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Issue: "Taking the Bait?," July 12, 1997

A nation of sheep?

Your article about the evidence of widespread vote fraud in the Louisiana elections ("Louisiana's buy-you election," May 17/24) provoked in me a sense of outrage-not so much at Democratic tactics, but at the absence of a huge outcry from the voters right at the polling places. Had I been pressing the selection button when the wrong light lit up, I would have raised such a ruckus that they would have heard it clear up to Maine. Have we become such a nation of sheep that we will allow our constitutional rights to be stolen from us in the election booth without so much as a squeak of protest? - Andrea Werme, Jefferson, Mass.

Louisiana deserves better

To me, a former Louisianan, a very sad part of your vote-fraud story is that, again, the state of Louisiana is splotched with a black mark it does not deserve-at least the Louisiana that values honesty and hard work. New Orleans has always been the monkey on the back of the rest of the state; most non-New Orleans Louisianans I know would not regret it if the city, with all its gambling interests, political nepotism, and sewer-style ethics, slipped into the Gulf of Mexico. Although Mary Landrieu, LIFE, and their cohorts wreaked fraud throughout the state, keep in mind that a majority of the fine people of the rest of the state legitimately elected Woody Jenkins to represent them in the U.S. Senate. - Laura Miller, Pittsburgh, Pa.

It's not indoctrination

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A Christian liberal-arts education is designed to help students develop the tools to critically evaluate issues and to integrate faith into all of their lives. It is not an indoctrination effort. Bethel College's attempts to use popular culture to help students wrestle with the implications of their faith stands in refreshing contrast to WORLD's efforts to propagandize its readers toward its beliefs. Rather than respectfully presenting both sides of this issue and trusting your readers to come to informed conclusions, you have used not-so-subtle innuendo and inflammatory language to play on their emotions and to persuade them to your point of view. Please show more respect for your readers. The Christian community has experienced this type of uncivility for far too long. - Margot Eyring, Washington, D.C.

Wrong forum

I was dismayed by the controversy over Bethel College's showing of pornographic materials to students ("Class dismissed," May 17/24). While this sin is biblically indefensible, so is the sin of Christians taking Christians to court to account for matters of "family." Was there no council of Christian men who could have dealt with this important case? - Suzanne Nyberg, Snohomish, Wash.

Borderline sensationalism

I am concerned that Jay Grelen's article about Bethel College borders on sensationalism. I appreciate Mr. Grelen's insight when he stated, "each side believes the other acted inappropriately," though I'm not sure the slant of the article reflected the truth of that statement. The article seemed to make heroes out of Christians who chose to disobey the clear teaching of Paul not to sue a brother in Christ. Perhaps an article evaluating the litigious attitudes of Christians and Christian organizations would be newsworthy. - Nathaniel J. Meiers, Mansfield, Ohio

Pleading your cause

May God plead your cause before the Evangelical Press Association regarding Zondervan's shameful charges. The outcome of that case will tell us nothing about WORLD and everything about the integrity (or lack thereof) of the EPA. - Steven E. Woodworth, Benbrook, Texas

Rubbing it in

I have grown increasingly frustrated with your series on the NIV. While you have generated much public support for your position, you have damaged your credibility with me. You seem to have adopted the secular media's strategy of using the power of the press to impose your views on others. This was especially evident when Zondervan and the IBS accepted the pressure from the evangelical public and backed off their intent to publish their revision. Instead of being grateful, you attacked them. - Ralph Porter, Tucson, Ariz.

Commercial concern

At the risk of piling on, if those at the International Bible Society still maintain that they were pursuing a gender-neutral Bible for the express purpose of accuracy, then where does their abandonment of that goal place them in church history? Would Luther, Wycliffe, et al. have abandoned their reforms for commercial concerns? - John Bauman, Warsaw, Ind.

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