News Plus the Question Why


I posted this awhile ago, but since the much more recent story about a video encouraging Muslims to start forest fires got me thinking about it, I thought I would re-post this. It is a great way to work some good information about Islam into a casual and innocent, non-confrontational conversation (as part of our mission to awaken our fellow citizens about Islam):

I did something tonight that worked pretty well. I was talking to a man I work with. We haven't talked much because he works in another department, but we get along great. He was telling me about camping on the other side of the mountains last week, and that they couldn't have a campfire because of fire danger (there have been several forest fires around here in the last month).

This seemed like such a great opening, I couldn't help myself. I said, "Just yesterday I saw a video of a former NSA official talking about forest fires. Apparently, when they killed Osama bin Laden, they also captured a bunch of computers and stuff, and they've found out al Qaeda had plans to inflict economic damage on the United States with forest fires. And already they've busted two al Qaeda operatives in California actually doing it! It's a great way for al Qaeda to harm our economy without costing themselves anything."

He said, "That sucks!"

But I had been thinking about asking my next question sometime as an experiment, and this seemed like such a perfect opportunity. So I asked, "Do you know why they want to harm the U.S.?"

He said, "Well, we haven't really been very cool to them in their homelands. It seems like a lot of Arabs probably hate us."

"It's not just Arabs," I said. "Orthodox Muslims all over the world, including some homegrown Muslims — people born in the USA — want to destroy America. It's what they're supposed to do if they are really believing Muslims. It says in Islamic doctrine that they're supposed to fight to impose Islamic law on everyone eventually. And they're at war with anyone who's not following Islamic law, which of course, includes the United States more than anywhere."

"What about all this stuff about our troops in Arabia?" he said, but not really in a challenging way. It almost seemed like he wanted to know what I would say about that.

"It's a pretext," I said. "A Muslim trying to follow Islamic teachings really strictly is supposed to follow Muhammad's example, and that's exactly what the al Qaeda dudes are doing. And Muhammad always had an excuse to attack non-Muslims. Any excuse would do. If we met every one of their demands, they would find some other excuse; they would not leave us alone. They'd attack us because we don't cover our women or something."

He seemed to accept this. He said, "And they'd probably just see us as weak and get more aggressive."

"Yeah, probably," I said, nodding. Now, at this point, the conversation felt complete. I'd gotten a little solid information into his mind without much resistance and I didn't want to "sell past the close," so I let it drop right there, following the principle of small bits and long campaigns. Someone else came into the room, and I brought up a different topic. I said to both of them, "Did you hear about the guy who proposed marriage by faking a car accident?" And we started talking about that.

I think these small conversations, sprinkled in with normal conversation — and as much as possible, making it seem like normal conversation — are really valuable. It helps change beliefs gently, and that's probably the best way to change the beliefs of another person. And this "technique" (if we can call it that) of telling some interesting bit of Islamic-related news, followed by the question, "Do you know why they're doing that?" might be a useful format or blueprint for getting some good information into the minds of our fellow non-Muslims.


Citizen Warrior 11:42 AM  

Someone emailed this comment:

I know he is right but I cannot get past the fact that with all that is going on in the world and the people they are killing, crucified, set on fire, the women and children they brutally murder under their Sharia Lawlessness I have not 1 ounce of patience left for any of them and that included someone who Was a friend for over 35 years! Maybe some of you can do this – I just want to slap the crap out of them and bash their heads in since they won’t miss any brains because they don’t have any!! Good luck to all who have patience left! 4 years of stupidity, ignorance, communism being shoved down our throats while the democrats play pocket pool and obama write away our freedoms and is trying to give our Oil in Alaska to the Russians.. I can’t even try anymore!!

JL 4:55 AM  

Here is a black and white flyer for people to print.

I would like it if other people would make similar.

There is a bunch of them listed here:

I think frontpagemag has booklets too but you have to buy them, but theyre probably quite well-written.

I like black and white flyers because they can just be photocopied and so theyre pretty inexpensive.

A good and FREE program to make flyers is Scribus. It has export to pdf.

JL 3:46 AM  

Hey thanks for posting my comment.

I received some advice about the flyer I linked above being too provocative so I tweaked it a bit

You can find the new one here...

If you could add a section on resources like this that'd be great thanks.

Love your articles. Keep on truckin' buddy.

Citizen Warrior 12:09 PM  

Paris, here's what I propose:

What Should Be Done?

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