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June 30, 2009 at 4:00 PM

D.C. Bible house: place of worship or hotbed of secrecy?

Reporters misunderstand the lifestyle at Youth With a Mission home

I am alarmed by the characterization in the headline and article “Scandals open the door on secretive D.C. Bible house” [News, June 28].

While working at the Pentagon, I visited a friend staying at this Bible house near the Capitol. It was a place where people lived or gathered who had a desire to live a Christian lifestyle.

I did not have to sign an oath of secrecy to get in the door. Youth With a Mission, the owner of the house, is a credible ministry reaching people around the globe with the love of Christ and a helping hand. To characterize this house as a hotbed of secrecy is absurd and a smear on Christian activities as threatening to the public commonwealth.

Is the right to residential privacy now viewed as a veil over backstage intrigue? Indeed, as the article points out, the “secretive conspiracy” was to convince these two knuckleheads to cease their affairs.

What’s next for reporters and headline writers — attacking Christian churches as hotbeds of secretive scheming to undermine our freedoms and tyrannize society? Why don’t you visit a Christ-centered church and see what really goes on?

— Chris Rohwer, Bellevue

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