If Mitt Romney becomes the Republican nominee, whatever his faults, religious or otherwise, no likely opponent on the ballot will be more worthy of our support. Evangelicals are smart enough to dismiss Mormon doctrines, but let's not throw out the presidency with the doctrinal bath water.
Robert E. Tozier; Fairfax, Va.
Apart from doctrinal issues that identify Mormonism as a cult, Mormonism is based on the obviously fraudulent claims of its founder, Joseph Smith. If an appealing, intelligent candidate such as Mitt Romney cannot determine truth from error in choosing his religion, how can I as an American citizen trust him to interpret correctly all the high-level intelligence that will cross his desk daily?
Donald P. Boldt; Bend, Ore.
For those who would not vote for Mitt Romney due to his Mormonism or other flaws, I have two words for you: Supreme Court. To give Barack Obama two more appointments to the high court is to be complicit in the destruction of this country.
Eric Newton; Washington, N.J.
I will never knowingly vote for a non-Christian to run my country.
Greg Walsh; La Verne, Calif.
WORLD did a pretty good job summarizing the hardships imposed on small businesses by the Massachusetts healthcare plan. However, the hardship it imposes through heavy premiums on lower-income residents who work for businesses that do provide health plans is just as burdensome. I know several people who could not afford the premiums and so didn't purchase the coverage; they were then penalized (again) at tax time for the violation. The system is onerous unless one is here illegally, indigent, or has reached the middle class.
John Melillo; Hudson, Mass.
If a candidate believes rape and incest are acceptable exceptions for abortion, as Romney does, then he is not truly pro-life. The pre-born human being is a person and should not be executed because of the crime of the father.
Gregory Poulos; Palm Bay, Fla.
My sincere thanks to Marvin Olasky for shining a light into a dark corner of American conservatism and on the entanglement of power and compassion. It's disconcerting to profess our love for God, yet find ourselves in bed with Mammon.
Sam Reid; Issaquah, Wash.
I remember reading Rand in a college philosophy course way back in 1970. Rand promoted selfishness as a virtue and Jesus taught us to deny ourselves and follow Him-quite a contrast. Conservative support for her philosophy and the recently released movie is really hard to understand, especially by conservatives who claim to be Christians. Capitalism without Christianity is a really bad idea.
Herb Van Schoick; Lancaster, Pa.
Rand correctly identifies the insanity of coerced benevolence and the idiocy of the welfare state, but she wrongly concludes all unselfish acts are evil. She got a few things right but, alas, was neither the first nor the last to miss the Main Thing.
Jim Latimer; Lexington, Ky.
Andrée Seu nails it again with her column about a woman who left her marriage to "find herself." In today's world it's no surprise that non-Christians wander about with no guidance or values trying to find a purpose, but it's a great tragedy when Christians do the same thing. Where is the fear of the Lord, the hope of eternity and lasting rewards?
William T. Gillin; Colorado Springs, Colo.
I loved the line Seu quoted from her late husband: "Don't worry about what people think of you. They don't even think of you." Terrific advice for this man-fearer.
Anne Wegener; Springville, Ind.
I appreciated this article about the compact fluorescent bulbs vs. incandescents, and I'm thankful to hear that some folks are concerned about the federal law. When I heard about what our government was soon to bring forth, I was terrified. Fluorescent lights often trigger my migraine headaches, and I'll be forced to live with those in my home?
Janice Hill; Blackfoot, Idaho
I see so much more in Cars 2 than most reviewers. It really resonates with people old enough to remember the older James Bonds, Star Wars, and Mission Impossible. It's also a whodunnit and an international adventure, a teaching travelogue. As well, the descriptions of the strengths and foibles of different automobile models, vintages, and countries of origin is so on-target.
Jay Sinnett; Greenville, S.C.
Pastor Tchividjian has a very narrow view of what Dr. D. James Kennedy's ministry was all about. Kennedy understood and taught the dangers of the "elder brother" syndrome, but he also called his congregation and the whole nation to confront the culture with the Truth and stop "wallowing with the pigs" in the manner of the prodigal. Having read the interview, I better understand why Coral Ridge Presbyterian split.
Tom Morr; Williamsburg, Va.
Kudos to weatherman Bill Gray for standing up to proponents of man-made global warming, which is a sham. Global warming has been and is being used as a scare tactic to influence public policy and opinion, and it has to stop.
Marco Micheletta; Sterling Heights, Mich.
After reading the article about the beheading of Abdul Latif, I am furious about the three-picture sequence in the sidebar, ending with the photo of the terrorist thrusting a knife into Latif's neck. There are enough horrible images in the world without WORLD adding to the list.
Jim Crawford; Scottsdale, Ariz.
Thank you so much for the book reviews. When Helping Hurts has made all of us at First Baptist Church rethink helping in every area, from the church's benevolence fund, to missions, to our Family Care Center. In working with the poor in our small, rural community, we have come to describe them as the "hunter-gatherer" group. They go from service to service, public and private, gathering up what they can at each one. It seems a sad and unintended outcome of the governmental programs put in place supposedly to help the poor.
Karen Leif; St. Johns, Mich.
I'm so grateful to Marvin Olasky for recommending Ann Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts. It has been transforming and comforting as well as disturbing as I examine how I overlook my gifts and blessings.
Noreta S. Morgan; Lenoir City, Tenn.
Where biblical Christianity has been embraced, it has produced repentance, life, hope, protection of women and children, improved health, and all things positive. Where Darwinism has been embraced, it has brought death and destruction. The Bible waits, without error or a grant from Templeton Foundation, to be read and believed and to transform lives.
C.K. Larson; Rochester, Minn.
We read this series with great interest since the eldest of our quiver is 19 and on the cusp of this stage of life. The big question we have is: Where are the parents? Certainly there are no formulas for finding a mate, but we feel pretty strongly that we ought to be involved in the process with each of our children.
Matt & Stephanie Ferguson; Broken Arrow, Okla.
Children's Home Society and Family Services is a secular adoption agency. One hundred and thirty-four families responded to the Ethiopian adoption study by Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform ("Orphaned no more," July 30, p. 36).
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R) is a Missouri congresswoman ("Contrary to conscience," July 30, p. 11).
Submitted by Patt Williams
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