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Poll: Many Americans uncomfortable with Muslims
A new survey finds many Americans are uncomfortable with Muslims.
September 6th, 2011
03:29 PM ET

Poll: Many Americans uncomfortable with Muslims

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Washington (CNN) – Ten years after 9/11, Americans are wrestling with their opinions of Muslims, a new survey found, and where Americans get their TV news is playing a role in those opinions.

Nearly half of Americans would be uncomfortable with a woman wearing a burqa, a mosque being built in their neighborhood or Muslim men praying at an airport.   Forty-one percent would be uncomfortable if a teacher at the elementary school in their community were Muslim.

Forty-seven percent of survey respondents said the values of Islam are at odds with American values.

The Public Religion Research Institute conducted the survey and issued a report in conjunction with the Brookings Institution, "What it Means to be American: Attitudes in an Increasingly Diverse America 10 Years after 9/11."

“Americans are wrestling with fear, but on the other hand they're also wrestling with acceptance,” said Robert P. Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute.

The results of the survey were announced Tuesday at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

One issue that seemed to divide respondents was sharia law.

Overall, 61% of respondents disagreed that Muslims want to establish sharia law in the U.S.

"2011 has been an enormously active year for this question," Jones said. "Forty-nine bills have been introduced in 29 states to ban sharia law. We asked the same question back in February, and only 23% of Americans agreed Muslims want to establish sharia as the law of the land. That number has gone up to 30%, so still a minority, but the minority has grown."

The numbers were also showed a correlation with where people went for their news.

Of Americans who say they trust Fox News the most for their television news, 52% believe that Muslims are trying to establish sharia law in the United States. Sixty-eight percent of Fox viewers believed the values of Islam were at odds with American values.

The report says fewer than one-third of Americans who most trust broadcast news, CNN (20%) and public television (23%) believe that Muslims are trying to establish sharia.

"It's an emotional roller coaster," said Dr. Muqtedar Khan, a professor of political science at the University of Delaware.  "I looked at this survey, and I'm really depressed."

Khan, a practicing Muslim, was particularly disturbed by the attitudes toward Muslims and what he called a misunderstanding of sharia law. "Sharia is just a prop, an attempt to say, 'we just don't know and like Muslims.' "

The survey also found strong support of religious liberty and tolerance.

Eighty-eight percent of those contacted by pollsters agreed that "America was founded on the idea of religious freedom for everyone, including religious groups that are unpopular."

One year after a Florida pastor burned a copy of the Quran, 95% of people polled said religious books should be treated with respect.

And two-thirds of those polled said there should be strict separation between church and state.

According to Jones, 2,450 Americans were reached by phone for the survey, and it had a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 9/11 • Belief • Islam • Sharia • United States

soundoff (1,019 Responses)
  1. Sy2502

    Muslim values are at odds with those of Americans? Hardly surprising! America is founded on freedom and equality. Muslims believe women are inferior, that religion is to be imposed instead of freely followed, and that non-Muslims are less than human. No wonder that a complete abomination of human rights and dignity like sharia law was invented by Muslims, not by Westerners! Personally, I'd rather die than live in a Muslim country, or under Muslim theocratic rule. Sharia law revolts me to the core.

    September 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • SeekTheTRUTH

      So do you have a PhD degree in the religion of Islam.
      what does Islam say about women rights? What issues bothers You?
      and please enlighten me with your knowledge of the sharia law?

      September 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • USmellLikePee

      Ever see that movie "Not without my daughter"? Rent that one. It's a true story about an American woman in Iran (a country ruled by sharia law). If you still think women are treated as fairly as men then your husband has beaten you one too many times.

      September 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  2. LindaB

    America has been fighting Islamists for longer than many realize or care to explore. Even before independence was declared, American ships were pirated and their Christian crews enslaved by Muslim pirates operating under the control of the “Dey of Algiers”—an Ottoman Islamist warlord ruling Algeria. When the colonists rebelled against British rule in 1776, American ships lost Royal Navy protection. A Revolutionary-War era alliance with France offered French protection to US ships, but it expired in 1783. Immediately US ships came under attack and in October 1784 the American trader “Betsey” was taken by Moroccan forces. This was followed with Algerians and Libyans (Tripolitans) capturing two more US ships in 1785. Lacking the ability to project US naval force in the Mediterranean, America tried appeasement. In 1784, Congress agreed to fund tributes and ransoms in order to rescue US ships and buy the freedom of enslaved US sailors.
    In 1786 Thomas Jefferson, then US ambassador to France, and John Adams, then US Ambassador to Britain, met in London with Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja, the Dey’s ambassador to Britain, in an attempt to negotiate a peace treaty based on Congress’ vote of funding. To the US Congress these two future Presidents later reported the reasons for the Muslims’ hostility towards America, a nation with which they had no previous contacts.
    “…that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Muslim who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.”
    Sound familiar? Remember religion played no part in this war and we didn’t have the mindset of liberal progressives as we do now that distort everything to fit their agendas.

    September 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
    • Imran

      LOL. and those ships leaving Africa had by any chance slaves on their way towards the good Christian America?

      September 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • Monjur

      I don't know the history that back. But like others it reminds me the same thing that they became terrorists by protecting themselves being taken them as a slave by the Americans. African American might can answer the proper history.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • LindaB

      Yeah good try. Muslims were raiding the ships to steal and murder, not save the slaves if in fact there were slaves on the ships. The fact of the matter we have had problems with muslims throughtout history. Try reading up on the Battle of Tours and the barbarians killing millions throughout Europe.

      September 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Monjur

      In fact Muslim saved Christians from Aethiest came from scandinavian countries. They gave shelters to Christians and later Christian bitrayed and killed Muslims in Europe. Our religion says if you can accomplish your religion peacefully, you don't need to fight and spread religion with your good works. Still there are some somalian pirates, does that mean they are worst than colonialist people. Muslims never had naval strength and didn't try to steal wealth. They were upto spread the religion. Anyway throughout the history it is proven who were colonialist and steal others wealth in a different means (Slavery is one form, stealing other works).

      But see now Muslim are weak and all western forces are killing Muslims (Compare the rate of killing both sides). Still Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. Ask yourself Why?

      September 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • LindaB

      Monjur the Crusades of the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries in Europe were in response to the Battle of Tours during the 7th and 8th centureis. So, it is disingenuous to say that christians attacked first which is UNTRUE!

      September 7, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
    • LindaB

      Western force are killing muslims in response to the attacks from muslims in moder history since 1970's remember Munich Olympics or does the Achille Lauro sound familar. Please stop trying to defend radical muslims.

      September 7, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
    • Muslims have not butchered any body like you westerners have butchered Jews

      And what you Americans were doing to Red Indians and blacks during that time ? giving them sweets ?

      September 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  3. Monjur

    We don't believe in son of god, wife of god. If god can have son, he might have many relation like daughter, wife.............

    Disbelieving Jesus is great sin in Islam and may prohibit to go to heaven.

    Christianlity was not present in Muhammed's time thats why God send Islam. It was a dark age of Christianity. So the concept is if one of the true religion of God os corrupted or abolished than another prophet come to establish the true religion. There were few Christians and kings but they didn't follow Christianilty.

    Muhammed never fought a war at first. The disbelieber (Not christian, atheist) declare war against him and he fought because there were no way to save himself. He didn't have giant army. In his first war he had only 317 solders and atheist had 3000, so understand who was trying to eliminating whom. he had only two horse, one camel. But the opponent had too many. Allah helped him with the angels. And all war was like that oppenet forces were geometrically surpass the numbers.

    Interesting thing is the first converted Muslim was a christian woman who was Muhammed's wife. Didn't need a sword.

    Muhammed never fought a war with the Christians.

    We don't believe in son of God. We believe Jesus is our Prophet and he will come back as a Muhammed's follower to kill anti-christ. Jesus showed his interes to God through Gabriel he wants to be the follower of last Prophet. He he would have been died he couldn't come back. So we believe he never died god took him to heaven and Roman/Jews killed the fake Jesus who was guarding the Jesus and God made the guards face alike of Jesus. What Alaah cannot do........................?

    September 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  4. Rainer Braendlein

    It is a cheek that Muslims on this blog persistently claim they would believe in Jesus like the Christians.

    Everybody, who has studied the Koran a little, notices that Muhammad hated the real Jesus. The Jesus, which is mentioned in the Koran has nothing to do with real Jesus of the Bible.

    A summary of the Koran is: "Don't ascribe partners to Allah!" That is the real essence of the Koran or the core tenet of Islam.

    Of course in most cases with partner is meant Jesus. Muhammad has forbidden to believe that Jesus is the eternal Son of God (several suras).

    The real Jesus did not fit into the concept of Muhammad's religion, thus he had to degrade him to a mere man. Muhammad made-up the Koran, in order to unite the Arabic tribes (gangs) for a war against the Christian Empire Byzantium. The message of the real Jesus was a message of love. Jesus preached the gospel and cured people. This real Jesus had never fit into the concept of Islam, which is a downright war-religion.

    You got me?

    Jesus cured people. Muhammad needed a religion to unite gangsters (the Arabs) for a giant war. Because of history Muhammad could not completely deny that there was any Jesus. Thus, cunning Muhammad invented a new Jesus, who was merely a prophet, preaching the Islam.

    Conclusion: Let us abolish the Isalm. The Islam is a crime in itself.

    September 7, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      Some anti-Christian suras of the unholy Koran:

      Sura 4, Verse 171:

      O People of the Scripture! Do not exaggerate in your religion nor utter aught concerning Allah save the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of Allah, and His word which He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers, and say not “Three” – Cease! (it is) better for you! – Allah is only One Allah. Far is it removed from His Transcendent Majesty that He should have a son. His is all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allah is sufficient as Defender.

      Sura 5, Verse 72:

      They surely disbelieve who say: Lo! Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary. The Messiah (himself) said: O Children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. Lo! whoso ascribeth partners unto Allah, for him Allah hath forbidden paradise. His abode is the Fire. For evil-doers there will be no helpers.

      Sura 9, Verse 30:

      And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah, and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah. That is their saying with their mouths. They imitate the saying of those who disbelieved of old. Allah (Himself) fighteth against them. How perverse are they!

      September 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • Political Hater

      This is what is wrong with both religions. People thinking one is right and one is wrong. You said Muhammad made up the Koran...Do you believe that Jesus wrote the bible? Or that people translated the word of God to a book to create the bible???

      People wrote both books. It is what they wanted to get out is what you're reading. Probably politically powerful people wrote the books at the time.

      You said the "real" jesus was a man of love. That he cured people and what not. Maybe, but in the old testiment its more an eye for an eye. It was re-written to make it more love thy neighbor and all that crap. His brother James, was definetly more of an eye for an eye kind of guy. It was later on the lovey dovey crap was added to the book.

      Chrisitians are just as much monsters as muslims. Over the past centuries you had men of god killing people for saying the world is round, christians killing christians because they thought people were witches, slaughtering hundreds of thousands of people to reclaim the "holy" land.

      Give me a break. Can't you folks see religion is what is making this world crazier and crazier?

      I agree with the article in the sense that if I saw a muslim man praying before he boarded a plane, I probably would be a little tense. But I'd be a little nervous if a christian or a jewish man were praying right before he got on the plain too.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • Muslims have not butchered any body like you westerners have butchered Jews

      Christianity is most violent religion in world, other wise how would they be able to propagate throughout world in such a short time ?

      September 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  5. Clarence

    To Citizens of Earth:

    Why did the terrorists attack the World Trade Center on 9/11?
    Intelligent people question why the Muslims attacked the world trade center?
    What does the U.S. do to torment such action?
    What is the cause of this terrorism?
    The answer is corporate greed. The answer is a culture, nation that displays Satan under the amendment of free speech. Any sane person, any person who respects the Laws of Nature, any person who has a foundation, religion; any person having propriety, acknowledges Satanic Worship. The freedom of speech in the U.S. is the freedom to influence children through ‘Lady Gaga’ molesting a young lady on a table. The terrorist will protect their children from sadism and masochisms.
    Stop corporate terrorism; stop oppressing the citizens in their countries. Stop outsourcing U.S. Citizens jobs to foreign countries. Stop slave labor. Furthermore understand inciting terrorism is a crime against humanity. Understand, Executives, Corporate Terrorism which incites retaliation will go before The Tribunal. The U.S. Government Officials who supports sadism are under investigation concerning crimes against nature and inciting terrorism.

    Sincerely,
    The German Citizens Tribunal, U.N. Counter Terrorism Task Force, and the Knights of Christ
    Encryption

    September 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  6. Monjur

    Dear Zenon,

    Mongols invade Baghdad, and burned all science, research and development created by peaceful Muslims, Christians and jews side by side that time. But the reallity is Mongols realize the light of Islam and converted to Islam everybody later on.

    In Palestine Muslim brought back Jews to establish their homes and living side by side 1000 years and now how Muslims are humiliating everyday you can see. This is the prize of harminization. You might know Spains and France history how Muslims were massacred and taken over. All sides have bloods in their hands but reality is to find the truth. Nobody is forcing in USA and if you can try to stop converting others to islam peacefully. Than we will appreciate your religious magic.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • LindaB

      You leave a big part of history out regarding Spain and France. It was a little something called the Battle of Tours. Muslims slaughtered million throughout Europe. The Crusades were just pay back.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • Muslims have not butchered any body like you westerners have butchered Jews

      You forgot the history where Romans have slaughtered and enslaved the millions of middle easterners, Islam just gave power to poor people to throw out the western fascist rulers.

      September 8, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  7. TheJacob

    Not understanding that the goal of Islam is to convert all socities to Sharia will prove to be the West's downfall. Read thegoodguise at wordpress and you will be up to date on all that is happening all around us all the time these days!!

    September 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  8. Zenon

    Islam is a supremacist ideology and once they are majority in a country, other religions are persecuted and eliminated in successive pogroms. Indonesia is today the biggest Muslim country. It was a buddhist country centuries ago. Muslims went there and established themselves as traders in port cities. They refused to merge into local Indonesian population. After a coulpe of centuries they managed to convert the local king and from there they started several wars against neighbor kingdoms until conquering all Indonesia. Pakistan was a peace loving buddhist country. Around the year 700AC, the Muslim invaders conquered parts of it. First thing they killed several thousand peaceful buddhist monks converted the people by sword. Today you see what is Pakistan. The oldest university in the world was Nalanda, in India. They had great mathematicians, 2,000 professors and buddhist monks there and 10,000 students. The Muslim invaders killed all professors and monks during a three day carnage. Then they burned the university library, which was so huge with important science, history books. It took 3 (three) months to burn all the books. Muslims did that because as any historian will tell you, only one book is worth existing, the Khoran. Muslim armies invaded Europe and enslaved its people for centuries. Talk to any citizen in Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and they will tell you about it. In 1638, the Muslims were finally defeated at the gates of Vienna, Austria. American lacks the historical understanding of what is Islam and what they did along 700 years of conquests in Africa and Europe to the gates of Vienna.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • sanjay

      well said my friend. Islam has it's ugly face wherever it is. Islam never tolerate any other religions and throughout the history it's converting tool have been blood [ killing the people who belong to other faiths].

      September 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • Muslims have not butchered any body like you westerners have butchered Jews

      Like in America Muslims killed all Red Indians, In south Africa and all western countries blacks were treated as subhumans by Muslims, oh wait those were the Christians who were doing all those atrocities.

      September 8, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  9. logical

    The U. S. bill of rights is the evolution of social experiments in governing populations and nations. These ten surpassed the Biblical ten and trump any religious docturine ever believed in or theorised in the history of humankind. The rule of law through a secular body of all inclusive participants is the hope for the future of all cultures of this planet and essential for fair trade and free enterprise. The illiterate dogmatic ways of the religious hardliners is what is taxing the potential of all nations to exist in peace. Attend the religious cerominy of your choice but don't persecute others based on the docturines of your faith. After all most of the text is methaphorical adaptations of events believed to have happened and are accepted not on actual fact but by faith in the people handing down the ledgens/ myths. Forcing your religious beliefs on others will only foster war and destruction at a huge cost to the planet, its inhabitants and its diversity of cultures. Just think about it. You too could be happy.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
  10. Monjur

    In this world Islam is the fastest growing religion. Islam believing in spiritual power and thats why without distributing money or force people to convert millions around the globe converting everyday. Because they open their hearts and ask their mind to search the truth. Muslim respects Jesus more than Christians and Muslim believe in hJesus miracles. Christian always do fun with Jesus in different avenues example like talk shows and many places. You will never see a Muslim do fun on Jesus because Muslim respect him as one of the great prophet. Muhammed only conveyed Islam in Saudi Arabia. Did you ever asked yourself the question why all middle east became Muslim including the birth place of Jesus and Egypt too. Search the truth and it is our duty for our own to search the truth. Jews denied Jesus and made a mistake and same mistake are continued by Christian denying Muhammed. Jews believe in one god and christian's are the allies of Jews than why you believe "God has a son".

    Every year 100,000 peoples are converting to Islam in USA while infulence of Muslim in USA is almost zero. You have a lot of influence, please count me how many converts to Christianity and Judaism in this country? I met a caucatian blue eyed white guy who came from Lexington, MO approx. 22 yrs old and converted to Islam. I asked him who invited you. He relied nobody, I discovered myself. His parents are Christian and own a 5000 acres of land in a very rural area where no Muslim can reach to invite.

    I am thinking if Muslim can reach all over the world to invite world would be heaven pretty soon and everybody will join us.

    I respect all of my Christian freinds in this country and many of their behaviour is better than me personaly but if I can practice true Islam my behaviour will be best. I love my country USA.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • J.W

      Well the misleading thing about your question is that most people in this country are born Christian, so they would not need to convert. It makes sense the U.S would have people converting to other religions because information is available to us and we are free to practice how we want. In many countries people are forced to practice Islam.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • Andrea

      Hi Monjur,
      The last paragraph, you have incorrect. Christians do believe in one God and it is the same God of the Jews. Jesus is God in human form. Same God but He came to earth and experienced a human life. We read both old and new testament. Jesus is introduced by name in the new testament but it is the same God.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  11. Steve

    Currently there is only one religion killing around the globe and it is Islam, they kill in it's name and that is the difference. Personally, I don't like seeing Muzzies anywhere in the west. I'm sick and tired of them and think they should all be sent back to the middle east.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • Laughing

      How very.....nonjudgemental of you. Of course it's only the muslim people, lets ignore what's going on in ireland, or heck in the US with the bombings of abortion clinics, I mean, the muslims are supposed to be the bad guys right?......right?

      September 7, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
    • SeekTheTRUTH

      The Norway Dude killed in the name of Islam too and he was a Christian.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
    • Chas in Iowa

      In whose name is the USA killing people in Aphganistan and Pakistan?

      September 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • Bianca Foote

      I am an American born half Irish half Italian muslim. My father fought in World War Two and my grandfather fought in World War One. Not all muslims are from other countries. About 80% of the muslims in my masjid are American born and raised. Muslims are not some Alien race, it is a religion that one out of five people are apart of. They are in the Army, they are police officers, ambulance drivers, nurses, Doctors, lawyers, teachers and engineers. You really should grow up. What country will you send me and my eleven blue eyed blond haired muslim children?

      September 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Muslims have not butchered any body like you westerners have butchered Jews

      And I am sick of western Nazis killing innocent people around the world and stealing land and resources of other people. They are no different than Muslim terrorists.

      September 8, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  12. Trebec

    WELL, could we point out that it is actually a FACT and been repeated over and over again by Islamists that it is their duty to create a global caliphate, complete with sharia law et al. But how many Muslims believe in those so-called leaders? I would have to think at least some. What it comes down to is "Hey, you could do what you want in America, but don't interfere with other peoples' rights and know that real Americans do not tolerate intolerance!"

    September 7, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
  13. durundallives

    If you have to decree your beliefs as the 'one true religion', or portray others as false.... you might be a redneck.

    If you think that the majority/mainstream america is attempting to get you to participate in a communist conspiracy to limit your freedoms and stop your right to drink moonshine and hate immigrants... you might be a redneck.

    If you think that current economic problems can be solved by eliminating free trade, praying more, and kicking those freeloaders to the curb....you might be a redneck

    If you believe in small unobtrusive government, and then turn around to try to justify mandating christian law over the advancement of equality and science despite its illogical origins....you might be a redneck

    September 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  14. SeekTheTRUTH

    more than 20,000 Americans accept Islam every year.
    Because they studied and researched themselves by reading the authentic books rather than books written by haters.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
  15. Muneef

    Same story happened in Spain long ago...First they will start with Muslims then Jews will follow beside other non Christians...then Christians among them selves as Branches...then finally Secularity will take out the last remaining religion of Christianity... They will be using one Religion/Belief against the other...this to clear religions without them final beneficiary losing any lives..while convincing us that Religions are Dangerous it is them who are driving political conspiracies and wars while making it look in the name of religions conflicting each other...! Were we not the belt built in the MidEast to protect the Westren interests and security from the Russian Communists....now that the danger is over we are no longer needed any more they say "The only good Muslims are the dead one's" we Muslims are becoming the Red Indians of the Century worldwide...!!!

    September 7, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • LindaB

      You leave a big part of history out regarding Spain and France. It was a little something called the Battle of Tours. Muslims slaughtered million throughout Europe. The Crusades were just pay back.

      Is it just convenient to leave out this part of history? You also, forget about the pirating of US ships on the Dey of Algiers. Sorry Muslims do not have a great history with christians or americans.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  16. Greg

    The reason CNN, ABC, MsLSD viewers do not fear sharia is because those stations refuse to report the facts. And in most cases of terrorism dilebertly leave out facts about the person or persons perpatrating the terror ARE ISLAMIST, facts like these are left out all the time, if not almost every time. Go figure. This is a stupid study with a pre determined outcome. PROPAGANDA.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  17. Reality

    Why American's are uncomfortable with Islam:

    3. Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

    This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

    And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

    Current crises:

    The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:52 am |
    • SeekTheTRUTH

      LIES

      September 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • Reality

      The following koranic/mosque-driven acts of terror and horror are LIES????

      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.[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 1,141 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.

      22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

      he following koranic/mosque-driven acts of terror and horror are LIES????

      September 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • Muslims have not butchered any body like you westerners have butchered Jews

      Jewish terrorist Moses killed millions of people for his God given land BS, Now his follower western terrorists are killing millions of people for same BS.

      September 8, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  18. Dan-O

    I don't think it's a matter of being uncomfortable with Muslim's I am friends with quiet a few, but the fact that ithe Muslim Religion is thrown in our face. This is America the melting pot of the world so many different nationality's and religions.

    My grandparent's came from Holland back in the day with no money and did't know a lick of english but learned. They respected the fact that they could earn a living and provide for there family. When my Grandfather was drafted he went and served his country AMERICA and loved being a Marine. I think there is a lack of respect with the immigrant's today they need to evolve to our way's just as immigrant's like my grandparens and so many other's did in the past not the other way around.

    1.Learn to speak English
    2.You live in this country you are now an AMERICAN adjust!
    3.Respect the Flag and what it means

    That's my rant sorry if off topic but damn!!

    September 7, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  19. nikos

    CNN the Muslim loving left wing media group- maybe a step ahead of the joke MSNBC. As for Muslims and the comparison to Christians or Jews- its laughable once again. You might find evil or violent scriptures in the other books, but one and ONLY ONE religion breeds the evil, violence and murder that Islam does plain and simple. When was the last time you were in Church and taught to kill your kids because of the honor lost for the family due to their actions? When was the last time you saw children being trained to kill? When was the last time kids were taught to hate and despise others based on their beliefs because your beliefs are better? Not all Muslims are terrorists but 99% of terrorists are Muslims Plain and Simple.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • Linus Rawlins

      Nikos is right. Americans are naive about Islam and its intents. Individual muslims may be ordinary people but when the Imams decide the time is ripe they will whip them up into a jihadist frenzy and demand all adhere to Sharia law. If Islam does not intend that Sharia law apply, then it must denouce it and say that it is an archaic and unAmerican doctrine. Even then I would be wary of lies. The proof of the pudding will be the evolution of Europe into a Islamic continent. What happens there will be the blueprint for America. Wake up America. Time for more cynicism and less naivete.

      September 7, 2011 at 11:44 am |
    • SeekTheTRUTH

      PLEASE TELL ONE PART OR LINE OF THE SHARIA LAW.
      ENLIGHTEN ME.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
  20. Rainer Braendlein

    @Gamal

    The miracles of Jesus confirm his divine sonship! Jesus is the eternal Son of God or God himself!

    In contrast to Muhammad Jesus performed a lot of miracles, which are reported by many eyewitnesses.

    After Jesus and the apostles had preached in Palestine, the apostles continued to preach in Syria, Asia Minor (today Turkey), Greece and Italy.

    Yet at the time of Jesus and the apostles the world was very international (for example they transported wheat from Egypt to Italy by ship). It is sure that there was an ongoing exchange of news between Palestine and the rest of the Roman Empire. Merely not so fast like today.

    Assumed, Jesus or the apostles had been impostors (manipulated miracles) the people of Palestine had furiously protested against the preaching of the gospel, not merely in Palestine but everywhere (imagine migrant workers of Palestine in Greece).

    As far as I know there exist no scripture of a contemporary of Jesus or the apostles, contradicting the reports of the New Testament. Of course some centuries later books of lie like the Koran were written by non-contemporaries of Jesus, denying the miracles of Jesus.

    Conclusion: At the time of Jesus and the apostles and shortly after their death nobody dared to contradict the reports of the New Testament. Why? Obviously it was all true.

    The Bible is the Holy Genuine Word of God.

    The Koran is a lie of the false prophet and warlord Muhammad.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:12 am |
    • mightaswellbe

      Nobody contradicted the church because the church would have them burned at the stake. Such loving christians.

      Oh yes, the bible is a pack of lies like the 'holy' books of the other religions.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
    • nad

      Here is one solid fact that islam based on hate and oppression and no doubt in any one's mind islam and terrorism are inseparable.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
    • Reality

      Let us start with the "Big" Miracles", the bodily resurrections in all directions (ascension, assumption) and address these in the 21 century:

      From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

      Even now Catholic/Christian professors of theology are questioning the bodily resurrection of the simple, preacher man aka Jesus.

      To wit;

      From a major Catholic university's theology professor’s grad school white-board notes:

      "Heaven is a Spirit state or spiritual reality of union with God in love, without earthly – earth bound distractions.
      Jesus and Mary's bodies are therefore not in Heaven.

      Most believe that it to mean that the personal spiritual self that survives death is in continuity with the self we were while living on earth as an embodied person.

      Again, the physical Resurrection (meaning a resuscitated corpse returning to life), Ascension (of Jesus' crucified corpse), and Assumption (Mary's corpse) into heaven did not take place.

      The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.

      Only Luke's Gospel records it. The Assumption ties Jesus' mission to Pentecost and missionary activity of Jesus' followers The Assumption has multiple layers of symbolism, some are related to Mary's special role as "Christ bearer" (theotokos). It does not seem fitting that Mary, the body of Jesus' Virgin-Mother (another biblically based symbol found in Luke 1) would be derived by worms upon her death. Mary's assumption also shows God's positive regard, not only for Christ's male body, but also for female bodies." "

      "In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of a spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. In this he is applying the philosophical categories used by the Church in her theology and saying what St. Thomas Aquinas said long before him."

      http://eternal-word.com/library/PAPALDOC/JP2HEAVN.HTM

      The Vatican quickly embellished this story with a lot CYAP.

      With respect to rising from the dead, we also have this account:

      An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue,

      p.4

      "Reimarus (1774-1778) posits that Jesus became sidetracked by embracing a political position, sought to force God's hand and that he died alone deserted by his disciples. What began as a call for repentance ended up as a misguided attempt to usher in the earthly political kingdom of God. After Jesus' failure and death, his disciples stole his body and declared his resurrection in order to maintain their financial security and ensure themselves some standing."

      p.168. by Ted Peters:

      Even so, asking historical questions is our responsibility. Did Jesus really rise from the tomb? Is it necessary to have been raised from the tomb and to appear to his disciples in order to explain the rise of early church and the transcription of the bible? Crossan answers no, Wright answers, yes. "

      So where are the bones"? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books, the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, covered with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.

      By this time, said body would have been recycled into the nitrogen, water, and calcium cycles. What direction does the wind blow on Calvary? Where does the rain that falls on Calvary go? Has Google Earth addressed this issue?

      September 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • rubymoon1

      Ummm....have you ever read the Koran? Jesus is a part of Islam as well, just not as the Son of God, as a prophet. Also, if you want to objectively compare the two (key word being OBJECTIVELY) you'll find that many of our Christian "heros" were warlords with multiple wives as well. IE: David. There's a pretty good amount of bloodshed and war in the Bible, and in our history in general. Planks and specks, homie. Planks and specks.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
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