Walt is a retired “technocrat”, having spent 22 years in the weather field of the US Air Force and almost 20 years as a program manager for a defense contractor. My wife and I have been married 52 years and have three grown children and four grandchildren. His interest in the religions of the Middle East stems from having led courses on Islam, on the Crusades and on the Inquisitions. He has led these classes a total of ten times over the past nine years and has received rave reviews of the depth and quality of his presentations. He has done considerable reading on the subject. The religions that will be discussed are frequently in the news and the danger facing some of them is real and in some cases threatening.