Kirsters Baish| The Gateway Pundit reports that a young, liberal couple from America recently decided to quit their jobs to bike across central Asia. Their names were Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan, and shortly before their deaths, the two were posting about their travels on the internet. Austin claimed that “evil is a make-believe concept” in what turned out to be one of his very last posts. The two were hoping to share their openhearted nature with those they met on their travels.
Their trip was cut short as they rode their bikes through Tajikistan. They were stabbed to death by members of ISIS. The picture below was posted by ISIS members shortly after they brutally killed the couple.
It was reported by Pluralist.com that the “idealistic” couple was killed in an “Islamic State-claimed terrorist attack” while they were cycling around the world last month.
Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan, bot, last year quit their office jobs in Washington, DC, to embark on the journey. Austin, a vegan who worked for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Geoghegan, a vegetarian who worked in the Georgetown University admissions office, decided that they’re were wasting their lives working.
“I’ve grown tired of spending the best hours of my day in front of a glowing rectangle, of coloring the best years of my life in swaths of grey and beige,” Austin wrote on his blog before he quit. “I’ve missed too many sunsets while my back was turned. Too many thunderstorms went unwatched, too many gentle breezes unnoticed.”
Their year-long journey was documented by the couple on both Instagram and on a joint blog that the two shared. The New York Times wrote that the two shared “the openheartedness they wanted to embody and the acts of kindness reciprocated by strangers.”
“You read the papers and you’re led to believe that the world is a big, scary place,” Austin wrote online.
He went on, “People, the narrative goes, are not to be trusted. People are bad. People are evil. I don’t buy it. Evil is a make-believe concept we’ve invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans holding values and beliefs and perspectives different than our own… By and large, humans are kind. Self-interested sometimes, myopic sometimes, but kind. Generous and wonderful and kind.”
While the couple was bicycling through a country known for a large terrorist presence, Tajikistan, on July 29, a car rammed into them. Five ISIS members got out of the vehicle and stabbed the couple to death.
The Washington Post writes:
On July 29, five terrorists in Tajikistan rammed a car into a group of seven Western cyclists, then set upon them with knives. Four of the cyclists were killed: two from the United States, one from Switzerland and one from the Netherlands.
The Islamic State asserted responsibility for the attack, although Tajik authorities are pointing the finger at a banned political party, the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan. Whoever is responsible, the attack was the first terrorist assault against Western tourists in Tajikistan.
Discussions about the attack on news and social media websites quickly turned into impassioned debates about whether the American couple was naive for traveling in Tajikistan. A typical comment on a Washington Post article read: “Their deaths are senseless and tragic, but could have been avoided if they had used more judgment in planning their travel itinerary. Prayers for the families.”