I was sorry to see that Jerene Mortenson, mother of Greg Mortenson, was canceled as our speaker for the mayor's prayer breakfast.
I respect the mayor's decision to cancel, but I don't agree with it. We would have benefited from hearing about that "Fourth Cup of Tea," and perhaps in the process would have had a little light shed on the "60 Minutes" report as well.
I don't know how fair or true or objective the "60 Minutes" report was, but there are other investigative teams out there as well -- the U.S. military who sought his advice, the president of the U.S. and other high-ranking officials, the people working with the Nobel Peace Prize, and thousands of others like myself, including the good people of Afghanistan and Pakistan, who have found him more than trustworthy and are simply amazed at the great work he has done at great personal sacrifice to himself and his family.
He comes by good stock. His parents were Lutheran lay missionaries in Tanzania for 14 years where Greg spent his early years and learned to respect and appreciate all cultures.
If indeed there are things that need to be corrected, I trust that it will happen and that his good work of building schools for peace in some of the remotest parts of the world will continue. I'm trusting that it will and I sent his charity a check this past week.
Rev. Dennis Hier