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"Mailbag" Continued...

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

Your recent two-page spread on Tyler Perry prompted our family to watch Madea's Family Reunion. Your glowing description of his style of filmmaking was way off the mark. Two or three references to being saved and being a Christian do not negate the vulgar language, vulgar "humor," and otherwise offensive parts of this film.
-C. Irmen; Swanton, Ohio

What do we expect?

When churches reject what the Bible has to say about church government, life, and sexuality, can we expect them to ever stop debating any response to sinful behavior? This could go on until these denominations no longer exist as Christian churches ("The unending debate over gays," April 5/12).
-Kenley Leslie; Bay St. Louis, Miss.

Jackson on trial

Marvin Olasky's "romantic realist perspective" ("A Passover lesson," April 5/12) on historical figures resonated with me. I was ill-prepared to encounter the considerable dissonance between the Andrew Jackson of my youth (influenced by a movie called The President's Lady, a tour of his Hermitage estate, and my grade-school texts) and the one implicated in the source material that my high-school daughter brought home. Perhaps some "wise, yet patient son" will one day comment on this hero/villain.
-Susie Richardson; Reading, Mass.

Don't get it

I appreciated Mindy Belz's "Islamo-ignorance" (April 5/12). I think it emphasizes a great failing in our culture. We have dismissed ties to any holy book as being backward, antiquated, and unscientific. This has rendered us incapable of recognizing how anyone can be so committed to religious beliefs that they will not only die for them but see themselves as obligated to force everyone into the non-negotiable position of either compliance or the grave. I think this is one of the major failures of our left-wing politicians.
-Byron T. Bezdek; Lisbon, Ohio

Say it ain't so

Thank you for Janie B. Cheaney's thoughts on current popular memoirs ("Their so-called lives," April 5/12). My book group recently discussed this issue after we read Night and The Hiding Place. I find it sad that people (and publishers) find it necessary to embellish a story or create a false story. It almost makes me, as a reader, feel stupid and gullible to believe in such stories. I also find sad my pessimism in knowing that every time I read a memoir I'll have the looming doubt of its authenticity in the back of my mind.
-Kathi Bonham; Aloha, Ore.

Building on sand

"An inconvenient winter" and the sidebar, "Fashion statement" (March 22/29), did a good job summing up the climate-change rhetoric: A hot summer makes headlines, but a cold winter is relegated to the back page of the travel section. Mark Bergin's sidebar had me shaking my head. I'm not surprised the Southern Baptist Convention issued its Environment and Climate Initiative. It speaks of stewardship of God's creation and compassion for the poor. However, it grounds these actions on an erroneous foundation. The SBC is doing the poor no favor by promoting a climate-change crisis that will divert attention, effort, and money away from genuine ministries to help the less fortunate.
-Mark Saito; Lee's Summit, Mo.

Corrections

The Boston church featured in "Houses of God" (April 19/26, p. 91) is Park Street Church.

The author of a World on the Web commentary called "Watching Obama" is Peter Wierenga (The Buzz, April 5/12, p. 12).

Pat McCrory is the Charlotte mayor running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in North Carolina ("Those other races," May 3/10, p. 60).

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