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Submitted by jimmah the dimmah (United States), Apr 9, 2008 at 13:45

I have seen and heard firsthand testimonials of Americans and Europeans who converted to Islam, and I think some of the common threads I hear, besides some sort of disillusionment or dissatisfaction with another faith, is an infatuation with the foreign, mystical aspect of Islam, the Arabic language and culture, the mosques, the ostentatious scheduled praying, etc., in addition to the historical association with Christianity. People feel like they get to keep their relationship to 'God', but have found a better (or, the correct) way to worship Him. Kind of like "Pimp My Religion".

The problem I've also heard from apostates is that they are not initially confronted with many of the disturbing details of Islam, and its creator, Mohamed. These details, if they are ever discovered at all, are usually only mentioned by non-believers, which makes them, in the converts brainwashed state, inherently untrue. Brothers and sisters of the ummah will also be well versed in the twisted logic needed to defend the facts.

Westerners need to educate themselves and their neighbors about ALL of Islam's teachings by shining on it the harsh, cold light of unbiased, detached examination. In this sense, Westerners need to re-examine their tactics in fighting radical Islam and its unwitting accomplice, moderate Islam. Require all students to take (at a relatively young age, e.g., pre-teen), an overview of the major religions of the world. Include an overview of the history of the religion, the story of each religion's major prophets and their teachings. This would do more to prevent the Accidental Muslim / Apostate than anything anyone could say to these people after the fact.

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