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Issue: "Reinventing Hillary," Nov. 17, 2007

Ancient history?

Last year Scientologists in the Tampa Bay area contributed over 300,000 hours of volunteer time to help get people off drugs, clean up their communities, and raise literacy. Only 1,400 of 12,000 Scientologists here work for the Church, yet WORLD ("A mighty fortress is our sect," Oct. 20) attributes a sinister motive to responsible citizens by trying to tie these activities to ancient history.
-Pat Harney, Church of Scientology, Flag Service Organization;Clearwater, Fla.

Imperfect but positive

Clearly Hanna Rosin found precisely what she was looking for at Patrick Henry College ("God and woman at Patrick Henry," Oct. 20). I have interacted with a number of Patrick Henry students and have found them to be intelligent, engaging, gracious young people. The college, while obviously not perfect, is successful in fostering young people who will have a positive impact on our culture.
-Jennifer Wolcott; Banks, Ore.

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After reading some excerpts from Rosin's book, I agree with Marvin Olasky's observations. I am a former PHC distance learning student, and even in those classes the emphasis on professionalism was enormous. Professors made it clear that despite the variety of opinions on any given subject, or even the professor's personal belief, our purpose was simply to learn. I valued that then and much more now. At my Texas college now professors take academic freedom to an extreme, using obscenities in the classroom, for example, and so promote immaturity, disorganization, and rebellion.
-Rachel Horton; Weatherford, Texas

Back on Blackwater

I was disappointed that you joined the liberal media bandwagon in the rush to vilify Erik Prince and Blackwater USA ("Mystery man," Oct. 20). I grew up in Holland, Mich., and have nothing but respect for the Prince family.
-Lynn (Jousma) Schumacher; Plymouth, Ind.

You quote FBI agent Timothy White as saying that the Iraqi police are quite capable of investigating Blackwater ("Urban warfare," Oct. 20). But there have been five years of problems with Iraqi police including corruption, desertion, and an inability to stop the Shiite death squads or the Sunni suicide bombers until the recent U.S. troop surge. And should we not consider that Prime Minister Maliki has obvious motivation to take the heat off his own failures by using this excuse to push Uncle Sam around?
-Ralph Melling; Norton Shores, Mich.

We took great personal offense to the article that basically accused the Blackwater employees of murdering innocent Iraqi civilians because of big egos and a need for dominance ("Enemy of the people," Oct. 6). My husband, a warrior of the Christian faith, is currently doing much-needed humanitarian work in Iraq in addition to his job as an employee of Blackwater USA. These guys are still innocent until proven guilty.
-Ann Crecelius; Gig Harbor, Wash.

Blackwater poses a political-relations risk to the war on terror and any chance of peace in Iraq. A mercenary organization with this level of independence should not exist. Its unorthodox methods are morally reprehensible. They do not have sufficient accountability to the government and, ultimately, the people.
-Chet Baughman, 18; Tacoma, Wash.

Woodstock hippie socialist

Despite Hillary Clinton's glib tongue, she is a Woodstock hippie socialist, utterly unqualified to be president of the United States ("The 'no-matter-what' factor," Oct. 20). She would wreak havoc on this country. The field of good candidates is indeed bleak. Christians cannot afford to remain single-issue oriented and thereby guarantee the election of miscreants to our highest offices.
-Lou Gates; Westlake Village, Calif.

Unbelievable! Sandy Berger has his security clearance suspended for four years for stealing classified documents from the National Archives in his pants and socks, then destroying the documents, then lying about it-and Hillary Clinton is now hiring him as an advisor?
-Clarence M. Grafton; Lynch Station, Va.

I cannot understand why evangelicals are pandering to Mitt Romney. At least Bill Clinton claimed to be a Christian. Why would any Christian want a man in the highest job in the world whose judgment is so impaired he does not know that he is in a cult?
-Marshall H. Waren; Fayetteville, N.C.

The problem with conservatives is that they are too eager to "eat their young." But since this problem is pervasive in the church, it shouldn't come as a surprise. Liberals, on the other hand, band together for a common cause. They realize that a "bad" Democrat is better than a "good" Republican. Maybe single-issue Christians should stay out of politics altogether.
-David Leahy; Elko, Nev.

Characters unwanted

Marvin Olasky aptly described the embarrassing reason why Christian novels are never discussed in the reading groups my Christian friends attend ("Fiction with friction," Oct. 20). It seems that deeply flawed characters-ones that need a Savior and attract readers-are not welcome in Christian publishing.
-Karen Humeniuk; Greenville, S.C.

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