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Submitted by Dinesh Patel (United States), Feb 9, 2006 at 10:03

Why? You're right. It is not to do with religion, it is to do with social circles. I've seen it and it nearly happened to me.

I see christians convert as firstly they don't know the bible well enough and muslims have it drummed into them from an early age through so much propaganda how bad other religions are.

You can see this for yourself, when you see them next at their stalls or handing out leaflets on Islam, look what the first thing is that it say. About Islam? no. The first thing they do is tell you why your religion wrong?! Corruption in the bible, Jesus was a prophet etc. They go on then into their 'Islam means peace' thing. Then they go on about how great Jesus is but why he was just a prophet of Islam. This bit makes you feel that these people are nice kind all loving people.

Ever wondered why, that if they really believe that Jesus was a great prophet why they never take offence when people mock him? and in fact they often join in. I've seen it, i know.

It's worse when you are in their social circle (this is worse for a girl going out with a muslim) as they will try to convince you that everything you do is wrong. This is the part that is difficult for westerns as they have been brought up to believe that we are all equal and to treat everyone the same, and this is the part that muslims exploit.

The non-muslim will automatically accept them and be open to their ideas and values. This won't be returned though and the muslims will close ranks. Eventually, they will give up their religion to feel more accepted by the muslims. It will be like, "oh am not like the rest of them i don't even believe in it".

Eventually, through alienation and for a sense of belonging they will convert. (And so i'm told by a Muslim, the person who converted them is guaranteed paradise, how conveinent?). Then they talk about a sense of belonging and how they how happy they are now.

They forget though that they had this before they met this group and it was the group that made them feel alienated. It was the group that had the problem accepting them for what they are. Think about it, if this muslim brotherhood thing really works, why are they killing each other in Islamic countries? More muslims are killed by muslims then anyone else. (they won't talk about this though, only about crusaders, jews and americans)
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