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Issue: "38,000,000 Children Killed," Jan. 16, 1999

Not amused

I was very upset by my 8-year-old brother's description of the Rugrats Movie. I don't think that you were hard enough on the movie in the review. My mom made her decision to let him go based on your review. I don't think that a show that shows dirty diapers and people falling into waterfalls is appropriate for children. I think a movie should always have a point and/or moral that can benefit us. I don't see any in the Rugrats Movie. - Sarah Davis (14), via Internet

We want more

My wife and I are disappointed in your review, "Rats, pigs, and bugs." Chris Stamper reviewed three holiday-season G-rated films but forgot the Christian parents who have learned that Hollywood's G-rated "family fare" might be presenting a worldview that we object to. Lots of media sources review films, discuss plot points, and speculate about the future of computer animation. WORLD movie reviews can be a great help by advising if there are aspects of movies that Christian parents may have qualms about. Next time try to include a sentence or two to let me know if going to a movie will result in long explanations of how we aren't supposed to pray to trees or that we don't get visits from dead relatives who keep us connected to "The Circle of Life." - Jerry Pike, Streamwood, Ill.

Add one, subtract one

I thoroughly enjoyed Marvin Olasky's list of favorites ("Editor's choice," Dec. 12)-though I can't understand how it is that he likes Field of Dreams! There's one film that should be on his list, if it isn't already: The Spitfire Grill. I have never been more deeply affected by a movie than by this one. - Fred Noltie, Coon Rapids, Minn.

Keep the Sports Page coming

I am very happy to see articles about sports figures in the magazine quite regularly. Your magazine is more fun to read now that it covers the world of sports. Please continue to run articles about Christian sports figures. - Barnabas Piper, Minneapolis, Minn.

Self-righteous

My last issue came today. I am not renewing. I find that you promote arrogance and hatred, are self-righteous, and really do not reflect Christian teaching as I understand Christ. So goodbye! - Harold M. Petersen, Weaverville, N.C.

Take the challenge

I read with great interest the letter from Eddie Bromley concerning the inclusive-language debate. However fine an argument he thinks he has made, it is ironic that he himself has defeated it. Note that he said, "Second, any good translator is going to have as his [emphasis mine] goal communicating a message from one language to another." Does the writer actually mean to imply that only men are translators? According to the portion of his argument that states that generic masculine language is not generally understood anymore, I can only surmise that he has inadvertently told us that women are barred from doing translation work. To further test his theories I read the rest of my WORLD magazine with great care and found other uses of the "generic masculine" language. I also noted that I had no trouble understanding the meaning. To all those who subscribe to the notion that generic masculine language is a poor means of communicating in English I have an experiment for you to try: For one week as you read your newspapers, magazines, and books, note the usage of the generic masculine. As you read those passages ask yourself, "Do I understand this?" I'm sure you will. - Joan Breakall, Chester, Va.

Challenge me

When I read of people canceling their subscription because of something that you wrote, I get a little puzzled. Are we only interested in reading things with which we agree, things that make us feel good? I was on staff at a large seeker church when you took what I felt were unfair shots at that church. You are entitled to your opinion, and I get to have my opinion about your opinion. In the end your opinions make me take a hard look at mine, and sometimes I have to admit that I have given ground. I thank you for challenging me, even if you challenge me about things that make me uncomfortable. Keep up the good work. - Dave Greene, Chino Hills, Calif.

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