posted on Sep, 19 2014 @ 10:34 PM
a reply to: mindseye1609
You know... I used to work trying to get some of these people out of these extremist groups... I have a LOT of stories I tell you.
But most don't want out... nor do they care what the religion teaches. It's not about religion for them, its about belonging.
There was a prison convert, a black girl I liked a lot and felt responsible for her somehow.. and I tried so hard with her - I introduced her around,
took her to more than one mosque - the non-extremist normal kinds. I taught her about religion, sat and explained and answered her questions...
I never could get her away from them. In the end she looked at me and said she knew I was teaching her right, and that she believed what I taught her
about the religion - but that she didn't feel comfortable at the mosques I had taken her to, she said she felt out of place and didn't feel like she
She told me she fit in at the extremist place - she said there she felt a part of the group rather than an outsider. And so she stayed with them, not
caring that they didn't teach the religion right.
You know... I cried for her that day. She wasn't the only one... none of them care about religion at all.
I don't know other than being kind and accepting and welcoming and spending time with people - how to make them feel like they fit in. I don't know
how to do that. Apparently the extremists do.
edit on 19-9-2014 by OpinionatedB because: (no reason given)