Pat Robertson's embrace of Rudy Giuliani is disgusting ("Evangelical eggshells," July 14). To allow a pro-choice candidate the forum that Regent University provides makes me believe that Robertson would support Satan if he thought he could beat Hillary. I believe that enough of us agree with Drs. Dobson and Land that the Republican Party will never win the presidency with Giuliani or any other pro-choice candidate.
-Lester "Buck" Jacobs; Cornelia, Ga.
I found Giuliani's visit to Regent University one big nauseating display of toadying. Why not challenge Giuliani right up front as to how he justifies actions the Bible clearly condemns?
-Ed Ludeke; Tucson, Ariz.
I wish there was a stronger word than "aghast" for how I feel about Pat Robertson and the 650 "neo-evangelicals" who were pumped up by Rudy the Chameleon. I am used to being disgusted by the cafeteria selection of theological truths by my fellow Roman Catholics, but evangelicals? Talk about bursting my bubble!
-Patricia Mendoza; Chula Vista, Calif.
I was disappointed with "All heart" (July 14). Is having a few professing Christians in baseball really the way baseball should be, even though they play on the Lord's Day? It left me with the impression that someone with a good attitude and work ethic who plays baseball from the heart is pleasing to God and a good Christian witness despite his desecration of the Sabbath. Is it really that easy to be a follower of Christ?
-Allen J. Brummel; South Holland, Ill.
Wishing WSJ well
Regarding Joel Belz's column about The Wall Street Journal ("Living color," June 23): When I was a kid my dad started bringing home the Journal from his office subscription. For the next 10 years or so, every night while my mother got dinner ready, I read at least the front and editorial pages. This daily experience profoundly shaped my political worldview. I wish them well and deeply appreciate their fresh, alternative views and constant call back to reality.
-Kurt Schachner; Muskego, Wisc.
The only certainty
I have been thoroughly enjoying Andrée Seu's columns, and "Security counsel" (July 14) was no exception. I have dealt with a great deal of uncertainty over the past two years and have repeatedly realized that God is indeed the only "certain" thing in my life. I can only find earthly security by taking joy in whatever circumstances the Lord may bring.
-Amanda Pearson; Rockville, Ill.
If The Episcopal Church's Executive Council can question the authority of the primates of the Anglican Communion, then does this mean that TEC congregations can question the authority of the bishops and leadership within TEC ("Where they stand," July 14)? No. They must conform to the laws of the church or they will face prosecution in the form of lawsuits to take over the property they have maintained for many years without any help from the national church or their local diocese. Sounds like a major case of hypocrisy to me.
-Rob Kirschner; Lakeville, Mass.
Learn from Jesus
The homosexual celebration reported in "Taking it to the streets" (July 14) is an indictment against the Church of Jesus Christ. When the world proclaims a life of sin with such boldness, pride, and support, we are not having the impact we should. However, "Bullhorn battle" (about the voices in the crowd "speaking for God") helped me understand why Christians are laughed at and hated with such vengeance. Before witnessing in the streets, we need to learn from Jesus, who confronted religious leaders but demonstrated love toward the sinner. Thanks for great reporting.
-Kay Camenisch; Stanford, Ky.
Just be grateful
I am an employee of the USPS and a subscriber to WORLD and I take offense at Joel Belz's reference to "snail mail" ("A threat or a challenge?" July 14). In our electronic world few things are private, except that we send through the mail. With the cost of delivery increasing as much as it is, we should be grateful that we still have the option of the Postal Service to preserve our privacy.
-Jude Richardson; Cogan Station, Pa.
Moore on movies
Your review of Michael Moore's Sicko criticized as Marxist a quote from a French doctor who said, "You pay according to your means, and you receive according to your needs" ("Faulty diagnoses," July 14). You need to examine your knee-jerk pro-capitalist views and compare them with the Bible. Michael Moore is right on this one.
-Milton Poulos; Hastings, Mich.
In Nancy Drew ("No mystery here," June 30/July 7) the single mom issue is presented in a nonjudgmental way, but I wonder why a movie aimed at young girls would feature this as a storyline when such a higher percentage of births in our society are to single moms. I'm not saying we should revert to a scarlet letter, but why is the Christian world so accepting of the secular world's norm? Had I known about the underlying theme, I would have avoided the movie.
-Glenna Grimes; Anniston, Ala.
Our family loves books, and I think your June 30/July 7 cover ("The 2007 books issue") ranks among the best magazine covers I have ever seen. Second, my thanks to Nancy M. Tischler for her article regarding Karon vs. Berry ("Fictional communities"). I have not read Karon but have read much of Berry, and am glad to see him highlighted so prominently. More than being merely entertaining, his writings have done much to sharpen my thinking about American agriculture.
-Ron Southwick; Nedrow, N.Y.
I sure enjoyed Joel Belz's column about Mrs. Graham ("Truth teller," June 30/July 7). He captured the subtlety perfectly.
-Harlan K. Schlicher Jr.; Mountain Lakes, N.J.
The guilty flee
You reported that death row inmate Cathy Henderson claims that the 3-month-old infant in her care died accidentally (The Buzz, June 23), after which she "stuffed the infant in a wine cooler box, drove 60 miles north and buried him in a field." Hardly the actions of an innocent person! Proverbs says that the guilty flee when no man pursues.
-Richard B. Murphey; Sun City, Ariz.
The push for ethanol is milking more than dairy consumers ("King corn," June 23). Check out the price increases for meat and eggs, not to mention cereals. Do we really think that turning our food into fuel won't impact prices? And don't hold your breath waiting for fuel prices to come down.
-Calvin Mast; Denair, Calif.
The cheapskate way
We took our 8-year-old son to Europe the cheapskate way: using frequent flier miles, riding public transportation, and staying in cheap hotels with bathrooms down the hall. When he was 10 we visited Spain and Morocco, studying history and art and meeting locals. The next year we took weekend missions trips into Mexico. Christian parents should travel internationally with their kids-not to spoil them in a trendy new way ("Conspicuous kids," June 16) but to show them a world that needs the gospel.
-Laura Hendrickson; San Diego, Calif.
At each other's throats
Belz poses an interesting question: What difference would it make to peace in the Middle East if Israel didn't exist? ("What about Israel?" June 16). There's very little unity in the Muslim world. Long before the re-creation of the Israeli state in 1948, Muslims had been at each others' throats. The major effect of Israel has been to give an excuse for supporting some Islamic leaders and hating the West.\
-Irving E. Friedman; Irvine, Calif.