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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Two-ring circus," Sept. 6, 2008

Follow the money

Regarding efforts to get the NAACP to oppose abortion ("'Black genocide,'" July 26): Someone is making a lot of money and doesn't want to see it cut off. The cost of 683,294 abortions is millions of dollars per year, coming from taxes or private pockets. And we thought only Big Tobacco had deep roots.
-Evan Thompson; Flagstaff, Ariz.

Dark and dusty

I have read many reviews of The Dark Knight, but Sam Thielman's description of Heath Ledger's Joker as Satan and something that "escaped to the movies from Milton or C.S. Lewis' Perelandra" ("Gone batty," July 26) leaves all other attempts to analyze this character in the dust. This movie's thesis might be lifted from Romans 3:12: "There is no one who does good, not even one." Outside of God's grace, all of us-even Batman-are unable truly to do good. He may be a knight, but he too has fallen short and is just as dark as the rest of us.
-Clara Meath; Adelphi, Md.

I just don't get you guys as far as your movie reviews. Those movies are not worth reading about, and you have the nerve to put them in your magazine. Count me out-I've had it with your magazine.
-Curt Ardrey; Sacramento, Calif.

Thank you for making such a great Christian magazine. As a teenager, I especially like your movie and music review section because it helps me choose what I want to watch and hear.
-Sam Sutter; Montgomery, Ala.

Life's work

As a person no longer gainfully employed, I liked "The good life" (July 26) about "encore careers," although I don't like that term, either, because it suggests that what I am doing now is the last hurrah of work life. What I am doing now is my life's work. Our culture needs to come up with a term for those who are post-employment but whose primary question of the day does not revolve around golf.
-Kenley Leslie; McDowell, Va.

Wrong, bad, and dangerous

Fellow believers holding their church and one another accountable for how we spend ministry money is a good idea. Inviting government to do so is not. Whether I agree with these ministries and churches' theology or not, what Grassley and the Senate are attempting ("The tall Grass[ley]," May 31) is a massive intrusion into religious freedom and sets a dangerous precedent for government power over the church. It is also morally wrong: The Church Audit Procedures Act was passed in 1984 to stop politically motivated IRS attacks and ensure confidentiality. Dragging churches and ministries into the mud in public and asking them to prove their innocence is morally wrong.

It is also a violation of Scripture for any Christian to promote such a public inquisition. As 1 Corinthians 6 makes clear, exposing Christian conflicts or wrongs in public before a secular audience is a horrible witness and damages the Body of Christ. This public inquisition is wrong morally and biblically, destructive to the Body of Christ, and sets horrible precedent. I assure you that if this government "investigation" is carried out, it will be cited in the future to justify many more incursions into the church. Every believer should demand that it stop before more damage is done.
-Kelly Shackelford, Liberty Legal Institute; Dallas, Texas


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