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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Daniel of the Year," Dec. 15, 2007

As a Christian Democrat, it seems to me that Republicans need only refer to God or "my faith" to have evangelicals embrace them, while Democrats must say much more (often to their own detriment) before evangelicals consider them credible. In traditionally Democratic African-American churches, I've observed the opposite. Maybe we've all been guilty of projecting our presuppositions onto candidates about whom we desperately want to believe the best. Perhaps we're listening more carefully now because we've been burned by faith-talking conservatives who haven't delivered the goods.
-Steve Smallman; Baltimore, Md.

Mindless praise?

Arsenio Orteza's article on Jeffrey Powers and the state of music in our churches was right on ("Re-remembering," Nov. 17). You could do a whole exposé on worship pastors and the truly awful music they churn out. Of course there are some exceptions, but for the most part the repetitious quality of "praise" music seems to be aimed at people who have had frontal lobotomies.
-Liz Bewley; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.


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