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Issue: "Truth or CAIR," March 22, 2003

Shortly after scanning Andree Seu's column on Chicago, I saw it with some friends. What a big mistake. The movie should be rated R. The sexual innuendos, the language, and the whole storyline is not one that guides a believer to live a life that is holy and acceptable. - Wendy Lee Courtright, Houston, Texas

This title, that title

As a law-school librarian, I am extremely disappointed in the unprofessional behavior of the periodicals librarian Joel Belz met at his local state university ("Getting shelved," Feb. 22). Any librarian worth his or her salt should be able to produce a copy of the collection development policy and defend it, if necessary. Periodicals are extremely expensive and complicated for libraries to manage. Even for a gift subscription, staff must check in each issue, find space for it, have back issues bound or replaced by microfilm, and so on. As a Christian librarian, I cringe reading accounts in my professional literature of well-meaning but misguided brothers and sisters who storm the gates of libraries across the country demanding that this title be removed or that title be added. To be effective, WORLD readers should consult their library's collection development policy and follow that up with a polite, reasoned argument to show how WORLD fits those criteria. - Phyllis Post, Columbus, Ohio

WORLD doesn't meet the political-correctness standards of the local agent for the American Library Association? There really is a place for WORLD up on the shelf with Mother Jones, The Nation, The New Republic, and other magazines. I look forward to seeing the exacting standards those journals meet that WORLD, evidently, does not (and I pray you never do!). In the meantime, my back issues of WORLD will still wind up in doctors' waiting rooms and employee break areas. - Brad O'Brien, San Antonio, Texas

What God wants

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Thanks so much for your recent article about the political and religious situation in Tamil Nadu, India ("Rise up and roar," Feb. 22). My daughter and I visited the Hindustan Bible Institute in Chennai with a team of evangelical Christians from South Carolina last November just after the anti-conversion ordinance was passed. When I asked Christian child-care workers and orphanage house parents if they worried about the law, they just shrugged, "No, we will do what God wants us to do." Some of the newer and less seasoned Christians in Chennai were, understandably, a bit worried. A few Christian families in Chennai had been asked by their landlords to vacate their homes. Despite concerns, New Calvary Church in Chennai sponsored an outreach to start new evangelical churches in the southeast sector of the city, and one started up soon after we left. - Pamela N. Sakovich, Columbia, S.C.

Awaiting battle

I can't speak for all, but I can say how many of us soldiers here in Kuwait feel: Send us to do the job and then send us home ("Watch & wait," Feb. 22). We understand the dire need for action all too well. We continually train on chemical warfare because we know Saddam has the capabilities and will use them. We understand that he is a tyrant and an evil dictator. Concerning our commander in chief, the media seem to be against him and portray a nation that wavers in its support of the president. Soldiers swear allegiance to our nation and our president, but our support runs deeper than that oath. I and many others watched as George W. Bush choked up when speaking with the family members of the soldiers who gave their lives in Afghanistan. During the State of the Union address, we packed a tent at 0500 hours to hear our leader. He touched our hearts when he looked at the camera and spoke directly to us. Let it be known throughout the United States that soldiers awaiting battle will follow their president. We desperately want to do what we came to do, and we desperately want to get back to those we love. We are ready. Send us! - Cpl. Bryce D. Mitchell, Third Infantry Division, Camp New Jersey, Kuwait

On any brink

In his review of Gods and Generals ("Onward, Christian soldiers," Feb. 22), Mr. Veith asks rhetorically: "And if both sides could boast such honorable men and such devout Christians ... why were they slaughtering each other?" Abraham Lincoln, who "comes off poorly" in this movie, spoke with unparalleled eloquence to this question in his second inaugural address. "The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully," he said. And he suggested that God allowed the war as a providential judgment upon a nation that had sanctioned and practiced a peculiarly evil institution. The Civil War reminds us that religious certitude alone secures neither justice nor victory-something worth keeping in mind on the brink of any armed conflict. - Jack Wyman, Dallas, Texas


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