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Issue: "A new division, a new dream," Aug. 25, 2001

So low

When I read your article on stem-cell research, I got really upset. It's hard to believe that our country could stoop so low. - Jonathan Snyder, Titusville, Pa.

Meet Hannah

Wouldn't it be great if Hannah, adopted while still a frozen embryo, could be introduced to all Christendom so that all those fence-sitters would know who a mass of stem cells has the potential to become ("Persuading a president," July 28). It is amazing to me that most Christians can be united on the abortion issue yet wishy-washy on a debate that could lead to even more abortions. And that was a great column by Gene Edward Veith. If Jonathan Swift were here, he would be flipping his wig. - Jeff Benham, Milwaukee, Wis.

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I agree that the proliferation of Bible translations has been "more a hindrance than help," and so I want to take a look at the new English Standard Version when it appears in September ("A standard, maybe," July 28). However, I have serious reservations about the RSV, which provides the base for the new ESV. I also believe that the church, not secular or even Christian publishers, should issue versions of the Holy Scripture for the people of God. For these reasons, my family and I plan on sticking with our venerable Authorized Version. - George T. Thompson, Gonzales, La.

The decisive factor

Thanks for the notice of the new ESV translation. Unfortunately, regarding public acceptance, it's my observation that heavy marketing trumps product quality. - Dick Parvin, Clearwater, Fla.

Buy one, send one

The ESV sounds good, and maybe it will become the standard, but I'm concerned that American Christians already have too many Bibles while so many Christians around the world have none, or perhaps one or two in a whole congregation. I propose that every American who buys a new Bible should send an old one to a mission agency for distribution overseas or contribute the price of providing a new one. - Janet Neidhardt, Branchville, N.J.

Insulting Rush

My husband and I have enjoyed WORLD for many years, and so it was with shock and disappointment that we viewed the insulting picture of Rush Limbaugh (QuickTakes, July 28). Rush may not be an evangelical Christian, but he has always been sympathetic to evangelical issues. - Florence Dick, St. Augustine, Fla.

Parading Rush

I couldn't believe my eyes. There he was in the pages of WORLD, Mr. Conservative Values with his luscious lips locked onto a big old cigar. And you have the audacity to parade Rush Limbaugh before our children as if he is the ultimate pulpiteer of morality. What good old Rush really wants isn't your or my agreement, but our money. - Ken E. Archer, Kingwood, Texas

A blonde responds

As a WORLD reader, movie-goer, pre-law student, and natural blonde, I was more than a little irritated by your myopic critique of Legally Blonde (The Movies, July 7/14). This refreshing story showed that it is possible to be attractive, well-off, fashionable, and yet manage to be intelligent. It does not glorify a woman who is "all image and no substance" but one who is successful through hard work. - Alison Young, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Missed the boat

You completely missed the boat on Legally Blonde. It was a story of friendship, ethics, and learning to stand on what you believe. Yes, the bad language and sexual references were needless, but that's the way of the American movie industry. - Sharon Coule, Medford, N.J.

She decided

Thank you for the column about the Fox News Channel ("Crazy like a Fox," July 28). We tuned in during last year's election and haven't turned back. We were looking for news without the liberal, left-wing bias and we found it. The major networks only see Fox as right-wing because they are so far left that anything else is right. Fox's theme, "We report, you decide," made the decision for me. - Karla Hamrick, Wapakoneta, Ohio

Nothing short

I feel for the parents of Terri Schiavo, the severely disabled woman whose husband is trying to stop her supply of food and water ("Till death us do part," July 21). What her husband is trying to do through the courts is nothing short of murder. - Clinton Nelson, Florence, Ariz.

Defending pastors

In defense of pastors allowing couples to write their own marriage vows, many pastors insist on covering issues like the gospel, genuine eligibility, the purpose of marriage, and vows during premarital counseling ("Goin' to the chapel," July 7). My husband is one such, and his parameters for the worship ceremony reflect his strict counseling standards. If a couple doesn't like it, they can go elsewhere. - Elizabeth Stone, Moundsville, W.Va.

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