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Issue: "Crossing borders," June 23, 2007

Voice of warning

In announcing the death of Jerry Falwell ("Jerry Falwell: 1933-2007," May 26), our local radio station said, "He often mixed politics with religion." Of course he did! So did the founders of our country in acknowledging our Creator. He was a prophetic voice of warning, an often misunderstood Jeremiah for our generation. His calling was to minister to those who had responded to Christ. He was not perfect, but he was faithful.
-Fanchon D. Cornell; North Blenheim, N.Y.

Falwell and I started our ministry for Jesus about the same time; I was jealous. Your welcomed article about Jerry, his accomplishments, and those who criticized him reminded me of Psalm 1, "the wicked are like the chaff that the wind blows away."
-Gardner Koch; Rock Hill, S.C.

Academic heresy

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I can sympathize with Professor Gonzalez ("Publish and perish," May 26). When I was an assistant professor at a state university, a tenured member of my department told me that "anyone who fails to believe in evolution [regardless of the field] is not qualified to be a professor." Thankfully, he voted to award me tenure, anyway. Not long afterward I moved to a Christian college, one of the best decisions I have ever made.
-Bryan Dawson; Jackson, Tenn.

I was an ID supporter back in 2001 when I taught a course in the subject and lost my tenure-track physics job at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. When I applied for a job at Baylor, Bill Dembski would not meet me in person but spoke to me by phone lest he jeopardize my chances by being seen in my vicinity. The bias goes a lot further and a lot deeper than even this article suggests.
-Robert Sheldon; Huntsville, Ala.

Why is anyone surprised that Dr. Gonzalez would be denied tenure by Iowa State University? If ISU thinks that an atheist running a Religious Studies Department is appropriate, Gonzalez should consider himself lucky that they didn't burn him at the stake as a heretic.
-Matthew Burton; Elk Grove Village, Ill.

Material evidence

Joel Belz asked about the principle of two witnesses ("How many witnesses?" May 26). Jesus extends the principle even to the case of the testimony of the Father and the Son in John 8. In the law of Moses, "material evidence" is used in deciding a few legal cases; a blood-stained "cloth" or sheet from the wedding night would testify to the bride's virginity, for example. The law does not cover every possible case and judges had to use wisdom because, the law recognized, witnesses could contradict one another, or lie, or just misinterpret what they saw. Sometimes material evidence was clear-cut and sometimes it needed interpretation. Christians who today are judges or are summoned for jury duty should use the same principles.
-Vern Poythress; Philadelphia, Pa.

Brad Wright's conundrum can easily be resolved by asking: What principle is the Old Testament law about witnesses trying to establish? It seems to indicate that there is value in not prosecuting the innocent and that human beings are imperfect witnesses. Every situation is different, both in terms of the nature of the crime and the severity of the punishment. Wright needs to lighten up (unless he is trying to get out of jury duty, of course).
-Joseph Canner; Casablanca, Morocco

They remember

Thank you for your piece on journalist Michael Kelly ("Remembering Michael Kelly," May 26). Our Democrat-led Congress wastes time and taxpayer money debating the financing of the war. A better use of our tax dollars would be to send our representatives to Iraq to see what Kelly saw. I would hope their cries of "peace, peace" would change to "justice, justice." My son Daniel, who is in the Marine Corps, agrees with Kelly that there "are times when it is more moral to go to war."
-Bonnie Lucas; Willow Street, Pa.

Marvin Olasky's column on Kelly ties into the Mass Graves Day the Iraqis recently observed. They remember the horrors, the evils, the suffering, and the disappeared in Iraq, even if the Left in America doesn't want to.
-Christopher Taylor; Salem, Ore.

Truthful and trustworthy

Thanks for your good article regarding the resignation of Paul McNulty as deputy attorney general of the United States ("Four on the floor," May 26). I served with him in the Department of Justice for about six months, and found him to be truthful, trustworthy, and rock solid in his faith. But regarding the implication that McNulty's resignation was the result of the non-scandal involving the firing of U.S. Attorneys, McNulty told me privately two years ago (and recently told me again) that he was anxious to leave public service and enter private law practice to better afford his children's education.
-Jim Davids; Virginia Beach, Va.

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