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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Daniel of the Year 2003," Dec. 13, 2003

'Generic' chaplains

"Navy blues" (Nov. 1) could mislead readers to believe that evangelical chaplains are "victims" of discrimination. If there are victims, they are Protestants who seek to pursue their faith in the midst of a "spiritually generic" mentality that many evangelical chaplains do their best to promote. This is a shameful way to treat those who are laying their lives on the line for their country. - Richard Wolfe, Wurzburg, Germany

The picture of so many Episcopal bishops laying hands on Gene Robinson, blessing what God would not bless, reminded me of the warning Paul gave to his young pastor friend in 1 Timothy 5:22: "Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure." - Mike Neifert, Argonia, Kan.

Line of thanks

The Nov. 15 cover story, "In the line of fire," ended my procrastination. My school is just three miles from Bangor International Airport, where veterans and others gather to greet U.S. troops coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan at all hours of the day and night. On Nov. 18 our fifth- through eighth-grade students at Penobscot Christian School welcomed home some of these soldiers with cards, posters, smiles, and grateful hearts. It was a joy to be able to express our appreciation for the dedication and service of these soldiers. Thanks for spurring me on. - Bill MacDonald, Bangor, Maine

I am a 16-year-old Presbyterian. The article on the election of openly gay bishop Gene Robinson made my heart sick. This decision to forsake the truth of our God-given identities does not just affect the Episcopal Church. It is a scary blow to Christians everywhere. - Lauren Hartzell, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Urban legend?

Regarding "Teaching methods" (Blog Watch, Nov. 15): Cleaning the bathroom mirror with a toilet-soaked squeegee may have happened somewhere, but I haven't found a story with the details. - Phil Wade, Ringgold, Ga.

Please continue to publish personal stories from those in Iraq. We certainly will not hear all of the truth from today's liberal media. God bless and protect those who are "in harm's way." - Ann Shelby, Lubbock, Texas

No wonder

President Bush promised that he would cut taxes and that this would stimulate the economy. He kept his promise and the results proved him right. Also, the left has often portrayed conservatives and Christians as racist and without compassion. George Bush has shown that this is not the case and has delivered a great blow to the liberal Democratic agenda. Is it any wonder they hate him ("Winning is everything," Nov. 8)? - Doug Stutz, McDaniels, Ky.


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