- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 28, 2002

Noble: The tens of thousands of Christian missionaries, who travel near and far to do God's work.
American missionaries have been spreading the Gospel overseas at least since the mid-1800s, and today, even amid terrorism, threats of civil unrest and life-threatening diseases, Christian missionaries leave home to preach the word about the " 'Christ of Christmas,' " as a recent headline in The Washington Times put it.
While there are no firm numbers, estimates say as many as 60,000 U.S. citizens commit themselves to missionary work some for as little as a few weeks, and some for as long as two years. D.C. history teacher Kevin Fox, who is Catholic, spent two years aiding Franciscans in Papua New Guinea, which is 95 percent Christian. He says he wasn't there "to demonize their primal beliefs," but "to teach and give the hope for their future."
Knave: Actor Sean Penn, who went to Baghdad (of all places) to learn about peace.
It wasn't enough for Madonna's ex- to publish a $56,000 open letter to President Bush in The Washington Post in October, which he used to lash out at U.S. policy on Iraq. No. Mr. Penn, 42, had to trek to Iraq to "find my own voice on matters of conscience."
So, what's his newfound voice on the matter of Iraq? The official Iraqi News Agency reported that he made comments ''indicating that Iraq is free of weapons of mass destruction."
And, no. Mr. Penn doesn't plan to apologize.

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