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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "A second chance," Nov. 20, 2010

"Fear at Fanda" (Sept. 25)

Missionary kids have suffered physical, emotional, and spiritual abuse at the hands of trusted "staff and leaders" for years. Those individuals responsible, along with the leadership who failed to act decisively and openly to end the abuse, should be charged as criminals.
Phebe Wahl; Fresno, Calif.

What outraged me was the casual way these incidents were handled. While we cannot hang a millstone around the offenders' necks and push them off the nearest bridge, they should have been relieved of their duties until the charges were proven true or false, and if true they should have been exposed and dismissed. An organization that covers up such behavior only enables the offender to do it again.
Paul Leightner; Pisgah Forest, N.C.

"Works in progress" (Sept. 25)

Unaware that films are not good evangelistic tools, we have been making films with strong gospel messages for 60 years. We have records of hundreds of people being saved or rededicating their lives to Christ and still hear of such results for films made 30 years ago, re-released on DVD. If Peter and Paul had made a film, it wouldn't have been a "wholesome date movie" but an actual redemptive story via the "foolishness of preaching."
Wade K. Ramsey; Greenville, S.C.

"Waiting still" (Sept. 25)

With all the controversy surrounding the building of a mosque near Ground Zero, it is not surprising that the rebuilding of St. Nicholas Church has been overlooked. It doesn't seem right that nobody seems to care about the rebuilding of this church. Our nation needs to get its priorities straight.
Jesse Morton; St. Louis, Mo.

"Wanted: spiritual eyes" (Sept. 11)

Recently my wife and I spent three days in the hospital for the birth of our son, which was a joyous occasion except for the fact that he was born two months early. It was a scary time. But as our son was hooked to machines, I read this column to my wife. It spurred us on, increasing our conviction that we are to be thankful even in the most precarious of circumstances and view even the scariest of events as a "severe mercy" under our Father's control.
Josh Leland; Charlotte, N.C.

"Critical masses" (Sept. 11)

Kudos to Janie B. Cheaney for her recent excellent columns. Regarding her statement that "foundational principles can't be proved; they must simply be believed," that is true as far as it goes, but foundational principles can be tested as we live them out. As the KJV of John 7:17 puts it, "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself."
James N. Stafford; Hilliard, Ohio

"Battleground" (Sept. 11)

Although some folks believe it would be a violation of religious freedom to prevent a mosque from being constructed near the site of the 9/11 attacks, I think it would be extremely insensitive and inappropriate to allow it so close to where Islamic terrorists murdered thousands of innocent people.
JoAnn L. Fuir; Lewisburg, W.Va.

"Making the grade" (Oct. 23)

The 9th Circuit reversed only the grant of a preliminary injunction against the university's speech code. Since the case has been filed, Los Angeles City College has changed its speech policies to bring them more in line with the First Amendment, and our claims against the professor who silenced Jonathan Lopez continue.
David French, Alliance Defense Fund; Scottsdale, Ariz.

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