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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Brothers up in arms," Oct. 26, 2002

As a homeschooled 11th grader, "Diversity or else" gave me some points to consider as I contemplate colleges. Thank you for exposing the content of many college-orientation programs. I am shocked that some orientation facilitators have become so aggressive as to say outright that they are trying to "shake the soil from new students' small-town roots" and "dismantle traditional values." How appalling that state colleges would work to undermine the very teachings that our parents have instilled in us. - Cora Durain, Houston, Texas


Of all the letters to the editor you print, the ones chastising you for covering what's going on in the world puzzle me the most. One recent writer wanted a magazine she could safely give to her child. I don't believe your magazine is or should be aimed at children, and even young children have been blasted (even in public libraries) with things we wish a child didn't have to deal with. Since the bad stuff is there, I much prefer for my grandchildren to get your Christian perspective on the issues rather than the liberal secular slant of Time or Newsweek or even Scholastic Books. Thanks for being there. - Ken Claar, Nampa, Idaho

Sins of the fathers

Does it matter, in the custody court case Mr. Belz describes, why the adulterous "Mr. A" decides he needs more time with his children ("Live with the consequences," Sept. 21)? Thank goodness Mr. A finally "gets it." Children need their real parents. And what, for Mr. Belz, defines the sins for which a parent should be denied or limited access to his children? - Sandra Neely, Danville, Ind.

Child abuse

WORLD's account of the schemings of liberal Democrats in California ought to raise a national outcry against them ("When liberals seize a state," Aug. 31). The "retraining" of children whose values and beliefs they despise (namely, those who might oppose homosexuality) is a violation of the rights of children and parents and, indeed, a form of child abuse. - John Blasdale, Whippany, N.J.

What more?

I read John Piper's Aug. 31 column, "Faith alone," shortly after watching PBS's show Frontline that asked where God was when the towers fell. I watched and listened as rabbis, evangelical ministers, Catholic priests, theologians, and others explained their feelings of loss, emptiness, confusion, and unbelief since Sept. 11. One 31-year-old pastor said he felt "so alone." Imagine. No wonder the church is stumbling around in the dark, I thought. These people, who have gained so much worldly wisdom and so many degrees, spouting their hurt and anguish at God who would allow this to happen, are the ones setting the agenda for many churches in America. Thank you, Mr. Piper, for your passion. What more could God do but hang on the cross and bear the sins of the world? - Jenny Doig, Croton, Ohio


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