Janie B. Cheaney

Janie is a senior writer who contributes commentary to WORLD and oversees WORLD's annual Children's Book of the Year awards. She also writes novels for young adults and authored the Wordsmith creative writing curriculum. Janie resides in rural Missouri.

Only words

| The old adage is wrong; words can destroy
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 10/30/99, 12:00 am

Last month, my mother and a friend attended a play performed by a local theater group. They expected an enjoyable evening, but shortly after the performance began, both were tempted to walk out. A sense of courtesy, perhaps misplaced, kept them in their seats-the audience was sparse and they didn't want to call attention to themselves. So they sat and endured, not so much what was done on stage as what was said. The language was so foul it amounted to assault with a verbal weapon.

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How much is enough?

| All the talk of public religion threatens to trivialize God
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 7/24/99, 12:00 am

The premillennial year is already one for the books: a presidential impeachment trial, war in the Balkans, carnage in the schools, and Chinese espionage-and it's only half over. Doubt and anxiety have jolted the nation into a revival mode, or so it might seem. Why else would Al Gore suddenly begin speaking out on the value of religion to society and its importance in his personal life? Why is one of his staffers vowing to "take God back from the Republican Party in the year 2000?"

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Not about Littleton

| It's about the next community where such things can't happen, but suddenly do
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 5/29/99, 12:00 am

Memorial Day, though obscured by picnics and blockbuster movie openings, is set aside as a commemoration of American war dead. This weekend, flags will flutter over national cemeteries coast to coast, while we continue to mourn the latest casualties of another sort of conflict-the "culture war."

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