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A Double Standard

Frankie, Craig and I spoke to a religious leader of a small group of committed followers in Texas who really got me thinking. I won’t reveal his name or sect right now but wanted to share some of the things he said.


We met the bearded man in his traditional clothes inside his small and non-descript place of worship. Most people in the area would not even know it was there. The group, though a registered faith based group, refuses to take government money for their small school of 16 students. “God,” he said, “takes better care of us than Uncle Sam.” They don’t vote as policy and will not participate in any politics. He didn’t seem to be attached to America at all as a country or as an idea.

He was not happy with the relativism of American culture. “Everyone says this is your opinion, this is my opinion—each person chooses. But what about right and wrong?”

“Justice will come”, he said. “Sodom and Gomorrah didn’t survive and I don’t believe America will either”.

He said that they appreciate the freedom in this country—they obey our laws, pay taxes, pray for others. But if they were told to do something that violates the Holy Book, they would not do it. He said they were not anti-government but that, “we feel like we are an ambassador here, just temporary. Our citizenship is in heaven”.

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News and Links

We have several videos coming soon but I wanted to give a quick update on the progress of the project. We are in Washington planning for the next trip. We got a short rest at the end of last week but were back in the office arranging all of the travel and details for Round 2 on Monday. We leave next week and will continue to blog and make videos. We still have much to write about from Round 1 and will posting some more entries over the next week.

For today, I am posting some links for those interested. Here is an article by Ambassador Ahmed that appeared in “AARP The Magazine” about the previous Journey. Here is one from the “Christian Science Monitor” on Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization.

And since Pakistan is in the news, “Good Anthropology, Bad Islam?” by Frankie and Hailey remains relevant. Perhaps the two candidates for President should read it.

More to come. Please spread the word and thank you for visiting the blog.

Jonathan