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Friday, December 30, 2005

More European Women Converting to ISLAM

I've been saying it for years! I've mentioned it in this blog. I've warned this would eventually happen, and now it's coming true, right on schedule. No, I'm no prophet. I just have a little understanding of human nature.

Unless there is a massive revival of Christianity in Europe soon, a good number of nations within the EU will become Islamic within a half-century (just 50 years). That's not an vain threat or a wild speculation. That is a promise! And it's a promise guaranteed by the seal of human nature. Most human beings naturally gravitate toward large organized religions. Guess what? It's been that way for some ten-thousand years, and guess what? It's not going to change. When western civilization entered the 20th century, many of our forefathers foolishly thought that the technological wonders of modern science would virtually eliminate the need for God. The biggest fools of them all were the Marxists, who actually founded an empire (Soviet Union) on this very principle. The modern world did deliver on this promise -- for a while. Each western nation managed to produce at least one generation, during the 20th century, that subscribed to the slogan "God is dead." But what our foolish forefathers failed to take into consideration was the ten-thousand year old lesson of human nature. That lesson is simply this. It doesn't matter if God exists or not -- because human beings will worship him anyway. For ten-thousand years brilliant and powerful men have sought ways to eliminate deity from societal consciousness. Guess what? Every attempt has failed. No generation has ever been able to produce a truly atheist (or at least secular) culture. The children of the 20th century (our forefathers) thought they were different. Many of them believed they could succeed where thousands of generations had failed before them. They were wrong. The real question is not whether God exists. The real question is whether mankind can help but worship him? The answer is "no," we cannot help it. Whether God exists or not, human beings will always worship him, in one way or another. If they don't worship God, than they will worship many gods, and if no gods at all, then they will claim to be gods and worship themselves. Human beings have "worship" DNA built right into our genetic code. We can't help it because it's part of who (and what) we are. It may be possible to get some individuals to deny the existence of God, but it's impossible to get an entire culture to deny it. The secular experiments of the 20th century failed, just as they all have for thousands of years. What western Europe managed to create in their secular experiments was nothing more than a spiritual vacuum in their society. As you know, all vacuums must be filled, and so what followed the secularization of Europe in the 1950s-70s was the unorganized mythic religions of occultism (Neopaganism, Wicca and New Age) in the 1980s-2000. But as history has demonstrated time and time again, small unorganized religions always give way to larger organized religions. In the case of Europe, Christianity had already been swept aside over the previous five decades. So only one organized religion remained poised to fill the void -- Islam. Now European youths are turning to Islam for answers, and surprisingly more women than men. But you know what this means don't you? The men will soon follow. Eventually these female converts will want to marry, and young European men, looking for brides, will also find themselves converting to win their favor. Muslim women raise Muslim children and Muslim children grow into Muslim adults. The battle for Europe is nearly over already, and Islam has won! All the 20th century secularists managed to accomplish in Europe was the exchange of one organized religion for another -- Christianity for Islam. I wonder if they think that was a good trade?

We Americans ought to read the following article carefully, and take heed, if we want to prevent this from happening here...

Why European women are turning to Islam By Peter Ford | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

PARIS - Mary Fallot looks as unlike a terrorist suspect as one could possibly imagine: a petite and demure white Frenchwoman chatting with friends on a cell-phone, indistinguishable from any other young woman in the café where she sits sipping coffee.

And that is exactly why European antiterrorist authorities have their eyes on thousands like her across the continent.

Ms. Fallot is a recent convert to Islam. In the eyes of the police, that makes her potentially dangerous.

The death of Muriel Degauque, a Belgian convert who blew herself up in a suicide attack on US troops in Iraq last month, has drawn fresh attention to the rising number of Islamic converts in Europe, most of them women.

"The phenomenon is booming, and it worries us," the head of the French domestic intelligence agency, Pascal Mailhos, told the Paris-based newspaper Le Monde in a recent interview. "But we must absolutely avoid lumping everyone together."

The difficulty, security experts explain, is that while the police may be alert to possible threats from young men of Middle Eastern origin, they are more relaxed about white European women. Terrorists can use converts who "have added operational benefits in very tight security situations" where they might not attract attention, says Magnus Ranstorp, a terrorism expert at the Swedish National Defense College in Stockholm.

Ms. Fallot, who converted to Islam three years ago after asking herself spiritual questions to which she found no answers in her childhood Catholicism, says she finds the suspicion her new religion attracts "wounding." "For me," she adds, "Islam is a message of love, of tolerance and peace."

It is a message that appeals to more and more Europeans as curiosity about Islam has grown since 9/11, say both Muslim and non-Muslim researchers. Although there are no precise figures, observers who monitor Europe's Muslim population estimate that several thousand men and women convert each year.

Only a fraction of converts are attracted to radical strands of Islam, they point out, and even fewer are drawn into violence. A handful have been convicted of terrorist offenses, such as Richard Reid, the "shoe bomber" and American John Walker Lindh, who was captured in Afghanistan.

Admittedly patchy research suggests that more women than men convert, experts say, but that - contrary to popular perception - only a minority do so in order to marry Muslim men.

"That used to be the most common way, but recently more [women] are coming out of conviction," says Haifa Jawad, who teaches at Birmingham University in Britain. Though non-Muslim men must convert in order to marry a Muslim woman, she points out, the opposite is not true.

Fallot laughs when she is asked whether her love life had anything to do with her decision. "When I told my colleagues at work that I had converted, their first reaction was to ask whether I had a Muslim boyfriend," she recalls. "They couldn't believe I had done it of my own free will."

In fact, she explains, she liked the way "Islam demands a closeness to God. Islam is simpler, more rigorous, and it's easier because it is explicit. I was looking for a framework; man needs rules and behavior to follow. Christianity did not give me the same reference points."

Those reasons reflect many female converts' thinking, say experts who have studied the phenomenon. "A lot of women are reacting to the moral uncertainties of Western society," says Dr. Jawad. "They like the sense of belonging and caring and sharing that Islam offers."

Others are attracted by "a certain idea of womanhood and manhood that Islam offers," suggests Karin van Nieuwkerk, who has studied Dutch women converts. "There is more space for family and motherhood in Islam, and women are not sex objects."

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