 1997

A refreshing attitude

Thank you for the wonderful photographs of Ron Greer (March 22). Their bright humor has injected some much-needed lightness into the dreadful hostility we face as politically incorrect people. The man's courage radiates from the page and is infectious! - Juliet Kane, Portland, Ore.

Just what Madison needed

Thanks for your excellent article on Ron Greer. His Christian courage is exactly the medicine the Madison area has needed. The determination and positive attitude of Mr. Greer is a shining example to us all. - B.L. Wiedenbeck, Wannakee, Wis.

He who has the gold rules

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Am I the only one who takes a dim view of public school teachers, military, firefighters, and the like who complain about their inability to express their Christianity while on the job? Do they not cash their paychecks? Maybe someone should enlighten them as to the inherent difficulties and risks of trying to serve "two masters." - G.A. Merrill, Bakersfield, Calif.

Instrument of death

Renee Chelian's statement, "Here's your baby back, sir" (Quotables, March 22), as she returned the plastic model of an unborn child to Congressman Inglis made a deep impression on me. Since President Clinton states that he wishes to make abortion rare, perhaps when he is presented with the bill banning partial-birth abortions, he could be handed along with his veto pen a similar model and a pair of scissors. Choice, choicer, choicest. So which is it for the pro-death, pro-abortion groups when it comes to partial birth? In my dictionary, the fourth definition of choice is "the best or most preferable part." Perhaps Ms. Chelian had second thoughts when she held the instrument of death. - Lydia Jo Boston, Burnside, Ill.

Let's pass over Easter

Although I read Mr. Olasky's article, "Coverup, cliffhanger, crime," with interest, he missed the greatest coverup of all: the origin of Easter. Easter has been about bunnies and eggs for well over 2,000 years; it is the ancient pagan holiday of the fertility goddess Eostre, also called Ishtar. Even though our Savior taught us to remember his death, burial, and resurrection at the Passover meal, evangelical Christians for the most part have abandoned the God-ordained festival. Because Easter is tied to the coming of spring, not the anniversary of our Savior's resurrection, there is still time this year. The Passover is April 22. - Mike Harrison, Chickasha, Okla.

Stretching credulity

I am disappointed with the way our president was portrayed with a Pinocchio nose in "Polyester morality" (March 29). Not only that: The article went on to mention "the pitiful Clinton administration, which has now become as lame as the man who heads it." I would rather have just news and information, and leave the bad jokes, pictures, and jabs for the secular magazine industry. - Stacy Willoughby, Osceola, Mo.

Liberalism by another name

The "gender-neutral" Bible is a blatant spillover from secular politics that is surprising only by who it has fooled. Liberal theologies are like city buses: One passes by every few minutes, headed in a different direction. What is surprising is not that Scripture faces yet another attack, but that true conservative leaders are not bolder in identifying this denial of a cardinal doctrine as heresy and calling liberalism in our midst by its right name. - Fred F. Kerr, West Columbia, S.C.

Bad business, bad morality

I am writing in response to your March 29 article, "The American Way," which deals with American Airlines' active financial backing of homosexual activity. As a Christian and an American Airlines employee, I appreciate your bringing these issues to light. Please know that there are many Christian employees of American who do not appreciate our corporate profits being spent encouraging promiscuity of the type mentioned in your article, nor in pandering to the homosexual community. This goes far beyond tolerance or neutrality; if our company actively seeks this fringe element, it will lose a far greater segment of the traveling public than it stands to gain. It is bad business as well as bad morality. - Rick Townsend, Grapevine, Texas


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