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The comments about Momena, are more a refection of writers bias, than clear thinking

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Submitted by Ray Exley (United States), Dec 1, 2018 at 14:46

I read all of the comments about Momena, and none seemed able to discuss this situation, without projecting their prior biases into their comments.

I have nearly 10 years of training in psychiatry, and I have trouble understanding how religiously motivated zealots can close their minds to the reality around them, and live in the world of their religious bigotry. But, they can and they do. This woman is NOT crazy, in the sense of being unable to understand reality, her reality is her religious beliefs, which is entirely based in early programing and emotion. And Islam extremists teach exactly what she now "believes."

There is nothing unique here, it is the same old story. The communists called people like her, "useful idiots" for a variety of reasons, but one was their ability to believe and act upon their early programing, without questioning. The childhood emotion,desire to be accepted (by parents usually) is somehow fulfilled in their (emotional part) mind, by intensely identifying with "something larger than themselves", is part of this syndrome of unquestioning allegiance to a political or religious "philosophy". And, this "drive" is part of the human emotional complex. Hitler commented, "Give me the children until they are (a certain age about 10 years, but I dont remember his exact statement), and I will have them for life.

And, this is an essential part of this woman's emotional programing, as it is of most of the people who commented "upon" her situation, by repeating their preconceived views, without actually showing any insight into her emotions, and world view, or where she got it. They have the same level of insight into the origins and accuracy of their cherished beliefs, not much to none.

And, until people stop teaching their children to hate, this will not change.

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