To the editors:

[Re: “Life Without Father,” October 9]

Don’t Say the B word, or “A Bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord . . . ” (Deuteronomy 23:2). Thus God tells it like it is, not refraining from calling a spade a spade.

I saw a photo of several women, each with a smile pasted on her face, and almost all of them holding their bastard offspring; then I read page after page of a sickening article about women who deliberately make their children bastards, and not once did the author call a spade a spade. She wouldn’t include the B word in her article would she? No, she doesn’t have the guts, being a pussy-footer. What kind of booby prize should be given to Bryan Miller for such a cop-out?

If these women get a tiny bit of what they deserve, their unfortunate children will grow up to despise and condemn them for deliberately making them bastards. I looked and looked for a long time at the picture of Susan Locke and Nick, until I broke down and bawled my head off. How sad! Can there be an excuse for THIS woman having done wrong rather than gotten married?

The women who do this hateful thing aren’t 100 percent to blame for what they’ve done. It’s as simple as this: we would have better women if we had better men. Maybe Susan Locke’s preacher was not man enough to preach against sin and name it by name. Maybe her father was a hen-pecked wimp never exemplifying manhood, never teaching her anything good and upright. Maybe she didn’t have a father. Maybe she never met a man. How sad! I sobbed a long time.

“And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none” (Ezekiel 22:30). Needless to say, one of the greatest needs today is for real manhood. Where are real good honest trustworthy men, anyway? There is a genuine starvation for manhood in America. Let’s have better men!

Michael Block

Hammond, Indiana

Bryan Miller replies:

The Bible also says, “Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Matthew 7:1), as well as “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her” (John 8:7).