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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Mission: Impossible?," Oct. 13, 2007

I am a surgeon, and many times I felt my faith challenged going to a public university. I grew through the process but envied my friends who went to Christian universities. Then I started noticing that there is nothing Christian about many Christian universities. I feel confident that I can help my kids take on the challenges to their faith they may face at any state university, but I am not sure how they would respond to the same propaganda coming from a university they thought to be Christian. Guess where I'm not paying for my kids to go to college?
-Linda Yeager; Chinle, Ariz.

Don't give up

Thank you for your article on the '08 Olympics and the controversy surrounding it ("Olympic opportunity," Sept. 15). I wouldn't give up on influencing China's actions just yet. Here are a few of the many reasons I am boycotting Chinese goods and the Beijing Olympics: forced abortions, persecution of Christians, hostile takeover of Tibet, and the cruel cat and dog fur trade. I hope other Christians feel the same as I do.
-Renee Hoke; Santa Clarita, Calif.

School and life

G.K. Chesterton said it best: "Education is not a subject and does not deal in subjects. It is instead a transfer of a way of life." Is a public Arabic school ("Islam 101?" Sept. 15) any worse than a public secular school? Hardly. Education is enculturation. All schools transfer a worldview and way of life to children, and public schools are actively and intentionally non-Christian.
-Brad Heath; Wilmington, Ohio

Fair speech

I wondered about Marvin Olasky's assertion that "some Christians call for restrictions on free speech when they are bothered by atheistic attacks on religion or secularist critiques of fundamentalism" ("Appeasement vs. firmness," Sept. 15). They do? What we really complain about is that conservatives, especially Christians, suffer restrictions on free speech while atheistic attacks on religion and secularist critiques of fundamentalism continue.
-Laura Matson; Battle Ground, Wash.

Paul and polls

Shame on you for the way you framed Mike Huckabee's cheap debating shot at Ron Paul in The Buzz (Quotables, Sept. 15). As a sound bite, placing honor over elections drips with nobility. Behind the sound bite, however, is a Baptist minister telling us that it is necessary and honorable to keep the armed forces bogged down in a bloody quagmire. The primary "honor" at stake is that of politicians who supported invading Iraq, most of whom are still trying to save face.
-Thomas J. Wiswell; Jacksonville, Fla.

Your Aug. 25 cover story ("All's fair at the fair"), ostensibly about the Ames straw poll generally, spent half of its words on Ron Paul. He may be a good man (mostly) with a good message (mostly), but a story on the straw poll deserved better than spending 51 percent of its space on a 9 percent candidate.
-Jason Steffens; Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Like real Christians

Kudos to Joel Belz for "No need to be nasty" (Sept. 1/8). In other words, he suggests that we act like real Christians.
-Danette Matty; Roseville, Minn.

Her real philosophy

I am convinced that Jane Austen would not endorse the movie Becoming Jane or your review ("Becoming fiction," Aug. 25). You had plenty of negative comments but missed the dangerous worldview that contradicted many of Austen's novels. The scene in the woods promoted an "I can't help myself" philosophy rather than the real Jane's "sensibility."
-Jana Murray; Jefferson, Ore.

In love with Atticus

I too am in love with Atticus Finch, the father in To Kill a Mockingbird ("Not time to worry yet," Aug. 25). Thanks to Andrée Seu for the refreshing reminder that it's "not time to worry yet."
-Pam Sinnett; Greenville, S.C.

Clarification

Archbishop of Nigeria Peter Akinola ("Calculated response," Oct. 6, 2007) is not a member of the primates' standing committee.

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