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Issue: "Roe vs. Wade at 29," Jan. 19, 2002

Clicked off

The last paragraph of "From insider to outcast" observes: "All I can do is what millions of Americans have been doing for years ... click the button marked 'off.'" We did that about 20 years ago. We used to watch the evening news until we saw a piece CBS did on the Institute for Creation Research. I could see the bias in what they presented and decided that if that's what they did with a "news feature," what about everything else? - Ruth Hill, Ishpeming, Mich.

Wait for them

I found "Best foot forward" (Dec. 15) disturbing and unnecessary. This article merely makes predictions about films that had not even been released yet. Would it not be better to see the films and then critique them? I am excited about all the movies mentioned in this article and I plan to view them with a hopeful mindset, looking for the celebration of positive values and shards of common grace. - Andrian Yelverton, Raleigh, N.C.

Absolutely not

In his Dec. 15 column, "The new multi-faith religion," Gene Edward Veith asks, "Christians have endured martyrdom, but can they endure unpopularity?" If the "religious right" is any indication, absolutely not. Consider how often conservatives proclaim our dubious "Christian heritage," riddled as it is with plainly unbiblical historical injustices, and how we American Christians complain vociferously about the little persecution we experience here. Contrast that with believers in other lands who have faced real persecution bravely and don't particularly care how popular the Christian faith is. Maybe we should be asking why much of the United States is indifferent to evangelical Christianity. Maybe we have something to do with that. - Rick Nowlin, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Quit complaining

Maybe it didn't prevent layoffs and service cutbacks, but where does Mark Steyn think the airlines would be if they hadn't received the $15 billion bailout (QuickTakes, Dec. 8)? My dad is a pilot, and without that government intervention, there would have been even more layoffs and cutbacks, and maybe another airline would have gone out of business. Also, the airlines do not hassle people and make them wait in long lines on purpose. I think Mr. Steyn should quit complaining. - Sheila Hobein, 15, Barron, Wis.

Both wrong

Although Joel Belz says in his Nov. 24 column, "The national debt," that he doesn't know exactly what precipitated God's anger, he chastises as proud those Christians, like myself, who believe that 9/11 was nothing more than the result of evil men under Satan's influence. I recently happened to glance through an article from the April 1, 2000, issue of WORLD describing catastrophic flooding in Mozambique. While that nation is "a land of paganism, witchcraft, and ancestor worship," and while floods are acts of God, no Christian was quoted asserting that the Mozambicans' plight resulted from the Father's displeasure. Interestingly, one head of a political party declared that the disaster was the work of angry "spirits" taking revenge over a miscount of votes in a recent election. He was wrong; so is Mr. Belz. - Robert York Jr., Rancho Cordova, Calif.

Corrections

Retired doctors in Tulsa volunteer for inner-city health care through the Cornerstone Assistance Network (Dec. 15, p. 20).

  • In John 3:36, John the Baptist says, "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him" (Oct. 27, p. 65).
  • California congressman Gary Condit is a Democrat (Dec. 22, p. 13).
  • A secretary for NBC anchor Tom Brokaw contracted anthrax from a tainted letter (Dec. 29/Jan. 5, p. 28). - The Editors

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