Your Letters: End Time Nigh; Guns And Doctors

May 14, 2011
Originally published on May 14, 2011 10:00 am
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SCOTT SIMON, Host:

Many listeners like Lawrence Farris(ph) of Three Rivers, Michigan, said the group wasn't worthy of any news coverage. I'm a Presbyterian minister, he writes, and I'm concerned that spending time on such a group comes at the cost of reporting on the valuable work grounded in traditional historic Christian ethics. Giving credence to the May 21 folks contributes to the trivialization of religion as a category of intellectual reflection and social change.

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SIMON: Also last week, NPR's Greg Allen reported that Florida is expected to be the first state to ban doctors from asking their patients if they own a gun. We received strong reaction from all sides of the debate.

SIMON: And we spoke with Shania Twain about her new memoir, "From This Moment On," which includes accounts of growing up with an abusive father.

SHANIA TWAIN: There was a lot of violence due to the stress of not being able to pay bills. It made for a very insecure and instable environment for a child, which is basically what my life was for my entire childhood.

SIMON: We welcome your comments. Go to npr.org and click on the Contact Us link. You can also post a comment on Facebook or Twitter @nprweekend. You can send me a tweet @nprscottsimon.

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TWAIN: (Singing) From this moment, I will love you...

SIMON: I will love you.

TWAIN: (Singing) ...as long as I live from this moment on.

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