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Issue: "America votes 1998," Oct. 31, 1998

Any risktakers?

Bob Jones IV has made a point that draws a clear parallel between the plight of our brothers and sisters who are at risk in this nation from the moment that their lives begin at fertilization and those who pretend to be pro-life, a standard that has become lower with the passing of each election cycle. ("Life is not a party," Oct. 3). The question is, of those seeking public office regardless of party label, how many will stand up and defend every single human being from fertilization until natural death without regard to age, health, or condition of dependency? How many are there who would risk their political fortunes rather than turn their backs on a single innocent child? After all, the value of one solitary human being is worth far more than man's concept of power, political expertise, or polling data. - Judie Brown, American Life League

Too many other issues

Your article on pro-life Democrats had me thinking about this as a strategy. I concluded that even for pro-lifers there are too many issues that are important to pro-lifers that Democrats do not support. For example, the recent McCain/Feingold campaign-financing legislation, which was largely pushed by Democrats, would effectively muzzle independent voices on many issues and would largely concentrate the forums of discussion in the mainstream media. We all know how fair and open-minded the mainstream media have been toward the pro-life view. - Tom Thornton, Minneapolis, Minn.

Let the light shine

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In "But so what?" (Oct. 3), you report the results of the latest USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll, showing Bill Clinton's rising job approval rating. I was surprised you reported the results as if you considered them accurate. I believe these polls have been proven to be inaccurate many times over, especially at election time. No polls predicted the Republican landslide of '94, and the same can be said for several elections since then. Your readers should not be disillusioned or swayed by these poll results. They are just another attempt to influence our thoughts in a certain direction and make us believe that our revulsion toward President Clinton puts us in the minority. - Joni Halpin, Plano, Texas

Protecting the kids the TV way

I want to thank you for "Sex, lies, on videotape" (Oct. 3) about the networks complaining of airing President Clinton's testimony during the day and their concern for "the children" when, in fact, their evening fare of sitcoms that week was worse than the testimony. - Ruth Hill, Ishpeming, Mich.

No threat

In the article "Finding their voice" (Oct. 3), Pat Robertson is quoted as telling the Chinese Premier Zhu Rongju that he had nothing to fear from Christianity: "I urged the thought that Christianity in particular, and other religious values, are in no way a threat to the government of China, but actually, these would be bulwarks against a materialism which could sap the vitality of this great nation." I wonder if he pointed to the United States as an example of religious freedom. Our Christianity has been no bulwark against materialism but has gladly joined in the spending spree, sometimes at the expense of Chinese Christians in labor camps. - Maria Engel, Pasadena, Md.

Kudos and complaint

Thank you, Joel Belz, for pointing out the fault of the husbands who were unwilling to confront President Clinton when he groped their wives. They may have saved themselves immediate grief, but they protected the President's continuing immorality. Margie Haack in her Oct. 3 "Is He in the dorm?" seems to have fallen into the same trap as these unwilling husbands. When faced with the fact that her child's dorm roommate was fornicating each night below her bunk, Mrs. Haack saved her child and herself immediate grief by not intervening. She saw this as a trust in God. The words of Martin Luther have never been truer than today: "I am much afraid that schools will prove to be great gates of hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth. I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in which men are not increasingly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt." - Gail Purath, Columbia, S.C.

Challenge, not total agreement

I do not always agree with you, nor would I expect to for I do not always even agree with my spouse. But you fulfill your mission to challenge me to think and apply my Christianity to every area of life. - Debra Cooke, Polk, Pa.


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