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Issue: "The Man Behind the Duck," July 26, 1997

A high calling

Thank you for your comments on the role of chaplains and the battles we face ("Lead us not into temptation," May31/June 7). I am an Army Reserve Chaplain with a unit that is deploying soldiers to Bosnia next month. It is my observation that the Aberdeen issue is only the tip of the iceberg. For the 13 years that I have been in the Reserves I have been bombarded with comments from women regarding how difficult it is to be in the Army and the unrelenting sexual pressure. That more chaplains are being recruited is an answer to prayer and has potential to be a blessing to the church. God uses upright men and women anywhere they are willing to be used. - Chaplain David W. Meyer, Sebastopol, Calif.

Where is common sense?

I understand that male and female U.S. troops were also in tents together in Haiti. Your article underscores the bankruptcy of our government, which persists in flying in the face of common sense, to the destruction of our civilization. - Bruce Henne, Kenosha, Wis.

Founding thoughts

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Thank you for the article ("First Amendment, RIP," June 28/July 5). I agree with what you said. Question is: How do we educate the public and the courts on what the First Amendment actually says and what our founders were thinking when it was written? - Allen Turek, Strongsville, Ohio

WORLD ignorant?

I am writing in order to register my protest to your recent reporting of Zondervan and their CBT committee. I am pleased that those who work at a publishing firm like Zondervan have finally had the courage not to alter the truth to suit those whose theological goal is to preserve the 19th century rather than serve God in the 20th and 21st. The great tragedy is that Zondervan must sell its products to stay in business; ignorance like yours may be used of Satan to destroy a great ally who has only sought to promote your cause in days gone by. - Maurice E. Midgley, Jr., Roseville, Ill.

Not progress

"Pro-Life on a roll" (May 31/June 7) concludes that Sen. Daschle's proposed ban on third-trimester abortions is progress. I wonder. While we may chip away at individual procedures, should we allow that protected life begins at an arbitrary point other than conception? To do so could hinder progress beyond that point. We would also be abandoning the underlying pro-life principle that all human life is sacred. - Richard M. Rose, Aurora, Ohio

Right on, Mr. Smith

William H. Smith is right on target with his "Don't knock yourself out" article (May 31/June 7). Don't get big-headed over my praise-I'm sure it wasn't your own insight but the Lord who revealed this truth to you. - Scott Andersen, Dakota City, Neb.

Hurrah, Mr. Smith

I am a lastborn, generation X-er who laments that people no longer take responsibility for their own actions and blame their problems on low self-esteem. Psychology has snaked its way into the evangelical church and has found a comfortable home there. If all believers had an accurate self-concept they would realize that they are just sinners saved by grace. This is not cause for depression, but rather for rejoicing. An awesome God chose us to be his children. Does it get any better than that? - Julie Froisland, Oakley, Calif.

Standing for truth

I think Joel Belz's "What ever happened to truth?"(May 31/ June 7) cut through the rhetoric and addressed the heart of the "gender inclusive" issue: Truth is often not socially acceptable, profitable, or politically correct. It is quite telling that EPA's ad hoc ethics group skirts effortlessly around this fact and cries foul for the wrong reasons. Belz states that in a showdown between relationships and truth, "we'll go with truth any day of the week." This indeed is the position Christians must choose, unpopular though it may be. - Charlie Read, Davisville, W.V.

Novels too dark

On the strength of your Books section recommendation, I wasted $16.00 on two of the Owen Archer series by Candace Robb: The Nun's Tale and The Lady Chapel. I read widely and understand that the historical novelist has to be true to his research. But does WORLD have to recommend such dark novels, which portray the wickedness of men in such a bloody way? Nevertheless-I surely do appreciate WORLD. - Mary Jane Hamblen, Elida, Ohio


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