DURHAM — He was acting for his God and country, former Capt. James Yee said, when he fulfilled the mission he was given by the Army, to be a chaplain to Muslim soldiers and detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

His country then jailed him for 76 days on espionage suspicions that eventually evaporated, although he was jailed under maximum security, including solitary confinement. The government’s suspicions were born of his commanders’ inability to reconcile two attributes he combines easily, he says: He is a devout convert to Islam and at the same time a proud and patriotic American.

On Thursday, Duke University’s Human Rights Initiative and other campus organizations and programs will sponsor a conversation with Yee. He also will sign copies of his book, “For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire,” which will be sold at the auditorium by The Regulator Bookshop.

 

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