A lot of people believe that Europe is a paradise of equality, but they’re having the same problems as we are. Katherine may or may not have known this when she left the US. She certainly knows about it now, because she’s written a book around the topic, Nowhere Boy.
God and country have gone together for centuries, especially since “country” started also being a form of music. The latter association is thanks to people like Julie, whose singing career is a literal answered prayer. Apparently Tom and Kathryn have been praying for a new Thai restaurant because they’re equally enthusiastic.