Out of the garden
Recently a group of Christian parents got a cool reception when we met with the local high-school administration to oppose homosexual indoctrination in the schools. Andrée Seu's column about whether the sun is rising or setting on Christianity ("Braver new world," April 8) gave me courage to continue this fight. Ironically, a Christian acquaintance has said that she couldn't get involved with the homosexual indoctrination at her son's school because "God has called her to gardening." The timing of this column was perfect.
-Mary Reichard; Deerfield, Ill.
The crisis pregnancy center where I volunteer has been around for almost 20 years and has been involved in saving close to 200 babies. Ten babies a year may seem like a drop in the bucket, but it matters to those babies, their parents, siblings, and adoptive parents. That thought keeps me in the battlefield instead of the garden.
-Debbie Korsmo; Northwood, N.D.
Our young people are being taught that all real scientists believe in evolution. Not true. Hundreds of scientists believe in intelligent design, and they have logical, scientific reasons for questioning evolution. Opponents want to keep ID out of science classrooms not because it isn't scientific ("Still ticking," April 8), but because it's more scientific than evolution. President Bush was right when he said our young people deserve to hear both sides of the story.
-Alden P. Lewis; Carlisle, Pa.
Even those willing to accept all the bad science associated with the hypothesis of evolution should recognize that it ignores one critical, fundamental, scientific question: Where did all the raw materials for evolution come from?
-Richard Reising; Novi, Mich.
A note I received today from a Belarusian friend adds a word about one repercussion from the postelection protests ("Revolution spirit," April 8). Many of the arrested students are later being thrown out of their schools-a devastating economic punishment with lifelong results. This has also happened with students who were not arrested but whose presence at the protest gatherings was reported to school officials by others.
-Denny Hartford; Omaha, Neb.
Thank you for your stories of volunteer efforts along the Gulf Coast ("Minding Mississippi," April 8). Sometimes events occur so that the work of God might be displayed.
-Walter Sickel; Tucson, Ariz.
Afraid of rabbits
It is utterly embarrassing that the elected leaders of St. Paul, Minn., are so afraid of the taint of "promoting religion" that they ban plastic grass and Easter rabbits ("Bunny ban," April 8). Which religion were they afraid of promoting? Nature-worshippers and environmentalists? While they are at it, their city name should come under scrutiny. Wouldn't they be much more politically correct to return to their location's moniker from the early 1800s: Pig's Eye Landing?
-Brian LaRowe; Madison, Wis.
Did my eyes deceive me, or did Joel Belz actually suggest that God's plan might have been better advanced if Abdul Rahman had been murdered by the Afghan government ("'I am not afraid to die,'" April 8)? Mr. Belz came across as mildly disappointed in the outcome. God delivered one of His own, and one man showed the Afghan government and the world that he was gladly willing to die, not for the sake of killing "infidels" by blowing himself up on a crowded bus, but for believing in the one true God of mercy.
-Jennifer Blugerman; Troutville, Va.
Can you imagine?
In the 20th century, prominent Christians boldly spoke truth to power, such as Martin Luther King Jr., Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Martin Niemoller. Can anyone envision these men stepping into organized political activities on a level with what Ralph Reed did ("Texas two-step," April 8)? The Christian activists the world seems to admire most are those who remain outside of the political system and focus on advancing a kingdom not of this world.
-Brad O'Brien; Killeen, Texas
Contrast this situation with the prophet Daniel, whose professional integrity as a man of politics working for a pagan state was so impeccable that not even his enemies could find anything to hang around his neck.
-Jack Brooks; Georgetown, Ky.
My family and I were delighted to see "Balkan spring" (April 1). We lived in Sarajevo for a number of years after the war, working as church-planting missionaries, and still hold that place very dear in our hearts. Mr. Dabel did an excellent job of summarizing the history of this perplexing place and the current political and social culture, although I never saw whole neighborhoods cordoned off with "MINE" tape. Visitors are always fascinated with the bombed-out shells of buildings and military aircraft, but for the people of Bosnia, it's all just part of reconstruction.
-Craig R. Jones; Valparaiso, Ind.
If I were in a position of leadership at a Christian college, I wouldn't give Soulforce a forum either, any more than I would allow Muslims or Buddhists an opportunity to seek to convert the student body ("Forgiving their trespass," April 1). That is, after all, what they are about-conversion, not dialogue. They don't want to find common ground with conservatives. They want us all to fall in line with the homosexual identity movement. But we can't accept homosexuality as a part of a person's identity any more than adultery or fornication.
-Cathy Clark; Sequim, Wash.
The last thing
D.C. Taxi Cab Commission head Sandra Seegars' idea of allowing honest citizens the right to protect themselves with a gun ("Pleading self-defense," April 1) is not only logical but has been proven. Statistics show that wherever gun ownership is legal, violent crime is significantly reduced. The last thing a perpetrator wants to face is a gun in the hands of his intended victim.
-Al Wychers; Jamestown, Mich.
Happy 20th ("Celebrating 20 years of WORLD," March 18). Over the years it's been interesting to see subscribers cancel due to an article that offended their sensibilities. I can be coddled and comforted at dozens of other news outlets, so go on-challenge me to check my Bible to compare His words to yours. Sharpen me. Offend me for 20 more years.
-Tim Leiphart; Red Lion, Pa.
The 1906 San Francisco earthquake and subsequent fires killed at least 3,000 persons; some put the death toll as high as 6,000. Also, a Richter 7.0 earthquake is 11 times more powerful than a 6.3 ("San Francisco centennial," April 15, p. 32).
Stephen Harper is Canada's prime minister (The Buzz, April 8, p. 6).