Time will reveal whether peoples of the so-called 'open' Western societies are indeed any different from those in other lands they continually castigate for being part of a 'closed' belief system - those which are often accused of stifling dissent and of fostering religious persecution
October 14, 2010
Land of the free and home of the brave?
Those words were penned by Francis Scott Key as a line in a poem he wrote in 1814. Later on the poem was set to music and then renamed "The Star-Spangled Banner", eventually being formally accepted as the national anthem, easily recognizable almost anywhere in the world. Almost 200 years on the sincerity of the feelings expressed by that time-honored phrase must be called into question by the events of today. Or, perhaps its true spirit will only be applied to those of certain 'acceptable' faiths - the rest have now been left behind.