Everyday you write your own story

As a writer, I understand. Everyday you write your own story. You go to the store, water the plants, eat breakfast (paragraph one). You go to work, answer e-mails, pay your bills (paragraph two).

You talk to your friends. You drive home. You eat dinner.

When the rest of the city is dark and quiet, you say your prayers and go to bed.

And then, sometime in the middle of the night, a group of men break into your house. They drag you away, torture you, and eventually throw you into prison. Wait, let’s change that last phrase. They “re-educate you.” For years. Without trial.

All because of that God you were praying to before you went to bed.

Everyday you write your own story.

Today I choose to write mine.

Today I choose to write to President Bush and President HU Jintao of The Peoples Republic of China. Today I choose to ask, politely and with respect, for the freedom of my brothers and sisters in China. I ask that they encourage the National Peoples Congress to ratify the United Nations Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

I ask because I have the freedom to pray before I go to bed. And I think everyone should have that right.

Everyday you write your own story. What will you write today?

President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
United States

His Excellency President HU Jintao
People’s Republic of China
The State Council General Office
Beijing 100017

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