By Martin Savidge
ATLANTA (CNN) -- If you missed Tuesday's "Wolf Blitzer Reports" at 5 p.m. ET you missed a real "barn burner," as my friends in Peoria would say. We had it all from faith to sex.
The pinnacle was a debate with Pat Robertson, founder and president of the Christian Coalition, over whether or not Islam was a religion of peace. It was a spirited discussion. It didn't change any minds. It wasn't meant to. Faith is something you grow up with. Four minutes of talking cannot change what has been taught over a lifetime. I was just thankful that both the Rev. Robertson and I live in a society where we have the freedom to talk of such things.
It reminded me of my time in Afghanistan earlier this year. As I lived and went into combat with coalition forces, I often found myself questioning faith, life, death and the clash of beliefs. Faith can inspire to do good and do bad. No religion holds the monoploy on either. I learned this, not in a pew, but in the field.
You can grow synical covering news -- mostly because, by the nature of journalism, what we see often involves bad or tragic news. But in each instance, I have found along with the bad there is good. If you have enough faith to find it.
I remember a U.S. Army aviator chaplin at the coalition airbase in Khandahar who carefully cared for the rose bushes that adorned the airport. Over the years of conflict in Afghanistan, the roses had been neglected, left to grow wild or die. The priest was trying to revive them. He wanted them to bloom for Easter services still six weeks away.
But water and weeding could only go so far. What the father needed to do was prune. Unfortunately, the airport had long since lost any gardening tools. A local Muslim worker knew why the priest toiled and understood his dilemma. The poor man went into nearby Khandahar and with his own money purchsed shears for the father.
The act was simple. Both men wanted the roses to bloom. And with the proper care they both knew they would... They had faith.