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The cover story for the November issue, "Delayed and Denied," was both valuable and disappointing. The author seemed remarkably unaware of the main themes that were emerging from her account: 1) the university stands to lose a lot of money if fewer students come from abroad and 2) that holders of student visas were able to cut corners on immigration regulations in the past, but can no longer travel home with expired visas and expect to gain immediate re-admission to our country.
It is hard to imagine living abroad and expecting to get
away with failing to comply with visa requirements, even
when I was a young, irresponsible student. The author tries
to muster up sympathy in the readers, apparently not
realizing that few of us will ever forget the consequences
of the lax application of visa regulations.
Government agencies can move in slow and irritating ways,
but the United States is actually at war with an implacable
foe. Foreign terrorists have threatened to carry out
further attacks on our soil. While your foreign students
face annoying inconvenience, many young Americans who are
fighting in Iraq and in Afghanistan are dying or being
The November issue asked, "Will We Ever Stop Killing in the Name of Religion?" ["The Big Question," p. 4]. The answer was disappointing, essentially saying all religions are true. All religions cannot be true. All religions differ from one another and hold exclusive views about God, man, and salvation. Either one is right and the rest are wrong, or they are all wrong.
So, the big question for each one of us is: Which religion
is the truth? Or are none of them true? If one sincerely
investigates with an open mind, one will find the answer.
Then one should share their answer in a loving and
We free Americans should rebuff what is spooned out from
our college periodicals and tepid would-be leaders. Express
your worship of God in the freedom that so many have died
for by holding fast to the tenets of your faith. You need
not meld into some watery, universal understanding
Jefferson and his ally James Madison ultimately won the day
on the important issue of separation of Church and State
and saved the United States from religious wars. They
convincingly argued that free debate and argument would
distinguish truth from heresy. At the same time, people,
informed through debate and acting on their free will would
discern the truth and the path to righteousness.
Regarding "Enemy at
the Gates?" [November, p. 25] concerning conservative
author Ann Coulter speaking at Hopkins in September: My
daughter and I attended this lecture and were shocked and
disgusted at the rude, uncivil, hostile audience [members],
who were more interested in shouting down Ms. Coulter than
in listening to what she said. I felt that I was at a New
York City Communist Youth rally full of future Al Frankens
and William Kunstlers.
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