This regular Sunday morning article is not only about Religion, but also about  what people believe in, and some of the causes they support!

One of my favourite writers is author and historian Gwynne Dyer, who usually manages to hit the nail right on the head!
(Instead of smashing his own thumb.)

A year-end piece should be a first draft of history that tries to identify where the flow of events is taking us. Snowden comes first. The former National Security Agency contractor, once an unremarkable man, saw where the combination of new technologies and institutional empire-building was taking us, and stepped in front of the juggernaut to stop it.
“You recognize that you’re going in blind…,” Snowden told the Washington Post. “But when you weigh that against the alternative, which is not to act, you realize that some analysis is better than no analysis.” So he fled his country taking a huge cache of secret documents with him, and started a global debate about the acceptability of mass surveillance techniques that the vast majority of people did not even know existed.
As Snowden, now living in exile in Russia, put it in a Christmas broadcast on Britain’s Channel 4: “A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. They’ll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves, an unrecorded, unanalyzed thought.” Unless, that is, the monster of state-run mass surveillance is brought under control.
“The conversation occurring today will determine the amount of trust we can place both in the technology that surrounds us and the government that regulates it,” Snowden said in his Channel 4 broadcast. He has paid a high price to give us this opportunity.
A hundred years from now Edward Snowden will either be a folk hero ………………………., or lost in the dust of history!


Another one is the late Andy Rooney:

Subject: "Pray if you want to" - Andy Rooney

Pray if  you want to!

CBS and  Katie Couric et al must be in a panic and  rushing to reassure
the White House that this is  not network policy.

  Folks,  this is the year that we RE-TAKE AMERICA &  CANADA
*********  Get  Ready *********

Keep  this going around the  globe.
Read it  and forward every time you receive  it...
We can't  give up on this issue.

Andy Rooney  and  Prayer

Andy  Rooney says:

I don't believe in Santa  Claus, but I'm not going to sue somebody for
singing a   Ho-Ho-Ho song in  December.
I don't  agree with Darwin , but I didn't go out and hire  a lawyer when
my high school teacher taught his  theory  of evolution.

Life, liberty or your pursuit of  happiness will not be endangered in any
way because  someone says a 30-second prayer before a  football game.

So what's  the big deal?

It's not  like somebody is up there reading the entire  Book of Acts.
They're just talking to a God they  believe in and asking him to grant
safety to the  players on the field and the fans going home  from the game.

But it's a Christian  prayer, some will argue.

Yes, and this is  the United States of America , and Canada ,  countries
founded on Christian  principles. According  to our very own phone book,
Christian churches  outnumber all others better than  200-to-1.
So what  would you expect --
Somebody  chanting Hare  Krishna?

If I went to a football game in  Jerusalem ,
I would  expect to hear a Jewish  prayer.

If  I went to a soccer game  in Baghdad,
I would  expect to hear a Muslim prayer.

If I  went to a ping pong match in China  ,
I would  expect to hear someone pray to  Buddha.

And I  wouldn't be offended. It  wouldn't bother me one bit.

When in Rome  .....

But what about the atheists? Is  another argument.

What about  them?

Nobody is  asking them to be baptized.  We're not  going to pass the
collection plate. Just humor  us for 30 seconds.  If that's asking too
much, bring a Walkman or a pair of ear  plugs.  Go to the bathroom. Visit
the  concession stand.  Call your lawyer! Or,  just exercise their right to
leave this  country!

Unfortunately, one or two will  call their lawyer.
One or two  will tell thousands what they can and cannot  do.  I don't
think a short prayer at a football game is going  to shake the world's

Christians are just sick and  tired of turning the other cheek while our
courts strip us of all our  rights.
Our  parents and grandparents taught us to pray  before eating, to pray
before we go to  sleep.
Our Bible  tells us to pray without  ceasing.
Now a  handful of people and their lawyers are telling  us to cease

God,  help us.  And if that last sentence offends  you, well, just sue me.

The silent  majority has been silent too long.  It's  time we tell that
one or two who scream loud  enough to be heard that the vast majority
doesn't care what they want!

   It is  time that the majority  rules!

It's time we tell them, "You don't have to pray;  you don't have to say
the Pledge of Allegiance;  you don't have to believe in God or attend
services that honor  Him.
That  is your right, and we will honor your  right;
But  by golly,
You  are no longer going to take our rights  away.
We are fighting back, and  we  WILL WIN!"

God  bless us one and all...Especially those who  denounce Him,  God bless
America and Canada , despite all our  faults, we are still the greatest
nations of  all.
God  bless our service men who are  fighting to protect our right to pray
and  worship God.

   Let's  make 2013 the  year the silent majority is heard and we put God
back as the foundation of our families and  institutions. And our military
forces come home  from all the wars.

   Keep looking  up.

   If you agree with  this, please pass it on.
   If not delete  it.


   that's  one reason why this world is in the mess we're  in now.