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Issue: "Is McCain able?," Aug. 21, 1999


Many thanks to Lynn Vincent for her reporting on the National Organization for Women ("Worse NOW than ever," July 24). However, it is not that the group's politics "skew ever further to the left." Rather, the reasonable-seeming veneer of equity feminism has merely been eroded to show the statist core that was there all along. The National Organization for Women has followed the practice of all radicals from the Bolsheviks to the present. They address a legitimate concern having broad appeal and then ride it to credibility, power, and influence, and then they drop the disguise. We can thank God that the plan seems to have backfired a bit, at least this time. - Nancy J. Rice, Hackettstown, N.J.

Blame men, too

It was an inspiring display of boldness for a Christian reporter to go to a NOW conference. I agree with the former NOW activist who works at Focus on the Family that women who hate men do so for a reason. Abortion, pornography, and the overall feminization of our culture are just as much the fault of men abdicating their roles as loving leaders as of the women who have been abused and abandoned. - Gary A. Gaskins, Apex, N.C.

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Thanks for Mr. Veith's article on shopping as America's real religion ("Money mysticism," July 24). This was brought home for us after our congregation's living nativity scene. Over 2,000 people took the tour of a busy Bethlehem marketplace where bread, live chickens, and other "wares" were "sold" by actors on their way to register, pay their taxes, and discover the Christ child. The only complaint? Visitors wanted more time for shopping and a chance to buy souvenirs. - Don Neuendorf, Frankentrost, Mich.

A bad combination

I was surprised that your reviewer thought that the Pokémon show was harmless ("Poking into Pokémon," July 24). I saw two episodes and one was full of psychic stuff like telekinesis and psychic power. Poor animation, a boring script, and a demonic storyline are a bad combination. - Anne Crozier, Harrison, N.Y.

A better fad

So what if Pokémon isn't a work of art? I have seen all the episodes with my children and positive values are reinforced as the main character learns about accepting responsibility, the danger of acting hastily, and so on. As fads go, I much prefer Pokémania to others that have swept this country. - Jayne Soohoo Berg, Mission Viejo, Calif.

Squirtle surprise

The statement that the Pokémon TV show is "not particularly offensive" caught my attention. Pokémon are genetic mutants that kids find cute. If we find nothing offensive about a "squirtle" (a cross between a squirrel and a turtle) then we should not be surprised to see a test-tube squirtle crossing the street someday. - Aaron Edelson, Jacksonville, Fla.

Leagues ahead

Like Ross Perot, Sen. Smith may well be taking a principled stand against liberalism, but if he has even moderate success his candidacy may well ensure that more liberal candidates get elected ("Mr. Smith leaves the GOP," July 24). It may seem unprincipled, but often our second choice is leagues ahead of our most dreaded choice. - Billy Johnson, Natchez, Miss.

A stretch

Joel Belz's column is a glowing approval of the theology of Charles Colson ("Colson's magnus opus," July 24). Yes, he has done some great social work and some popular Christian writing. But to declare him one of the top two Christian writers at the end of the century is a bit of a stretch. Remember, he is one of the authors of the "Evangelicals and Catholics Together" documents that set aside orthodox Christianity in favor of a hybrid ecumenism. - Jim Scanlon, Rancho Tehama, Calif.


Joel Belz mentioned that Francis Schaeffer's writing helped "a host of middle-aged Christians get their thinking on the right track" and that Mr. Colson's impact will be the same. I can testify to that. When I was 23, The Body opened my eyes to the importance of a Christian worldview. I do not agree with everything Mr. Colson says or does, but God uses his life in a mighty way. - Andrew Treece, Grove City, Ohio

Utterly inconsistent

Your article on schism ("Schism? Simple as ABC," July 24) provides another example of people who want to change their basic beliefs and not be dissociated from their former co-believers, even though their new beliefs are utterly inconsistent with their old ones. The General Board of the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. is to be commended. - John B. Degges, West Valley City, Utah


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