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Issue: "Return of the Lion," May 17, 2008

Divided we crash

"Divided we stand" (April 5/12) could have been more aptly headlined, "Divided we crash." The GOP has fractured and divided Christian conservatives so that now evangelicals have nowhere else to go. Christian leaders should be asking themselves some questions: Why was the people's choice in Iowa not heeded? Is a seat at the GOP table more important than coalescing behind a candidate who truly shares our values?
-Mary Kerr; West Columbia, S.C.

While I appreciate the tone and overall accuracy of the article, the statement attributed to me misses my point. I did not question anyone's choice in the presidential process merely because they disagreed with me. Rather, having watched the process firsthand, I was absolutely astonished at the reasoning various leaders gave for their choices. I do not know how any person can call himself a social conservative leader and support candidates who reject our views on human life, traditional marriage, and other key issues.
-Michael Farris; Purcellville, Va.

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Unlike Phil Burress, I do not care if a Democrat wins the Oval Office. If we as the pro-morality, pro-family majority cannot come together early enough with enough clarity and commitment to the principles we "believe" in to field a good candidate, then we do not deserve the Oval Office. The baby-killing, morally corrupt, and fiscally irresponsible members of our society have fielded two persons who represent their core values. We, on the other hand, can only put forward a John McCain. What a sorry commentary on the supposed power wielded by the religious right.
-Ken Hatten; Melissa, Texas

Just how long will we have to endure WORLD lamenting Huckabee's loss? Wouldn't Christians be better off discerning the liberal slant he has in politics, religion, and philosophy?
-Laurie Paramore; Rocky Mount, N.C.

Let them come legally

We politically conservative Christians who speak out against illegal immigration ("Pathetic trade-off," April 5/12) are not heartless bigots. We see the big picture and realize that our country has immigration laws for a purpose. Are we opposed to all immigration? Of course not! Allowing immigrants to enter our nation illegally is not only an affront to my father-in-law, who endured much waiting and red tape, but to the many others following proper procedures. Let them come, but let them do so legally.
-Regina Silva; Rural Retreat, Va.

I congratulate Joel Belz for his excellent column pointing out the GOP's losing strategy on immigration. It's fine to talk about border security, but we need to do so in a way that doesn't alienate Hispanic voters. Conducting workplace raids and breaking up families through deportation doesn't help our cause.
-Andre Traversa; Park Ridge, Ill.

What many Americans, like myself, want is a secure border that allows reasonable screening of immigrants and a system of giving them citizenship and work skills that will allow their assimilation into the American culture. My wife and I, both third-generation immigrants, are not xenophobic or anti-immigrant. Neither should we be chastised for believing that this country has created a problem that is out of control. What is pathetic is that in the current system we pander to voters hoping that this will result in votes for one side or the other.
-Robert Shillingstad; Hayden, Idaho

In Virginia's Prince William County, some Republicans have based their political fortunes on taking a hard line against illegal immigrants, resulting in an exodus of Hispanics from the county. With houses empty and business receipts down, the county is being starved of much needed revenue. Now Republicans are seen as hateful bigots presiding over a homogenous and fiscally strapped ghost town.
-Thomas M. Beattie; Mt. Vernon, Va.

As a conservative Christian I hold no ill will toward immigrants or those seeking to improve their lot in life. I do, however, believe we need to hold to the letter of the law. Those who are here illegally should be deported and our borders made more secure.
-Don Cherry; Hedgesville, W.Va.

We should regard our illegal residents as refugees from the failure of Mexican socialism and work toward assimilation.
-Bill Coates; Eckert, Colo.

Drilled out

I was a bit disappointed to find WORLD describing a movie, Drillbit Taylor ("Knocked out," April 5/12), that contained "crude sexual references . . . and partial nudity" as a "good way to spend a Saturday afternoon."
-Judy Shields; Lilburn, Ga.

Since my introduction to Tyler Perry in Madea's Family Reunion ("No quiet believer," April 5/12), I have come to rely on his films as thought provoking, realistic, and most importantly, based on faith. My whole family, none of whom is African-American, by the way, waits in anticipation for the next Tyler Perry production.
-Michelle Martinez; Florence, Ariz.

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