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Submitted by Claire (United States), May 25, 2008 at 01:39

I can see how G. Vishvas would come to the conclusions he has. From the outside, Islam does look like a totalitarian form of government based on the writings of a self-serving warlord who figured out mind-control, and which leaves women as little more than children without any rights. We endlessly hear about Muslims practicing abuse, torture, and murder at every turn, and when they live in the West, they bring along practices like female genital mutilation, killing their daughters for not wearing headscarves or having a boyfriend of another faith, and forcing women to cover themselves in black--many without even showing their eyes.

What I find most interesting is that Muslims insist that the form of Islam practiced in "Islamic" nations isn't "real" Islam. We are repeatedly told Islam is not as it appears to outside observers, and observers are told they must study Islam more to understand this. But the more I read Muslim writings, the more I see it as the product of a clever power monger who understood human psychology as a psychopath would--he saw how to manipulate people in order to control their behavior--how to plant suggestions that would have them perpetuate his totalitarian message.

Of course, the poor, ignorant, and mentally limited are easy prey for any religious indoctrination. But how can educated people continue to believe in ancient teachings such as the Torah, Bible, or Koran as infallible? It makes no sense, unless those people also have been hypnotized in some way to be suggestible so that crafty religious leaders can plant ideas in the subconsious.

I've had people say the Bible or Koran or Book of Mormon or Edgar Cayce teachings or Nostradamos teachings must be true because of correct predictions they believe came from some supernatural source. We don't understand consciousness except at a very superficial level at this point, and we just now have the science to finally take a look at what actually happens in the brain and what chemicals flow when a human is subjected to a certain situation. I suspect that we'll find that there are mental hooks that most people will swallow because of human nature that we are just beginning to understand.

Charles Manson, St. Paul, Mao Tse Tung, Mohammed, and Moses--all are or were geniuses in mind-control. Jesus was different--he focused on self-control and did not seek dominion over others for himself. But some of his followers bastardized his teaching and focused instead on a trumped up magical death and resurrection--St. Paul was the worst of them. Mohammed is worse yet--calling himself a prophet and brainwashing people to believe he was the last prophet of a magical deity. Very clever.

I do understand Mr. G. Vishva lashing out. Islam looks today a lot like Christianity appeared in the Middle Ages. And no amount of citing different Koranic passages or hadith writings can change that any more than Deuteronomy and Numbers can be omitted from the Old Testament.

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