My friend, who recently traveled to Iran and took the photo of the empty mosque in my previous post, was also blown away by the overwhelming warm reception he received from the people of Iran. Even though I told him to expect the people he would meet to be intrigued by an American visiting Iran, he was not prepared for the welcome he received in every city he toured.
In fact, he told me, “I have never been high-fived or hugged so much in my life just for being an American than I was in Iran!” He was invited to people’s homes, asked for photographs and even told while being embraced by a stranger in a park, “You are my brother. I am so glad you are here.”
What is portrayed in the media is quite different than the reality of what exists inside the borders of one of the least understood countries in the world.
I want to be clear, however. The Islamic controlled government and clergy are indeed extremely dangerous, violent and hateful people who in fact do not love America, Americans or anyone who does not identify themselves with Islam. This group represents only a fraction of the population. Unfortunately, it is the only segment we ever see in the West.