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Issue: "Clinton's great escape," Feb. 6, 1999

Wait until 2000

In "Parable of the perjurer" (Jan. 9), Bob Jones IV ably chronicles the events of the past months relative to William Jefferson Clinton and outlines the options available to the U.S. Senate now that President Clinton has been impeached. As I examine the various options, a combination of a trial in a criminal court after he leaves office combined with disbarment if the circumstances warrant would be most appropriate. My understanding is that removal from office is reserved for those offenses that are both directly related to the presidency and serious enough that those actions pose a threat to the nation. I honestly don't believe lying under pressure about whether and how the president touched Monica Lewinsky is that kind of an offense. - Larry Wiener, Alhambra, Calif.

What the polls measure

Through all the coverage of the "American People," and the voyeuristic frenzy of the media, I cannot help looking at the president's approval ratings and wonder why they correlate so strongly with estimates of national levels of marital infidelity. - Paul M. Branum, Vista, Calif.

No Levi-clad Scouts

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I realize that you were quoting Jeffrey Bundy in describing new House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), but it must have been a gaffe to say that Mr. Hastert helps out with Boy Scouts activities yet "wears Levi's." No one I know who supports the Boy Scouts of America still buys or wears products of Levi Strauss & Co., which cut funding to BSA because it does not allow homosexuals to prey upon the boys, and which also is a major supporter of the militant homosexual agenda. Perhaps Mr. Bundy used the term in a generic way meaning Mr. Hastert wears jeans. Let's hope so. - J. Ray Bobo, Heidelberg, Miss.

Biblical Starr

In the Jan. 9 Mailbag, Diana Berndt indicated in her letter that Ken Starr's action of uncovering President Clinton's sins is unbiblical. Jesus states in Luke 12:2-3, "There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs." Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:11 to "have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them." President Clinton's deeds are indeed wicked and shameful. He has disgraced the presidency and his family repeatedly and is a very poor role model for us and our children. I do not see an inkling of sincere repentance from him, for if he were repentant, he would willingly resign. Ken Starr is indeed a modern day Daniel. He has properly and thoroughly done his job as was required by those who appointed him, but even more so, he has obeyed the Word by properly exposing the unfruitful works of darkness which are very evident in the life of President Clinton. - Becky Barberousse, Jennings, La.

Black out

I value your publication greatly. But as the staff member of an evangelical organization that serves international students in this country, including many from Africa, I must object to a phrase used in your otherwise insightful article on Mr. Clinton in your Jan. 9 issue. You referred to the Senate trial as "yet another black mark to [Clinton's] legacy." The phrase "black mark" is unfortunately still common in our culture, but bears a racist connotation. It would have been better for you to write about a dark or even a scarlet mark. It would have also been more scriptural. - Howard Killion, Westminster, Colo.

Joy and dancing

I read "Holy solemnity" (Jan. 9) with interest. Sherwood Wirt makes a good point when he criticizes the removal of expressions of joy from hymnbooks. Recently, I realized another way in which joy has been exorcised from the church-the disappearance of dancing. Upon watching The Prince of Egypt, I was struck by the scene of Moses dancing with the Midianites and realized that the Old Testament is filled with people who praised God through dancing (David and Miriam both leap to mind). Even today, Hasidic Jews dance with the Torah scrolls as part of their worship. When did the church lose her ability to dance? Was it the same time she lost her joy? - Ryan B. Zempel, Washington, D.C.

Right-hand girls

I finally saw Prince of Egypt. As a fan of good animation, I was much impressed; thankfully, Disney has truly been eclipsed by another American company. I did notice an assertion of the, shall we say, Zeitgeist that I have not seen mentioned in reviews: Aaron, in Exodus, was Moses' right hand and a major player. In Prince, he is relegated to a minor "doubting Thomas" role, and the combination of Zipporah and Miriam replaces him as Moses' conscience, adviser(s), etc. I found this to be a much more glaring "modification" to the story than the much mentioned crumb tossed to Islam. The purpose of that little thematic shuffle is obvious and, in a subtle way, ties in with the gender neutralizing/equalizing tendencies that are a preoccupation of liberal theologians. - Dick Davison, Bryan, Texas


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