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Issue: "Schock factor," Jan. 31, 2009


Your article on the 2008 "Daniel of the Year" (Dec. 13) was thoroughly engrossing. Where has the news coverage of this man and his ministry been, and why does the mainstream media paint such a rosy picture of the relationship between Islam and Christianity? Zakaria Botros is an amazing man. Surely if more knew of him and his service to Christ, more would dare to follow his lead.
-Dick Thornton; Midland, N.C.

Congratulations on your choice for 2008 Daniel of the Year. It is good to see WORLD embracing Christians outside the evangelical fold.
-Aaron Friar; Boston, Mass.

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Regarding "Facing Islam" (Dec. 13): The article correctly points out the brutality and extent of Islamic conquests. However, the solution is not to deemphasize the differences between Christianity and Islam, as Mark Siljander advocates. Unfortunately, we have only one historical example of an action that stops Islamic military aggression: overwhelming military might. Only superior armies stopped the Islamic takeover of Europe: the victory of Charles Martel's army in France and the defeat of the Islamic Turks at the gates of Austria.
-Irving E. Friedman; Irvine, Calif.

The man and the office

If President-elect Obama has a legitimate right to serve, the last thing I want is for him to fail ("Hoping for a stumble," Dec. 13). However, we're about to install arguably the most unqualified, anti-life, and leftist man ever elected to the presidency. Respect? Please. He will get it when he earns it.
-Kent Ellsworth; North East, Pa.

While strolling down the streets of Washington, D.C., last week, a friend and I talked about how we hoped Obama's presidency would be less-than-successful. When I got home and read "Hoping for a stumble," I felt a bit ashamed. We need to respect offices of authority, even when the individuals holding them have different perspectives than our own.
-Jacqueline Gardner; West Allis, Wis.

On the other end

As a maturing teenager on the other end of the pendulum, Amy Henry's "Pendulum parenting" (Dec. 13) was a helpful insight into what my parents face and a poignant reminder to this over-reactive swinger of what really matters.
-Bethany Pinzur; Cookeville, Tenn.

Sowing and reaping

People need food assistance in California ("Low food nation," Dec. 13)? I wonder how many of those people helped approve Proposition 2 in California, which regulates how farmers treat chickens, pigs, and calves, and will raise everybody's food prices.
-Bev Roe; Hamilton, Ohio

Amen to justice

My wife and I, now in our 80s, have settled down home after the adventure of working in 19 countries as medical missionaries. We say amen to everything that Gary Haugen of International Justice Mission emphasized in his interview about fighting for justice ("Nothing to fear," Dec. 13).
-Charles & Doris Marshall; Martinsville, Va.

And pay for it

I'm appalled that a court of law would even hear a case such as described in "Two-part eHarmony" (Dec. 13). It grieves me that a business can't set its own boundaries without being pressured to comply with the homosexual agenda, and on top of that pay for it.
-Andrew Flori, 16; Rolla, Mo.

Telling why

I never before thought about our need to tell stories as being the same as needing to know the "why" of things, and needing a hero to save us ("Tell us a story," Nov. 29). The irony about Richard Dawkins is that he is the one out of touch with reality; he believes that a frog really did turn into a prince, given enough time.
-Cindy Carlson; Santee, Calif.

Wasn't Westmonters

Some might infer that Westmont College students were among the "10 young adults" who "failed to extinguish sufficiently a fire they had built on a mountain ridge near the Christian liberal arts college" near Santa Barbara, resulting in a blaze that burned 200 homes (The Buzz, Nov. 29). However, investigators have confirmed that no Westmont students were involved.
-Kerry Dean; Henderson, Nev.

Don't get comfortable

I believe conservatives are still in the majority in this country ("Get real," Nov. 15). Although his real record shows otherwise, Obama's campaign talking points were conservative and he captured a significant minority of the conservative vote. And in the most liberal state of all, California, the traditional marriage amendment passed by a good margin. We lost because McCain and Bush have compromised on conservative principles and did not show a real difference between them and liberals.
-Tammy Kihlstadius; Burnsville, Minn.

"Get real" was more depressing than the actual election results. Yes, we lost and need to regroup. But we conservatives cannot become comfortable with minority status. Please, no! We cannot give up the fight.
-Angela W. Copetillo; Auburn, Ala.


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