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Issue: "Honest Abe Rosenthal," March 14, 1998

Poor judgment

My wife and I were upset by the tone and implications of the advertisement on page 17 of your Feb. 14 issue. We favor free speech, and the rough and tumble exchange of ideas. However, this ad implies that honest, competent Christian historians and scholars like David Barton, Peter Marshall, and D. J. Kennedy have adopted a "party line" in espousing certain historical ideas and issues. The implication is that they are acting dishonestly, to promote a political agenda. This implication is strengthened by the headline "I smell a rat." This ad impugns the motives and morals of brave, honest Christian scholars. I think you exercised poor judgment in allowing this ad in your magazine. - Gregory D. Soule, Oakdale, Minn.

Sexist games?

As I watched the men and women of the 1998 Olympic games compete in their fully and appropriately sex-segregated venues, it occurred to me that the Olympic organization recognizes and dignifies the basic physical differences between men and women. How can this concept have escaped the gender-norming leadership that now plays coach and trainer to America's military forces? - Cathy Gilmore, St. Louis, Mo.

Too negative

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There are a few quacks, and more than a few mercenaries, involved in our National Religious Broadcasters conventions ("Clearing the air," Feb. 14). But after three decades of varied service in Christian radio, I'm convinced that these represent a minority of NRB's constituency and convention attendance. Your article devoted a disproportionate amount of space to those negatives. No Christian-based organization tries harder to do what's right than the NRB. - T. Burt Perrault, Houston, Texas

Stop the bashing

Of what benefit to God and to his kingdom is your continued bashing of gender-neutral Bible translations? ("Anti-unisex backlash," Feb. 14). - Rev. Karen Booth, Long Neck, Del.

I do not like it, Sam I am

Not long ago (about two months), I subscribed to your magazine. If I had known you were conservative I would not have subscribed. I do not like it. I do not like to put our presidents down. That's as bad or worse than putting preachers down when they make a mistake. Those of you who have no sin, cast the first stone. I do not plan to renew my subscription, that's for sure. - Mary Sheets, Pulaski, Tenn.

Numbering the laws

A few times I have noted that reference has been made to one or more of the Ten Commandments. I have to do some "cultural exegesis" when reference is made to one of the commandments by number. Please remember in the future that 60 million Lutherans in the world and a few hundred million Catholics number your "Ninth" Commandment as the "Eighth," your "Seventh" as the "Sixth," etc. - Harold A. Hein, South Elgin, Ill.

You scared me

I enjoy reading WORLD and look forward to its coming each week. However, this week, I must confess, I was gripped by dark forebodings of impending doom. Change had come to the format! Questions racing through tortured mind, hands shaking, palms sweating. Maybe with change.... A shift in theology? ... Gender neutrality? ... The creeping octopus of liberalism? ... But no, just cleaner hands when finished. I like it. - Mike Nowery, Denver, Colo.

God: just and merciful

Your new magazine layout is a great improvement in readability. I would also like to say that I was glad to read about the Karla Faye Tucker case in your magazine. It is an excellent example of how God is both just and merciful. - Jared Mollenkamp, jamollenkamp@juno.com

Thanks for the changes

When I received the Feb. 14 issue, I was astounded to see how much easier it was to read. I am grateful for the way you responded to my suggestions and so rapidly, too. - Lawrence G. Mapes, Pleasant Valley, N.Y

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