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Issue: "Pensacola," Dec. 20, 1997

Drawing the line

I must take exception to Paul Clewell's understanding of the proper Christian response to Yale's libertine dormitory policies ("Poison Ivy," Nov. 15). Mr. Clewell claims that he is called "to be salt and light" in the lost world at Yale and not attempt "to make them act like Christians." That attitude is commendable, but where does he draw the line between living in the world and becoming part of it? The Orthodox Jews at Yale have merely petitioned the university, which they otherwise happily attend, not to force their morally loose rules upon them. Ironically, it appears that they have pointed the way for Christians on this issue. - Bill Horner, Bristol, Tenn.


People of faith should be profoundly concerned that students who live in co-ed dorms (which is most of them) experience a loss of faith. This is at least partly by intent and should raise establishment-of-religion issues, at least at state colleges. Government should no more function to undermine faith than to advance it. As a matter of stewardship and out of concern for the great commission, Christians should be raising a vast hue and cry over this issue. Why are Christian taxpayers letting states get away with this? - Lawrence Andrade,

Snap judgments

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I began reading Albert Mohler's piece, "No room in the womb" (Nov. 15), pleased that WORLD had "scooped" some others in reporting on the religious/ethical decisions that led to the birth of the McCaughey septuplets. But Mr. Mohler's last four paragraphs disturbed me as much as the quotes from Dr. Snyderman. Were his judgments based on firsthand (but unreported) knowledge or upon inferences drawn from Dr. Snyderman's statements? I enjoy well-placed sarcasm as much as the next person. But extrapolating global judgments about a person's theology or morality from limited information is intellectually and ethically wrong. We are angered when the leftists and secularists do it; we should be ashamed when we stoop to that same level. - Larry E. Hall, Belton, Texas

Seven congrats

A thousand thank yous to Mr. Mohler for such a succinct and powerful interpretation of Dr. Snyderman's self-imposed sovereignty over the lives and affairs of men, women, and their children. And seven congrats to the McCaugheys. - Keith Doster,

Why not adoption?

I am an adamantly pro-life Christian, but I must agree with ABC medical correspondent Nancy Snyderman, who pointed out the discrepancy in the McCaugheys' wish to leave the results of their pregnancy in the hands of God, even after seeking drastic means to take it into their own. After all, their biological clock was barely ticking; their first child was not even two years old. Mr. Mohler's article praised their pro-life position without consideration for any of the other very real issues. In the same issue you treated readers to the Shearers' beautiful tale of family expansion, along with their gentle but firm reminder that adoption is part of our Christian calling. - Barbara Curtis,

Bizarre is the word for Imus

After stating that Don Imus interjects "compound blasphemy" into some of his discussions, I find it odd that Arsenio Orteza notes that "some truth shines through"("Sharpness and truth," Nov. 15). To even remotely compare C.S. Lewis to such a lewd, obnoxious person as Don Imus is bizarre. Yes, Lewis "liked humor in which irony, extravagance, and abuse interacted," but he was a master at delivering it so that God was honored in his delivery, intent, and message. - Abe Getty,

Read it in the original

I found your review of the latest translation of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (Nov. 15) most interesting. However, I believe that anyone who has a true interest in that literary work should read it in the original-and read it aloud. The language is not all that difficult to understand, and a good edition in the original will include a pronunciation guide as well as a glossary of words unfamiliar to modern English. - Jim Thorpe,


The membership in the Catholic League totals 350,000, not 35,000 as reported in the Oct. 18 issue. The Hollywood Ten investigation (Nov. 15) was not part of Joseph McCarthy's anti-communist activities. The 1947 HUAC hearings occurred more than two years before Sen. McCarthy's crusade began. - ,


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