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People Convert to Religion during Stress in General.

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Submitted by MPA (United States), Jul 9, 2008 at 05:31

I am not sure why the special recognition that blacks revert only to Islam or (the Nation of Islam's version) only during periods of stress, incarceration or whatever.

It is a fact that most people will turn to religion during these periods. The fact that you singled out Islam, you imply that Islam is some cheap mechanism for weak minded people.

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Your theory of most conversions taking place under stress is a new one to me. What proof do you have for it?

I do not argue that most converts to Islam do so under stress, but note this special pattern among American blacks. I intend no disrespect by noting a significant pattern, not should you perceive any disrespect.

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