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Issue: "DeLay: Cracking the whip," July 18, 1998

God heals

The article about the American divorce culture was right on target ("Rethinking divorce," June 13). I agree with the strong position taken on the covenant of marriage, the limitations on divorce, and the church's role in supporting and rebuilding marriages. The article falls short, however, in affirming God's ability to heal, to rebuild the years that the locusts have eaten. Once a marriage has been broken beyond repair for biblical reasons, God does restore the repentant Christian. A new marriage covenant, made before God with the guidance and blessing of the church, is just as valid a covenant as one made between Christians for the first time. We are all scarred sinful people. The sin of divorce is no more black than any other, nor is it beyond God's ability to cleanse and heal. - Elizabeth Stone, Moundsville, W.Va.

Often misquoted

I certainly agree with columnist Joseph Sobran when he said, "I want to remember Barry Goldwater the way he was in '64" ("Death of a pioneer," June 13). Liberals had a field day when he said, "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice." Yet we fail to remember that Mr. Goldwater followed that remark with, "Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." That shows how destructive quotes out of context can be. - Paul Smathers, Alamogordo, N.M.

Bilingual isn't anti-Bible

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I know Christians who work in bilingual education who consider Prop. 227 a disaster for non-English children who are struggling in school ("Nothing but fear itself," June 13). We might disagree about the best way to deal with bilingual education, but let's remember that it was quite possible to vote against Proposition 227 out of strongly held Christian convictions based upon God's Word. - Brian Parks, Torrance, Calif.

Soul fightin' man

By the grace of the Holy Spirit, Paige Patterson feared God, despised his own reputation, and fought for the souls of the Southern Baptist Convention. This is true pastoral care ("Revolutionary president," June 13). - Tim Bayly, Bloomington, Ind.

Stamper sinks

I disagree with Chris Stamper's review of the film Hope Floats (June 13). My wife and I found it delightful and full of feeling. The film provided some of the most touching portrayals of human relationships that I have seen. The central theme of the movie was about the emotional ravages of unfaithfulness and divorce. Did Chris happen to miss Ms. Bullock's on-target rebuke of her ex for his selfishness, shallowness, and lack of faithfulness to their family and marriage? Not bad for a secular piece of work. - Michael Webb, Sierra Vista, Ariz.

Keep it up

I was disappointed to read the negative letters about your recent movie reviews. It's not your fault you have so few good films to work with. The Lord bless your integrity. - Charity Groggeln, Sanford, N.C.

Not loving

I agree with most of what you say about the penchant of Tinsel Town for blurring the line between truth and fiction ("Fictionalizing the truth," June 6). You shouldn't have called Benjamin Guggenheim a "robber baron." This is a pejorative beloved of left-wing extremists and disciples of Karl Marx. - Steven Dapra, Albuquerque, N.M.

Harlequin quicksand

I agree with your assessment of Titanic's steamy love scene ("Sin in soft focus," June 6). I talked to my wife about it afterwards and she saw how easy it is for a young woman to get the "harlequin romance" syndrome and change her thoughts about how God intended relationships to be. - Matt Jones, Escondido, Calif.

Kudos

Kudos to Gene Edward Veith for his tell-it-like-it-is article on the recent decision by the Manhattan Theater Club to run Terrence McNally's blasphemous play, Corpus Christi ("Theater of blasphemy," June 13). The fact that he highlighted the effectiveness of protesting this play in the "marketplace of ideas" deserves much applause. Christians are much more effective in the culture wars when they rely on the art of persuasion and the power of shame instead of censorship. - Glenn Oppel, Fairfax, Va.

No hefe

I was encouraged by your report on Christian-led economic development in Nicaragua through micro-loans ("From M-16s to John 3:16," June 20). You should know, however, that there is no such word as hefe in Spanish, unless you wish to provide a phonetic transcription of a very common Spanish word, jefe, which indeed means chief. - Humberto M. Rasi, Silver Spring, Md.

Hand-me-down mag

Thank you so much for your magazine. I get mine secondhand from a neighbor. You are my main source of news. - Charles Eichmann, Virginia Beach, Va.

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