The Danish psychologist Nicolai Sennels worked with young criminal Muslims in a Copenhagen prison for three years. He came to the conclusion that Muslims cannot be integrated into Western society. I found his observations to be so enlightening, giving a key to understanding the Muslim psyche, that I thought it worthwhile to share them. He begins by describing what it’s like to be raised in a Muslim environment — with Muslim parents and traditions, which causes certain anti-social characteristics such as anger, aggression, threatening behavior, lack of self-confidence, lack of responsibility and identity crisis to develop. Concerning anger, it quickly becomes clear that Muslims in general have a different view on aggression and threatening behavior than Europeans. For most Westerners, it is an embarrassing sign of weakness to become angry, and one quickly apologizes for this if it happens. Trying to get one’s will by acting aggressively or using threats is seen as immature and our reaction is often to ridicule or ignore such ploys. Thus, the shortest way to lose face in our Western culture is to show anger.
It is completely opposite in the Muslim culture where it is expected that one should react with anger and aggressive behavior if one is criticized, contradicted or teased. If a Muslim does not react aggressively when criticized, he is seen as weak, not worth trusting and he loses social status at once. This cocktail of differences has sparked the ongoing debate on free speech all over the world. When a Danish cartoonist shows the Muslims’ prophet with a bomb in his turban to illustrate the fact that Mohammed conducted hundreds of massacres and called for global violent jihad against non-Muslims, the reaction of Muslim leaders and their followers was exactly to confirm Westergaard’s drawing: they responded with jihad on all possible levels — threats of genocide, terror, economical boycott, lawsuits and using democratic systems in our countries to challenge and destroy our laws on free speech.
Also the concept of honor in the Muslim culture is — as with anger — opposite of our Western view. A Muslim man is exceedingly aware of his status in the group and other peoples’ view of him, and he dreads the slightest sign of criticism. An aggressive response to anything that might make him feel insecure is seen as an expression of honorable behavior. But what is honorable about that? What kind of honor needs to be defended by all means necessary — including the elimination of women’s human rights, such as the right to choose their own sexual partners, husband, friends, clothes, books, amusements and life style? What is honorable about anger and the lack of ability to ignore provocations and handle criticism constructively? After listening to more than a hundred Muslim teenagers telling the story of their feelings, thoughts, reactions, families, religion, culture, life in their Muslim ghettos and their home countries, it became clear to Sennels that such behavior is the very core of keeping one’s honor.” But seen through the eyes of Western psychology, it expresses a lack of self-confidence. According to our view, the basis of being authentic and honorable is to know one’s strengths and weaknesses — and accepting them. The ability to think: “that is your opinion about me but it is not mine — and mine is what counts to me” when provoked, and being mature enough to handle criticism gracefully is a source of high social status in the Western world. Unfortunately, the Muslim concept of honor transforms their men into fragile, glass-like personalities that need to protect themselves by scaring their surroundings with narcissistic rage. Their fear of criticism is not far from paranoia, which means: they are all out to get me, I am a victim. Self-irony, self-criticism and self-blame do not exist in the Muslim world. Seen from a psychological perspective — whose aim is to produce self-confident, happy, free, loving and productive individuals, and not to please a hateful god or cultural traditions — Muslim culture is in many ways psychologically unhealthy to grow up in. It is also unhealthy for those who have to live close to it.
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Dr. Sennels then introduces us to the psychological term “locus of control”, which determines whether people see their life mainly influenced by inner or outer factors. In our Western culture, we see inner factors as more important than outer ones. Our point of view, our way of handling our emotions, our way of thinking, our way of reflecting, our way of reacting is all seen as ways we decide how to live our own life. People who see their lives mainly guided by outer factors — a fearsome god, a powerful father, influential imams, ancient but strong cultural traditions — very easily develop a victim mentality, which also dominates Muslim immigrants who come to the West. We have psychologists, therapists, psychiatrists, ministers, coaches plus countless self-help books and magazines overflowing in our societies, all aiming at helping us decide how to better live our own lives. None of these things exists in the Muslim world. There is no psychology in Islam, and the few psychiatrists they have were educated in the West. A Muslim does not ask questions about how to be happier or how to change himself for the better — he does not decide anything about his life — because Allah has already decided, and he has only to obey. Everything, down to the most intimate or absurd details, has been decided, such as always entering the bathroom with the left foot first, and leaving with the right foot first. Married couples are forbidden to listen to music while copulating, they should recite Koranic verses instead, and they should perform their sex-acts under covers so they will not have to look at each other naked. And when taking a shower, always wash the right side first, etc, etc.
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The Egyptian ex-Muslim Mark Gabriel, who wrote the great book “Islam and Terrorism”, had memorized the entire Koran by the age of twelve. He earned many Master degrees, and was a professor of Islamic History at the renowned Al-Azhar University in Cairo. He eventually realized the Koran was full of contradictions and deceptions, and began to lose his faith. This made him ill, and when he went to a pharmacy for some medicine, he explained his dilemma to the pharmacist, who with the medicine gave him a wrapped up book. At home he discovered it was a Bible, which he plunged into. He realized it was the true religion, with a loving Father, and became a Christian. His father and some relatives tried to kill him but he escaped to Africa where he converted about a dozen Muslims to Christianity. He now lives in the USA. He has been to Germany, where I live, and I have met him twice. Nicolai Sennels said that the Muslim boys he tried to council were not especially religious — they of course believed in Allah and his prophet, but they didn’t go to mosque, hadn’t studied the Koran and didn’t pray five times a day. What kept them captive was the Islamic culture. I want to tell you what Mark Gabriel says about Islamic culture — from the horse’s mouth so to speak.
Mohammed succeeded in establishing Islam because he did not come with a political system only. He took his ideas about politics, religion, law, and human relationships and merged them together to create a way of life. Not only that, Muhammed also declared that this way of life was the way to please Allah and earn paradise. A Muslim person is indoctrinated and programmed by that system. The Muslim culture is so powerful because Mohammed made the Islamic way of life a part of serving Allah. In non-Muslim society, religion is just part of the culture. A Dutch person, for example, could keep all of his Dutch culture but choose to reject Christianity and become an atheist. He is still Dutch. He only changed his religion. But a Muslim person cannot do this. If a Muslim wants to leave Islam, he leaves behind his culture as well because his culture is a part of his faith. Islam is not merely a religion where you worship God the Creator. Islam is your daily life. If you are a Muslim, every aspect of your daily life is controlled by the system. Choice is minimized. Conformity is maximized. Loyalty to Islam is reinforced from morning to night. Herein lies Mr. Sennel’s conclusion that the integration of Muslims into Western society is not possible.
My culture is completely different. I grew up with tales of knights in shining armor who without hesitation would risk life and limb to rescue a damsel in distress. A great knight would count himself highly favored if he could receive a lock of his lady love’s hair, to keep next to his heart, and carry her handkerchief with him into the trysts to show him her favor and bring him luck. The rules of courtesy originated at the court of Eleanor of Aquitaine in the Twelfth Century and still hold sway today among educated ladies and gentlemen. Winston Churchill said: “The Western world is based upon the traditions of chivalry which have come down from medieval times and still exert a potent force. It has become a matter of instinct among the most valiant races that women and children should be spared. If the ship is sinking, they must be the first to be placed in lifeboats. If the house is on fire, they are the first to be rescued. The deepest conceptions of the highest races are based on the privilege and protection of women from brutal violence, and upon the sacred duty of their menfolk to die in their defense, or sacrifice their lives for their safety”. When rickety overcrowded boats full of Muslim “refugees”coming from Africa to Italy got into stormy seas, the men first threw the women overboard, and if necessary then the children. After landing when they were asked why they did this, the men said “I can easily find another wife, and can make more children, but if I die, there will be no more children from me.” Obviously these men are not from a high or valiant race, they are barbarian brutes acting just like Muslims. But my God weeps at the death of a sparrow, my God loves me even though I am a sinful wretch, my God died for me that my soul might be saved. Muslims die for Allah, but my God died for me. And I come from a culture that produces great men who write majestic poetry like “the death of any man diminishes me because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.” My culture is grandeloquent, the highest and the best, we are Cro-Magnons, and we have been subdued by Neanderthals. I do not want Muslims to integrate — they didn’t come here to integrate. Omar Ahmed, founder of CAIR said: Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran should be the highest authority in America and Islam the only accepted religion on earth,” I want all Muslims of whatever stripe to take their faith and leave. We must ban the Koran and ban Islam and all its filthy practices.
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