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Issue: "Saving Isaac," Nov. 10, 2007

Voting on abortion

Religious conservatives who won't support pro-abortion candidates regardless of their positions on any other issue are making a big mistake ("A shot across the bow," Oct. 13). A third-party candidate would only empower the Democrats. There are other important considerations. If we are weak and do not vote as a bloc for a righteous man, we will be inviting Hillary Clinton into the White House.
-Darlene Bennett; Salt Lake City, Utah

I am a 20-year-old college student. I wouldn't mind another Clinton takeover if the Republican Party got the point that it can't count on our vote. I believe we are called to stand for what is right, not just what is righter than the other guy. If we support a pro-abortion Republican candidate who wins, the blood of thousands of unborn infants will be on our heads.
-James Kliewer; Rapid City, S.D.

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Every election cycle we hear from well-meaning people that we don't want to lose by voting for a third party. Well, voting like that makes me sick. It's time to get some guts, stand up and vote our beliefs, and let God take care of the outcome.
-Charles Andrew Wright; Clark Fork, Idaho

Randall Terry has said that it would be better to have Clinton rather than Giuliani in the White House. This would galvanize the pro-life troops to greater levels of grass-roots activity. On the other hand, the difference between a Clinton and a Giuliani presidency might be, for example, an additional 100,000 abortions per year. Yes, it's bean counting, but 100,000 lives are 100,000 lives. Clinton is beatable, but it will take a lot of work in the field, even more prayer from the saints, and unity within our camp.
-Bob Brown; Belcamp, Md.

Frankly speaking

I'm sure I'm not the only one who wishes Frank Schaeffer would grow up. A 300-page book telling us that his parents (Francis and Edith Schaeffer) are human is a terrible waste of trees ("Growing up Schaeffer," Oct. 13).
-Bill Crouse; Richardson, Texas

It's refreshing to read a "frank" memoir from an insider who tackles the phoniness ubiquitous in evangelicalism. Indeed, our side has its own cult of saints, complete with hagiographies. But the Schaeffers themselves never attempted to candy-coat their own human failings, and Frank actually honors their memory by showing them to be real people, just like the rest of us, who served the Lord in their own way. I can't wait to get a copy.
-Jay Ryan; Cleveland, Ohio

I couldn't care less how Frank Schaeffer lost his virginity and that his parents were not perfect. But I am glad that, as he says, he's "thrown overboard the cultural baggage." Does that include tell-all memoirs? There are better ways to resurrect a flagging writing career.
-Thomas J. Ramundo; Jackson, Mich.

I'm glad to see that one of the thoughtful evangelical insiders agrees that truth should always trump policy, polity, and image in the religious world. Francis and Edith may not have been perfectly wise, but may we all accomplish so much for Jesus. They stood alone against the tide in their generation and bore the wounds and scars of furious spiritual battle. It seems that Frankie has given us the true picture of his parents, in the midst of the storm, without the plastic halo that we too frequently hang on the people who work in the trenches.
-Dave Withe; Newbury, Mass.

Turn back the clock

The use of tax money to pay for multimillion-dollar stadiums is an outrageous example of the fleecing of America ("Welfare kings," Oct. 13). Multimillion-dollar salaries to professional athletes is a shameful symptom of our society's spiritual malaise. Is it too late to turn back the clock?
-Joseph M. Hopkins; New Wilmington, Pa.

It is not unreasonable for sports franchises to expect cities to help finance a new arena or stadium. In many instances the presence of a sports team brings enough financial benefit to a city to justify the expenditure of public funds to create the necessary facilities.
-Nathan Sweigart; Concord, N.C.

Cradle-to-grave security

The issue of huge health-care costs is so interesting ("The new, new deal," Oct. 13). Fifty years ago we had excellent health care without health insurance when our five children were born. The doctors I talk to blame the costs today on technology. Maybe that's part of it but, given the expectations people have (as if we are entitled to cradle-to-grave care and security from an all-powerful government) and just plain greed, the outcome is obvious. Only One can give cradle-to-grave security: Jesus.
-Dick Muller; Oak Ridge, Tenn.


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