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Issue: "School shooting," Dec. 13, 1997

Buddha or Mao?

Does anyone ask, "What was Tibet like while the Dali Lama ruled?" ("Obligation to speak up," Nov. 8). It was an oppressive country where most people did not have surnames because they were somebody's slaves. The Tibetan form of Buddhism enslaved those people-and still does. It was extremely poor (it is not much to brag about now, though it is better). Do Gary Bauer and Richard Gere really want to turn the country back over to a man who represents this kind of oppression? Where Christians were killed because they weren't Buddhist? I want to see things change for the better as much as anybody, but to fight for the wrong things or for the wrong reason is foolish. - Thomas Pinson,

Filling the Gipper's shoes

Having read both Forbes and WORLD for several years, I can assure others that the magazines' constituencies have far more in common than some would desire. Geeky though he may appear, Steve Forbes offers the intellectual leadership and message most likely to adequately bear the Gipper's mantle. Given the spiritual exhibitionism so prevalent in the evangelical church today and the emotional exhibitionism of President Clinton, Mr. Forbes's Yankee reticence starts looking better and better. - William C. Marsh, Raleigh, N.C.

Keyes to victory

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It was interesting to read your coverage of Steve Forbes in the Nov. 8 issue. I was heartened to read Mr. Forbes has been reading the Founding Fathers and discovering a language that lets him discuss matters of religion and morality. I was heartened because it means that Mr. Forbes was actually listening to the Republican primary debates last spring, and paid attention to at least one other candidate-Alan Keyes. If Mr. Keyes can win over Mr. Forbes to his ideas (if not his candidacy), then there is reason to believe that Mr. Keyes can win over many other Americans. We need a candidate who doesn't simply stand for the right values, but can articulate and defend those ideas in the public sphere. - Jim Haupt, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Trinkets from China

I was impressed with "Yankee go home?" and encouraged by "An overused adjective" (Nov. 8). As one who boycotts, not to wield power, but to make sure as few as possible of my dollars support the ungodly, I have been boycotting Chinese products longer than I have Disney. Although I do not make a regular habit of purchasing trinkets at religious bookstores unless I wish to promote the gospel by giving them away, I have been deeply disappointed and grieved by the growing number of these products that are made in China by people in forced labor camps who rightly wear the label "Christian." - Lauri Rogers,

Don't knock the label

You have got to be kidding. A column by a "Christian" magazine knocking the "Christian" label. My wife and I have started an embroidery store that specializes in "Christian" designs. By wearing a Nike logo shirt you are saying that you are representing those products. I choose to wear a shirt that I have embroidered with Psalm 127:4-5 on one side and the names of my three children on the other. If this makes it easier for people to label me a "Christian" man who cares about his family-so be it. - Jerry D. Reinke,

Not born blind

A correction to the article by Steven J. Cole should be noted. Helen Keller was not born blind and deaf as reported by the author. She was a perfectly healthy child until the age of 18 months, when she was stricken with a malady called "a congestion of the brain and stomach" that left her blind and deaf, and because of her deafness she became progressively dumb. - David W. Brotzman, Tyler, Texas

Pursuing love

Chris Stamper's criticism of Ms. Fein's and Ms. Schneider's The Rules is much too harsh ("Courtship by the rules," Nov. 8). Although Ms. Fein and Ms. Schneider are not writing from a biblical perspective, Christian women can benefit from a balanced reading of the book. We women have allowed the mystery to be removed from courtship. We have wrongly pursued men instead of allowing them to pursue us. The result of our misguided efforts is a culture in which men and women are confused regarding their God-given roles in the family. Contrary to Mr. Stamper's review, allowing the man to initiate romance is not done so that the woman "can drag the poor sucker all the way to the altar." I would like to suggest Quest for Love by Elisabeth Elliott for Mr. Stamper's next book review. - Sally Musick,


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