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Submitted by Ron Atkins (United States), Oct 27, 2002 at 07:52

"Conversion to Islam", "Conversion to Christianity" and "Conversion to Judaism" or even "Conversion to Hinduism", are conversions to a religious belief. As a religion, followers are free to practice those beliefs in there homes, churches, mosques, or synygoges. Forcing any of these beliefs on others are against the democratic freedoms we all enjoy.

If Islam is not a religion, but a governmental policy that must be followed and that dictates man's law and religious law, (because it is deemed the "law") for all followers, than it must be considered a governmental body of a country within a country. Islam is forcing its beliefs on all nations and peoples of the world and is against all democratic principles.

If the above is true, that Islam is not a religion but a governmental body, then it stands to reason that Islam is in search of its own nation to govern. The followers of Islam will go to any lengths to achieve that goal. This we have all seen in recent years in countries like Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Indonesia, to name a few.

If the followers of Islam denounce their citizenship, as some have, those persons should be deported and any passports confiscated, to any country that supports the Islamic ideology. Fanatical affiliates of Islam, militant muslims, for example, cannot be tolerated.
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