The ground truth
I appreciate dedicated reporters like Mindy Belz who make huge sacrifices to learn the ground truth in war-torn places like Iraq. As a soldier, I know what it's like to operate in a hostile environment. "Survivors" (Sept. 29) was especially intriguing and informative in the midst of a season of politically motivated reporting in the media. To read these weekly reports without the liberal spin is absolutely refreshing.
-Capt. Robert Rossow; Kaiserslautern, Germany
It was encouraging to read positive news from Iraq, especially the progress in the Christian community. In our prayers for Iraq, we always place their part in the kingdom of God at the top of the list. It was also good to read about Muslims helping to build houses, schools, and churches for displaced Christians in their community.
-Anthony R. Kopec; Eatonville, Wash.
Regarding Samuel Rodriguez's comments on immigration law enforcement without mention of compassion ("California schemin'," Sept. 29): What is so compassionate about an amnesty that in the long run will only encourage millions and millions of human beings to live lives in the shadows for decades? A compassionate long-term view would emphasize the certainties that come with fair, equitable law enforcement. I would hope that issues such as defending traditional families will not be held hostage to the deconstruction of respect for the law.
-Scott Julian; Saginaw, Mich.
It angered me greatly to read of the differences on immigration that are splitting evangelical Hispanics and evangelical whites. The only logical solution for the immigration crisis is to legalize the illegals. Do those who wish to keep immigrants out actually think that they can forcibly deport the 12 million illegals already here? Do they think it is practical to spend billions on a border fence? Many illegal immigrants are decent, Catholic, hard-working people (much harder-working than many of my Scotch-Irish neighbors, actually). I could go on and on, but I've got to get back to my schoolwork.
-Danny Case, 15; Lyman, S.C.
I will harp on the rule of the law, because it is the only thing keeping us from anarchy! No, I will not stand up and be a voice for these invaders and lawbreakers just because they might help in a defense against homosexual marriage.
-Beth Carsten; St. Peters, Mo.
Now we know
Thanks for informing us about John Schindler and his book about the Bosnian war ("Balkan jihad," Sept. 29). Back in the 1990s I supported President Clinton and his intervention in Bosnia because of what the mainstream media was reporting about Serb atrocities against Muslims. (I also thought that Slobodan Milosovic and the Serbs were dirty rotten Communists who had to be stopped.) Now I realize that the whole world would be better off if the Serbs had been allowed to capture or kill the Muslim jihadists.
-Kent Karmeier; Kansas City, Mo.
I enjoyed your interview with Schindler but disagree with his claim that in Bosnia he witnessed the "criminal misuse of Islam." Muslims we would refer to as "radical" are just holding firmly to their religion. There is no "criminal misuse of Islam" when the Quran requires the elimination of all infidels, especially Jews and Christians. I did, however, appreciate his comment that "Muslims actually meant what they said, and lived it." How much would this world change if Christians served God with the same zeal that Muslims serve Allah?
-Jennifer Andrews; Portsmouth, Va.
Not for sissies
How can any of those street-fighters lay claim to a Christian heart while participating in such a violent, gladiator-like activity ("Lord of the ring," Sept. 29). This is the crudest type of violence. And to read that some claim to be pastors! Never did I expect to see an article such as this, glorifying an activity in which a man lowers himself to a savage, in WORLD.
-Bob Padgett; Phoenix, Ariz.
After watching some brutal mixed martial arts, it dawned on me this was the exact physical representation of the spiritual warfare we Christians are to engage. The work of the Lord is simply not for sissies. And too often, I am one.
-Charles Jandecka; North Olmsted, Ohio
Using the children
As I read your articles about Hillary Clinton's plan for health care for "the children" ("The choice," Sept. 29) and listened to national political rhetoric about it, I wondered how can anyone who is for legalized abortion on demand really be interested in "the children"? Hillary is not the only politician who uses "the children" to get people's attention and votes.
-Betty Morin; Gibsonville, N.C.
Wouldn't it be better?
Gene Edward Veith's article "War of religions" (Sept. 29) made me cringe. Associating Christianity with the West is exactly what the Muslim world does; it assumes that a country declaring war on Iraq and supporting Israel against the Palestinians is doing so because of the Christian president's Christian beliefs. With our determination to shoot and bomb anything resembling a terrorist, we do not represent any significant ideological difference from the enemies that Christ calls us to love.
-Matthew Loftus; Bel Air, Md.
Critics of Alan Greenspan say lowering interest rates "started a credit binge" ("The Maestro's mess?" Sept. 29). No kidding. Low interest rates over the past five years did exactly what they were designed to do: fuel insane levels of debt spending. Now the U.S. consumer is tapped and leveraged to the hilt. Add to the mix negative savings rates, wage stagnation, a monstrous negative trade balance, a weak dollar, oil prices that might hit the $100 per barrel mark, and a government that goes out of its way to overextend itself. All these things add up to a big problem: an economy going nowhere fast and quite possibly heading toward calamity.
-Chuck Hannon; Beaufort, S.C.
Clinging to faith
Andrée Seu's column ("Greener grass and lost lambs," Sept. 29) was a real eye-widener. She might have been kneeling beside me as I prayed five minutes earlier. All of her "gut" points were my very prayer concerns, right down to "we are dust." When we're clinging precariously to the side of a rocking boat, it helps to know that there are others along who can give some encouragement-especially when we waver in our assurance that Someone's hand is firmly on the rudder.
-Genny Wittenbach; Lebanon, Ohio
Because they know
When I was six months pregnant I had a miscarriage. Tests revealed that my baby had Down syndrome ("Down syndrome dangers," Sept. 15). My well-meaning obstetrician later cooed that it was "really a blessing." But if Down syndrome is such a scourge, why don't any support groups for Down syndrome parents advocate abortion for a Down syndrome diagnosis?
-Pamela Romano; Garfield, N.J.
Can't see it
Please cancel my subscription. I greatly appreciate your news coverage and columns, but cannot understand how your entertainment reviewers can continually review movies with bad language, adult themes, and nudity. As my children get older, I do not want them exposed to this sort of entertainment.
-Dustan Swartzentruber; Millersburg, Ind.
Thank you for your movie and music reviews. It helps me, as an older teenager, to make the right decision as to media I consume. Hollywood is not an uplifting place for Christians, but they need to be there nonetheless. If Christians simply walk away from Hollywood and leave it alone, they are abandoning an avenue of great influence on our nation and the world.
-Eileen R. Hughes; Middletown, N.Y.
The next California gubernatorial election will take place in 2010 ("California schemin'," Sept. 29, p. 24).