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February 28th, 2011
11:13 AM ET

Opinion: Arab youth want democracy, not theocracy

By John L. Esposito, Special to CNN
Editor's note: John L. Esposito is professor of Religion and International Affairs and director of Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal center for Muslim-Christian understanding at Georgetown University. His most recent book is "The Future of Islam."

Hosni Mubarak's resignation resurrected a tsunami wave of articles and commentaries on whether Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood would now come to power. And yet, few have asked why the primary leaders of grassroots revolt in Egypt and across the Arab world curiously have not been Islamic organizations.

Authoritarian rulers in the Arab world, like Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, Tunisia's Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, have long justified their repressive governments by warning the United States and Europe that the alternative to their governments was "chaos" and an Islamist takeover.

The new generation of Arab youth and their supporters, however diverse and different, is united in its desire to topple entrenched autocrats and corrupt governments.

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- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. (B)iraq Hussein Osama

    The faith of the Arab youth supports neither "freedom" nor "tyranny". It in fact supports RIGHTEOUSNESS.

    That is what the faith of the Arab youth is all about. There is no such thing as freedom, even among nations who pretend to be free.

    Are you free to prevent crusaders Bush and Blair from invading foreign lands under false pretexts?
    ANSWER = NO

    Are you free to walk around naked on the streets?
    ANSWER = NO

    Are you free to choose which s ex in a marriage or relationship becomes pregnant and bears the burden of child birth?
    ANSWER = NO

    Are you free to make a woman pregnant and leave without the burden of any responsibility by law?
    ANSWER = NO

    Are you free to buy drugs at the local convenience store?
    ANSWER = NO

    Are you free to cross a red light or speed on the freeway without threat of penalty?
    ANSWER = NO

    Are you free to carry guns, weapons, missiles, drive around in tanks in the city?
    ANSWER = NO

    so you are not really free. If you want to live in social groupings, you have to sacrifice on freedoms for the greater good of everyone around you. This is EXACTLY what the faith of these Arab youth teaches them. You practice the same thing, but like hypocrites, pretend to be free, while pointing fingers at others and accusing them to be tyrannical.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • Evolved DNA

      BHO..Agreed we have some limits on our freedom to allow society to work,, however when limits are imposed by others based on their belief systems that they are not able to prove or justify, that's when I draw the line. You would most likely be happy with a Muslim style sharia law style of theocracy.. but the fact that you cannot prove any of what you say, but want all to submit to is is the problem. Especially when punishment for any transgressions would be severe.. again with no justification.

      March 1, 2011 at 11:30 am |
  2. edmundburkeson

    Perhaps Arab youth do want democracy. The question is: will their faith support freedom? Or will it support tyranny?

    March 1, 2011 at 10:27 am |
  3. Upperhand

    This fool is self delusional, time will tell the truth of the matter.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:08 am |
  4. HeavenSent

    “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” ― Psalm 119:105.

    “Jesus saith unto him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me’.” ― John 14:6.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:43 am |
    • HotAirAce

      "All religion is gulley!y" HAA 2011

      March 1, 2011 at 2:50 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Let's do this again, watching more closely for the Apple auto-spelling demon...

      "All religion is bullsh!t" – HAA 2011

      March 1, 2011 at 2:53 am |
    • Reality

      Hmmm, "I am the Truth" i.e. John 14:6. This passage was not said by the historical Jesus but was wishful thinking by John to make Jesus more like the ancient and local gods of first century Palestine. 210-. Place of Life: (1) Dial. Sav. 27-30, (2) John 14:2-12; http://www.faithfutures.org/Jesus/Crossan2.rtf and Professor Gerd Ludemann's book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 540.

      March 1, 2011 at 7:32 am |
  5. raven26

    This may very well be a watershed moment in the history of the region. The question will be whether or not those seeking democratic government can push those changes all the way through or if things are merely shuffled up before new juntas take power. The people of Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and everywhere else have shown such bravery...I pray it pays off.

    March 1, 2011 at 12:40 am |
  6. Justina

    If Arabs get decent democracy, ever, the credit goes to the American Presidents totally... again! America, the beacon of mankind's freedom! Only if she were not so protective of perverted immorality!

    March 1, 2011 at 12:27 am |
  7. TheRationale

    You know you thought he was Sherlock Holmes for a split second.

    February 28, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
  8. Thomas Jones

    this article suxs as much as those who comment on it!

    February 28, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
  9. Reality

    A quick solution:

    There never was and never will be any angels i.e. no Gabriel, no Islam

    There was and never will be any bodily resurrections i.e. No Easter, no Christianity

    Abraham and Moses never existed i.e. no A & M, no Judaism.

    Added details upon request.

    February 28, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Oh really!

      John 8:44

      March 1, 2011 at 2:39 am |
  10. Cole

    In the Islamic world does it really matter what people want ~ Shari'a law and everything tied into it ~ is what they get!!!

    Even in the west / Europe in particular Muslims are rejecting ideas around individual freedom for Islamic types laws or the abolition of freedoms and rights.

    In truth democracy combined with 'freedom' would allow Christians and other non-Muslims to enjoy equal rights to Muslims ~ it would end the dhimmi laws that place restrictions on Christians/ Hindus/ Bahia and others ~ rights and privilege within any Muslim society.

    Christians/ non-Muslims can't become president in Egypt and Pakistan [as well as banned from joining the army]

    We should all be for freedom ~ but for everybody.

    Rights of non-Muslims within the Islamic world is often overlooked ~ in our eagerness to present a polished picture of Islam – that is often not supported in reality.

    Muslims should not only want rights for themselves ~ most significant of all religious freedoms ~ as well as they should support the rights of others ~ apostates who choose to leave Islam and the same rights extended for non-Muslim worship in their countries.

    Muslims have let go of their own rights, as well as happily deny the rights of others.

    Although the focus has been on the dictators ~ Muslim people need to take more responsibility ~ namely to embrace rights and religious freedoms for all. They provide the perfect environment for dictatorships.

    February 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  11. The Truth

    @DavidJohnson:

    David, one last item to take solace in for our cause is that Christians are turning to our side slowly, but surely. The Internet has helped free the people of Egypt and it freeing the minds of Christians as well toward reality. Everyone is free to read this article enti-tled:

    MOST U.S. CHRISTIANS DON'T BELIEVE THAT SATAN NOR THE HOLY SPIRIT EXIST:

    http://in.christiantoday.com/articles/most-us-christians-don-believe-satan-holy-spirit-exist/3704.htm

    8) 8) 8)

    February 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • Yin Yang

      Polls have shown that the internet have not help egyptian liberate themselves from their oppressive faith since most egyptian still wants to be governed by Sharia Law.
      http://bunkerville.wordpress.com/2011/01/31/majority-of-egyptians-want-sharia-law/

      February 28, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Babble, babble, babble without ever reading John 8:44.

      Amen.

      March 1, 2011 at 2:38 am |
    • The Truth

      @HeavenSent "Babble, babble, babble without ever reading John 8:44."

      Actually, none of this babble. Instead it is reality, reality, reality (and I cited it from a Christian site). That is what Christians currently believe. John 8:44 and any other randomly cited lines from the Bible is irrelevant. As people are educating themselves inside Christian circles, they are realizing the obvious.

      Peace.

      March 1, 2011 at 4:12 am |
    • Reality

      Professor Gerd Ludemann's take on John 8: 30-59: (from Lundemann's book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 492),

      "The conclusion is that none of the statements supposed to have been made by Jesus or the Jews in John 8: 30-59 was spoken in Jesus' lifetime."

      March 1, 2011 at 7:26 am |
  12. G. R.R.

    The majority of those that were rebelling against the shah excepted a democracy. They got the theocracy because a MINORITY grabbed power. All of these nations that are rebelling MUST be careful. Otherwise, they will end up with either Iran, Syria, or Taliban style gov.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  13. Yin and Yang.

    You guys really believe the arab and Muslim world wants secularism and democracy. LOL. Why don't you ppl take a look at the poll.

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/28/opinion-arab-youth-want-democracy-not-theocracy/?iref=allsearch

    BTW just to let you ppl know that the term they use to call Islamic Democracy is not the democracy that was practice in modern world since it was embbeded with Sharia law. Without separation of religion and state they can be no freedom from Tyranny.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • ScottK

      "You guys really believe the arab and Muslim world wants secularism and democracy. LOL." And the same can be said this way "You guys really believe the Christian world wants secularism and democracy. LOL."

      Neither want true democracy's but really want Theocracies or at best Theocratic Democracies meaning majority rule as long as the majority of Americans believe in the bible. As soon as the majority rejects the bible the Christian right won't be so happy.

      February 28, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Amazing how conditioning works today.

      March 1, 2011 at 2:35 am |
  14. Demo Version

    If those youths want democracy, why don't they vote for it? lol

    February 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Perhaps because in many of the countries currently seeking greater freedoms, there was no way to vote for it? I don't know if the authour is right or not, but we will see *when* free and fair elections actually get held.

      February 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
    • Demo Version

      Wow. That joke went right over your head. Whoooosh!

      February 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Yup, I guess it did...

      February 28, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  15. David Johnson

    The article said: "Arab youth want democracy, not theocracy"

    That is what I want in this country. But there is a great effort in this country, to construct a Christian Theocracy.

    The Texas history books are rewriting history to give the conservative slant. The objective of this effort, is to create a Christian Nation, a theocracy with Jesus as head.
    A huge campaign is underway, to convince the American people, the founding fathers never intended a separation of church and state. Thomas Jefferson's role as a founding father is played down. In some cases Jefferson is smudged.

    Expect an attack on the 1st and 14th Amendments. The founding fathers will weep.

    Most of the Tea Party are for a Christian Theocracy.

    The Republicans are the puppets of the Religious Right and the Rich

    You will see an amendment defining marriage as between a man and woman. Gay rights will dwindle and die.

    Roe Vs. Wade will be reversed. Women will once again be forced to seek back alley remedies.

    Stem cell research will stagnate. The hopes of damaged and sick people will be dashed.

    P_ornography will be illegal. The Religious Right will decide what is p_ornographic , as well as what is art. You will watch television programs approved by the Evangelicals. Lots of reruns of "Growing Pains", starring that Evangelical darling Kirk Cameron. Thank you Jesus!

    Creationism will be taught in school, most likely alongside evolution rather than instead of, but no guarantees.

    Little Johnny will believe in talking snakes and trees that bear knowledge and everlasting life giving fruit. *sigh*

    The rest of the world is spending their time learning real science and math. Good luck Johnny. Can you say: "Would you like fries with that?"

    Prayer will be back in school, but only the one true god, the Christian god, will be given homage. The non-Christians will be allowed to put their heads down on their desks, during the morning worship. They can contemplate their damnation, for not accepting Jesus.

    $ex education will consist of abstinence only. Studies have shown it is a worthless concept. Ladies, cross your legs!!!

    Jesus will be the Head of State! And only the Evangelicals will be able to hear His voice. They will tell the rest of us His will. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

    We will be a slave to a make believe god. If it wasn't so sad, it would be funny.

    Cheers!

    February 28, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
    • (B)iraq Hussein Osama

      We would be happy to split up America and give you atheists a place where you can practice your pointless existence. Except the problem is that you will end up repeating what your godfather Hitler did, and then we would have to borrow Jihad from the moslem religion and defend ourselves from your desire for blood and gore. Plus we would probably have to head the cries of you gassing some minority in gas chambers in the name of Godlessness.

      So it is best that we keep America as one, and keep you atheists firmly stuck beneath our ar ses. Its better that way, for the sake of humanity.

      February 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • (B)iraq Hussein Osama

      And then there is the issue of se x of course. Leave it to you Godless people, and the human race would go extinct within 100 years. Only moslems would be left on earth, no humans. With your ladies legs spread "wide open", there would be no children forthcoming, and soon we would be all extinct. Thank God for christians and their ladies with crossed legs!

      February 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • The Truth

      ****@(B)iraq Hussein Osama "We would be happy to split up America and give you atheists a place where you can practice your pointless existence."***

      Before I begin, one needs only to look at your handle to realize that a thimble would fit your head like a sombrero. Your blatant xenophobia is put on full display without you even saying a word in a post. Congrats on that.

      If you don't like the Separation of Church and State and the freedom that our country allows atheists, then YOU pack up and leave. Go move all the Christians into North Dakota and secede. Oh wait, the Christians are already there.

      ***Except the problem is that you will end up repeating what your godfather Hitler did***

      LOL... more of your ignorance put on full display... Hitler was raised in a religious home and led his armies by professing faith in an Aryan Jesus Christ to which his religious sheep blindly followed. Great analogy Einstein!

      ***and then we would have to borrow Jihad from the moslem religion***

      There you go again with your blatant racism by using the term "moslem." Classic! White sheets are best left on the bed in your trailer, not to wear.

      ***and defend ourselves from your desire for blood and gore.***

      How many people have atheists killed over the years versus Christians?

      ***Plus we would probably have to head the cries of you gassing some minority in gas chambers in the name of Godlessness.***

      Mr. Racist Christian himself talking about atheists gassing minorities? LOL

      ***So it is best that we keep America as one, and keep you atheists firmly stuck beneath our ar ses. Its better that way, for the sake of humanity.***

      No, it is better for all of you to move to North Dakota... if you do it, I'll throw in South Dakota for free. Or Canada is always an option as well for you. But for you personally, Abu Ghraib seems like an apropos place.

      ***And then there is the issue of se x of course. Leave it to you Godless people, and the human race would go extinct within 100 years.***

      Actually, studies have shown that the more someone believes in religion, the lower their intelligence. Atheists have the highest intelligence levels, followed by agnostics, followed by casual believer and hard core believers like yourself coming in dead last. It's nice to know that your postings support those findings.

      ***Only moslems would be left on earth, no humans.***

      More blatant racism. Let me guess... you still want black drinking fountains and white drinking fountains. How's that Confederate Flag doing above your bed? You are VERY Christian indeed.

      ***With your ladies legs spread "wide open", there would be no children forthcoming, and soon we would be all extinct. Thank God for christians and their ladies with crossed legs!***

      Actually, the Bible Belt has the highest rate of teen pregnancy BY FAR in the country while the ultra liberal NorthEast has the lowest. Women with religious affiliations make up more than 3/4 of all abortions in the United States. And while we are at it, atheists have lower rates of divorce than Christians, Jews and even the Mormons.

      So yeah, atheists would be totally screwed without the Christians indeed. How horrible would it be for the Christians to disappear and atheists have to live in a world with lower divorce rates, fewer abortions, have less xenophobia, fewer teen pregnancies and a higher intelligence rate? However, luckily for us, not all Christians are as daft as you are, so we can live with them.

      Peace.

      February 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • The Truth

      ***@David Johnson "The article said: "Arab youth want democracy, not theocracy" That is what I want in this country. But there is a great effort in this country, to construct a Christian Theocracy."***

      Amen!

      ***A huge campaign is underway, to convince the American people, the founding fathers never intended a separation of church and state. Thomas Jefferson's role as a founding father is played down. In some cases Jefferson is smudged.***

      These people can't even understand their own religion,never to mind how the US was founded and how historical doc-uments are interpreted by the Supreme Court to set the law of the land.

      ***You will see an amendment defining marriage as between a man and woman. Gay rights will dwindle and die.***

      This is despite the fact that Jesus said he was the Shepherd and we are the Sheep. It turns out that science has shown 8% of all male sheep to be gay and shepherds have known this for years. Jesus could have said he was the Mountain and we are the Pebbles, but he didn't and in fact there are gay species other than humans all over the planet that God created. If anyone wants to read more on the topic feel free to do so:

      http://uscatholic.yuku.com/topic/21

      ***Roe Vs. Wade will be reversed. Women will once again be forced to seek back alley remedies.***

      Which means a higher rate of deaths for women while abortions will still take place.

      ****Stem cell research will stagnate. The hopes of damaged and sick people will be dashed.****

      Yep the Christians hate stem cell research to the point where my state had to put in BILLIONS of tax payer dollars to fund the research. And when the day comes that stem cell research will save the life of a loved one, that exact same Christian hypocrite will be the first in line to receive the treatment that they once fought against. This is much the same way that they hate ho-mose-xuals until one of their own children or grandchildren turn out to be one and then they eventually are fine with it.

      ****P_ornography will be illegal. The Religious Right will decide what is p_ornographic , as well as what is art.****

      Showing ankles will be p-ornograhpic as it was back in the good ol' days that they long for. Don't forget book burning on your list!

      ***You will watch television programs approved by the Evangelicals. Lots of reruns of "Growing Pains", starring that Evangelical darling Kirk Cameron. Thank you Jesus!***

      HAHAHAHAHA! Classic!

      ****Little Johnny will believe in talking snakes and trees that bear knowledge and everlasting life giving fruit. *sigh*****

      Snakes DO talk.... I saw Sir Hiss do so in Robin Hood.

      ***The rest of the world is spending their time learning real science and math.****

      And they are already kicking our behinds at that.

      ***Jesus will be the Head of State! And only the Evangelicals will be able to hear His voice. They will tell the rest of us His will***

      LOL... Wasn't Jesus was already Head of State when W was in office?

      ***Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!***

      If they found out there really was a man behind the curtain and saw him with their own two eyes, unlike Dorothy they'd actually still believe regardless and say it was a trick by Satan to try to deceive them and deviate them from God's plan.

      ***If it wasn't so sad, it would be funny.****

      Great post and well stated!

      February 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • G. R.R.

      @Osama,
      Hitler was VERY much a Christian in every sense of the word. In fact, he was raised Roman Catholic. For a time, he rejected christianity, but then by mid-30's, had wrapped himself in the cross and the german flag.

      February 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • yin and yang

      @ the truth

      While I believe every religious group has a radical within them lets not forget even if majority christian wanted the bible as some form as legislation how many time do you any state that sponsored the church enforce blasphemy and cannonize law at their population.

      Some countries ( except for Islamic State and Islam as State religion) with official religions have laws that guarantee the freedom of worship, full liberty of conscience, and places of worship for all citizens; and implement those laws more than other countries that do not have an official or established state religion.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_religion

      Unlike the majority of world's muslim, most chrictian and Jews does not want any religious law that can infringe the right of their privacy while Islamic law( partial and absolute sharia) enforce prohibition that contradict the universal declaration of human rights.

      BTW I'm neither Jews nor christian so you can stop making your assumption

      February 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • Evolved DNA

      (B)iraq Hussein Osama,, you are the same as any of us.. we are all the same.. you believe you have some superiority because of supernatural being that infests your mind. You are an atheist as well as you most likely reject all other gods other than allah.. we go one more than you and say Allah is not real,, and you have no proof to show or to see...Iif we are under your a-ss.es we are there to support you from sinking lower into the abyss. You may enjoy living a in a death cult.. I choose a happy, enjoyable live where i do not have to kill anyone because they think different to me.

      February 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • The Truth

      @Yin and Yang

      The US was founded upon religious freedom already. The Founding Fathers wanted FREEDOM to choose religion as they saw fit. The framers wanted the Const-itution to be a living doc-ument.

      If you have seen the movie "With Honors" there is a great scene in there where Joe Pesci (Simon) has a debate with a Harvard professor about the Consti-tution. It goes like this:

      > Simon: The genius of the const-itution is that it can always be changed. The genius of the const-itution is that it makes no permanent rule other than its faith in the wisdom of ordinary people to govern themselves.

      > Mr. Picannon: The faith in the wisdom of ordinary people is exactly what makes the Consti-tution imcomplete and crude.

      >Simon: Crude? No, sir. Our founding parents were pompous middle-aged white farmers, but they were also gret men, ebcause they knew one thing that all great men should know: that they didn’t know everything. They knew they were going to make mistakes, but they made sure to leave a way to correct them. They didn’t think of themselves as leaders. They wasted a government of citizens, not royalty. A government of listeners, not lecturers. A government that could change, not stand still.

      With that in mind, it is up to our Supreme Court to interpret the Const-itution. The Founding Fathers built our government with three distinct branches to provide a series of checks and balances. The Judicial Branch and specifically the Supreme Court has the job of interpreting what those words mean. Moreover, the Supreme Court doesn't only look at those specific words, but can reference other docu-ments of the time to gain insight as to the intentions of the Founding Fathers which they have done regarding the concept of the separation of Church and State.

      There have been both liberal and conservative benches of the Supreme Court throughout the years and the separation concept has remained intact. This is precisely why items such as " Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" are mainstays when it comes to interpreting the Const-itution despite them not actually being included in the Consti-tution. It is overtly obvious that the Framers wanted there to be separation of Church and State as they valued freedom... it is the act of protecting those types of freedoms that makes our country so great today where people of ALL religions (or lack thereof) can come to the US and work to make it the best country on Earth without fear of being persecuted for their beliefs.

      f 99% of this country was X religion, then the other 1% that belonged to Y religion would and should have the EXACT same rights as the majority. This is precisely what makes this country so great that the "little guy" has the same rights as the "big guy." The issue here is that Christians are the majority and want to ignore the little guy. Yet they fail to understand that the separation laws protect THEM as well since we are protecting everyone's religious beliefs equally across the board. To illustrate this, if one day this country (or certain parts of the country) become a majority of a different religion (such as Utah is almost all Mormon), then their beliefs can't be forced upon you nor your children in state owned properties.

      If the child of a Christian family lived in Utah and there was no separation of Church and State, then how would they feel having their child be forced to pray to Joseph Smith in school? I'm betting they wouldn't be too happy about it.

      You should check out the Qur'an that Congressman Ellison got sworn into office with several years ago... it was owned by the great Thomas Jefferson himself because the Founding Fathers believed in religious freedom.

      Peace.

      February 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • Yin Yang

      @ The Truth

      I apologize for sending the previous message to you. That previous message should have been send @ David Johnson not you. Nevertheless I'm on the same page as you.

      February 28, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
    • Reality

      The real Islam of Professor Esposito and B)iraq Hussein Osama

      o The Muslim Conquest of India
      ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      19 million killed in Islam's Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C

      Then more recently:

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat98,691 – 107,707
      Iraqi civilians killed as of 11/9/2010, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and
      defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,116 killed in action, 902 killed in non-combat situations as of 08/10/2010. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15) Followed by the daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings every day in the terror world of Islam.

      16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

      17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

      18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

      February 28, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      John 8:44

      March 1, 2011 at 2:34 am |
  16. (B)iraq Hussein Osama

    Democracy and Family Values do not work well together. For the Arabs to want democracy, they need to shed their religious and family structures.

    Democracy comes with "anything goes" value system. The Arabs are too family oriented for them to sacrifice the needs of their extended families for the needs of a democratic nation. Will never work.

    Islam is also incompatible with democracy, because essentially Islam is a family-based religious ideology. Where the emphasis is on sound fruitful family structure as the root source of wider social order.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • Luke Dupree

      Why would you say that? There is no basis for such an assumption. the United States host more religions than any other country yet do so democratically.

      February 28, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • (B)iraq Hussein Osama

      There is no democracy in the US, there is a two-party system. If you want to govern, you have to join one of the two parties, otherwise, you are out. See Obama for a perfect example of a person that does not ideologically belong to either party, but had to join one of the two in order to achieve his ambition to rule the USA.

      The idea that 300 million people can know a candidate personally enough to expect him to serve their interests as President is the most UNDEMOCRATIC idea ever conceived by man.

      February 28, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • Nonimus

      @Biraq,
      I don't know what definition you're using but, while not a direct democracy, the US is a representative democracy where everyone's vote counts the same, any citizen can run for public office within age requirements and criminal status, and everyone is equal before the law. That being said it's not a perfect system because, as you indicated, the two major parties do have a lot of power and money can still have a lot of impact on what kind of legal representation you can get, but the intention is a representative democracy, or more specifically it's probably a republican form of government.

      February 28, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Oh, what the ego of man believes.

      March 1, 2011 at 2:32 am |
    • Yeah

      Oh, what the ego of HeavenSent believes!

      March 1, 2011 at 2:38 am |
    • HeavenSent

      I find it odd, for the end time generation refusing to read God's truth (the Bible) but they'll read every thing other than what is necessary.

      Talk about conditioning. Yes, we have a mind (LOL) and we don't use it only believing what others tell us.

      March 1, 2011 at 3:26 am |
    • Yeah

      HeavenSent,

      "and we don't use it only believing what others tell us."

      Oh like, for example:

      – Primitive Middle Eastern shepherds
      – Magicians who resettled from Egypt
      – First century evangelists
      – Scribes who may have made errors
      – Early church council members
      – A 17th century British king's committee

      March 1, 2011 at 4:12 am |
  17. Nonimus

    Interesting.
    Mufasta condemns this article because it's written by a Catholic.
    Reality condemns it because the Catholic is paid by a Muslim.
    Justina makes no sense as usual.

    I hope the author is right. I hope this the beginning of a new age of enlightenment and reason for the middle east, although that's not what the author was saying.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • The Truth

      LOL

      February 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Answer: John 8:44

      March 1, 2011 at 2:31 am |
  18. Reality

    And we should take the word of J. Esposito whose salary is paid for by a Muslim sheik??

    February 28, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  19. Mufasta

    So a catholic says he knows what Arab youths want? Did he ask each of them?
    Yet if he were to visit some of these places he could be killed with impunity as being an "unbeliever".
    What a waste of space on the CNN website.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  20. Justina

    Whatever government forms, be good to infidels.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:20 am |
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