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UPDATED 04/26/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 04/26/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

RELIGIOUS BELIEFS
I am so tired of hearing people claiming The Passion of the Christ is anti-Semitic. In Kirk Douglas's letter to Mel Gibson, he perfectly describes the scene of Jesus' trial, then claims it's anti-Semitism. Give me a break. The scene isn't fiction—it comes directly from historical literature over 2,000 years old. Mr. Douglas needs to pick up a Bible and read for himself.
Andrea L. Burns
New Castle, Pa.

Thank you to Mr. Douglas for sharing thoughts that many of us are feeling. I grew up as a Jew in Oklahoma. Fortunately I never experienced physical brutality, but after a lifetime of hearing, "Your people killed our Lord," and saying, "I wasn't there—I had nothing to do with it," I don't know if I have the heart to sit through two more hours of it.
Meredith Kornfeld
Larkspur, Calif.

Kirk Douglas asks Mel Gibson, "Now, was it worth the money?" If Mr. Douglas truly had an open mind he would realize money had nothing to do with Mr. Gibson's reasons for making the film. The movie's purpose is to remind us of the sacrifice Jesus made for us. If we could learn to give more of ourselves to others, truly becoming a more giving and loving people of both our friends and our enemies, wouldn't this world be a better place? Seeing this movie cannot help but make you a more spiritual person in whatever religion you choose to follow.
Julie Coe
Walled Lake, Mich.

Robert Knight declares that Hollywood is "anti-Christian." I wish Mr. Knight would realize that many Americans aren't Christians, and many who are don't subscribe to the venomous version being shouted from evangelical pulpits. Christianity is about loving others and doing good deeds, not hating or judging others because of their religious beliefs, sexual orientation, political stance or any aspect of their lives that doesn't harm others.
Jen Gartner
Longmont, Colo.

I am saddened that so many people feel that mysticism and cults can replace the everlasting love of Christ. Please tell Madonna that the core of Christianity, which is belief in Jesus as the savior of the world, is not the same as Kabbalah. And please tell John Travolta that he is human and not above being mind-controlled. After all, someone told him that Battlefield Earth would be a good investment, right?
Kristin Middleton
Dallas, Texas

QUESTIONING SUICIDE
Why did Julie Woodward take her life? There are many reasons why teens are depressed—peer pressure, abusive partners, sexual abuse and date rape. Parents, please find out the underlying reasons for the depression, but don't drug them and let them be guinea pigs for the billion-dollar drug industries.
Pamela Stackhouse
Newton, N.J.

Losing a child is always tragic. However, it is imperative that readers realize there is no medical proof—only conjecture—that SSRI antidepressants cause suicidal behavior. The fact is that the children who take antidepressants are the ones who are most likely to commit suicide.
Ana M. Hotaling
Ann Arbor, Mich.

A MATTER OF TASTE
Although I think Robin Quivers looks great, I wonder how she can say that people who have had gastric bypass surgery are "never going to enjoy eating again." Really? Her daily food intake consists of the lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and water "elixirs" all day and salad or fish for dinner. I can't imagine too many people who would enjoy this way of eating.
Beth Curry
Ontario, Canada

MARRIAGE COUNSELING
Note to Ethan Hawke: It's true that "one event" doesn't lead to the demise of a marriage. But in general, romancing another woman while you're married doesn't help strengthen the union.
Patty Sheehan
Trumbull, Conn.

The Jewish community needs to understand that Christians do not point fingers at Jews, at least not those Christians with a true commitment to Christ. Barbara Brooks Grand Rapids, Mich.

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