From Jim O'Brien
December 14, 2018

Voluntary Slavery

Hi Friend,

Going through the line at the airport security check I overheard an animated conversation between two security guards, a male who was questioning the female guard about her decision to convert from Christianity to Islam. She, not able to give a convincing answer, threw up her hands and exclaimed, "It's something you wouldn't understand."

You may be as perplexed as I am that an American, having experienced a life of freedom, would voluntarily embrace a religious system that enslaves women. It is particularly shocking when the woman is descended from slave ancestors. You may be surprised to know that tens of thousands in the Western Culture have converted to Islam. Even more appalling is that 75 percent of those multiple thousands are women.

If the trend could be any worse, it is. Most of these women gravitate to the more misogynistic groups where women have no rights. Yet they insist all the while that they feel liberated and free.

Abigail Esman, an award-winning author, has written a new book called Radical State: How Jihad is Winning Over Democracy in the West. Ms. Esman has studied many such women.

She writes that "most of these young women display little self-confidence or ability to define their own values and behavior-qualities that make them easily influenced by others, and susceptible especially to those who offer up a lifestyle option that relinquishes them from responsibility for their actions, that gives them a code of behavior and the ease of attributing what they do or wear or eat to God and not to self."

Because the profiles of the converts are very similar, "recruiting by radical Muslims is made so easy-and is performed virtually programmatically."

BBC reports that, "Muslim women are targeted by extremist recruiters for jihad precisely for their willingness to follow the advice of more 'knowledgeable' Muslims and the commands and demands of Muslim men."

Why are such women so valuable to Muslim extremists? The answer was given by Zubeidat Tsarnaev, mother of the Boston marathon bombing suspect in a CNN interview. Referring to her son she said, "If they are going to kill him, I don't care. My oldest son is killed, so I don't care. I don't care if my youngest son is going to be killed today. I want the world to hear this. And, I don't care if I am going to get killed too. And I will say Allahu Akbar!"

Muslim extremists are looking for women so lacking in values and so easily influenced by others that they will raise a child to be sacrificed on the altar of Muslim jihad. And they are finding them in the Western Culture.

When the Apostle Paul preached to Gentiles in Galatia many were converted to the rational faith of Christianity. Some of those who had been enslaved to pagan gods found freedom in Christianity. But freedom is hard to maintain. It requires taking responsibility for self. So some of the new Christians sought out new masters to whom they could become enslaved again. Paul admonished them when he wrote, "O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth..."

Paul was disturbed that people who had been set free by Jesus Christ would volunteer to be slaves again. No rational person would willingly imprison himself after knowing the joy of freedom-unless he was hypnotized by a charlatan.

We are as shocked in the 21st Century as Paul was in the 1st. These people have a human body but lack the spirit of man-the inherent desire for freedom. Mere shells of human beings they seek bridles and chains to be led by unscrupulous tyrants. They have gained a foothold; may they never gain dominance in the land of the free.

Until next time,

Jim O'Brien