How I went from chanting ‘Death to America’ to ‘God Bless America’

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I was born in Iran, and as a young student I joined the masses of protesters in the streets of Tehran in 1979 shouting “Death to America.” But I have grown to love America and what this blessed nation stands for. 

In 1982 I became a dual citizen and began studying at the University of Southern California. Over the past four decades,, my love for the U.S. has grown. 

My heart is grieved when natural-born citizens hate America and blame her for the world’s problems. My heart hurts when I hear the hatred some Americans have for their own country, shouting “Death to America” and burning the American flag on university campuses.

Iranians chant “Death to America” while burning a U.S. flag outside the former U.S. embassy in Tehran

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