Subjugation Stories Compared

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I just finished reading Militant Islam Reaches America by Daniel Pipes, and I encountered a very interesting story, courtesy of one of the founders of the Nation of Islam, Elijah Muhammad:

In very brief, Muhammad's message went as follows: Blacks came into existence 78 trillion years ago and lived an advanced and righteous life through the eons. This came to an end six thousand years ago when a deviant black savant named Mr. Yakub, known as "the big head scientist," rebelled against the black gods and created the white race with an eye to destroying the paradise blacks enjoyed. When blacks learned what Mr. Yakub was doing, they exiled him to an island in the Aegean Sea, where he continued his work. Six hundred years later, he had brought the white race into existence, with a mission to reign over blacks for six thousand years. That reign ended in 1914, though a seventy-year grace period would extend it to 1984; W.D. Fard [another founder of NoI] came to proclaim its end and show blacks how to reclaim their rightful place through the Nation of Islam--something they would definitely do by the year 2000.
"Militant Islam Reaches America", Daniel Pipes, p. 223

I immediately thought of Scientology's version of Why We Are The Way We Are. In L. Ron Hubbard's own words, here's what happened:

The head of the Galactic Confederation (76 planets around larger stars visible from here) (founded 95,000,000 yrs ago, very space opera) solved overpopulation (250 billion or so per planet) -- 178 billion average) by mass implanting. He caused people to be brought to Teegeeack (Earth) and put an H Bomb on the principal volcanoes (Incident 2) and then the Pacific area ones were taken in boxes to Hawaii and the Atlantic Area ones to Las Palmas and there "packaged." His name was Xenu. He used renegades. Various misleading data by means of circuits etc. were placed in the implants. When through with his crime Loyal Officers (to the people) captured him after 6 years of battle and put him in an electronic mountain trap where he still is. "They" are gone. The place (Confed.) has since been a desert.
There's an urban legend that Scientology got its start from a bar bet between Hubbard and Robert Heinlein. That particular origin seems to have been debunked, but there are several sources that claim Hubbard said something to the effect of 'screw writing. You want to make _real_ money, start a religion!' I can just picture Hubbard reading Muhammad's history and thinking "Nice story. I can use that."

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Finally, an incisive Israeli site:

http://www.barrychamish.com

The Nation of Islam has nothing to do with Islam, the religion practiced by Muslims. The Nation of Islam is an invented religion, and has much to do with Islam as does Scientology and Christianity.

Agreed (that's why I categorized it under 'General Weirdness' rather than 'Splodeydope Watch'), but I see now that a case could be made for an implied connection since I'm quoting MIRA.

Let me be more clear, then: the chapter in MIRA that discusses NoI emphasizes how it is NOT really Islam.

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