Dr. Nicolai Sennels is a Danish psychologist who studied young criminal Muslims in a Copenhagen youth prison. He compared them to non-Muslim criminals in the same prison to try to discover why so many Muslim men turned into monsters. This article is the first in a three-part series where I will summarize and comment on his findings.
While all cultures have their psychopaths and deviants, the Muslim culture stands alone as one in which brutal savagery is accepted as normal, fostered, and celebrated. While some so-called Muslim moderates do their best to marginalize the radicals as unrepresentative of the real Islam, the fact remains that if they had never been introduced to Islam, they most likely would never have become so radical. The truth is that with a few rare exceptions, even the most radical and barbaric Muslims aren’t doing anything that isn’t commanded in the holy books. They are simply taking their religion seriously. Granted, not all Muslims are what we have come to call radical, but so many are that we must investigate why.
The Muslim Mind
First, let’s take a look into the Muslim mind. Nobody is born a mass murderer, rapist or violent criminal. So what is it in the Muslim culture that influences their children to become so barbaric? Dr. Sennels discovered certain psychological mechanisms that harm people’s development and increase criminal behavior. One group of psychological mechanisms concerns religion, which aims at indoctrinating Islamic values in children as early as possible and with whatever means necessary, including violence and intimidation. Muslim parents are concerned about their children’s religious choices, since Shariah law demands the death penalty for children who choose another religion than their parents.’ The other group of mechanisms is more cultural and psychological and is a natural consequence of being influenced by a religion like Islam and stemming from a fourteen hundred-year-old society with very limited freedom to develop beyond what the religion allows.
Brainwashing their Children
Brainwashing people into believing or doing things against their own human nature — such as hating or even killing innocents they do not even know — is traditionally done by combining pain and repetition. The conscious infliction of psychological and physical suffering breaks down the person’s resistance to the constantly repeated message. Totalitarian regimes use this method to reform political dissidents. Armies in less civilized countries use it to create ruthless soldiers, and religious sects all over the world use it to fanaticize their followers.
During numerous sessions with more than a hundred Muslim clients, Dr. Sennels found that violence and repetition of religious messages are prevalent in Muslim families. He discovered that Muslim culture simply does not have the same degree of understanding of human development as in civilized societies, and physical pain and threats are therefore often the preferred tool to raise children. This is why so many Muslim girls accept violence in their marriage, and why Muslim boys grow up believing that violence is acceptable. The Muslim tradition of using pain and intimidation as part of disciplining children is also widely used in Muslim schools, even in the West. Factor in countless repetitions of Quranic verses in Islamic schools and families and you get children who are unable to defend themselves against being indoctrinated to follow the Quran, even when its commands violate secular laws and contradict the most basic understanding of compassion.
AS I SEE IT
It doesn’t take a psychologist to know that habits and beliefs drilled into you as a child are nearly impossible to break or change later in life. From what we’ve learned so far, it’s no wonder so many Muslims are unfamiliar with compassion. They’ve never experienced it, nor have they been taught anything about it. Consequently, qualities like compassion and mercy have no meaning to most Muslims, and they seldom grow up with a sense of humor. What they do end up with is a fanatical devotion to their religion—the only redeeming characteristic worth emulating.
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