Thank you brother Salman for alerting me to this article.
Here we go again, it never ceases to amaze me. It could just be my weary eyes, but here is another article that when read initially could look like a fascinating article about a Jewish boy who converted to Islam then to Christianity. However, once one looks at the style of writing it becomes clear that writer wanted to de-emphasize Daveed’s Jewish background and focus on his “brush with radical Islam” and emphasize his epiphany that in the end Christianity was the way to go!
The story goes (without stealing CNN’s thunder) Daveed was born of a Jewish family, was introduced to Islam in college, later joined a “radical” mosque, left because he didn’t agree with their violent and backward ways, and eventually found the “truth” in Christianity having been baptized in the Church….go figure.
While in his own words in the article he does admit that there are many peaceful “moderate” Muslims in America, I don’t believe the article goes far enough. It doesn’t highlight that his experience is isolated and that his initial embrace of Islam was night and day compared to what he eventually got into at the Oregon Mosque. The article blurs the lines and doesn’t openly point out the difference between Islam which he embraced in college and a radical teaching that he later joined later. The two are very different. Furthermore, I’m troubled at how the article makes the reader skeptical of Muslim converts as if we are all confused and looking for the truth, that somehow stumble upon this “Islam thing” in the end to become good little Christians.
Well, not to slander Christianity, but come on now, we are kidding ourselves if we want to continuously paint the portrait that Christianity is the solution to the “issues” of being a Muslim. Need I remind those reading that this 74% and higher “Christian” nation has the highest level of almost all those things Jesus (pbuh) definitely wouldn’t approve of. You know what “things” I am referring to.
Nevertheless, there are plenty of Muslim conversion stories out there that are not filled with suspicion and fear. If CNN needs one, they can check my blogroll or even interview me.
Oh and I have been baptized several times before, so my story only ends in la illaha ilallah!