In God we trust
Thank you for keeping us so well-informed on an immense range of issues, from presidential candidates ("Southern discomfort," Feb. 21) to intelligence agency malfunctions and the search for weapons of mass destruction ("Winning the war, losing the debate," Feb. 21). It is great to have a source whose contributors hold the same basic values we do. Although it can be discouraging to see those we thought would stand for truth wander from their goals, it helps to remember that some trust in presidents, and some in weapons, but we trust in the name of the Lord. -Molly Wyer, 16, Arroyo Grande, Calif.
The attacks on 9/11 forced President Bush to make decisions under pressure and become a tragic hero ("Western culture," Feb. 21). John Kerry might not identify with Western culture, but I thank God for our soldiers, cops, and the cowboy from Texas.
As a dedicated fan of both President Bush and High Noon, I loved Marvin Olasky's column. It cemented in my mind that going to Iraq was the right thing to do because it removed a potential threat of weapons of mass destruction and ended the torture and horror of Saddam's regime.
When President Bush gave his UN speech in 2002, he had more going his way than Gary Cooper did, and at this point, the High Noon analogy starts to unravel. Chalking the resulting war up to decision-making in less than Edenic circumstances is avoiding the responsibility of trying to determine whether the war was or was not overreaching.
It takes a real cowboy with a really good horse to stop a stampede. He has to get out in front of it to turn it, slow it down, and then stop it. America is stampeding mindlessly to the precipice. The ranch hands, hanging on the rail and drinking their cold coffee while watching the herd stampede to oblivion, all shout disparaging words at the real cowboy, President Bush, but they know he is risking everything for the herd, and so he is a better man than they. I hope there are a few more real cowboys out there.
-Howard Lewis Smith
Thanks to Mr. Olasky for "Western culture," in which he wished that my generation would not have to make tough choices, but knew that we would. I could be discouraged, but I am encouraged by the fact that he and so many others have faced these decisions and made wise, godly choices. I am willing to stand up against the odds and the world's culture and make the right decision even if it means hard consequences.
Seeing and believing
Amen to "Passion's pilgrim" (Feb. 21). I have been in heated discussions with Christians arguing passionately both for and against this movie. You sum up my feelings totally: discomfort with such a visual (graven?) image, yet looking with hope in the glory of God that He might use for good both that intended for evil and that intended for good.
-Ursula Adrian Smith
Mrs. Cheaney continues to cast a disparaging and puzzling shadow on God's ability to use film for His glory. It's a marvel that God can use any of us to communicate truth to others, and the fact that He does in a myriad of creative ways (including images) testifies to His awesome power.
Traverse City, Mich.
Here and there
Thank you again for your thought-provoking articles. Having just returned from the Middle East, I was struck by several items in recent issues of WORLD. The daily anti-American rhetoric in the newspapers over there is almost identical to the constant liberal verbiage here in the media and among those who would be our future president.
Mr. Veith's comments regarding the sameness of most sports movies were right on, but there are those extraordinary exceptions ("Give me the old-time hockey, hold the malaise," Feb. 21). I almost didn't go see Miracle because I expected them to blow it. But was I wrong! Kurt Russell got me in the first five minutes of the film. I also appreciated the fact that the filmmakers didn't feel compelled to remind me that Coach Brooks had a sex life, or that athletes have a tendency to curse in the locker room.
We find it distressing that Christians are willing to "elect" a pro-abortion, tax-raising liberal simply because they disagree with President Bush on certain issues ("Passion deficit," Feb. 21). This is what will happen if Christians stay home in November. Let's not squander what we have worked so long and so hard to attain: a Republican president and a Republican-led Congress and Senate.
-David & Rachel Winters
Let us have no "doubts about 'W.'" We as Christians must support his reelection as enthusiastically as possible. He is the only candidate we can count on when it comes to abortion, judicial appointments, or gay marriage. I too am very disturbed about the size of the deficit and the federal government, but if we, by our apathy, allow any of those other candidates to become our next president, we will be very, very sorry someday.
Pagosa Springs, Colo.
Mr. Belz quotes a reader stating that "interest on our national debt this coming year will be a bigger expenditure than will be our national defense." This is not true. The Fiscal Year 2005 Budget of the United States of America projects that national defense in 2004 and 2005 fiscal years will take up 19.6 and 18.8 percent of federal outlays, compared to 6.7 and 7.4 percent for interest payments. Since 1940, the defense:interest ratio has ranged from 2:1 to about 40:1.
Wages of sin
I am 16, a Christian homeschooler, and the daughter of a homosexual man who died of AIDS 13 years ago (he also gave it to my mother). I do not shun my gay friends, but I do not condone their way of life. That Colorado's Boulder Valley School District is requiring students to be able to explain the "health consequences of heterosexism" shows its blindness ("Falling Boulder," Feb. 14). The consequences of homosexuality are early death, emotional pain, and many major illnesses; the result of heterosexuality is God's smile.
-Esther R. Causey