China and the Uighurs
Limiting Brainwashing to the Sanctity of the Home
Shannon Gormley, freelancing for the Ottawa Citizen, writes in "Who the Uighurs are" (sic) Ottawa Citizen, March 15, 2014 that one of the ways Chinese authority oppress the Muslim minority is by "outlawing minors from participating in any religious activities." Our governments should be that enlightened.
The Chinese know a thing or two about brainwashing an entire generation. Remember the Cultural Revolution.
As the superior religion which must "triumph over every religion 61:9" the Prophet encourages the public demonstration of the Islamic faith, including praying in groups and in a public space; those who do get up to 27 times the rewards than those who pray in private and by themselves.
The key to brainwashing is repetition. Uighurs, being Sunnis means that five times a day, every day, children as soon as they are able to mouth the words must repeat verses from the Koran (this is a mandatory requirement of every prayer) about how unbelievers are evil and not deserving of any mercy.
Reinforcing what has to be repeated ad nausea, preferably from memory, are prostrations where the upper part of the body must touch the ground before returning to a standing position.
These prostrations, which also must be performed as a group to get those additional rewards, cannot be easy on seniors and people with joint pain.
Nonetheless, in jurisdictions which strictly adhere to Allah and His Messenger's decreed punishment for nonconformists of any age e.g. Hanbali schools of Islamic law (Saudi Arabia) not doing exactly as the Prophet did during prayer, if deemed capable of doing so, is risking summary execution.
Narrated Abdullah bin Masud:
The Prophet recited Suratan-Najm (103) at Mecca and prostrated while reciting it and those who were with him did the same except an old man who took a handful of small stones or earth and lifted it to his forehead and said, "This is sufficient for me."
Later on, I saw him killed as a non-believer.
Is it any wonder, that children who are subjected to such a strict repetitious regiment of verbal and ritual worship of an uncompromising deity grow up seeing it as their God-given mission to "kill them wherever you find them 2:191", with whatever means at hand, from a rocket launcher to carving knives, to running them over with a motor vehicle, preferably a large heavy one as was done in Nice.
Yes, the Chinese interdiction means fewer rewards for one's prayers, but limiting brainwashing of children to the sanctity of the home means they have a better chance in adulthood of overcoming their indoctrination into a violent, intolerant faith.
If freedom of religion is a human right then so is freedom from religion; and if a country chooses to make freedom from religion paramount shouldn’t we respect that decision less we be accused of hypocrisy.
China in the past has had to make difficult choices that only the leadership of a country with a billion plus souls can appreciate. The most difficult had to be its one child policy. Another difficult decision had to be placing limits on freedom of religion.
Knowing the barbarity that religious conflicts tend to sink into (witness the actions of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan) and that such conflicts will tear a country apart it really had no choice, to do otherwise would have been irresponsible.
Bernard Payeur March 16, 2014, Rev July 14, 2016