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I've been everywhere That was the title of a hit country-and-western song from the late 1950's, originally sung by Hank Snow, and made famous by Johnny Cash. I resemble that! My 26-year career in the Air Force took me to more than sixty nations on five continents - sometimes only for a few minutes, other times for as long as four years at a time. In all that travel, I also managed to find the perfect partner, help rear three children, earn more than 200 hours of college credit, write more than 3000 reports, papers, documents, pamphlets, and even a handful of novels, take about 10,000 photographs, and met a huge crowd of interesting people. I use this weblog and my personal website here to document my life, and discuss my views on subjects I find interesting.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Answers to Prayers

I have strong beliefs in God - the God of the Jews, of the Old Testament, and of Jesus, His Son and earthly Sacrifice, to allow for our salvation from sin. I pray a lot, and frequently I get answers. Sometimes the answers to my prayers aren't necessarily what I hoped to hear. I got one such revelation last night.

Basically, God granted us all the freedom to choose between accepting Him as Lord, or rejecting Him, either for some other god, or for no god. We have no right to deny any person the exercise of that right, even the worst of the Islamists who wish to impose their ways upon us. We have no right to destroy Islam by force. Whether one is to follow Islam, Judeasm, Christianity, any other religion, or no religion is an individual option granted by God to each of us, and cannot be denied by others. We DO, however, have the right to defend ourselves from others who wish to deny us this God-given right to make the choice for ourselves, and for assuming the consequences of that behavior.

We have the right to fight against militant Islam, both by word and by the sword, as long as we are defending ourselves. We do not have the right to deny the followers of Mohammed from finding the path to hell on their own.

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