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Sir: If Ann Widdecombe believes that "Christian teaching promotes the traditional family" (You ask the Questions, 17 June), might I suggest that it is time she read her Bible? According to Luke xiv, 26 Jesus, who I believe is supposed to have something to do with Christianity, said: "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, even his own life, he cannot be a disciple of mine."

ROBERT CARD

Birmingham

Sir: Might I draw to the attention of Ann Widdecombe the words of Lord Justice Ward, in the Court of Appeal decision Fitzpatrick v Sterling Housing Association (23 July 1997).

"No distinction can sensibly be drawn between [heterosexual and homosexual couples] in terms of love, nurturing, fidelity, durability, emotional and economic interdependence - to name but some and by no means all of the hallmarks of a relationship between husband and wife."

ROBERT GODDARD

Fifehead Neville, Dorset

Sir: Your leading article (19 June) on circus in the Millennium Dome comments on only one aspect. Juvenal might ask, "Where is the bread?"

BRYAN BENNETT

London W4

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