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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Mounting a defense," May 25, 2002

Oddly encouraging

Thanks so much for an outstanding issue. I especially appreciated the timeline of martyrs ("The immortal blemish," April 27). Although graphic, it was oddly encouraging. My faith was built up by the many men and women who have died for Christ. Russell Board's excellent commentary ("Passing beauty") complemented an excellent special issue . - Abby Johnson, Powhatan, Va.

Les Sillars"s timeline on the persecution of the church in the 20th century was for the most part very edifying. As a Roman Catholic Christian, however, I object to his portrayal of Catholic persecution of Protestants in Mexico in 1952. No doubt Protestant Christians were persecuted and martyred, but to blame the Catholic Church is ludicrous. Moreover, many Catholics were martyred for their faith in Mexico during the 20th century. - David R. Kennedy, Wadsworth, Ohio

Your special issue regarding the persecution of Christians, both here and abroad, was a real awakening. - Bill Bader, Eden Prairie, Minn.

Fumble

I thoroughly enjoyed Joel Belz's column about how Stanford declined to hire University of Nebraska assistant football coach Ron Brown because of his Christian beliefs ("The other fundamentalists," April 27). Stanford may have missed a real opportunity to change the lives of their football players. - Mimi Frerichs, Kearney, Neb.

In "The other fundamentalists," one Stanford official said that the school is "very diverse" and the way Mr. Brown "would stand out that much is something that has to be looked at." In other words, "Because of our emphasis on diversity, we can't hire someone who is that different." These people aren't even subtle about their hypocrisy anymore. - Mark R. Hettler, Bordentown, N.J.

Design flaw

I was listening to Gulliver's Travels when I read "Full court press" (April 20). Justice Anderson reminds me of the "projectors" of Legato. Swift's wise sages are determined to improve every aspect of life, but their projects are based on faulty reasoning and invariably fail. This does not discourage them. Rather, they double their efforts and blame the failure on those trying to implement the project instead of the poor design. They condemn everyone who fails to join their projects as being against the public good. Judicial activism has brought upon us Roe vs. Wade and many other difficulties, but the projectors of our time, such as Justice Anderson, see the blame in the faulty execution of the mission instead of the flaw of the design. Would that they would re-read (read?) Swift's satire, though it is unlikely that they would recognize their own folly. - Clarke McIntosh, Asheville, N.C.

Lost souls

I would like to commend you for "Why so pushy?" (April 13). As a college student who waitresses part-time in the summer, I have experienced many people's reactions to religious conversations. To avoid discomfort I am sometimes tempted to be silent and allow witnessing opportunities to escape. Your article helped me to understand that the fight to rescue souls is neither a game nor a contest. Even if it feels uncomfortable, trying to rescue someone from the world's confusion is not wrong. I realize that if I value other people's feelings too much, I am ignoring the fate of their lost souls. - Nicole LeBlanc, Templeton, Mass.

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