Remember in November
Given America's political scene, we should remember what is at stake at the polls this year ("When liberals seize a state," Aug. 31). We have become complacent and forgotten what a duty it is to truly investigate our candidates and vote, and we must remain aware of their activities while in office. Tony Cardenas and Carl Washington are examples of politicians across our nation who are not remaining true to the values that got them elected in the first place. - Mindy Haines, Millersville, Md.
California liberalism has come to Indiana. This is no surprise-we've had nearly 16 years of Democratic "leadership" in the governor's office. Now we are faced with lawsuits to recognize same-sex marriages in an attempt to force us to condone a perverted lifestyle. - David Lindley, Anderson, Ind.
I was filled with anger and indignation after reading "When liberals seize a state." Even more disturbing than the behavior of party-line Democrats is the turn-coat voting record of some professing Christian legislators in abandoning their loyalty to Christ and His Word for political expediency. Equally disconcerting is the apparent large number of voting Christians in California who continue to affirm Democratic Party candidates even in the face of its abandonment of moral and ethical principles. Lynn Vincent is to be commended for her excellent journalism. - Walt Hibbard, Newark, Del.
"When liberals seize a state" deeply saddened me. I am a 16-year-old girl from a much more conservative state than California and yet, where I live, it is socially acceptable to be gay and for children to be adopted into homosexual families. The story brought tears to my eyes because I can see how God is slowly being pulled out of every part of our government and our schools. Just the other day, in my government class, the teacher asked whether or not we thought homosexuals adopting kids was right or not; I was the only one who argued against the idea. - Leigh Detzel, Lancaster, Pa.
I was disheartened and angry after reading "When liberals seize a state." It seems that in California some Christians are losing their saltiness by being influenced by the culture. I think it may be time for California Christians to follow the example of Lot and remove themselves from that state before God brings down judgment on this modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah. - Jeff Jackson, Reynoldsburg, Ohio
I read with interest the article about Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy ("'I endorse values,'" Aug. 31). He stayed at our home when I was about 10 years old when he came to the local college for a conference. I remember him sitting in our dining room talking about how important it was for him to drink his milk and get his "beauty sleep." Very strange behavior, I thought, for a grown man. Everything I have heard about him in the media since then has been about his stable, moral life and his faith. Thank you for reminding us what it means to be faithful over the long haul and that public figures are role models no matter what they may think. Here is one I would be proud for my son to emulate. - Barbara Gifford, Bedford, Ohio
Thank you for the excellent article on Tony Dungy. I am a huge Colts fan and was very excited when they hired him. I knew that Mr. Dungy was a Christian, but it was cool to read an article about him from a Christian perspective. I hope that Coach Dungy can lead the Colts to a Super Bowl win, but more importantly I hope God will use him to bring Colts players to Christ. - David Locklair, 17, Milwaukee, Wis.
Joel Belz bemoans the problems facing Christian schools in the same self-serving way public education has in recent years ("Harder than ever," Aug. 31). Four of the five problems Mr. Belz cites involve funding issues typically faced by growing organizations, and he scolds even the ideologically aligned homeschoolers for reducing revenue simply by their absence. - Rebecca Stewart, Spokane, Wash.
Politics of grain
Your article discussing the food shortage in Zambia made no mention of Zambian leaders turning away tons of U.S. corn because some varieties are "genetically modified" ("Only a plate of grain," Aug. 24). It seems that we have here a politically motivated hyper-caution regarding new crop technologies that is coming primarily from European activists. - Phillip Lomax, Athens, Ga.
I am very disappointed in WORLD's use of a photo of a handgun accompanying "Crime fighting medicine" (Aug. 24). The article deals with people surviving attacks of all kinds, so only showing a picture of a firearm is unfair and misleading. Second, this imagery perpetuates the myth that firearms are often related to crime, yet only a tiny proportion of guns will ever be used to commit a crime. Moreover, several peer-reviewed studies show that guns prevent more crimes than are perpetrated with them each year. - Rick Taylor, Davidsonville, Md.
While I would agree with Mr. Belz that American Christians in general are shamefully stingy ("Shame on us," Aug. 24), I do not share his confidence that giving more money will accomplish much for the kingdom of God. Jesus Himself was unimpressed with money's power to effect good in the world and more concerned about its power to deceive people into trusting it rather than God. He also warned that those who strive after money will eventually become its slave. - Robert Berry, Greeneville, Tenn.
I don't understand why Joel Belz says "shame on us" for being such paltry givers. Doesn't he know that to give more we'd probably have to give up our shopping, our gadgets, our investments, our trendy activities, and our fine dining experiences? I am thankful that I know of no pastors in my town who would tell us to deny ourselves in such a way. - William Stiles, Indianapolis, Ind.
Killing them gently
Mr. Arkes seems to think the gentleness of the "Born Alive Infants Protection Act" is a real victory for the pro-life movement ("Asking questions," Aug. 24). This act implies that killing a child who manages to survive an abortion is wrong, but there is no penalty if a child is killed anyway. That says that this bill is meaningless. How else would a majority of pro-abortion politicians sign off on it? This bill even specifically rules out any mention of the right of a child to be protected just before it leaves the birth canal. This act should be renamed the "Do It Right the First Time Act." - David Brownlow, Clackamas, Ore.
As a former legislator and pro-life advocate (well aware of the agenda of pro-abortionists), I was not at all surprised by Life Dynamics' exposure of the diabolical and criminal actions of Planned Parenthood's counselors, who agreed to conceal or willfully ignore the felony sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl by a 22-year-old man ("Sex, lies, & audiotape," June 27). But I was surprised and very disappointed in recent letters to the editor objecting that the method used to obtain the proof was "deceptive." The more accurate word to describe the method used by Life Dynamics would be clandestine, not deceptive or wrong. Planned Parenthood is the one guilty of deception and wrongdoing in all of this. - Eileen Qutub, Beaverton, Ore.
The Christy Awards for Christian fiction are named after Catherine Marshall's novel Christy (Sept. 14, p. 32). - WORLD Staff