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Letters to the Editor

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Turkish Delight

I read with interest Catherine Woodiwiss’ column about her recent visit to the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (“Making Room for Delight”). We also recently visited this magnificent edifice on a trip to Istanbul in March. On the day we arrived, a terrorist bomb had been exploded and we were greeted with a bit of apprehension by our guide, hoping we would not let this latest assault stop us from enjoying the Turkish culture and history.

We were staying near the Hagia Sophia and the Great Blue Mosque, so our first visit was to these two beautiful buildings. We were filled with awe, wonder, and delight. But even more, we were comforted by the message of comfort and love that was so clearly and strongly delivered by both “wombs” of faith. Fear is a feeling that closes a door, but the refusal to fear is even more powerful at keeping doors open.

From the Hagia Sophia to the many beautiful mosques, from the crowded bazaars to the busy streets and ferries, we enjoyed an assortment of “Turkish delight.” Thank you, Catherine, for associating “delight” with such a wonderful symbol of God’s enduring presence in the world.

Bill Turney
Houston, Texas

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The Opposite of Fear

While I am encouraged that Rev. Rob Schenck articulates and promotes powerful theology among evangelicals and in his article “Should Christians Own Guns?" I am deeply saddened by the chasm of fear that divides the church in the United States. Having had the privilege of discourse and worship with Rev. Mitri Raheb at Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, our contingent understood what persecution of Christians and a dangerous environment really mean. Still, these Christian brothers and sisters maintain and foster nonviolence. I believe that Jesus considered fear and love opposites. Thank you to Sojourners for championing love.

Anne Cowburn
West Grove, Pennsylvania

A Matter of Health

I just finished reading and rereading “Should Christians Own Guns?” I am a 75-year-old retired family physician and a lifelong hunter and gun owner. I am not a member of the NRA, though. Preventive medicine was one of my most important jobs as a family doctor, and the NRA’s successful blocking of any funding to the Centers for Disease Control for the study of gun violence in the United States is, to me, unconscionable. That is one main reason that I belong to Texas Gun Sense, a group here in Austin that promotes sensible gun legislation and works against “campus carry” in Texas (so far unsuccessfully). Thanks to Sojourners for publishing this very timely and compelling piece.

Al Lindsey
Austin, Texas

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Not My Son

I really appreciated Danny Duncan Collum’s “America’s Blood Sport” (December 2015). Although I have played and coached football and still enjoy watching football, I would not sign a consent form for my son to play. I have heard active coaches say that they would not let their kids play.

I hope that we as coaches and parents do not continue to adopt the attitude that many people have adopted regarding war. War is okay as long as someone else’s kids are getting hurt or killed; football is okay as long as someone else’s kids are getting their brains damaged.

Ron Ostrosky
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

 
America’s Blood Sport

I saw the original Frontline special that discussed the issue of “America’s Blood Sport.” The film was tragic, but seeing that doctor cry was more so. He was just a man doing his job—being a scientist—and they really tried to discredit him and insinuate he was a hack. Because of that film, I started boycotting the NFL. They have a tremendous amount of wealth and power to smudge facts. But, more importantly, they have the ability to take care of those athletes and choose not to.

Natacha Jeanty
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6 Ways to Avoid Unintentional Anti-Judaism

We received several letters to the editor critiquing Brian McLaren’s portrayal of the Pharisees in “Beyond Fire and Brimstone” (Sojourners, February 2014). We’ve found informative these adapted suggestions from Dr. William F. Brosend II—a professor of homiletics at Sewanee School of Theology—to help avoid unintentional anti-Judaism in the writing, preaching, and teaching of the gospel.

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Letters to the Editor: Friday, April 27, 2012

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In response to Jim Wallis' post, "Having the Sisters' Back" :
 

Thank you so much for bringing this issue to the attention of your readers. I am a Catholic woman and mother of three. My husband is a Methodist and we have raised our children in the two traditions we hold dear. I have become a recent friend to a sister who is very concerned with what is happening. We have recently begun to work on social justice issues in our parish. We are small, but I believe, with the help of the Spirit, we will one day be mighty....

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