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Issue: "1st-grade murder," March 11, 2000

Role models

I was glad to see the article on Kurt Warner and the Rams ("Warner brothers," Feb. 12). I heard him speak at a Billy Graham Crusade in St. Louis, and he is a dynamic young man willing to speak openly about his faith. During a television interview he said that the best thing about the season was the chance it had given him to tell people about Jesus without being cut off by reporters. Like it or not, people in the limelight, like Kurt Warner, become role models for young and old, and far too many in this day and age are poor role models. It is great to see people like Kurt (and Isaac, Mike, and others) not only willing to speak up about their faith but living it in their lives. This world needs to see that. - Linda Cox, Baldwin, Ill.

Wazzup with WORLD?

Take a few deep breaths and come back to your senses. The Super Bowl super Christians that you idolize are instrumental in shifting the focus away from Sunday worship, drawing men away from quality time with their families, and pushing mass quantities of beer and other worldly commercial products. I have enough trouble keeping my family's priorities straight on Sundays, and your Super Bowl coverage is no help. - Rob Leake, Fresno, Calif.

Rather be in church

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As someone who loved football before I knew about Jesus Christ, I struggle with certain aspects of the game now. For instance, how do Christians deal with the fact that the games that are played on Sundays are often more important than the Sabbath? And what about the idolatry? I mean, we're lucky to get 500 people for our church service, but 65,000 fans will fight traffic and high prices to sit so far away from the field that the players look like ants. The truth is that I watched the game, and enjoyed it. But something inside felt a little uneasy, like, "Wouldn't I really rather be in church right now?" - Douglas Mickey, Belleville, N.J.


Playing football on Sunday, even the Super Bowl, and even by professing Christians, is not putting "first things first." It is blatantly breaking the Sabbath commandment. - Robert & Rosie Parker, Mesa, Colo.

Get really real

In "Reality makes a comeback" (Feb. 12), Gene Edward Veith argues that the Nielsen ratings of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and the Super Bowl indicate a "worldview shift toward objective meaning." Get real. If anything, the high ratings of Millionaire and the NFL demonstrate the ever widening gap between popular entertainment and actual reality. Take the Super Bowl. Is this an example of "real sport"? Certainly not. Everything about the game is inhuman in scale, from the over-developed athletes to their over-developed salaries and network-television contracts. And what is the half-time show but the multi-sensory equivalent of shopping-mall Muzac? Those who truly crave reality do not watch the Super Bowl. They step outside and toss the ol' pigskin around. - Sam Torode, Chicago, Ill.


As one who has given WORLD subscriptions as gifts I was embarrassed by "Explaining McCain" (Feb. 19). William Safire, who writes for The New York Times, called it religio-political sleaze in action. I'm a retired 64-year-old Air Force veteran and Sen. McCain represents what we stood for in our day, and still do. - R.J. Ellis, Columbus, Ohio

Even journalists

In light of the high-octane controversy raging in the Republican party over George W. Bush's visit to Bob Jones University and John McCain's response, it does seem to push the boundaries of journalistic credibility for Bob Jones IV to write a negative article on Mr. McCain in WORLD. For even journalists have family loyalty. - David John Seel Jr., Montreat, N.C.

Left out

Your vitriolic examination of John McCain was so slanted and biased I'm not sure I would attribute the word journalism to it. Bob Jones's tone is scathing and even his isolated facts are expressed with such utter loathing that I was embarrassed that WORLD published this as an accurate assessment of this candidate. Mr. Jones conveniently left out the traits of character and philosophy that won Mr. McCain the landslide in New Hampshire. - Carol Anderson, Black Mountain, N.C.

He served nobly

I just finished reading your article on John McCain. I thought it to be untrue. I have been backing this candidate since he announced that he was running for president. Try to respect what we feel about our candidate. This man has served his country very nobly and was in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" for 5 1/2 years. - Alice W. Seabrook, Mount Pleasant, S.C.


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