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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Summer Books 2004," July 3, 2004

As one of your black readers, I appreciate when you highlight the achievements of black Americans, Christian or not. Although Mr. Cosby took some flak from liberals, he echoed what many of us not just believe but have seen firsthand. It's frustrating to see media caricatures that reinforce negative stereotypes of minorities, but even more disheartening when some people live up to such stereotypes. Not all do. - Danette Matty; Roseville, Minn.

Golding's grasp

» As a public high-school history teacher, I'd be lost without your insight into current events. Thanks, too, for Gene Edward Veith's column about The Lord of the Flies ("Golding's anniversary," June 5). Golding had a real grasp of man's fallen, sinful nature. I often discuss with my students whether we are born inherently good or inherently evil. One look at The Lord of the Flies shows both our propensity to fulfill the desires of the flesh and our need of a savior. - Mark Albert; Hamilton, Mont.

Straw column?

In "Worth a mass" (June 5), Andree Seu does a nice job of spotlighting the high tension between Catholic politicians and the faith they simultaneously profess and dismiss. Unfortunately, she portrayed the Catholic Church's system for dealing with marriage-annulment requests as a straw man, summarily torched with a verse of Scripture. Mrs. Seu provides no insights into annulment from an established, orthodox Catholic voice, just some quirky quotes from a lone priest whose credentials on the subject at hand, or lack thereof, are never disclosed. - David Pearson; North Branford, Conn.

Minority voice

Kudos to WORLD for allowing a minority voice to be heard ("Here comes the flood," May 29). Gays as an overt subculture are here to stay. How are we as Christians going to respond? With anger and prejudice, or with "salt" and charity? - David Gressman; Brea, Calif.

Worth 1,000 words

For years now I've appreciated Krieg Barrie's illustrations which accurately portray (without words) the crux of whatever subject is being presented. His works are impressive week after week. - Stacy Burger; Indianapolis, Ind.

Evolving nightmare

I, like Joel Belz, am not surprised at the atrocities at Abu Ghraib ("No preservatives," May 22). Those who perpetrated the abuse played out the postmodern, relativistic worldview that permeates our society. Our kids are taught that they are the result of random chance, blobs of cells that have evolved over billions of years. Thus, life has no meaning, no value, no dignity, and there is nothing beyond the grave. Because truth is relative, no one can condemn you because your behavior cannot be measured against an absolute standard. This worldview will, in the end, destroy this country unless we repent of our rebellion against God's moral absolutes and He brings a revival in our land. - Frank Nolton; Goodrich, Mich.

Nakedness, debauchery, lewdness, sexual innuendos - none of these surprise me in Iraq when it is pictured with American youth who have just passed through the largest sexual revolution in history ("The image war," May 22). We continue to foster an open-sex society in the name of free speech. The Constitution surely blushes for such interpretations. - Richard Shumaker; Elgin, Ill.

On point

Thank you for publishing the points of view on the Federal Marriage Amendment by Mike Farris and Don Wildmon ("Point, counterpoint," May 22). If Mr. Wildmon wishes that Congress would implement Mr. Farris's proposal, why isn't he working for it? Doesn't he believe God is big enough to give us the whole pie? - Susan Willis; Storrs, Conn.

Both "Point" and "Counterpoint" missed the real point: No amount of legislation can correct wayward hearts. The fight for traditional values continues to alienate the people that we could be reaching as a mission field. Those who complain about wanting their institutions and their children protected must be sure to actually protect their institutions in the first place (like marriage from adultery and divorce) and teach their children well. - Matthew Loftus; Bel Air, Md.

Correction

Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor was on Dec. 7, 1941 ("Around the horn," June 19, p. 37).

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