The article makes me wonder why black Muslims are more effective at reaching black youths who have been through the criminalization process. Certainly it's not that Muslim values are intrinsically more pertinent than Christian values. The disparity must stem from approach.Can the Christian community can summon the courage to look at the problem in an objective manner? We could inculcate Christian values into the milieu of disadvantaged black youth, while at the same time keeping "church" out of the equation. Is it wrong to save lives by leading youth toward Christian love, while leading them away from the "churchification" that turns them off? Fred Wollam, San Jose, Calif. Letters are welcome. Only a selection can be published, subject to condensation, and none acknowledged. Please address them to "Readers Write," One Norway St., Boston, MA 02115.