I would like to commend Mr. Hilmi, the Egyptian lawyer planning to sue the world's Jews to recover compensation for the plunder taken in the Exodus, for his creative thinking (Quick Takes, Sept. 27). The time lapse in this case is clearly a non-issue, but 2 Chronicles relates that the Chaldeans conquered Jerusalem and took "the treasures of the king and his leaders" to Babylon. Babylon is now Iraq; therefore the treasure was most recently in the hands of Saddam Hussein. Mr. Hilmi is attempting to sue the wrong people. - Paige Hiskey, 17, Yorba Linda, Calif.
In your piece on the entry of retired Gen. Wesley Clark in the race for the Democratic nomination for president, you state that he has "never played any political role in his life" ("10 little Democrats," Sept. 27). Obviously the writer has never been in the military. As a 20-year vet and retiree, I can assure you that any movement up through the ranks from colonel to multi-star general is most assuredly a political feat. - Ken Ferguson, Foley, Ala.
Until reading your review I had not heard a word about Luther ("Luther stands," Sept. 27). I went to see it, expecting to walk into an empty auditorium, but I found a full theater. The movie was marvelous, enthralling, suspenseful (even to one who knew the whole story), and very well made. What a refreshing change from the cheesy apocalyptic "thrillers" foisted on us as Christian entertainment. This is what we should produce-a story of an imperfect man standing courageously for the truth. Thank you for alerting us to this fine movie. - Jeff Marchant, Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Resolve and patience are two attributes not passed on by past generations ("'Never going to happen again,'" Sept. 27). It took eight years to pass a constitution in Germany after World War II. Because of our "drive-through" attitude in society, bias in the news media, and the lack of help from the rest of the world, people don't realize that we can't rebuild a country overnight. That is why we need to support and pray for our troops and President Bush until the job is finished, however long it takes. - Justin Hollander, New Albany, Ind.
It was frustrating to read of the idea of "metrosexuals" ("Pretty in pink?" Sept. 20) because it only confirms how the other side defined certain behaviors and images as "theirs." So now real men can't care about fashion, food, the arts, etc., since those are "metrosexual" traits. Real men must sit around drinking beer, watching sports, and playing video games. No room for anything in between. When will we stop letting the culture define us? - Suzanne C. Winter, Wyoming, Mich.
I must admit that I snickered a bit as I read "Please keep us posted" (Sept. 20). I received my WORLD promptly when I resided in Ohio, but a few years later we moved to Alaska. I was frustrated with having to wait a week. We now live in South Africa. I received my Sept. 20 issue on Oct. 1, and this is rather timely. We do not have Christian radio in our area (unless you speak Afrikaans) and the national broadcasts are extremely liberal and anti-American. I'd love to have the USPS and their "delays." - Cathy Egbert, White River, South Africa
Thank you for the interview with Anne Lamott. I cannot fault her for reacting against the legalists who have so twisted the gospel of grace. But is she any better in denying the inspiration of Scripture and its guidelines? The great concern is that she represents a growing movement within Christianity that puts personal pleasure and belief above God's Word. - Philip R. Cook, Edinburg, Texas
Mike Scoscia manages the Anaheim Angels ("Inside baseball," Oct. 4, p. 76). The Sylvan Learning Center pictured in "Extracurricular curriculum" is in Bismarck, N.D. (Oct. 4, p. 45). The 1962 New York Mets baseball team had a record of 40-120 ("From the depths of woe," Oct. 4, p. 56). Jamie Moyer of the Seattle Mariners earned his 21st win on Sept. 28 ("Around the horn," Oct. 4, p. 57). - The Editors
It was brilliant to state that the thinking behind the growing support of legalized, government-sanctioned gambling is akin to that behind Roe vs. Wade ("Consensus for convenience," Sept. 27). State governments' legalization of gambling for quick economic fixes is a humongous disaster and yet another government-sanctioned attack on the law of God. - Bruce Davis, Vergennes, Vt.
What a relief
Your article describing Hurricane Isabel and covering the preparation of the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board's disaster relief organization was excellent ("Isabel's slow march," Sept. 27). I have been blessed to be a part of the emergency child-care team since 1979. Thousands of people put in many hours training and maintaining equipment before a disaster occurs. - Cathe Phipps, Dallas, Texas
Back it up
If Mr. Belz is going to accuse the Bush administration of "many deceptions" concerning the war in Iraq, he should back it up with facts ("Too easy, too early," Sept. 27). My perception is that this administration works harder than any in recent memory to be honest with the American people. - Richard Avery, Stafford, Texas
Your suggestion that the Detroit Red Wings, by signing Derian Hatcher to a large contract, are practicing a "win-now" policy or are giving no thought to the future of the NHL is flawed ("Hot wings," Sept. 27). Over the last decade the organization has consistently fielded a quality product and a winning team by both signing and developing talented players. The lack of a collective-bargaining agreement should not cause a team to pass on a chance to sign a quality defenseman and leader like Derian Hatcher to replace aging veterans like Chris Chelios and Steve Yzerman. Perhaps a better example of the "win-now" mentality might be the New York Rangers, where accountability from the ownership down through the organization has consistently been lacking. - Timothy Best, Kirkwood, Mo.
I can understand why college students would find Anne Lamott's writing appealing ("'Like a puppy in a Christmas stocking,'" Sept. 20). Yet her "sugar daddy" description of Christ reminds me of the buffet-style religion of those who pick and choose a "God in your own image." Jesus is love, but how do you respond to the side of Christ that commanded that seas be still and pronounced woes on those who do not follow and obey? - Chris Tucker, Gaithersburg, Md.
Susan Olasky's interview with Anne Lamott was a breath of fresh air. Ms. Lamott represents those in our society who have been untouched by the gospel and who desperately seek something to fill the vacuum. - Walt Trukki, Fresno, Calif.
The Nicene Creed ("Anything goes," Sept. 6, p. 64) recited in many Western churches states that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son. Eastern Orthodox believers state that the Holy Spirit proceeds only from the Father and point out that procession from the Son was not part of the original Nicene Creed. - The Editors