(March 10) Two years ago in northern Nigeria I talked to a Christian man who has lived in Kano for many years. As he described the systematic discrimination against Christians and the occasional violent attacks that included killings and burning homes and churches, he admitted that the number of Christians is small. Then he added, "But we stand strong, because this faith is worth having."
David Abernathy; Union County, N.C.
(March 10) I enjoyed the article on how radical Islamist forces are taking over the Arab spring revolution. Why is the very liberal Obama administration supporting groups that would suppress the rights of others in the name of Allah? This seems like a strange alliance indeed. Is it naïveté, timidity to avoid offending radical Muslims, or just distaste for the oppressive regimes in the region?
Kevin Burk; Manassas, Va.
This administration's blatant hostility toward our freedom to speak out and say what is true will be our nation's undoing and have a negative influence on the rest of the Western world.
Sandy Thompson; Redlands, Calif.
I'm just reading "The new authoritarians" and "Stressed-out cities" (March 10). They are both informative and alarming.
Franklin A. Ferguson; Brookline, Mass.
(March 10) Conservative, practicing Catholics and evangelical Protestants are natural allies in the fight against Barack Obama's assault on religious liberty and many other social issues. It is about time people from both camps recognize this. Although it created quite a kerfuffle with the mainstream media, Rick Santorum was right in his graphic criticism of President Kennedy's comments on the so-called "wall of separation" between church and state. No more nominally Roman Catholic candidates: Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, and their ilk are enough to make anyone nauseous.
Peter Broda; Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
Sometimes I think the late Francis Schaeffer's "co-belligerency" concept opened the door for the loss of the evangelical identity. The content of the gospel seems to be taking second place to the doomed effort to win the "culture wars." I was raised pre-Vatican II Roman Catholic, and the Catholic version of "religious freedom" now making the news isn't what Protestants have historically called "freedom of conscience."
Jim Schilling; Colorado Springs, Colo.
(March 10) Long words, as G.K. Chesterton wrote in Orthodoxy, "go rattling by us like long railway trains. We know they are carrying thousands who are too tired or too indolent to walk and think for themselves." I love what Andrée Seu said and yearn with my whole heart for what she describes: perspicuity for Love's sake.
Samuel Clark Winston; Plains, Mont.
As a volunteer lay minister for the Illinois prison system, lately I've been feeling a little intimidated when the inmates start filing into the classroom. It's not because they are dangerous men, but because many have vast stores of Bible knowledge. I often leave wondering if my message was too elementary. After reading Seu's column, I feel a little better. Maybe just caring and being willing is enough.
Jeremy Freed; Gridley, Ill.
(March 10) I agree that with "a little tightening," our Constitution would be good as new. May I suggest two amendments: one defining when human life begins and one defining marriage, so that no judge could misinterpret or bypass the will of the people. Our Founding Fathers never would have thought this necessary.
Clarence Grafton; Lynch Station, Va.
As a public-school teacher of American history, I was disappointed to read of Justice Ginsberg's opinion. I plan to share this article with my students. Thank you for your positive insight.
Toby Hawkins; Mountain View, Okla.
(March 10) Marvin Olasky and Nate Wilson did an excellent job discussing a human's response to an all-sovereign God, and Wilson's explanation of what Tolkien would say to Frodo about the existence of evil was spot on. Yet I was asking, "What about the orcs? What would Tolkien say to them?" How would I as a pot respond to a Potter who has put me on the wrong side of evil?
Ricky DiMartino; Morganton, N.C.
(March 10) I greatly appreciate the way WORLD avoids being condescending or preachy when writing about pop culture, but your obituary of Whitney Houston was unnecessarily belittling. Calling the last dozen years of her life a slow suicide was particularly harsh. Obviously, she wasted some of her talent through her bad choices, but those who struggle with addictions need not be defined by their sin, particularly in death.
Amber M. Shimel; Apopka, Fla.
Arsenio Orteza's article about Houston's sad decline exemplifies the widespread lack of understanding in churches about addiction, a disease that is no respecter of persons. Maybe if we had more compassion for the Whitney Houstons and Kurt Cobains of the world, addicts would feel more comfortable in church than in 12-step programs. As Christians, we should be a beacon and refuge for all the broken, however lovely, talented, and famous-or not-they may be.
Isabella Yosuico; Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
(Feb. 25) I enjoy Krieg Barrie's illustrations, Janie B. Cheaney's consistently insightful essays, and Arsenio Orteza's music reviews. I couldn't care less about the music reviewed, but his fresh descriptions of artists and encyclopedic knowledge of musicology are astounding. His review of "Bangarang" by Skrillex had me rolling on the floor laughing.
Leslie Morrison; Wickenburg, Ariz.
(Feb. 25) Given the widespread acceptance of gratuitous sex and violence in the film industry, I worry that we are on a slippery slope toward utter barrenness. But in my little neck of the woods I've been pleasantly surprised at the number of young couples that not only choose to have children but are having three or more. There's some light in the dark world of news.
Amy Ingersoll; Hebron, Md.
(Feb. 25) Thank you for reporting that C.J. Mahaney has been reinstated to ministry. Our family has turned away from legalism largely through his message that the gospel is everything and Jesus is enough. We have never met him, but we are grateful to him.
Roy & Pam Garringer; Pleasant Prairie, Wis.
(Feb. 25) We live in a tiny community of 600 souls and the majority is on entitlements of some kind. The poor have food stamps and many other government programs, and our local food bank often sends extra food to the post office to be given away. Meanwhile, mothers are coaching their teen daughters on how to get the most entitlements. We cannot sustain this.
Debra De Witt: Midwest, Wyo.
I really appreciate Marvin Olasky's terrific insight on our world. Today when I tried carrots with peanut butter I realized that his talents are even greater than I had thought.
Gerald R. Doctor; Hudsonville, Mich.
(Feb. 11) This article really made me think. Bible translation should be straightforward. Our task is to proclaim God's Word as He has given it to us. Conversion is a work of the Spirit, and so we should not use heterodoxy in attempts to convert more people.
Becky Filipek; Hicksville, N.Y.
Servant Group International began as a relief group to assist Kurds chased from their homeland ("A rush of life," March 24, p. 45).
Arlington, Texas (Game 1 of American League Championship Series)
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