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Issue: "Darfur," Nov. 25, 2006

Shown otherwise

I found "Third-degree Burns" (Oct. 28) accurately portrayed the double-facedness of Jon Tester. He attempts to look like a good 'ole farming Montana conservative, but his record shows otherwise. Meanwhile, the only thing he can find wrong with Conrad Burns is that he took money from Jack Abramoff, but so did Max Baucus, Montana's other senator and a Democrat. I am appalled that Montanans are buying into this nonsense.
-Ethan A. Harrington; Hamilton, Mont.

I was surprised at Mark Bergin's article on the U.S. Senate race here in Montana. The negative characterizations of Burns and glowing prose describing Tester would be surprising in the liberal Montana Standard newspaper in Butte. The article only lightly touched on their positions on the issues.
-William Grinder; Cardwell, Mont.

Better than he deserves

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I know "Religion-baiting" (Oct. 28) was not intended as an endorsement for liberal Democrat Harold Ford Jr., and for thinking Christians it is not. But for those being swayed by Ford's slick ads and talk, your article paints him in a much better light than he deserves.
-Susan Rudge; Brentwood, Tenn.

Wash the laundry

The negative propaganda surrounding my beloved Republican Party only made me more determined to "Go out and vote" (Oct. 28). Should we have turned our backs on our convictions or should we have stayed the course and held the GOP accountable during the nomination period? Sure we have a lot of dirty laundry, but we are the only party concerned with preserving life and respecting the belief that we are under the protection of a mighty God.
-Kim Demer; Camden, S.C.

How disappointing to read "Go out and vote" on the eve of the November elections. The harsh reality is that neither major political party in the United States represents people of Christian faith and their concerns. Marvin Olasky attacks those who would form a Christian political party in the United States, but Christian political organizations are a logical response to political paganism.
-Barry Kroeker; State College, Pa.

Curious Kuo

How curious. David Kuo felt compelled to write a book because we Christians are being used by politicians ("Should the saints go marching out?" Oct. 28), then he fell into (or bought into) the same pit.
-Rich Reid; Boise, Idaho

I am sick and tired of American politics. We say we are trusting in the Lord and His perfect plan, but we expend a lot of energy and rhetoric on politics. I agree with Kuo and just want to walk with Jesus in such a way that people will see Him and want to know Him through my life and words. I am by no means a "bury my head in the sand" Christian, but every political leader I have ever trusted has been a disappointment.
-Meg Ishikawa; Okinawa, Japan

Republicans use evangelicals, and that's fine because evangelicals can return the favor. I will continue to vote for Republicans because I think they are a little better than Democrats. I have stopped thinking that winning elections matters a lot: The outcome of this election, or any other election, isn't of eternal importance.
-Jody Van Ness; Coatesville, Pa.

Things the Lord hates

As a pro-lifer, I appreciate Joel Belz's column, "Abortion proportions" (Oct. 28). Proverbs 6 lists six things that the Lord hates, and one of them is "hands that shed innocent blood." Becoming lethargic about the murder of millions of unborn babies is against God's holy Word.
-Elizabeth Grosse; Elkhart, Kan.

How can some pro-lifers argue that "the people at large" have the right "to make such important decisions" as whether or not abortion should be legal? They are asking for nothing less than a collective "right to choose." And if they say that the Supreme Court should listen to the majority of Americans opposing abortion now, what will they say when, sooner or later, the majority supports it? Instead, they should argue for a right to life that is derived not from the will of the electorate but from the will of the Almighty.
-Lynn Rutledge; Naperville, Ill.

It is true, as Joel Belz points out, that Christians and conservatives are building a crucial advantage by having more children and refusing to abort. But a huge percentage of these conservatives and Christians are surrendering that advantage to the enemy by sending their children to public schools and state universities to be indoctrinated with leftist propaganda.
-Paul Young; Cape Town, South Africa

Belz says the "prevention of implantation" of a very young child conceived by rape or incest is "compassion," but those children are people, too, and don't warrant the death penalty because of the crimes of their fathers. Kudos to South Dakotans for trying to save the lives of some unborn children; let's also recognize the right to life of all children.
-Joanne Brockhoeft; Peebles, Ohio

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