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Issue: "War in the shadows," Oct. 6, 2001

Team players

Your Sept. 8 article, "Home, but not alone," talks about homeschoolers' access to public high-school sports teams. I am a 16-year-old homeschooler and play volleyball and softball at the local high school. I have to do all the paperwork, then have a tryout and bring a signed paper from my counselor telling my coaches my current grades. I am usually asked a lot of questions by other students, but no one ever cares. The teams offer my younger sister and me great opportunities to meet new people and share God's love. We plan to continue playing until we graduate. - Jami Smith, Carnation, Wash.

Live above desire

I'm in hearty agreement with Andree Seu's column on widowhood, and thankful to God that Christianity has raised the status of women in America to a much higher level than is enjoyed in most other countries ("Multi-culti widowhood," Sept. 8). I would add that in the context of Genesis 3, the word desire, as in "desire for the husband," means that the curse left the woman with a desire to control her husband. Thank God He offers us the power through Jesus Christ to live above the curse. - Mary McGann, Plains, Mont.

Quenching quackery

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Thank you, Mr. Belz, for the column on "alternative medicine" ("The holes in holistic," Sept. 8). I have been writing letters of protest to nursing journals and debating with my co-workers in the nursing profession for a long time now, and I was beginning to feel very alone. I can't wait to pick up Examining Alternative Medicine. I'm sure it will enhance my arguments against "therapeutic touch" and other quackery based in Eastern religion. - Wendy Garizio, Brookfield, Conn.

Lab rats?

I had to laugh when, while contemplating a response to Mr. Belz's column, I read "The Baycol recall." Doctors prescribe drugs for high cholesterol, failing to insist that patients eat whole food instead of refined garbage, because we know people are incapable of changing their habits; after all, they are only animals. And when it turns out that one drug may kill people, we recall it and substitute another drug that soon may also be pulled from the stores. I believe that this happens because traditional medicine is starting from a faulty worldview that treats man as a laboratory rat whose biochemistry can be manipulated with little consideration for design or God's Word. This leads men to think they can pour highly refined chemicals into the extraordinarily complex and poorly understood human body and get predictable, desirable results. To the extent that they reject God's truth, alternative medicines are no better. - David J. Madeira, Dallas, Pa.

Dial 91:1

In the wake of 9/11, may believers in the God of the Bible show this frightened world how to dial 911 via Psalm 91:1: "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shelter of the Almighty." God bless America. - Anne Theresa Rich, Lynn, Mass.

Six shocking things

Six shocking things were happening in the aftermath of the horrible events of Tuesday the 11th, things that would have seemed unthinkable or even laughable on Monday: God's existence and power were publicly acknowledged and sought (even by usually cynical, liberal people in the media); life was suddenly and unanimously valued in our country; party politics and the search for power were laid aside for the common good of the nation; there was no mention of lawsuits against the towers' owners or builders; we have a nationwide consensus that something was morally wrong; we acknowledged that killing enemies is an unfortunate necessity of war. Why does it take an act of war to bring these things out? - Jeff Nettles, Platteville, Wis.

Healing or hatred

Terrorism won't stop unless one nation and ultimately every one refuse to respond to it in kind. It doesn't matter "who started it"; it does matter who can stop it. How we respond to this vicious attack may either bring healing or an escalation of the hatred. We must bring the perpetrators to justice but not at the expense of more innocents. - Donna K. Merrick, Harrisburg, Pa.

You, too

Christians have, in this terrorist crisis, the single greatest opportunity since the Second World War to speak and live the truth to an unsettled America. We should teach our neighbors that God allowed the World Trade Center towers to fall on the 5,000 but, as Jesus explained regarding the 18 who were crushed by a tower in Siloam, "they were no worse than their fellow citizens, but unless you repent, you shall also perish." - Patrick McIntyre, Mammoth Spring, Ark.

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