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November 11, 1985
What those critics of the bishops and many others fail to realize is that the bishops, as Christians, tend to view things in what appears to be a rather narrow and unrealistic perspective. It's not a question of being a socialist, communist, liberal, conservative, or belief in free enterprise; but rather of having a Christian outlook and a Christian mentality concerning social issues. Christian teachings have always seemed impractical to the vast majority, and indeed they are if one considers politics, economics and material goods more important.
March 1, 1992
My wife and I are Christian, but not fundamentalist. Our son, 12, is home schooled. Our daughter, 6, attends a public school. Our son was fast dropping through the cracks in public school. He scores high on achievement tests but public school teachers could not give him the personalized attention needed to keep him interested. The modern Christian home school doesn't differ much from those of the "free-thinking pioneers." Christian parents know that they cannot lie or keep vital information from their children.
March 24, 1996
Re "Losing Their Religion" (March 13): As a Christian, I applaud Baylor University for lifting its 150-year ban on dancing at the school. The view from both inside and outside the church has for too long been that God's law is nothing more than don't drink, don't dance. The Christian college is not secularized because dancing and drinking are in, but because clear teaching of God's law and the Gospel are out. JON SHIGEMATSU Los Angeles I think the solution to Christian higher education is for the churches to get out of it. What business do they have with educating people?
October 27, 1991
So Hayden is teaching a class on "Environment and Spirituality" and says he is using religion to change the way people vote on ecological issues? Oh wow! How many other people wouldn't just love to have such a forum to spread their religious ideas? Can anyone even imagine the outcry if a Christian tried to gain entree into a publicly funded school to teach a class on how to solve some of our problems using Christian principles as taught in the Bible? Is it unlawful to teach religion in our public schools or is it not?
September 24, 1990
Goodman brings up a good point when questioning whether American women perceive any interest in defending a country like Saudi Arabia. But why stop there? Why should tens of thousands of Christians be called upon to defend and die for a country that not only will not permit a single Christian church to exist there, but which will use its official Islamic police force to brutally attack any Christian wishing to practice his or her religion? GREG FRY Culver City
April 21, 1991
The equation that gay equals AIDS is a product of TV programming. "The Hogan Family," "Designing Women" and several other shows have had characters who were "dear" friends but also were dying of AIDS. TV does not represent the many thousands of gay men and lesbians who do not lead a lifestyle that exposes them to AIDS. Wildmon and his 1,600 Christian leaders are not Christian at all but rather are wanna-be politicians who use ignorance to promote their own prejudices. DAVID JACKSON VAUGHN Hollywood
September 24, 1989
In response to Susan Kimble's Sept. 10 letter claiming that "Christian-bashers are having . . . a field day in the media," I suggest that she take a closer look at the antics of fundamentalist Christians at a recent gay-pride parade in Santa Ana or at the tactics of television-program protesters Donald Wildmon and Terry Rakolta, or even at the militant tactics employed by abortion opponent Randall Terry and his Operation Rescue clan. It appears it is not Christian-bashing, but rather the Christians bashing everyone and everything under the sun. MICHAEL ILLOWSKY Torrance
January 12, 2003
I'm writing as an evangelical Christian to thank you for the article "Onward Christian Soldier" (by William Lobdell, Dec. 8). I was moved by Ole Anthony's fierce dedication to truth (by exposing the high life and shameful deeds of some TV "evangelists") and humility (by living a life of sacrifice and simplicity). Whenever I happen on one of the programs where greedy, shameless "preachers" are promising people health and wealth, I feel a sense of embarrassment that words can scarcely describe.
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