From the Arizona Republic:
O.J. Simpson is set to convert to Islam.
The former American footballer and movie star has been imprisoned in Nevada since 2008 on charges of kidnapping and armed robbery in relation to an armed robbery that took place at the Palace Station hotel-and-casino in Las Vegas in which sports memorabilia was taken.
After seeing his appeal for a re-trial quashed last and being informed in July 2013 he will serve at least another four years, Simpson has embraced the religion in a bid to change his life.
While I certainly hope that he is able to straighten his life out, I am troubled whenever I hear about somebody converting to Islam – this is no exception.
HAVING SAID THE ABOVE…
I didn’t post this thread to spread gossip about The Juice.
With the talk recently about US converts going over to Iraq/Syria/Somalia to support Islamic Extremists, it seems timely to talk about the whole issue of Islamic prison ministry.
Specifically, why are we seeing the number of converts to Islam from prison that we are? On a related note, is what they are hearing “peaceful” Islam…or is it “radical” Islam? Next, is it your understanding if they are getting “parole board” conversions (like what happens a lot with Christian prison ministry) or are they getting mostly “authentic” conversions?
It’s been a long time (mid 80s) since I’ve done any prison ministry, so I can’t say one way or the other…