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A lot of sense

Thank you for putting my favorite subject on the cover ("A day in the life," May 9). Gov. Mike Huckabee has fought the evil of abortion his entire adult life, and his record as governor of Arkansas for over 10 years proves that his convictions are deep and sincere. His books are full of fresh ideas and his TV show is unique. Huckabee makes a lot of sense, and I trust him.

-Lynn W. Lewis; Vienna, Va.

Serving mammon

Perhaps another reason why we don't see many evangelical talk radio hosts ("Air supply," May 9) is that you cannot serve both God and mammon. Many talk radio shows, both conservative and liberal, keep listeners by playing on certain fears and fostering an "us vs. them" mentality. Hopefully evangelical leaders would have the sense not to play that game, and there are many evangelicals on the radio doing a terrific job discussing social and political issues from a biblical standpoint, such as Albert Mohler.

-Van H. Edwards; Fayetteville, Ga.

Heartbreaking

The current issue rocks, especially the Huckabee profile and the heartbreaking letter from the pastor in Zimbabwe ("'His heart, his hands, his feet,'" May 9). As a sponsor of two children there, I would say it gives insight into that country and spurs me on to doing more than just the $35/month sponsorship.

-Pat Dipalma; Blairstown, N.J.

Straight up

The May 9 issue was a home run. "Soul providers," about the Christian clinic in Georgia, was truly inspiring; Mindy Belz had me going "Yes, yes, yes!" as I read "We vs. them"; and the story of Walter Hoye and his choice to spend time in prison rather than compromise his beliefs on abortion ("Straight time") was uplifting.

-Mary Lancaster; Vass, N.C.

Pastor Hoye, an African-American, was denied his right to free speech and served a jail sentence for peacefully trying to save the lives of African-American babies (and others) outside an abortion clinic. And where was the NAACP?

-Joe Marincel; Flower Mound, Texas

Certain woe

I couldn't help marveling at the contrast between Walter Hoye and Katherine Ragsdale ("The 'blessing' of abortion," May 9): quiet, humble courage for the truth vs. compromise of the gospel. Hoye is my hero.

-Esther Ziol; Pasadena, Calif.

I could scarcely believe anyone could call abortion a "blessing" and a "holy work," let alone a member of the clergy. How tragic that one would put "one's education, life's work, or ability" ahead of the life of an innocent child, and encourage others to do so. Immediately I thought of Isaiah 5:20: "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness." Ragsdale will have to answer for those deeds. Mercy? Perhaps. Woe? Certainly.

-Pepper Meulendyk; Cascade Township, Mich.

I, like Marvin Olasky, was stunned to read Ragsdale's words. Even ardent pro-choice folks recognize something evil in abortion, hence the "safe, legal, and rare" mantra, which she also rejects (presumably the "rare" part). The board of her seminary should be ashamed, and we need to pray for her, her students, and her denomination.

-Don Oliver; Rapid City, S.D.

Olasky got to the heart of the issue-that it's about "me." It reminded me of some things in C.S. Lewis' That Hideous Strength.

-Emily Nisch; Chapel Hill, N.C.

Astounding egos

I really enjoyed "Then and now" (May 9) about Carol Browner. My children are usually disciplined for following the kind of reasoning the EPA is using for explaining the mess they've gotten us into. Many of our current leaders have astounding egos.

-Todd Voshell; Grand Rapids, Mich.

In school

As a member of a touring band who writes all original music, it was surprising to read an article ("Falling rock," May 9) suggesting that we are skipping the "school of hard knocks" by not spending years in bars covering other people's songs. The route most bands take nowadays-endless touring, constant internet promotion, massive bills, and putting on a good show every single night (often while we still work day jobs)-is hardly the easy path to rock stardom.

-Brett Walters; Roseville, Minn.

Anybody but Tiger

Finally, someone has written about the media's ridiculous over-coverage of Tiger Woods ("Subpar coverage," May 9). Thank you! My local paper always lets me know where he is in the standings, even if he's 10 strokes off the lead, and my cell phone encourages me to follow the Tigercast. I am so sick of it I'm pulling for ABT-Anybody But Tiger.

-Keith Russell; Jacksonville, Fla.

Science abused

Janie Cheaney's comments on cultural attitudes and science are well founded ("Knowledge and power," May 9). The scientific disciplines provide wonderful tools for advancing human technology and industry, and they can even provide insightful information regarding the human condition. All too often, though, scientific discoveries are misused or ignored altogether, especially and increasingly so in our postmodern age.

-Dan Washington; Grand Junction, Colo.

Sifting through lies

I am at a secular college where professors constantly express their fear of the population doubling in my lifetime, as it doubled in theirs ("Fighting words," May 9). I have seen professors applaud the UN's goal of bringing "sexual and reproductive rights" to the developing world. Little did I know that the UN's language is nothing more than a euphemism for abortion rights. Thank you for helping me sift through the lies.

-Emily Capo; Pullman, Wash.

Saved online

I have been homeschooled for five years and love it, but when I have a question I can't just raise my hand. While struggling with a new algebra concept recently, I flipped open the May 9 WORLD on my desk and came across "Redeeming online time." The Mathtv.com review caught my eye. I powered up my laptop and, lo and behold, the equation was right there, with more than one person telling me how to do it. What a lifesaver!

-Kalisse Van Dellen; Lethbridge, Alberta

A thousand reflections

Thank you for the Houses of God photo of the elders in a Pakistani church (May 9). WORLD helped to show me that my Christian brethren are all over the world. As I return from my Sunday worship I can reflect on how Christianity is such a sacrifice and tumultuous journey for those Christians in countries with little religious freedom.

-Danielle Hardy; Morgantown, Pa.

Drowned in Newspeak

Andrée Seu's "Apologies to Winston Smith" (May 9) is so very insightful. Liberals are slowly building a movement to stifle conservative speech, a tsunami of Newspeak. Unless we have watchmen and those who will take the risks necessary to stop it, we will be inundated by legally enforceable political correctness.

-Dick Robinson; Roswell, Ga.

As if

Lately I find myself turning straight to Andrée Seu's column. It is insightful, intelligent, thought-provoking, and entertaining. I really appreciate being spoken to as if I might have read the Bible and a few literary classics and seen a few movies.

-Wes McCarty; Pflugerville, Texas

Beautiful reconciliation

Thank you for featuring both Catherine Claire Larson's book As We Forgive and the Cards From Africa organization ("Power to forgive," April 25). I am in the middle of reading this excellent book on the reconciliation process in Rwanda, and also just received my first order of cards from CFA. They are beautiful. I pray that God will continue to soften my heart to suffering around the world, and that His glory will be mightily displayed through the healing process in Rwanda.

-Rebecca Corley; Clinton, Miss.

Correction

The actor who plays Spock in the latest Star Trek movie is Zachary Quinto ("A new frontier," May 23, p. 21).