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Don't blame movie
I am a senior at Calvary Baptist High School in Lansdale, Pa. I read your article on the teen involved in the Kentucky murders and was appalled to find out he had blamed it on a movie he watched. Obviously his actions show the condition of his heart and have nothing to do with a movie. He made the choice to put that filth in front of his eyes and he also made the decision to murder his fellow schoolmates. Now he must realize that there are consequences to those actions. If our justice system lets everyone go free just because they are influenced by something they watched, then maybe it is our justice system that is more corrupt than Hollywood is! - Rick Dobrowolski, Lansdale, Penn.
Thank you for your coverage of the tragedy in Paducah, Ky. (Dec. 13). I was deeply touched by how the Heath High School students and others in the Paducah churches and community have supported one another and prayerfully turned to God for his comfort. I also rejoice in hearing that the youth ministers and others are leading kids to Christ in the aftermath of the shooting. - Kevin J. Scott, email@example.com
Thanks so much for Douglas Wilson's article, "Bedtime benediction"(Dec. 13). In the midst of a society that moves at a frantic pace, it was a much needed reminder that the Lord rules over our sleep. Christians need to take hold of God's promises to his people and their children as a witness of their own faith. Parents do have an authority and a responsibility on behalf of their children, and should exercise that authority and responsibility in a biblical manner. - Joseph Thacker, Jackson, Miss.
Good riddance, Barbie
Being now 17, I, too, played with Barbie in my childhood and early adolescence, but it baffles me why I have read articles from several conservative writers, including one in your Dec. 6 edition ("Veith's believe it or not"), describing the new Barbie as "another American institution succumb[ing] to the demands of feminism." Is it healthy for little girls and boys to be continually exposed to this over-sexed, unrealistic, pin-up girl image? Sadly, it seems to me that the real issue here is an unrelenting reluctance to let any "feminist" action, no matter how trivial or even beneficial, escape without criticism. - Bethany Dulis, Washington, Penn.
Much ado about nothing
Roy Maynard's review of Bill McCartney's Sold Out (Dec.13) is picky, petty, and Much Ado About Nothing. - Stan Meek, SDMeek@aol.com
Mediocre show tunes? A doe-eyed heroine? A plot aped from Disney? Give me a break. In slamming Fox's Anastasia, Chris Stamper proves the evangelical community's critics right: They are impossible to please. The SBC perceives a loss of innocence and an infection of political correctness in Walt Disney's recent offerings; so another studio delivers an animated feature with a refreshing dose of charm and family values (the con man discovers honor, the couple gets married), and all you can do is cry about historicity? It's a cartoon, guys. Just because it doesn't match the encyclopedia or the Westminster Confession line for line doesn't mean it's a bust. - Joe Martin, Pisgahboy@aol.com
Missed the boat
I can understand Mr. Stamper's concern about Anastasia's inaccuracy ("Fox Disnifies history," Dec. 6). However, I believe there were other things that were more important to Christians. Anastasia has terrible demonic overtones. It is a main theme throughout the movie. Which is more dangerous to children's minds, historical inaccuracy or demonic influence? - Melissa McGrew, BuchWurm83@aol.com
Don't hang out dirty linen
Roy Maynard's critical analysis of Bill McCartney's book missed the mark. Why should McCartney indulge the public with his sinful past and that of his daughter if they are truly new creations in Christ? Why should we parade before the world and the church what God has removed as far as the East is from the West and remembers no more? Christian autobiography does little to enlighten the world or properly encourage the church unless there is a clear point of conversion followed by a new creation in Christ. - Tom Watson, firstname.lastname@example.org