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How to change thinking

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in response to reader comment: The enemy is ISLAM, there is no such thing as Islamism

Submitted by Claire (United States), Jun 20, 2008 at 08:53

I agree. Islam uses intimidation to force people to inflict shariah on themselves and others. Children are brainwashed early and completely. "Stockholm Syndrome" is a powerful force, and Mohammed was a clever mind-control genius.

I see force or education as potential ways to change thinking. Islam uses emotional appeal (put on a face of humanitarianism) and force. It also draws on an ancient book that is considered infallible. Of course, education is not going to work on those who lack cognitive ability, who have internalized the suggestion completely, and probably those who have built their lives on the beliefs.

The Koran teaches that non-Muslims must convert to Islam, or accept that Shariah is the law and agree to be second-class, or be killed. No other choices exist.

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