Editor's Note: CNN's Soledad O'Brien chronicles the dramatic fight over the construction of a mosque in the heart of the Bible belt. Soledad O'Brien Reports "Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door", airing at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. E.T. April 2 on CNN.
By Debra Goldschmidt, CNN
Would you be "OK" with a mosque in your community?
According to a new national poll, most Americans say yes, they would.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday found that 69%of Americans would be "OK" with a mosque in their area while 28% would not.
But there are big differences depending on where you live. Half of rural Southerners say they disapprove of a mosque in their neighborhood, while 42 % say they would be "OK" with it.
That rises to roughly three-quarters among those who live in cities and suburbs.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union, anti-mosque activity across the country, ranging from vandalism to lawsuits, has occurred in 21 states over the past five years.
Positive views of Muslim Americans are on the rise since 2002, according to the new poll, which found 46% of all Americans have a favorable view of American Muslims today, and 26% say they have an unfavorable view.
"Overall, positive views of American Muslims have risen since 2002, when memories of 9/11 were still fresh in most Americans' minds," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "In 2002, as the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approached, only 39 percent of all Americans said they had a favorable view of Muslims."
Americans in the South and rural communities are far less likely to have a favorable view of American Muslims, with just 32% saying they hold such views.
Thirty seven percent of rural Southerners say they don't know enough to have an opinion.
When it comes to attitudes towards the Muslim faith itself, however, American opinions haven't changed much.
"In 2002, 28 percent of all Americans had a favorable view of Islam and 33 percent feel that way today," Holland says.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey was conducted March 11-13, with 1,023 people questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.
The U.S. is a ticking time bomb. Rednecks think they are holier than thou and high and mighty over the muslims, black people, everyone else, but we know what christians have a propensity for – MASS (in the millions) murder. That is coming soon, I'd say starting with the muslims. Isn't 6,000,000 American muslims such an ironic number.
Loove how ignorant fools blame violent actions of individuals on certain verses in the Quran, that are unbelievably misinterpreted in the first place by the rednecks who have no islamic schooling.
Let's take a look at the violent verses in the Bible, shall we:
Ezekiel 9:6 "Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women . . . "
Isaiah 13:16 "Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished."
Deuteronomy 13:15 "Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly . . . "
Leviticus 20:9 "For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death . . . "
Exodus 32:27 ". . . Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour."
Deut 21:10-12 "When thou goest forth to war against thine enemies, and the LORD thy God hath delivered them into thine hands, and thou hast taken them captive, And seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, that thou wouldest have her to thy wife; Then thou shalt bring her home to thine house, and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails; "
Exodus 31:15 " . . . whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death."
Deut 21:21 "And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die . . . "
These are just a few. Perhaps these motivated Christian Germans to murder 6,000,000 Jews in a war that kill 70,000,000 people (sorry but muslims weren't involved), or caused Christians to kill 2,000,000 native americans on their mission of conquest in stealing this land, or caused Bible abiding christians to enslave MILLIONs of black people (1/3 of whom were muslim) whose backs this country was built on. Yep them some practicing Christians. Muslim terrorism is dressed in religion but is really politics based on invasions into their countries, theft of their resources and recovering from hundreds of years of imperialism by european nations that resulted in MILLIONS of muslim deaths.
I'm neither, but I'll take Islam over Christianity any day!
Since when onwards two wrongs can become a right? Before every modern( ~14centuries) MASS there is an Islamic connection. CNN does not allow me to provide links to the sites, so search for 'Atlas Shrugs' site run by Pamela Gellar for Htler-Islam connection. There is also Islam connection behind Timothy Mc..
Build away! I oppose virtually all organized religion philosophically, but the heart of secularism is legal tolerance for all.
We as people are smart, do not need to worry about the people of Islam. Let them build mosques, they have the right according to his religion. America will be more advanced if the people smart, do not mind what their religion. What is the religion that we have the most correct? God knows. As a Muslim who is a rogue hard. Are all good Christian people of all? no. Of course there are good and some bad. Do not insult the Prophet Muhammad had a Muslim. How, if committed against god Jesus, there must be an upset. Islam a religion of peace, let them. It would be more profitable if living together, side by side, not hostile to each other. Yes, let us do good to others. if you do not want such a person would include not intelligent, low IQ. Excuse me, come give an opinion.
CNN is often so pro-Muslim I feel like I'm watching Al Jazeera. This is what and who is behind the mosques:
LEB hit the nail on the head, squarely. I totaly agree.
Learn to use the light. The light will drive away or reveal all radicalized Moslem's, dark evil witches, thievish Christian pedophiles, devil worshipers etc... If you are doing your job. Problem solved! America is the land of the free. It is our right to pray as we wish.
Of course I'm okay with it. I was raised to be color blind and tolerant of other religions. I'm an atheist, but I support people's right to worship as they choose (as long as my tax dollars don't support their activities and they don't intrude into government activities). This is America, and Sharia law isn't actual law any more than the 10 commandments are. People need to stop being so xenophobic and stop treating every Muslim like a terrorist, especially if they were born in the US.
its America. They have every right to be there.
I don't like it, though. They are just beach heads for their invasion. it's no secret that Islam will not rest until it takes over the world. That's what the word Islam means 'sunmission'.
It is a not a friendly religion to those who are not in it. (individuals are quite friendly – the religion is one of conquest).
The word Islam means submission to one God. The root word in Islam, slm, means peace. That is why people say Islam means peace. And if Islam was here to take over the world wouldn't American Muslims be trying to take over America? Its kind of hard to plot domination when many America Muslims go to college, have families, have kids that play sports, volunteer, job...You know, what every other American does.
Atif, your holy book says to do many bad things. Your fellow Muslims sometimes take that to heart and end up doing bad things.
You cannot avoid the truth. Your Quran is filled with hate, not peace, for those outside of your religion. Your "peacefulness" is not peacefulness to outsiders, but peacefulness within your religion only.
Christians are the same way. Hate and violence within the words, often expressed depending on the individual.
Enjoy America and realize that your religion needs to be subservient to the laws of this country. Otherwise we will have a serious problem.
This goes for every religion, especially Christianity. Your religion is not more important than the rule of law. Just remember that and I'll do my best to respect your civil rights. But if you do not respect the civil rights of others because of your religion, you are headed for trouble. Good luck and remember the rule of law. Without it we are not a country but a mob.
Just to insert an opinion...No, I really don't want a mosque in my community. I really don't want a church, temple, synagogue, chapel, monastery or other 'place of worship' in my community. Religion is the business of the person that believes in it. Pray at home.
Cultural realativity will be the death of this country. Hope they don't boil the water too fast on us.
There is a mosque in my neighborhood in Boston. I didn't even notice that it was a mosque, and not a Christian church, for the first four months I lived there...
I guess what I am getting at is... who cares? My religion, Catholicism, has churches all over the place. I let them do their thing, and they have let me do mine. Just worry about yourselves, and mind your own business, right?
right ther with joey live and let live
Here's the Muslims policy which is stated in their Koran:
1. Get into society slowly and in a discrete manner so no one would oppose them.
2. Build loving relationships, make Muslim men marry Christian girls (Those girls have to deny Jesus Christ and become Muslims)
3. Make Muslim girls marry Christian men (Those men have to change their religion and become Muslims too)
4. Increase the number of Muslims to gain power and controlling positions in banks, schools, government offices, etc.
5. Brain wash people to turn against their own government which is to be corrupted.
6. Plainly to take over the Country and wipe away any Christians left.
While I generally oppose religion from an intelligence standpoint, I support civil rights moreso. I have to ask – Do we really have to poll Americans about granting civil rights to people still? Pretty amazing.
I wonder why those muslims are asking for civil rights in a country that is not their own country....while Christians in their own countries in North African have no rights to build churches nor fix anything that breaks inside the church....YOU KNOW WHY ??? It's simply because ISLAM STATES TO THE FOLLOWINGS:
1. CHRISTIANS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BUILD NEW CHURCHES
2. OLD CHURCHES ARE NOT TO BE FIXED UNTIL THEY ARE COMPLETELY DESTROYED
3. IF A CHURCH IS BUILT, IT HAS TO BE DESTROYED ASAP.
SO ...WAKE-UP AMERICA...WHAT ARE YOU ABOUT TO OPEN YOUR ARMS TO (ISLAM) WILL DESTROY YOU.
I find the poll lacking: First off Islam/muslims preach Peace yet are the most vioilent of religions. Their deity Mohammed the pedofile should have been castrated for what he did to young girls. Second who did they poll? Arabs? Muslims? Need a better poll, I know for certain I wouldn't vote in favor nor would any of my friends and neighbors.
Most violent of religions? I'd like to see your source, sir. I'd imagine Christians, per capita, have killed just as many people in the last decade as any other religious group. It's the environment, not the religion, that pushes people to violence. Look at the ethnic genocides in the former soviet states during the 90s. Happy, well-fed people generally don't go killing people for a cause. When people are poor and miserable, they generally go looking for someone to blame.
I just want any relgious building to obey the zoning where it's buit. Not minarets OR spires so tall they block veiws, no light pollution that destroys the park next door. ewnough parking so people can get home on a 'holy' day without raffic backing up.
The Mosques in my community have 6 foot gates around the entire property. I notice during "church" times they hire police to direct traffic and guard entrance.
Religion is so lovely
"Religion is so lovely" HA, I love the satire of that comment. It's so very true.
We don't have that at the ones near here. Maybe the mosque near you has had threats against it.
That's to protect them from the "good, love-your-neighbor" Christians.
What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means. Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed. Then we can talk about the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein. Until then, no male Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere.
how unrealistic of you to leave a comment so far from the truth! What instigated the attack on 9/11? Our ridiculous foreign policy which is far from just.. As it give billions in military and weapons aid to a country bent on the destruction of and occupation of a minority under its control and because our country has methodically placed our military in every which part of the world through "bases" which are not welcome by the countries they're in.
I totally agree you, despite what anyone says. It's time we open our eyes to the fact that the Islamic goal is to take over the world and put everyone under their law! It's no longer far fetched or some whacky theory. Look at the European countries who when their own free speech was threatened, have said enough is enough! Wake up America. I support whatever anyone wants to believe, but the Muslims are too radical and want it in government.. that's a big NO, NO, for me.
Neither the Q'uran, nor anything else "instigated" anything. An inanimate object or policy may be said to "motivate". A person instigates.
The 9/11 attacks were carried out by delusional alienated idiots who were separated from their families, and allowed themselves to be manipulated by others. There has been as much death and destruction perpetrated in the name of christianity over the course of history as there has been in the name of Islam. Metro Man has it right. The problem is religion of any sort. As the article on one of the ajoining pages states, it's dying out. But before it does, watch your kids very carefully. There could be a defrocked priest living next door.
Jeff I totally agree with you, if they don't take over they have failed and have to commit more crimes, to make us see the light as they do! At any cost.
Christianity has been responsible for the death of millions. The Holocaust, the Salem witch trials, the slaughtering of Protestants during the reign of Queen Mary of England, the Spanish Inquisition, the murder of Native Americans during the western expansion, the systematic slaughter of primary women of pre-Christian faiths in Europe as "witches," the list goes on and on. Christianity is NOT a peaceful religion. None of the Abrahamic religions are.
Some examples of koranic/mosque/imam driven acts of terror and horror:
The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century
■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "
and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.
and 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, 3,483 and 925 in non combat roles. 99,901 – 109,143 Iraqi civilians killed as of 3/3/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.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.
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 1,141 killed in action, 242 killed in non-combat situations as of 03/03/2011. 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 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings 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.
19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011
20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011
21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.
The Twenty (or so) Worst Things People Have Done to Each Other:
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. "
Rank<< Death Toll Cause <<Centuries <<<<<<<<Religions/Groups involved*
1 63 million Second World War 20C (Christians et al and Communists vs. Christians et al, Nazi-Pagan and "Shintoists")
2 40 million Mao Zedong (mostly famine) 20C (Communism)
40 million Genghis Khan 13C (Shamanism or Tengriism)
4 27 million British India (mostly famine) 19C (Anglican)
5 25 million Fall of the Ming Dynasty 17C (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion)
6 20 million Taiping Rebellion 19C ( Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion vs. a form of Christianity)
20 million Joseph Stalin 20C
8 19 million Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C (Islam)
9 17 million Timur Lenk 14C-15C
10 16 million Atlantic Slave Trade 15C-19C (Christianity)
11 15 million First World War 20C (Christians vs. Christians)
15 million Conquest of the Americas 15C-19C (Christians vs. Pagans)
13 13 million Muslim Conquest of India 11C-18C
14 10 million An Lushan Revolt 8C
10 million Xin Dynasty 1C
16 9 million Russian Civil War 20C (Christians vs Communists)
17 8 million Fall of Rome 5C (Pagans vs. Pagans)
8 million Congo Free State 19C-20C (Christians vs. Pagans)
19 7½ million Thirty Years War 17C (Christians vs Christians)
7½ million Fall of the Yuan Dynasty 14C
*:" Is religion responsible for more more violent deaths than any other cause?
A: No, of course not – unless you define religion so broadly as to be meaningless. Just take the four deadliest events of the 20th Century – Two World Wars, Red China and the Soviet Union – no religious motivation there, unless you consider every belief system to be a religion."
Q: So, what you're saying is that religion has never killed anyone.
A: Arrgh... You all-or-nothing people drive me crazy. There are many doc-umented examples where members of one religion try to exterminate the members of another religion. Causation is always complex, but if the only difference between two warring groups is religion, then that certainly sounds like a religious conflict to me. Is it the number one cause of mass homicide in human history? No. Of the 22 worst episodes of mass killing, maybe four were primarily religious. Is that a lot? Well, it's more than the number of wars fought over soccer, or s-ex (The Trojan and Sabine Wars don't even make the list.), but less than the number fought over land, money, glory or prestige.
In my Index, I list 41 religious conflicts compared with 27 oppressions under "Communism", 24 under Colonialism, 2 under "Railroads" and 2 under "Scapegoats". Make of that what you will."
I'm not okay with mosques, churches, synagogues, temples, or anything of that sort. That land could be used for something intelligent instead of religion.
Why don't we have every religion burn their own buildings? It would make more sense than the religions themselves.
If I had the money and wanted to, I could buy huge amounts of land that currently grows crops and make wildflower meadows. Could it be put to better use, certainly, but it wouldn't matter because it's my land.
Living in VA – May you find yourself with no place to go and no way to get there.
Walking Tall: Wouldn't say that I would, I , just pointing out that the laws of this country allow alot of choices on what to do with your private land.
I actually chose that analogy because of a Mother Teresa quote that has always bothered me "too many children? That's like saying there are too many flowers". Sorry, but if all the crops were replaced with flowers, I think most people would say there are too many flowers.
LivinginVA, your religion is not the land, and "Mother" Teresa was a faithless and sadistic fraud. But don't let that keep you from saying dumb things. It's a free country....
Walking Tall: I don't think you have any idea what I was saying.
I was simply pointing out that if folks own the land and they want to build a church, it's hard to stop them – same way if you and group of friends bought a chunk of property and decided to build a members only pool hall or golf course.
I think that Mother Teresa was dead wrong when it came to contraception and abortion.
Additionally, I don't know what I said that could have been construed as my having religious beliefs.
LivinginVA – sorry, I was having a hard time understanding what your point was, nor did I understand how what you said could be a relevant reply to the original post. It just wasn't making sense to me so I assumed you were trying to make some sort of obscure religious point.
This happens to me every so often. It is a form of cognitive dissonance I think. It didn't help that I was just looking for a good argument either. ;-)
That's blogging for you. Dashing out quick replies without taking the time to chew makes for poor posts. Thanks for not chopping me off at the knees.
Walking Tall: I try very hard to keep my replies civil and on topic. I appreciate the acknowledgement that I do so. :)
You of course have right to your opinon on any subject. But Motherr Theresa spent the fast majority of her life helping Hindu's and Muslim in India The Hindus revered her so much they treated her death as the would have a holy leader of ther on faith. She did even though they were not Catholic r in agreemtn with her faith. I am sure she sadi and did a great meny things you don't agree with but I thinks its a bit harsh to refer to her a "and "Mother" Teresa was a faithless and sadistic fraud" just because you don't agree with somethings she said.
The evidence against Mother Teresa is out there for everyone to see. Many of the people where she worked avoided her and feared her. She took the money that was supposed to go towards helping people and put it elsewhere. She did not believe and admitted her lack of faith as a matter of public record. As a Catholic, she believed that suffering was good for the soul so she made sure that people who came to her for help actually suffered.
Don't believe me? Then go search the web. The information is out there. She was a sadistic fraud, period.
I am aware that some of her personal philosphies on pain are so say the least barbaric. Like may christian she did struggle with her faith even losing it at time. But her calleng to to help the poor and dying around the worl did according to her come from God. And you can not deny she did a great deal of good for a great number of people. Even if she did not do it the best possible way.
The decline of IQ amongst the population is what makes religion grow. Thank China for putting lead in everything. Now you've got to scoot over and make room for another bunch of brainwashed maniacs.
Like I have a choice? We have the Constltution to follow here, even though many hate it in the South. It is the Supreme Law Of The Land.
So build your silly buildings. Believe your silly beliefs. But keep it out of our government. Keep it in your pants.
Do not break the law of this land. Rather, break your religious law before letting it drive you to hurt others.
I would outlaw proselytizing and indoctrination while letting the religions die a natural death.
And I would educate everyone while making sure children grow up healthy enough to be educated in the first place.
And I would do many other things if I were in charge. But I'm not.
I don't have enough money to bribe all the corrupt people in the world, so don't worry folks. Your delusions are safe from me.
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