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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Being Thankful

I am blessed. I have a devoted wife that I have been married to for twenty-two years, two children that are healthy and independent. And I live in a nation where we celebrate Thanksgiving, a faith-grounded holiday in which Americans thank God with public expressions.

But what else do I have to be thankful for?

I am thankful to my Lord for I live in a nation where I have many freedoms. I have the freedom to write what I believe on my blogs. I have opportunities that arise, and the option to choose as I please. I am thankful that I have a family that I love, and who loves me. I am thankful for my faith, and that I have the allowance to worship as I choose. I am thankful to the farmers that labor to provide food that I may purchase, and for the meals from this food that I am able to provide for me and my family. I am thankful for the job that I have, and my home, and my automobiles. I am thankful for my life in America.

And there are so many in the world that do not have what we have. In Egypt a fifteen year old girl was kidnapped by Muslims trying to force her to deny Christ and accept Islam. The kidnappers drugged her and threatened to rape her if she refused Islam. She managed to escape while her abductors were taking a break from a Ramadan fast.

In Muslim countries people are jailed for supporting Israel or Christianity, and condemning Muslim violence. Examples include an editor of a magazine in Bangladesh facing a trial for doing just these things in his magazine. He has been imprisoned, harassed, beaten, and condemned. He faces the possibility of execution. Read the full story on Michelle Malkin's site here.

In Egypt bloggers are being detained by the government for criticizing Islam and exposing the apathy of Cairo police to sexual harassment of women. One of those detained was beaten in prison over several weeks. Read that story here.

In Sudan editors were beheaded insulting Islam, questioning Muslim history, and questioning the roots of Mohammed. Story is here.

China is the world's leading jailer of journalists and internet critics. One individual was jailed for five months because he reported corruption among local officials in his province. Read the article here.

In Lebanon outspoken writers pay with their lives. Read about it here.

Russian journalists also routinely wind up dead. Read about it here, here, and here.

In Denmark cartoonists who dare caricature Mohammed and challenge creeping sharia are still in hiding and fearing for their lives. Read here.

In Italy judges bow to jihadists. Read about it here.

I am thankful I live in America, the land of the free, despite the fact that there exists elements in this nation determined to undermine our freedom, leak top-secret information to our enemies, insult our leaders, broadcast enemy propaganda, and turn a blind eye to the victims of the jihad.

Oh, and one more thing, I am thankful to the American soldier for placing his/her life on the line for our freedom, liberty, and safety.

God Bless America.

note: thanks to Jim Stewart, www.geocities.com/militarypoliceofvietnam, for the links to the articles and the idea for this post.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree with every word written in this post. Ditto times a million.

Anonymous said...

Off topic (sort of.) My 17lb, 5 hour ham has only been in the oven now for 1/2 an hour, and already the house smells great! (A brown sugar/Dr. Pepper baste...)

Defenetely leave the fat on top, and score it in the cross hatch pattern. This is makeing the difference this year. This years ham will be better than last years, I can tell already.

I'm doing the whole fifties kitch thing with the pinapples and the cherries (not to eat, but for the presentation...)

Someone else is doing the turkey...but I just know I'm going to end up with gravy detail. (Let it be said on my epitaph that "She Made Good Gravy." I trust you all to see to it.

Douglas V. Gibbs said...

Dr. Pepper baste? Aw, Dr. Pepper is the only soda I'll drink, and a baste with it has to be awesome. Awe, man, you're making me hungry already.

I will be stuffed today. My family in Corona (about 45 minute drive from my house) is having dinner at 4pm. My In-Laws, being held this year in San Bernardino (hour and a half from my house, and an hour or so from my family's place of dinner) are having dinner at (pause for effect) - 4pm.

Hmmm. This will be interesting. Two meals, simultaneously. I weigh 194 lbs. By the end of the day I should be well over 200.

At least at Christmas my family holds theirs Christmas Eve, and the in-laws do on Christmas Day.

God Bless.

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you Gibbs!
Thank you for your service!
Blessings to you and yours!

Happy Thanksgiving to you Mudkitty, may you be blessed beyond compare!
FTGF!

Anonymous said...

Wow, thanks guys...I have even more to be thankful for than I originally thought...I have you guys!

The ham was a big hit. The left overs are going into a homemade split pea soup.

Anonymous said...

So did you manage to be in two places at once, D?

BTW - I have relatives out in Clairmont...and Costa Mesa. (Don't get me started on the traffic in L.A. - that's one thing I'm NOT thankful for.)

Anonymous said...

Happy recuperation day!

(I really don't like the 'Black Friday' nickname--just more transvaluation of values, if you ask me!)

Great reminders! You could add that alternative "lifestyle" folks are also harassed, imprisoned, and executed in Islamic and Communist countries. When will Libs get it that the defense of America, American values and freedom around the world is the first priority of our civil life?

All the best,
Dumb Ox

lilfeathers2000 said...

Thanks. I know I am a wee bit late I hope you had a Blessed Thanksgiving. and now
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HAVE A GOD BLESSED AND
JOY FILLED
WEEKEND
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Anonymous said...

Dang good post Doug... I am Thankful for most of the very same things outside of our personel lives that makes us all unique that way with different people to love/families. But as an American; I can be no prouder of all that you have mentioned here. What a shame with the rest of the uncivilized world...judgement day will come for all... and those wacko Muslims are going to a special hell; maybe a few degrees hotter... I hope.

Anonymous said...

Gunz, wishing people a special hell on Thanksgiving!