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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "View from the Axis," March 9, 2002

Too trusting

Does anyone imagine for a second that Zondervan's or the IBS's zeal for a "gender-accurate" translation has nothing do with an egalitarian agenda? If it is "gender accurate," how is it possible that the NIV escapes being "gender inaccurate?" And, if it is so, is Zondervan so scornful of evangelical markets that it will happily provide them a substandard product, simply because they can make a buck on it? As Zondervan's record demonstrates, they have never changed their mind about producing a demasculinized Bible. Their assent to the Colorado Accords can now be seen for what it was from the beginning: a cynical and condescending mollycoddling of evangelicals who were too trusting by far. - William E. Mouser Jr., Waxahachie, Texas

Backlash

For years I have defended the NIV to my "King James only" friends as perhaps the most accurate modern translation of the Bible. With the TNIV, I believe that the publishers have not only angered and upset many Christians but have damaged the credibility that the NIV has gained over the years. I predict that the TNIV will produce a backlash against their carefully copyright-protected translation. Perhaps they should consider renaming it something that is not so close to NIV, like "The PC Bible of 2002." I am already hearing Christians express doubts about buying anything from Zondervan stores because they feel betrayed by this bow to modern culture. - Philip Luter, Saginaw, Mich.

Combat's like that

I was disappointed in the review of Mark Bowden's Blackhawk Down (Bestsellers, Feb. 9). As a career Army officer of 26 years with ground combat experience in Vietnam, I could relate to what happened to the individual soldiers and their units once the fight started in downtown Mogadishu. Mr. Bowden's prose, rather than being "dull" or "heavy-handed," struck me as very evocative of those soldiers' experiences in close combat with overwhelming numbers of people intent on killing them. If the narrative line was "lost among outbursts of violence," well, combat is like that. Shining through all of this is the sterling character of the American soldier, in my opinion the best on the planet. The book and movie are also important for the graphic portrayal of what our soldiers face in action against today's modern terrorists. - Medwyn Sloane, Denver, Colo.

Past due

Regarding the ACLU's current push to force hold-out Catholic and Protestant hospitals to provide abortions ("Intensive snare," Feb. 9): How much longer are people with some regard for language, grammar, and semantics going to tolerate the pro-abortion camp's absurd, oxymoronic description of a right to abortion as "reproductive freedom"? The phrase can have only one logical meaning: the freedom to reproduce. The only country of which I'm aware-there may be others-that curtails reproductive freedom is China, where reproductive freedom ends at birth of the first child. - Graden Harger, Houston, Texas

Jobs for life

Joel Belz's column on education hit a nerve ("No competition," Feb. 9). As a long-time public-school board member, I have witnessed the stranglehold teachers unions have on education. Education will not be improved until the yoke of union slavery is lifted from us all. Teachers' salaries appear to be low, but fringe benefits such as contributions for insurance, retirement, and other perks add about $24,000 onto the average Wisconsin teacher's salary of about $40,000. The real story is the fact that teachers have jobs for life. Almost regardless of competency, behavior, or effectiveness, they cannot be fired except for the most egregious acts. Teachers are trading tens of thousands of dollars of salary each year for lifetime job security and relief from accountability. - Dave Kuhle, Hazel Green, Wis.

Clarifications

Blood donations mostly discarded by the American Red Cross after Sept. 11 still contributed byproducts such as plasma or platelets (Feb. 9, p. 28).
WORLD cited a Washington Times report that the New Jersey Department of Education left George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin off its proposed history curriculum standards (Feb. 9, p. 10). Since then, the N.J. Dept. of Education has added those names to its standards.
Dr Pepper cans featuring the Statue of Liberty include only three words from the Pledge of Allegiance: "one nation ... indivisible" (Feb. 16, p. 12). - The Editors

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