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Issue: "2008 Daniel of the Year," Dec. 13, 2008

We will regret it

Christians should not embrace becoming marginalized outsiders ("End of an era?" Nov. 1). We will come to regret lukewarm support for politicians we can at least partly agree with and clumsy opposition to those we can't. Sure, defeat has a way of curing complacency, but diminished potential is a very high price to pay. May I recommend instead a little more thoughtfulness, a little more vision, and a little more prayer.
-James Reed; Lucas, Ohio

What brought about the demise of the "Reagan Era" is the inability of its proponents to understand its essence. Instead of communicating in Reaganesque style a few core principles, evangelicals and conservatives substituted issue politics for values and principles. We should have formed coalitions with others who agree with the core values, so that even when there is disagreement on individual issues we can still win elections.
-Richard M. Sybrandy; Mount Vernon, Wash.

A distant memory

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I applaud Joel Belz's column on how socialized education is destroying this country's commitment to free enterprise ("Children of the state," Nov. 1). Government policies have led to many of the crises this country has faced over the past 100 years or so, including the most recent financial crisis. Until we educate people about the nature of the economy, I'm fearful that freedom in America will be nothing but a distant memory.
-Paul A. Cleveland; Birmingham, Ala.

The recent California ruling that state universities can deny course credit to applicants from Christian high schools that declare the Bible infallible and reject evolution was one more step in the process of the state trying to eliminate thoughts that do not fit its ideology. If the state has the minds of our children, the freedoms for which our Founding Fathers fought could easily be given away to our government.
-Natalie Polutta; Acworth, Ga.

Politically, the odds against our preserving and expanding freedom of choice in education seem as great as those facing Wilberforce. But he recognized the possibility of the "immediate interposition of Providence." Our responsibility is, surely, not only to pray that these liberties are preserved but also to seek a new generation of Wilberforces who understand what is at stake and will work equally tirelessly to expand this liberty.
-Michael J. Kane; Portland, Ore.

My oldest is a sophomore at the local secular university. The garbage she must sit through to receive her degree is truly unbelievable. The majority of these students have been sent off to college because it is the next thing to do and, wow, are they being indoctrinated.
-Christine Anne Monaghan; Meridian, Idaho

The saddest part

I have been one of those isolated Christian single-issue voters for a long time ("In praise of single-issue voting," Nov. 1). I work in a crisis pregnancy center and see the consequences of poor choices and irreversible decisions. The saddest part is meeting young women who have no concept of the preciousness of the baby inside them. Life is sacred, and if we continue to vote for abortion and for candidates who support it, God will judge us.
-Robin Gray; Bakersfield, Calif.

I am so sick of washing used baby clothes for pro-life women's centers while the legislators debate whether it is right or wrong to dissect a live baby and then vacuum out its parts. Are we insane?
-Carla Keys; Belle Center, Ohio

Jesus-awareness

Thank you for the article on Sally Lloyd-Jones ("A writer's life," Nov. 1). Our family cherishes our copy of The Jesus Storybook Bible and we're thankful for Lloyd-Jones' ability to bring "Jesus-awareness" into the whole Bible in a way that is understandable to children.
-Shelley Kemp; Harleysville, Pa.

Her own part

Thank you for your delightful interview with Max McLean about his presentation of The Screwtape Letters ("Dramatic faith," Nov. 1). We saw the show last April in Washington. Yvonne Gougelet as Toadpipe revealed her training as a dancer with her most effective body language and other-worldly vocalizations. A drama of this intensely philosophical nature requires some kind of interaction to pull it off, and Gougelet made the part her own.
-Maureen Kerce; Lake City, Fla.

Not that way

Thank you for "Hard times ahead" (Nov. 1). I have been a patriotic American for all my life, yet when I read, "Blessed is the nation whose god is the Lord," I must admit that the way we are going as a nation will not lead to God's blessing.
-Kenyon Knapp; Montgomery, Ala.

Not so proud

The blood of millions of abortions is on our hands, and Obama's aggressive support of the pro-abortion movement is a sure thing. Maybe I am one of those fanatics on the right, but I find it difficult to be proud of our country ("From Nov. 4 to Nov. 11," Nov. 1).
-Nathan Maack; South Orange, N.J.

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