Only In America

On Friday, a number of Leica shooters participating in a Leica Akademie Street Photography workshop in D.C. found ourselves in front of the White House as a Muslim man demonstrably worshipped his god.  A Christian church group, kids and adults alike all dressed in orange, showed up as the man was going through what can only be thought of as a performance.  The kids looked on with a mixture of surprise, skepticism, and hostility.

Leica M9, 35mm Summilux FLE

Shortly thereafter, the man washed his feet and began to walk around as the kids — maybe 50 of them — crowded into the space.

And then, when he got back down on his hands and knees to worship toward Mecca , the adults with the group gathered the kids around the man in a large prayer circle and loudly began to pray to Christ.  Either it was an example of religious tolerance — representatives of two religions using the public space in front of the White House to worship — or it was a strange encounter, in which a Muslim was surrounded by Christians intent on drowning out his message.  What do you think it was?


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