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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Tough love," Aug. 18, 2007

Not fun

The recent review of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix left me disappointed. Although WORLD emphasized the stagnant plot, I believe it is interwoven with powerful themes. Harry experiences self-hatred and self-doubt because of his own deficiencies, but in the end he understands the power of loyalty and the purpose of his suffering.
-Morielle Stroethoff, 17; Missoula, Mont.

Rowling's Harry Potter books do more than "put witchcraft and wizardry into the hands of ordinary children" ("The plot thins," July 21). They glorify the use of witchcraft and wizardry to combat "evil" forces as though evil could be used to defeat evil. You also say that "no one can say Harry Potter isn't fun." I can and do say that Harry Potter isn't fun. We who live in the light are enjoined to have "nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness."
-Bruce MacPhail; Suffield, Conn.

Trickle-down insanity

What in the world are they thinking in Massachusetts ("Sign up or pay up," July 21)? Laws passed up north (even the insane ones) tend to trickle down to the South in time, and this one has me worried. I am one of the millions of middle-class Americans who do not have and cannot afford health insurance. Doesn't anyone see the real problem here? The poor need not worry because they qualify for Medicaid or state-subsidized programs and the rich can afford health care. The middle class is struggling to obtain health insurance, and now Massachusetts is going to hit them with a fine because of it?
-Annie Rhyne-Bailey; Stanley, N.C.

Who's kidding whom?

I am floored, shocked, and otherwise rattled after reading "Cross and crescent" (July 21). A partnership between the United Methodists and Muslim Aid (a British Islamic charity) may seem sweet, but who are we kidding? Have we forgotten the texts in the Koran about killing the infidels? Must we remind these folks that we are sending our young people to battle in these hot spots around the world where Muslim domination has totally destroyed hope?
-Garnett Rope; Vaughn, Mont.

Constantly challenged

I am constantly challenged by Andrée Seu's commitment to follow Jesus and biblical teaching. "Buck passing" (July 21) is one more example of her willingness to be a disciple, and not to be conformed to this present age.
-Brad Butler; Pembroke, Ga.

Transcending happiness

Indeed, the "social consequences could be seismic" if only 41 percent of Americans said "having children" was important to a "happy marriage" ("Unfocused families," July 21). Children bring concerns often deeper than any other relationship, but they also bring joy that transcends mere "happiness." The worries age you faster, but they also help you grow up, love another more than yourself, and keep you working for a better world even when your days are numbered.
-Bette Dewing; New York, N.Y.

As long as we're winning . . .

When major sports are being rocked by scandal, its a breath of spiritual fresh air to see these Christian baseball players on the Cardinals ("All heart," July 14). The enjoyment of sports can be a special diversion in an age of stress-that is, if the home team is not on a losing streak!
-Ron Johnson; Yelm, Wash.

Loafing it

Regarding Rudy Giuliani's welcome at Regent University ("Evangelical eggshells," July 14): Evangelicals should not vote based on the fear of terrorism. Trusting in a man to protect us from homeland acts of terror, when he holds views in sharp contrast to God's Word, is no different from voting for pro-abortion, socially liberal candidates to protect your wallet. I respectfully disagree with Pat Robertson's "half a loaf is better than no loaf" philosophy. If we continue to sacrifice our core beliefs in electing Republicans, then they will never see the need to offer conservative, pro-life, God-fearing candidates.
-Valerie O'Rear; North Las Vegas, Nev.


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