In the LA Times, “Young European man explains why he converted to Islam:”
The story of Malcolm is intriguing, and perhaps a bit puzzling.
Why would a left-leaning young man from one of the world’s most secular and liberal countries choose to become a pious Muslim?
The 34-year old Swedish music teacher from Stockholm, who asked that his last name not be published, attempted to explain his decision, describing it as the culmination of a long journey searching for faith and him solidifying his religious beliefs that he couldn’t always place.
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“I have never doubted my faith,” he told Babylon & Beyond while on a recent visit to Beirut. “It feels like I’ve had the same faith all the time but it feels so cleanly formulated in Islam.”
What’s the appeal? In part, Malcolm said, Islam fits in well with his left-wing views. “In that sense, Islam fits me really well,” he said. “I am completely against capitalism.”
Funny how that works — and how well it dovetails into this recent Washington Post headline.
(Via Mark Steyn)