How You Can Fight

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This site is called "Citizen Warrior" because the fight to stop the spread of orthodox Islam is something we cannot leave to military and intelligence agencies. We need them, of course, and they play a vital role in dealing with physical threats, but this is an ideological battle as well. That is, part of the battle — maybe even most of the battle — is taking place in our own heads. We will win or lose depending on what is in the minds of most of our fellow citizens.

If most non-Muslims believe Islam is peaceful or that all religions are basically the same, we will be vulnerable to the relentless Islamic pressure to yield concessions, orthodox Muslims will exploit our Achilles' heel, and we will lose. If enough non-Muslims know what it says in core Islamic texts, the relentless drive of orthodox Muslims to gain political power will be thwarted at every turn and the threat will be contained. We will consistently win those battles.

But so far, schools, politicians, and media are all failing to fight this battle. That leaves ordinary citizens to do what needs to be done. You and me.

So the biggest task ahead of us is educational. No, it's more than education. It's persuasion. It's influence. People need to be reached. People need to be informed about Islam's basic principles. But many resist and reject the information. That's why this is not a simple educational project for most people. We need to find ways around the resistance. We need to get through.

The first and most important principle of influence is to gain and maintain rapport. When you lose rapport, you lose the ability to influence.

In a communication discipline called Neuro-Linguistic Programming, otherwise known as NLP, you can find lots of good books, DVDs, seminars, and audio programs about gaining rapport.

"Try a brief experiment to demonstrate the importance of rapport for yourself," wrote Andreas and Faulkner in their book, NLP. "Think of a communication situation in your life where you were unsuccessful at getting what you wanted with another person — whether it was characterized by conflict or just frustration. Now think of another communication situation where you did get what you wanted — both you and the other person were satisfied with the result of the interaction. Now compare the two for the presence or absence of rapport. When people make this comparison repeatedly, they find that their communication successes are characterized by rapport and their failures by a lack of rapport. Rapport is a fundamental prerequisite for all effective communication. If you don't have rapport, you simply will not be effective with other people."

As citizen warriors, our number one task is to get more people to accept the facts about Islamic texts. This is how you can fight. We must be effective with people. So the first skill to master is gaining and maintaining rapport. Start here:

Gain Rapport to Help Get Through to Them
Rapport Comes Before Influence
The Magic of Rapport

When you are good at keeping rapport with people while talking about Islam, please share with us what works. Help other counterjihadists succeed in this vital task. Share your discoveries here: Talk About Islam Among Non-Muslims.

5 comments:

Walter Sieruk 11:57 AM  

One of the things that must be done to win the the "war of ideas" is to define the enemy. Islam may be defined as "a religious/ political and cultural tyranical system that controls the minds and lifes and millions of people around the world." With this in stated the wisdom of the words of Thomas Jefferson very much applies here.
Mr. Jefferson declared "I have sworn upon the alter of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man,'

Walter Sieruk 12:11 PM  

The idea's and philosophly of Thomas Jefferson may apply here in the war against the stealth and militant jihadism of Islam and to defend the Freedom of the West.
For Mr Jefferson stated "A conviction that we are in the right accomplishes half the difficulty of correcting wrong" and "Our part then is to pursue with steadness what is right...assured that in the end public approbation will in the end be with us." Lastly it should be remembered that Thomas Jefferson declared " Fortitude...teaches us to meet and surmount difficulties; not to fly from them."

Walter Sieruk 12:27 PM  

With all the extreme violence and murders that are commited because of Islam, such as jihadist bombings and shootings, as well as the heinous brutal, vicious and malicious acts that are commit against women and girls under the title of "honor killing" Likewise, the evil and hideous thing as acid attacks against girls because of belief in Islam are truely and really terible and wicked indeed. In the light of all these awful things two thing need to be stated. First, Jesus taught in His great Wisdom that "By their futits ye shall know them." Matthew 7:20. [KJV. Second, the wisdom of Thomas Paine may apply here. For in his book THE AGE OF REASON it reads "Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be a true system."

Traeh 12:40 PM  

Citizen Warrior, your article points toward a grave weakness in the Islam-critical movement. Very few pay attention to rapport. It's good you are doing so.

Citizen Warrior 2:05 PM  

Thanks, Traeh. Let's hope it spreads to the broader counterjihad movement.

Thank you for your efforts to help that happen!

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