Today, Independence Day, we Americans celebrate our freedom. We celebrate our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
It is good today to remember that, in other parts of the world, many men and women are not free.
In Mexico, political candidates are often subject to violence. Last week, a candidate for governor was gunned down.
In Iran and China, the government controls the press, censors the Internet and jails those who call for democracy.
In Saudi Arabia, women may not vote, drive a car or leave home without the permission of a male guardian.
In the Darfur region of Sudan, horrible violence to civilians continues unabated.
Yes, we indeed are a blessed people. Consider this a prayer that our peace and freedoms may one day soon be commonplace around the world.
A song of thanksgiving: