Trouble and Strife


I do not doubt the devotion, intelligence, or capabilities of Heather Mercer and Dayna Curry ["Double Jeopardy," July 8]. As a pastor's son who has served much of 10 years as a missionary, though, I am astounded at the widely accepted practice of sending our devout Christian single women into male-dominated cultures—especially to Islamic cultures!

Who in their right minds (and hearts) would encourage, let alone aid and enable, these gals to go to such an area? Christians ought to be sensitive enough to such cultures that we would refrain from putting our daughters at risk. The practice of sending single women to such countries is far worse than U.S. cultural imperialism. It is more personal than anything Nestlé, Playboy, or Paramount Pictures has done.

My views are an unpopular and lone voice in the evangelical wilderness. While many in my own church would quickly retort that single missionary women have won multitudes to Christ, I do not find that post hoc ergo propter hoc ("after this, therefore because of this") is a sound application of Scripture. Nor should we ignore the dangers of the ends justifying the means.


Gay Baby Bust


As a christian who values biblically based political discourse, I found John Kennedy's portrayal of homosexual parents in "Gay Parenting on Trial" [July 8] disquieting and blatantly biased. While the second half of the article adequately touched upon the research and opinions surrounding gay adoption, the first half painted a skewed picture of homosexuals' parenting abilities.

The story of Suzanne Cook's gay father and his partner, who molested her brother and flaunted their sexual escapades in front of both children, is horrifying and sad. But to claim that Cook's experience offers ...

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