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Issue: "Veggie Mania," Dec. 12, 1998

Shrugging along

The shrugging of America ("America shrugged," Nov. 14) should not have caught evangelicals by surprise as it did. There was a precursor, and we missed it! It was the scandalous performance during the Super Bowl half-time show the year Michael Jackson added his obscene crotch-grabbing to his already disgusting pelvic-thrusting as the entire nation looked on. Instead of an outpouring of outrage the nation responded with muted tittering. Given this tacit national acceptance of vulgarity played out on a stage in front of the whole world, why did we expect the public would react any differently to the outrage of Bill Clinton? His wagging finger will forever symbolize for me the condemnation of an America without a moral conscience. - Peter Kushkowski, Haddam, Conn.

Redmond removed

I read with disappointment the results of the recent elections. I believe that you overlooked the defeat of gallant conservative statesman Bill Redmond from New Mexico, who lost only when the Democrats pulled out all of the stops and ran a Udall against him. Congressman Redmond, as you know, was elected to the seat left vacant by Bill Richardson when he became U.S. Ambassador to the UN. He has constantly championed pro-life and family issues as well as being a devout Christian. - Shari Morris, Amarillo, Texas

Gamblers' role

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Another great issue! Bob Jones IV did a great job of summarizing the entire election in few words. I would like to know more about the reasons that Fob James and David Beasley lost. I heard that they lost because they opposed lotteries, but did the pro-lottery forces spend a lot of money? I know that here in Missouri the casino industry spent over $10 million to legalize their "boats in moats," but I'm curious as to what groups are spending money to push lotteries. - Kurt Prenzler, St. Louis, Mo.

No boozing and no fiesta

Your cover story, "America shrugged," by Bob Jones IV misrepresented two aspects of a biennial Election Night Party co-sponsored by me and Richard Viguerie. First is the article's attempt to portray the event as a booze-fest. It was not. We provided free soft drinks, juices, lemonade, tea, and coffee. We did serve and charge for alcoholic beverages to those over age 21 who expected this at a traditional election night party. Most people did not imbibe at all. The second is found in the article's last sentence when the event is labeled as an "election-night Republican fiesta." While it is true this year's Election Night Party offered attendees a free Mexican food buffet, it was not a "Republican fiesta." Hundreds of conservatives from the D.C.-metropolitan area are invited to this biennial event. No consideration is given to party affiliation and conservatives of different parties attended. - Morton Blackwell, Arlington, Va.

Biased

Since your magazine is supposedly Christian based, I would like to respond to your many criticisms and premature judgments of the president by quoting Scripture. "Let every soul be subject to the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained by God.... For this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers" (Romans 13:1, 6a). I cannot quote the whole Scripture because of its length, but I urge all of you to read Romans chapter 13 with an open mind and heart. And remember, Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Hence, both the president and your magazine's extremely biased writers are guilty as charged, no matter what the sin committed. - Robert Boyd, 16, Huntsville, Ala.

Who's the dummy?

Mr. Brown was right on in his column "Rich and smart" (Nov. 14). What kind of idiot rises to so much social power claiming that we have some sort of doomsday overpopulation problem. Only 1/3 of the entire planet is populated. Mr. Turner's decision to submerse himself in the hustle and bustle of the one million plus people in Atlanta isn't my problem. Instead of calling for the death of millions of helpless babies and giving his money to the UN, he could do something constructive. Where are the houses for the homeless? Where are the new low-income subdivisions? Where are the hospitals? Mr. Turner, instead of shouting off at the mouth, come out to the country for a while, and enjoy all the open space available for people to live, or maybe invite a few people over to your own multimillion-dollar ranch. Who knows? Maybe someday we could be neighbors. One dummy to another. - Andy Braner, Branson, Mo.

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