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Issue: "Attacking the future now," Feb. 22, 2003

Gene Edward Veith says hearing bad language is not sinful ("Rating the ratings," Jan. 11). It is one thing to have it put upon us Christians as we move in this present evil world, but it is another to deliberately choose it via R-rated movies. Also, it is ridiculous to say that Christians will not be taken seriously if they do not watch R-rated movies. It is likely the opposite. The Lord made an impact not by conforming but by confronting. - Robert C. Jennings, Sedalia, Mo.

As much as I respect your stance on most issues, I have to disagree with your Bestsellers assessments of the bands Creed and, in the Jan. 25 issue, Linkin Park. Although occasionally cynical, Linkin Park recognizes man's need for more than himself throughout Hybrid Theory. Neither band should be written off because of its particular style of music or because it has not yet found the redemption it seeks. At least they are seeking, which is more than many bands can say. - Amy Opelt, De Pere, Wis.

Andrew Coffin's review of Rabbit-Proof Fence ("Hot on their trail") fit perfectly into your marvelous Jan. 18 pro-life issue. Mystifying, at first, was why this splendid and true film of Aborigine women triumphing over kidnapping, oppression, and ethnic cleansing earned so little applause from feminist groups. Fence showed far too clearly the outcome of Margaret Sanger's selective breeding policies for a master race. Neither Hitler nor Australia were her only followers. Today, cleverly renamed, Planned Parenthood thrives on death and our tax dollars. Sterilizations and abortions are wisely done out of sight. So who would want a film that might raise questions about "human weeds," "mongrel races," and "human waste"? - Lorraine Murphy, North Bergen, N.J.

The right Psalm

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Joel Rosenberg's Jan. 18 Flash Traffic review of David Frum's book, The Right Man, has Mr. Frum describing Mr. Bush's favorite Psalm (27) as "one of the Bible's most searing statements of loneliness and remorse." On the contrary, Psalm 27 expresses confidence in God to deliver us from our enemies: "Teach me Your way, O Lord, lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors." If this is Mr. Bush's favorite Psalm, then I am even more convinced he is the right man for the job. - Ellen Dyke, Ogden, Ill.

Speaking clearly

With each pessimistic, anti-American word spoken recently by anti-war protesters, Democrat partisans, and members of the Hollywood elite, the sky darkened. What relief to see a clearing as President Bush addressed our nation ("State of the Union," Jan. 25). Viewers heard not a showman, a follower, or a poll-driven politician but a steady, principled, and compassionate American. Mr. Bush reminded us that Americans are a free people, and that "the liberty we prize is not America's gift to the world; it is God's gift to humanity." - Shelley Aamodt, Menomonie, Wis.

Cultural clash

With his critique of pop culture ("Pop-culture recession," Jan. 25), Gene Edward Veith also provided a necessary criticism of that area where the church is the most guilty of adopting the ways of the pop-culture gods: in worship. The techno-heavy and sustenance-starved experience that passes for worship these days is founded on the same principles of mass-market, lowest-common-denominator formulas that Mr. Veith identifies elsewhere. The result will be the same: When nothing more is demanded of the consumers than their passive presence, boredom sets in. The church must return to worship that carries the timeless Christian message and conveys the Christian culture of sacrificial love in contrast, and not in conformity, to the popular culture. - Robert J. Gebel, Iowa City, Iowa

In arguing that "plugging the cultural leaks simply isn't working; it's time for a new plan," Andree Seu misses the point ("Beyond the 10-finger strategy," Jan. 25). Sure, it would be a wonderful world if everyone repented and turned to Christ; obviously the 10-finger solution would no longer be necessary. But does that mean that we should no longer put our fingers in the dam of the world's problems, no longer turn our attention and compassion to those hurting and in need, no longer stand boldly for the truth of Scripture? The problem isn't that there are too many problems, the problem is that there aren't enough Christians doing the work. - Daniel E. Panetti, Dallas, Texas

Evil here at home

We call Iraq the "axis of evil." I don't dispute that but, at 42 million babies (and counting) dismembered and sucked or pulled out of the womb and then buried in mass graves or garbage cans, we've got, as Jesus said, a board in our own eye. May God forgive our nation. Please keep instructing us about the abortion industry. Don't back off or relent, become "nice" or sanitized, and never compromise the truth. - Rebecca Lillyman, Wheaton, Ill.

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