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Issue: "Our pork," Dec. 8, 2007

No slumbering

Your coverage of the hope and turmoil in southern Africa ("Saving Isaac," Nov. 10) was alternately heart-warming and gut-wrenching. This mirrored my experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the early 1980s, where I enjoyed the hospitality of most Congolese people and saw the cruelty of mean-spirited exploiters. The West must not slumber while these people suffer.
-Tim Sizemore; Freehold, N.J.

Chivalry hangs on-or not

I was so thrilled to read that the idea of male chivalry and honor has not disappeared ("Combat and cowardice," Nov. 10). John Piper did a wonderful job of pointing out the biblical view men and women should have of each other, and how easy it is in our society to mess up those God-given roles. I thank God for how He hard-wired guys to protect and display valor, and I only wish that more women would see the honor in that.
-Emily Muhlbach; Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Piper's analogy of Jason and black-belt-holding Sarah facing a robber, brought to its logical conclusion, ends with Jason dead and Sarah disarming the attacker anyway. Men like Piper may be surprised to learn that "their" women are interested in more than just being nourished and cherished. We want to be respected and given full scope for our talents.
-Jessica Kane; Grand Rapids, Mich.

Kudos to Piper for "Combat and cowardice." But it is difficult to expect our national leaders to see the light when our theologians are so ominously silent on the issue.
-Stephen W. Leonard; Vidalia, Ga.

As a lifelong reader of WORLD, I was deeply offended by "Combat and cowardice." My husband and I are both Army veterans and have witnessed firsthand the significant and increasingly important role women play in the armed forces.
-Jessica Fithen; Indianapolis, Ind.

I totally agree with Piper's assessment that God created men to protect women. However, as a former captain in the U.S. Army, I find the editorial an interesting use of space. Annually the Army struggles to meet its recruiting goals despite women stepping forward to serve. We should exhort men to do their job without shaming the women trying to lead as God and country direct.
-Melissa Brown; Columbia, Md.

Trust and truth

Thank you to Joel Belz for "Trifling with the truth" (Nov. 10). The LDS prophet, seer, and revelators not only seem to think they can believe or not according to whether it's convenient, they change their beliefs and history. The god of Mormonism is a very weak god who needs constant cover-ups and deceptive methods of protection. Maybe that is why Romney finds it so easy to flip-flop.
-Vicki Hoeft; Hutchinson, Minn.

Belz worries about Romney's "religious upbringing." Frankly, Romney's religious upbringing gives me hope and confidence. There are some inconsistencies in the positions Romney has taken over the past 15 years, but I bet he feels more comfortable with traditional morality than with the liberal positions he took while active in Massachusetts politics.
-Paul J. Henry; Colville, Wash.

I was beginning to think I was alone in my resistance to getting behind Mitt Romney. Apparently winning now trumps righteousness in leading evangelical circles. Belz is right that Romney is winsome, persuasive, and even presidential looking-but God looks at the heart.
-Kristi L. Klusman; Mesa, Ariz.

I write to express my strong disappointment with Belz's column suggesting that Mormonism is essentially a religion of liars, and that Romney can be expected just to follow suit. This is deeply offensive.
-Ryan Bell; Salt Lake City, Utah

If Mormons are not up-front about their views in regard to the nature of Jesus Christ, how can we expect a presidential candidate holding to the same corrupt belief system to be up-front with us?
-Carolyn Anne Venable; Houston, Texas

This family won't be voting for the "least worst" candidate this year. This is the worst least worst year ever. If Romney wins the nomination, we will be writing in Huckabee. We can't believe people think Romney is a better choice than voting for a Democrat. It's a no-brainer: neither.
-E. Stanford; Tempe, Ariz.

Mark DeMoss' statement concerning Romney, that one can "share values without common theology" ("Right man, wrong religion?"), caused me great alarm. My theology shapes and forms my values. Am I to leave my theology in the parking lot when I enter a voting booth? I think evangelical Christians struggle with trust when it comes to Romney. How can someone who is gullible enough to follow a cult be a discerning president?
-Martha Kasper; Alpharetta, Ga.

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