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The West has lost itself

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Submitted by Paul Fraley (United States), Dec 7, 2005 at 15:28

The reason why there are increasing numbers of western converts to Islam is obvious. Islam offers an alternative to a decadent, soul-less, secular West which practically deifies consumerism. Western culture is thoroughly materialistic, even western Christianity, particularly the evangelical denominations emphasize the material benefits of faith. Consumerism was even portrayed by Bush, after 9/11, as a sacrifice. The West has lost confidence in itself.

Most westerners, Americans in particular (most of whom think history began in 1776) have no historical context, indeed they are ashamed of their ancestors. The recent riots in France and the mad rush to blame these riots on western "racism" were a clear exmple of how weak, effete, and self-hating the west has become.

In contrast, Islam calls for sacrifice and emphasizes the glories of the hereafter. Human beings who are striving more meaning to live than after holiday sales are naturally attracted to Islam.
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