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Issue: "Jerry Falwell," May 26, 2007

An answer

I was thrilled to read the sidebar on the military base in Djibouti, Africa ("African lookout," April 28). Our son, a college student and Army reservist, recently returned from a 14-month deployment to this base. People often ask us what he did there for the past year. It was good to read a positive take on the HOA Central Command, and we are glad to have the article to pass along.
-Mary Underwood; Manassas, Va.

Easy to forget

Thank you so much for giving us a rare glimpse of the bleakness of life inside North Korea ("Cruel and usual punishment," April 28). How easy it is to forget about the hardships of those you don't hear much about. And how easy it is to forget the value of religious freedom when you've never been without it. I'm convicted now to pray diligently for deliverance and protection for our brethren in this colorless dungeon of a country.
-Joni Halpin; Allen, Texas

Worthy of argument

Andrée Seu is always a delight to read, but her recent column ("A little kindness," April 21) needs a little balance. Loosely held opinions fall under the category of preferences. However, there are two higher levels of ideas, convictions and absolutes, that are held with increasing firmness. Kindness is great for preferences but absolutes are worthy of great argument.
-Gary Karwoski; Stickney, Ill.

I enjoy every article, but my favorite writer is, without doubt, Andrée Seu. WORLD is a bargain any way you slice it, but her columns alone are worth the subscription price.
-David Bass; Spanish Fort, Ala.

Eighth big lie

Thank you for Joel Belz's list of "Seven big lies" (April 21). To this list we could add The Economy/Class Warfare. Journalists tell us that President Bush's tax cuts only benefit "the rich" when actually these cuts have worked as intended, to stimulate our economy over the last few years and bring greater prosperity to all people. It makes you wonder just where the country would be on the political spectrum if we were given the straight truth.
-Ron Chiodras; Wheaton, Ill.

Denying Land's claim

I was struck by Richard Land's claim ("God & country," April 21) that adultery should be legal. He overlooks the injured spouse and that penalties (other than jail) do apply in divorce settlements after "consenting adults in private" commit that "religious infraction."
-Joel VanderZee; La Crosse, Wis.

If, as Henry Van Til suggests, "culture is religion externalized," then America most certainly did begin as a Christian nation. Land agrees that the general population in early America operated from a Christian worldview; this worldview birthed a system of government and law steeped in biblical principles. We need to return to a firm conviction that God's Word alone should inform our opinions in all areas of life, including how to run a nation.
-Cynthia Glenn Dilts; Sandpoint, Idaho

Won't do it

Newt Gingrich might be a smart politician with good ideas, but he lacks virtue and wisdom ("Don't run, Newt," April 14). I'd stay home and let Hillary be elected before I'd cast my vote for Newt.
-Chad Damewood; Phoenix, Ariz.

Corrections

The governor of Ohio is Ted Strickland ("Sex-ed for dummies," April 28, p. 28).

Fikret Bocek converted from Islam to Christianity in 1988 ("No turning back," May 5, 2007).

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