The Lord, even Jesus Christ, defined truth as “knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come.” He added that “whatsoever is more or less than this is the spirit of that wicked one who was a liar from the beginning” (Doctrine and Covenants 93:24-25).
So, what is the truth about Islam? Who can we believe? Who can we believe to give us the unadulterated truth? I found an article by Lawrence Sellin, PhD, titled “Muslims Don’t Assimilate, They Infiltrate.” Mr. Sellin is a retired colonel with 29 years of service in the U.S. Army Reserve and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Mr. Sellin began his article, “Let us first, dispense with the pretense. Every notion we in the West have adopted in terms of dealing with Muslims, both individually and collectively, is wrong.
“It is a policy based more on political correctness than on rational analysis, more on a misunderstanding of culture than religion.”
Continuing his article, Mr. Sellin explained where, when, why, and by whom the term “Islamophobia” was coined. He then cites Nicolai Sennels, a Danish psychologist who treated 150 criminal Muslim inmates. Dr. Sennels discovered there are “fundamental and largely irreconcilable psychological differences between Muslim and Western culture” and made the claim that “effective assimilation [is] at best serendipity and at worst urban myth.”
One difference is how the Muslim culture and the Western culture view anger. In the Western culture “expressions of anger and threats” lead to “a feeling of shame and a loss of social status.” “In Muslim culture, aggressive behaviors, especially threats, are generally seen to be accepted, and even expect as a way of handling conflicts.” This means that “peaceful approaches such as demonstrations of compassion, compromise and common sense are seen by Muslim leaders as cowardice and a weakness to be exploited.”
Another difference, according to Sennels, is an “important psychological difference” called the “locus of control.” For Westerners, their lives are mainly influenced by their “inner forces” – or their ability to control themselves and their emotions, how they think, what motivates them, how they relate to people, and their ability to communicate with others. “In Muslim culture, however, inner factors re replaced by external rules, traditions, and laws for human behavior. They have powerful Muslim clerics who set the directions for their community, dictate political views, and provide rules for virtually all aspects of life.”
The ultimate difference is the Muslim feels like a victim while the Westerner feels like a survivor. Because the Muslim has no feelings of personal responsibility, he makes his demands that society conforms to his way.
Dr. Sennels offers this suggestion: “We should not permit the destruction of our cities by lawless parallel societies, with groups of roaming criminal Muslims overloading of our welfare system and the growing justified fear that non-Muslims have of violence. The consequences should be so strict that it would be preferable for any anti-social Muslim to go back to a Muslim country, where they can understand, and can be understood by their own culture.”
Okay, what is the truth? Read the article and see if you can find the truth.