Monopoly and Ghosts
I would like to start by saying that I really enjoy the Flyer and read it regularly — anticipating the next issue as soon as I've finished the current one. And one of my favorite reporters is Bianca Phillips.
However, in the cover story about her night at Magnolia Manor (July 12th issue), I don't feel that she accurately reported the events that occurred that night, in particular, that reported game of Monopoly, in which I was her opponent. Though she is correct in reporting that she declared defeat before the game was finished, she did not add that, in fact, I was building houses and she had nothing. Her surrender was merely to avoid the embarrassment of a very real defeat.
I am sure that her omission of the real story can be attributed to her fear of "Annie" pulling the covers off and not a deliberate act to mislead the public. I do not ask for any type of retraction, just a chance to state the truth.
Thank you to the Flyer for publishing Charley Reese's "Rant" in the July 19th issue — the article that contrasted the character of the Roosevelts and Truman with our present leader. I only wish it had been longer.
In the July 19th issue of the Flyer, Bruce VanWyngarden poses a good question regarding some politicians' acts: Were our politicians already behaving immorally before being elected, or is the system (lobbyists, endless fund-raising, etc.) responsible for their attitudes?
For me, a very good answer to that question can be found in the same issue. In his "Rant," Reese mentions Viktor Frankl's findings that even a hellish experience such as the Holocaust didn't change anybody: Those who were bad remained bad; those who were good remained good.
What an enlightening combination for the same issue.
Love In Action
As reported by the Flyer (The Fly-by, July 19th issue), Love In Action was recently protested by people claiming that our ministry to young men and women is in violation of their individual rights.
It should not be surprising that some young people question and resist the labels placed on them. We firmly believe in their right to examine those labels and investigate the life options available to them.
The Love In Action "Family Freedom Intensive" helps young people and their parents understand the emotional and relational factors that actuate sexual identity. Not every young person decides against accepting a gay identity after completing the course, but each has expressed greater understanding of themselves and they feel better understood by their families.
We are proud to see these families leave our ministry better equipped to respect and understand each others' ideals and differences. While we unequivocally respect rights of protest, it is our hope that the rights of individuals to explore their sexual identities and examine their options will be afforded the same respect.
Josh Morgan, Communications Manager
Love In Action
Right Said Fred
I would just like to voice my approval of Fred Thompson. I am a 20-year-old student who has lived in Memphis practically all my life. I am frustrated every day by the change in moral views. We have changed from a youth of integrity to a youth that thinks it is "cool" and "acceptable" to hate the government and not express any interest in politics.
We need a man of integrity and good moral value like Thompson. He stands by his word and votes with his heart on every occasion, not just the way his political party tells him to. He already has my vote, even though he hasn't declared that he is running for president.
I will stick my neck out and say that he would be a great choice to be in the White House.