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Issue: "Against all odds," May 30, 1998

Stupid two ways

As someone who worked at Rehoboth Beach, Del., an increasingly gay resort, I was grieved by the article "A gay getaway" (May 2). Having been subjected to drunken transsexuals, drag queens, and a room full of lesbians singing "My Girl," I am very familiar with the oppression endured by Lot. As the territory is claimed, the behavior grows more brazen. I'm reminded of a line in the movie Hoosiers when one character turns to the other and says, "You know there's two kinds of stupid. One kind is when a man takes off his clothes and runs naked down the street. The other is when he does it in your living room. The first one you can ignore, the other, you're forced to deal with." When that time comes, where will we, the body of Christ, be? In Gatlinburg? - Robert Colliflower, Pensacola, Fla.

Follow the money

Your article states that the Key West Business Guild estimates that 20 to 25 percent of the Key West tourism market is gay, which may be true, but that leaves 75 to 80 percent that is not gay. Your article, however, may well reduce that percentage. The way to change this island is not to reduce the number of Christian tourists, but to increase it. Most businesses in Key West market wherever they think the money is, period. What do you think they would do if the Southern Baptists announced that their 1999 convention would be held in Key West? They would be flying fish flags and selling Bibles and WWJD bracelets. It's as simple as that. - Dave Parker, Key West, Fla.

Right on four

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In your last two issues you had four items that were right on the money. "Scrips vs. Bloods" (May 2) clearly shows what is happening to our college students today. The book review of Just As I Am (May 9) expressed perfectly one of the major failures of Billy Graham's autobiography. He doesn't come across as a regular human being. But his constant deference shown to the rich, famous, and powerful, no matter how sinful their public or private lives, is very evident. The article "Golden rule Christians" (May 2) goes to the heart of our feel-good generation. Finally, I was hit right in the heart by "Donkey talk" (May 2). I had fallen into the trap of feeling entitled and not being satisfied with all of the blessings God has given me and my family. Thank you for setting me straight. - Ronald E. Gottschalk, Chicago, Ill.

I gave to the tax man

Al Gore's teeny-tiny contributions are the natural consequence of his ideas about the role of government ("Keep the change," May 2). Forced taxing diminishes and demotivates voluntary giving. Maybe the old line, "I gave at the office," should be changed to, "I already gave to the federal government." - Kristina Barton, Wooster, Ohio

Not that cheap

To be sure, our Veep is cheap. But let's give him credit: $353 is a full 0.18 percent of a $200,000 income, not 0.0018 percent. - Troy Thompson, Tulsa, Okla.

I'd prefer a hypocrite

In your May 2 issue you imply Al Gore is a hypocrite. On the one hand, he quotes Proverbs and Isaiah on helping the oppressed and hungry, and he then only gives $353 to charity. However, both these actions are consistent with Al Gore's values. He doesn't believe the Bible instructs him to give his money to the hungry. He believes the Bible instructs him to plunder our pockets through confiscatory taxation and give the plunder to the hungry. I would find it preferable if he were a hypocrite. - Roy Timpe, Blandon, Pa.

The best and worst

"Gospel-free Christianity" was one of the most succinctly profound definitions of the "modern American church" as anything I have read anywhere. That you could include the statistical manipulation of "In bad faith" in the same issue is absolutely astonishing. I have two questions about your statistics: For the same 20-year period, how many children were healed through faith? For the same 20-year period, how many children died at the hands of medical professionals through misdiagnosis and medical practitioners' neglect? - Kathy Ritenour, Tampa, Fla.

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