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U.S. warns that Arab revolts are exposing religious intolerance
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that Arab revolts are exposing religious intolerance.
September 13th, 2011
06:42 PM ET

U.S. warns that Arab revolts are exposing religious intolerance

By Elise Labott, CNN

Washington (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Tuesday about an often overlooked downside to the Arab Spring.

The popular revolts against longtime dictators in the Middle East and North Africa may have given hope to millions of Arabs, but the State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom Report found that the uprisings have exposed ethnic and religious minorities to new dangers.

Growing religious intolerance, Clinton warned, threatened to undermine these fragile democratic transitions.

“People have been killed by their own neighbors because of their ethnicity or faith. In other places, we have seen governments stand by while sectarian violence inflamed by religious animosities tears communities apart.”

Urging nations in the region to embrace the freedom to worship for all faiths as they embrace political pluralism for the first time in generations, Clinton warned them not to “trade one form of repression for another.”

In particular, the report, which reviewed religious liberties in 198 countries, singled out Egypt, where there have been clashes between Muslims and Christians and there been several attacks against Copts. The U.S. called on the military government to pass laws protecting all religions. It also noted significant problems in Iraq, where religious minorities and Shiite pilgrims have been the targets of devastating attacks.

Clinton noted Monday's attack by gunmen on Shiite pilgrims in Iraq, calling it a “hateful, senseless” act that had “no aim other than to undermine the fabric of peaceful society.”
Elsewhere in the region, the U.S. has expressed concern about treatment of ethnic minorities in Libya and sectarian violence in Syria.

In Pakistan, the report cited the government for using a blasphemy law that to prosecute religious minorities and, in some cases, Muslims who promote tolerance or to settle personal vendettas. Several politicians and officials have been assassinated for calling for report of the law.

As the worst offenders, Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Uzbekistan remained “countries of particular concern.”

The designation means the countries engaged in or tolerated “severe violations of religious freedom,” including persecution, harassment, abuse, discrimination and detention of religious minorities or activists and the prohibition of practicing religions not sanctioned by the government.

Countries of particular concern are subject to U.S. sanctions if they fail to take greater steps to protect religious freedom. The U.S. has slapped six of the eight on the list with sanctions, but Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan were exempted.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent that monitors religious liberties worldwide, had urged the U.S. to add Iraq, Egypt and Pakistan, along with Vietnam and Nigeria, to the watch list. Other countries cited for religious intolerance were Afghanistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Venezuela.

State Department officials said the Iraq and Pakistan have taken significant measures to protect religious freedom over last year. While more needed to be done, officials who prepared the report felt it would be unfair to punish those countries while they were trying to improve their records and wanted to encourage them.

But those nations aren't exactly getting a free pass. Michael Posner, assistant secretary for democracy, human rights and labor, urged countries with problems to continue to address them. The U.S. was prepared, he warned, to add countries to the blacklist "if the situation warrants."

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Africa • Belief • Church and state • Egypt • Foreign policy

soundoff (198 Responses)
  1. myweightinwords

    Intolerance is rampant, and not just the religious sort, and not just in Arab countries. People fear what is strange to them, what is different. That fear can grow to become hatred and intolerance. It can lead to violence.

    Ask anyone here in the US who is gay or lesbian or bi or transgendered. Or Muslim. Or any of a number of other faiths that are not well known or understood by the psuedo-Christian majority.

    September 14, 2011 at 9:53 am |
    • Cromagnonymous

      I agree as far as your post goes, which isn't very far.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:23 am |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      @ myweightinwords, did write, "Ask anyone here in the US who is gay or lesbian or bi or transgendered. Or Muslim. Or any of a number of other faiths that are not well known or understood by the psuedo-Christian majority."

      For starters it's "pseudo". To say that the Christian majority is a pseudo-ism or falseness is showing your understanding to be childish and not even worthy of a footnote. Your pick 'em apart fundamentalist agenda is clearly noted as a personalized feudalism in your ongoing rants against Christendom. Be a good boy and practice, practice, practice and learn to use not only the right but also your left hand! 🙂

      September 14, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      gay is ok

      muslim is not

      September 14, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
  2. don canard

    weaklings whose culture can't attract new members on its merits, always need to try to demand that others think the way they do. But, those who s*ck can't win. We'll see what happens.

    September 14, 2011 at 9:18 am |
  3. Happy Feet

    From Poetry to some rambling and then some Prose, what next?

    It is a wakeup call people,

    Pray for peace in Israel!

    September 14, 2011 at 9:05 am |
    • dg

      To. Whi.ch Go.d?

      September 14, 2011 at 9:36 am |
    • Happy Feet

      To the God of the Bible.

      PS-Happy Feet received its miracle from the God of the Bible!

      September 14, 2011 at 10:05 am |
    • Not ever

      There will NEVER be peace in Israel as long as there is religious intolerance in every religion. That includes Jews and their intolerance, Muslims and their intolerance, and Christian intolerance.
      Never will Jerusalem be a place of peace as long as there is religion. Never.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:20 am |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      The god in the bible is a farce.

      If it existed, it would show it's face. Apparently it's too afraid to do so. Puny mythological deity.

      By the way happy whatever, you never received a miracle. Whatever it was, was probably just a coincidence. So instead of saving that piece of toast, just throw it away. It's a burn mark. Not a saint.

      September 14, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  4. Reality

    What Clinton should have said:

    “John Hick, a noted British philosopher of religion, estimates that 95 percent of the people of the world owe their religious affiliation to an accident (the randomness) of birth. The faith of the vast majority of believers depends upon where they were born and when. Those born in Saudi Arabia will almost certainly be Moslems, and those born and raised in India will for the most part be Hindus. Nevertheless, the religion of millions of people can sometimes change abruptly in the face of major political and social upheavals. In the middle of the sixth century ce, virtually all the people of the Near East and Northern Africa, including Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Egypt were Christian. By the end of the following century, the people in these lands were largely Moslem, as a result of the militant spread of Islam.

    The Situation Today
    Barring military conquest, conversion to a faith other than that of one’s birth is rare. Some Jews, Moslems, and Hindus do convert to Christianity, but not often. Similarly, it is not common for Christians to become Moslems or Jews. Most people are satisfied that their own faith is the true one or at least good enough to satisfy their religious and emotional needs. Had St. Augustine or St. Thomas Aquinas been born in Mecca at the start of the present century, the chances are that they would not have been Christians but loyal followers of the prophet Mohammed. “ J. Somerville

    It is very disturbing that religious narrow- mindedness, intolerance, violence and hatred continues unabated due to randomness of birth. Maybe, just maybe if this fact would be published on the first page of every newspaper every day, that we would finally realize the significant stupidity of all religions.

    September 14, 2011 at 7:49 am |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      Funny thing about the united states and freedom of religion. You're still stuck under the thumb of religion. It's forced on children. It's no different than the rest of the world, it just depends on who you're born to.

      I'm sick of tolerating religion. I think it's time to start filing lawsuits against churches and junk. For existing and stinking up my streets.

      September 14, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  5. ColoredMountains

    Religious freedom does not exist as an concept in the minds of Muslims though they are better than the oppressive secular Americans. @Muneef, are you reading? Do something about this if you think you're a nice human being.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:56 am |
    • Cromagnonymous

      Religious freedom does not exist unless you're willing to have a free-for-all.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:26 am |
  6. Abbas

    Wow! And everyone forgot what happened in India in 2002 and before that so many times, no justice is prevailed and being denied in case of post Godhra riots. Many judjes and lawyers were exposed as they were hired seceretly by the right wing groups to fight on behalf of victims, who intentionally made the victim's case weak. Muslims know that in Gujrat they can't expect justice.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:21 am |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      India?

      I'd never go there. It's a gross place.

      September 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  7. bettymorris

    A new book by a religion statistics expert says that most Americans are customizing their religion according to their personal needs http://bit.ly/nrbrKp

    September 14, 2011 at 1:08 am |
    • RightTurnClyde

      This is not actually new. The write up for the book is trying very hard to make a story out of nothing. Kind of like saying ther is an exciting golf game on Saturday TV. .. the book has value though .. because you can probably get to sleep without reading more than one page .. its faster and safer than sleeping pills

      September 14, 2011 at 2:27 am |
    • BRC

      @betty,
      Is that a bad thing? Faith is based on a person's inner beliefs of an improvable and unanswerable question. Shouldn't it be personalized?

      September 14, 2011 at 8:57 am |
    • Cromagnonymous

      Every religion relies upon personal interpretation of ambiguous mystical claptrap.
      Why write a book about it as if it were news? They just want money for their worthless book.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      BRC no.

      If you believe in a religion, you are required by it's teachings to follow those rules. If you aren't, then it's off to HELLFIRE BRIMSTONE land.

      September 14, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
  8. RightTurnClyde

    She knows. She has the G2 .. if Libya, Egypt and Syria turn hard radical together with Iran they will have the WMD's that Bush/Rumsfeld fearing in Iran. AND they will have the clout to go ahead and use it ... biological too. The do not like Russians, Europeans, Indians or Chinese any more than the US or Israel .. so they have a grudge for everyone .. it could get really dicey

    September 14, 2011 at 12:59 am |
    • KentuckyFriedClyde

      So you think that the Sunni and the Shia are going to unite? Wow, that's really clueless.

      September 14, 2011 at 2:28 am |
    • RightTurnClyde

      @KentuckyFriedClyde if you are concerned about being clueless ... you might want to take some reading comprehension courses .. after you read word you need to think about what they mean. Take some English Lit. courses and learn to comprehend what you read.

      September 14, 2011 at 9:19 am |
    • RightTurnClyde

      G2 ...military term for information, kinda like the 411.Give me the G-2 on this operation Sarge! WELCOME TO THE ARMY G-2 HOMEPAGE An Army Intelligence team that operate as a key member of the Joint and National Intelligence Community; that enables ground commanders to fight and win our nation's wars across the operational spectrum; is adaptable, modular, and global; that integrates all Army ISR to maximize sensors to enhance awareness. A team that ultimately enables the Force to see first and understand first in order to act first and WIN DECISIVELY. (source US Army)

      September 14, 2011 at 9:30 am |
    • Cromagnonymous

      What kind of idiot uses obscure military jargon in a place like this? Oh, his name is RightTurnClyde. Nevermind.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:30 am |
    • JohnR

      If Libya and Syria TURN hard radical? What have they been so far?

      September 14, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • KentuckyFriedClyde

      Yeah, the U.S. has won so decisively in Iraq and Afghanistan. Brilliant. And of course they give those intelligence reports to Clyde first so that he can know what's in them and come here and tell us. Right.

      Only an idiot wold think that Sunnis would cooperate with Shi'ites. And the more fundamentalist they get, the wider that divide gets.

      When will these countries cooperate? Well, they never have in the past and are incredibly unlikely to do so in the future – too much infighting and rivalry and internal divisions. They cannot even cooperate on their deep common hatred of Israel.

      So Clyde has put forth a preposterous assertion, and he thinks the problem is everyone else. Basically, all Clyde has done is to prove himself an idiot.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • RightTurnClyde

      What kind of idiots cannot understand what they read? Your comments only reveal your limitations. It is not my job to help you to develop your .. mind. Obviously your school did not accomplish it. Whatever may be the case YOU alone make choices and live with them about your capacity to understand what you read. But for now there is Walmart and a burger store... and they will not care if you are limited.

      September 14, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      I wonder which of you two fighting heroes has the biggest....

      you know.

      You should measure and post the numbers. Then you'll have something to fight about. Big men you are.

      Bickering on the internets like two tough guys.

      yay. SO TOUGH.

      And strong!

      September 14, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
  9. Reality

    Arab Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall, it makes no difference since the koran, one of the worst books ever composed by men is the operating manual for Sunnis and Shiites or any other Muslim group.

    To wit:

    What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror? 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 female or male Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

    September 13, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
    • RightTurnClyde

      Amen to that

      September 14, 2011 at 1:01 am |
  10. kimsland

    She's looking straight at me, it must be true.

    Oh and this line: The U.S. called on the military government to pass laws protecting all religions
    Oh dear, another law that will be thrown out one day as ludicrous.
    When they pass a law that all religions are outlawed, I'll then know that children are safe, until then the US is just as barbaric as Egypt or any other stupid religious country.

    September 13, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      >>>"When they pass a law that all religions are outlawed, I'll then know that children are safe, until then the US is just as barbaric as Egypt or any other stupid religious country."

      So, when you outlaw Religion and the Faithful.... what will happen to those of us that will defy the law?

      September 14, 2011 at 1:39 am |
    • kimsland

      Just to be clear about 'outlaw'
      Similar to how smoking is banned in certain public areas (including all advertising)

      I mean seriously you US people are so strong on this religious stuff. Don't you realize that this is NOT good for children?
      Its extremely obvious, I feel like I've come from the future and I'm seeing this so clearly, and here's Hillary Clinton (of all people!) advocating child abuse, its just so crazy its incredible.

      The day WILL come when religion will not be forced onto children, leaving adults to then make up their own mind, this long after they have been educated through childhood about science; evolution and even the present technological age (ie not 2000 years ago)

      I'm positive that devoted religious people will want to comment (maybe not?) But the open minded Atheist/Agnostics out there will fully understand me. This is a SAD day in history. PLEASE leaders and people with a voice (looking at you Hillary) Please wake up, these old barbaric religious viewpoints are counter productive for our modern society, these 'feelings' of god are also totally different depending on where you come from. Please stop this idiocy now.

      Its a woman's right to change her mind. Outlaw religion, don't wait until there are more deaths and horror in the name of religion.

      September 14, 2011 at 3:36 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Hi Kimsland. I think we here in the USA understand that outlawed and banned means the same thing. I of course think that it would be wrong because it is the same thing that the 700 club crowd said about Gays and Lesbians and the desire to remove them from the public view in society. Their community fought and have mostly arrived from out of the shadows. Do you think that any group will allow themselves to go quietly into the shadows after witnessing a diverse amount of groups emerge. With the growth of membership of the Faiths between the Evangelicals to the Mormons and the continued rise of Islam, we are seeing more people of Faith pridefully showing their Faith in public. Do you feel that some groups have a public voice and others should not?

      The day WILL NOT come, my friend. Our Faith and communities are growing and with interfaith gatherings, I am glad, because I had heard of times when the Faiths lived side by side in harmony but I always prayed that I would see it in my lifetime.

      >>>”I mean seriously you US people are so strong on this religious stuff. “

      Yeah, not like we are one if not the most powerful countries on the planet with a history of Faith based charity in other countries that tops most other countries in the world...... I think “this religious stuff” ….has worked pretty well. 🙂

      ...do I need to bring up Rev Martin Luther King and a Bill of Rights that states that our rights come from a Creator.... you know … “this Religious Stuff” …. Heck I might start singing “Proud to be an American!! “:)

      >>>“But the open minded Atheist/Agnostics out there will fully understand me.”

      I do not think so, the closed radical ones maybe...the militant Atheist defiantly, but I feel safe to say that even with Mainline Atheist such as Christoper Hutchins basically respectfully disagreeing with Faith, acknowledging the prayers of his Christian friends ….yep friends, who have prayed for him during his battle with Cancer..... folks like you Kimsland are more likely to go away and with you on your journey into history, will be the Pat Robertsons, and the likes of the late Jerry Farwell and Bin Laden.

      Its time for you, the intolerant and radicals on all sides, to take your bow and exit the stage. We have tried it your ways throughout history and all there is in your “my way or the highway” views are death camps and innocent blood. Sadly, normally it is the blood of the ones that are content to live with others in peace that first grace the earth.

      Please stop this insanity Kimsland. There are more on all sides that want peace and coexistence than you think and we in the middle, will evolve your types right out of society and into the history books.

      l'Chaim

      September 14, 2011 at 4:56 am |
    • JohnR

      No religion in public places, eh? You're an idiot, Kimsland. No other way to put it.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • Cromagnonymous

      Some people need to be stopped.
      Some people just don't get it.
      twas ever thus.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      religion should be banned from public places. It's all trash.

      You don't like it when people through garbage on your lawn, right?

      So why would I want people with bibles and korans anywhere I have to walk? Get rid of all of it. And send these religious people all to north korea and let their gods sort them out there.

      September 14, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  11. Richard S Kaiser

    The God I love is inside me while the God inside you is not mine
    Still, Love measures the qualities of Both Gods.

    The God of one nation are not the Gods of otherly nations.
    Still nationalism's many Gods may one day be unified under ONE GOD.

    In doubt are many good but godless while in reverence are many godly,
    Still the GOD of all earthly Gods stands steadfastly awaiting each of His Son's returning.

    In doubt does grow the seeds of want and yearning to know all things,
    Still the aloofness of the mind gives denials to the masses.

    In knowledge do the words muddy the watery logic meltdown of the brain,
    Still hope and faith in little measure will always remain.

    In knowledge we will go by our own divisive means and ways,
    GOD and His Sons ever to remain the silent contemplatives.

    September 13, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
    • Wobbly Bob

      Okay, so what is with the outbreak of really bad poetry on this blog? Before it was lousy videos, now it's really lousy poetry.

      What new lousy trend awaits us? Yodelled versions of Revelation? A rash of Gomer Pyle quotes?

      September 13, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      The last line needs editing,,,,,,,,,,,

      In knowledge we will go by our own divisive means and ways,
      Still GOD and His Sons are ever to remain the silent contemplatives.

      Wrote and edited by Richard S Kaiser

      September 13, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
    • John Richardson

      Yeah, where's Dan Akroyd when you need him? I have visions of his classic sketches "Bad Playhouse" and "Bad Red Chinese Ballet" when I read this blog's wannabe poets' works!

      September 13, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
    • Woof

      Richard, no poet would EVER have done this;

      "Wrote and edited by Richard S Kaiser"

      It would be "written," not "wrote," editing is part of the writing process, so that is never used, and of course, you don't even need anything but "by Richard S. Kaiser" – do put the punctuation in.

      Or, put another way, your literacy is way below poetry if you can't even get your name out right.

      Now watch two real poetic giant: John Wayne and Henry Gibson.

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWyAN2ZVERk&w=640&h=360]

      Notice they don't say "wrote and edited by . . . "

      September 13, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  12. Bo

    So what is new? And what the U.S. has laws against in America, Clinton wants the U.S. to do on foreign soil. Does that soun typical?

    September 13, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
  13. Keith

    Just what did Obama think would happen when he fomented this arab spring? Nuclear winter?

    September 13, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
    • Glad I'm Not Keith

      You actually think that Obama is so powerful that he made the Arab Spring happen? Wow, he's really effective!

      And you somehow think that there are laws against religious freedom in America? Well, I guess if your idea of freedom is the freedom to replace democracy with a theocracy, then I guess you might be right.

      September 13, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
    • Keith

      Obama kicked Mubarak to the curb-bad move, foolish move. Obama got NATO to bomb Qaddafi. What is his motive? As far as the 2nd part of your comment, I won't address it because I don't address people who put words in my mouth.

      September 14, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      please stop giving obama credit for things everyone else does

      all he does is sign a paper. he doesn't think for himself, and he doesn't make any decisions. everyone else does.

      September 14, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  14. Anyway

    People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
    Forgive them anyway.

    If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
    Be kind anyway.

    If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
    Succeed anyway.

    If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
    Be honest and frank anyway.

    What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
    Build anyway.

    If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
    Be happy anyway.

    The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
    Do good anyway.

    Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
    Give the world the best you've got anyway.

    You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
    It was never between you and them anyway.

    Mother Teresa

    September 13, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
    • Dr.K.

      I like this quite a bit. Especially if one could interject "integrity" for "God" in that next to last line. Mother Teresa would likely have approved, as her private letters indicate that she had given up on god long before she gave up on life (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1655720,00.html), and yet she continued her work. I do honestly like the quote.

      September 13, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
    • Awkward Situations

      What the hell is this? A poem for ignorance?

      September 13, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
    • David Johnson

      Thank you for posting this. It is beautiful.

      Cheers!

      September 13, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
    • Wobbly Bob

      Mother Teresa did not write that. She plagiarized it.

      September 13, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
    • John Richardson

      Wobbly Bob is correct about Mother T not writing this. There's a snopes article on it. The original was called something like the 10 Paradoxical Commandments, written by an obscure guy who never gets any credit for it. (Perhaps one could add "If you write something that touches hearts, opportunists will steal it and call it their own. Write it anyway."!!!!)

      September 13, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
    • don canard

      I didn't know mother Theresa was a Protestant!

      September 14, 2011 at 9:17 am |
  15. krm1007

    Hillary was having her hair done when the Arab uprising was happening. She was caught sleeping and now she is pretending to be the architect of these uprisings. So please NO MORE LECTURES. What are you going to do? Bomb them? put them in time out? have them stand in the corner? Go to India and Indian Occupied Kashmir, LADY, and look at the atrocities and genocide happening there and suppression of minorities. You have a chance to do something there before history judges you very harshly.

    September 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
    • Bippy, the Ignorant Squirrel of the Liberal Scourge

      So do the American voters.

      September 13, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
    • Bippy, The Lesser Squirrel-God of Drooling Right-Wing Nincompoops

      Hey, cool! I have my own troll! I always wanted some nitwit to make lame, badly-written attempts to imitate me!

      Thanks there Mark! I mean Bippy!

      September 13, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      voters?

      yeah, like voting for another mongrel will do us any good.

      September 14, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
  16. J S B

    Religious interolerance is alive and well all over the glone, including the U.S. Not being a Christian in the U.S. is viewed as something less.... or not belieiving in the Christian defintion of God. Citizens who are Scientologists and or/Mormons are ridiculed yet there beliefs are no stranger than Christianity. So, are we a nation of religious tolerance?

    September 13, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
    • We Are Devo

      If your convoluted little thesis is any measure, we're a nation of idiots.

      September 13, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
    • AGuest9

      @We Are Devo – The electorate nearly-elected THEN ELECTED G.W. Bush. Need you any more proof?

      September 13, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
    • here's some truth for you to choke on you nazis

      The Supreme Court put Bush in office. He was not elected by the people. For his second term, many dead people voted.
      Republicans are cheaters and hate our country. They can never be trusted.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:44 am |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      look at the conspiracy theorist!

      cute

      September 14, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
  17. Prayer

    O Lord we pray for Peace in those parts of the world, we pray for Peace in Israel!

    September 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
    • Peace in Israel

      How about Peace outside of Israel too? Or how about praying that Israel's aim is true and swift so that her enemies may be obliterated? That works for me.

      September 13, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
    • cromagnonymous

      How about we take over Israel, ship everyone OUT including all Jews, Muslims, and Christians, and turn it into a large chemical dumping ground so that nobody can ever use it again?
      THEN we wouldn't have to worry about Israel ever again and could use those billions of dollars on something a little more intelligent, like creating jobs.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      how about we stop praying, ban religion, and get on with our lives

      that is the cure to the disease of religion

      September 14, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
  18. Geekalot

    Why is it these reports never mention the Baha'is in Iran? They are regularly singled out for discrimination by the government. Their children are denied access to education and when the Baha'is attempt to establish their own in-home university level education system their houses are raided and people taken away to prison. Their holy sites are regulary violated, vandalized and destroyed. They are denied decent paying jobs for which they are are often eminently qualified. Many Baha'is over decades have been taken to prison and tortured to get them to recant their faith. Many have had their feet flogged until bloody. Many have been hanged. All for having a religion other than the dominant one. This has been going on since the mid 1800s when their religion started.

    September 13, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  19. Mother Teresa's prayer

    Make us worthy Lord to serve our fellow men throughout the world,
    who live and die in poverty and hunger.
    Give them through our hands, this day, their daily bread
    and by our understanding love give peace and joy.
    Lord, make me a channel of thy peace.
    That where there is hatred I may bring love,
    That where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness,
    That where there is discord, I may bring harmony,
    That where there is error I may bring truth,
    That where there is doubt I may bring faith,
    That where there is despair I may bring hope,
    That where there are shadows I may bring light,
    That where there is sadness I may bring joy.
    Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted,
    To understand than to be understood,
    To love than to be loved.
    For it is by forgetting self that one finds.
    It is by forgiving that one is forgiven,
    it is by dying that one awakens to eternal life.

    Amen.

    September 13, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • MTP

      You should know she wrote in her bible she doubted god existed.

      September 13, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • Mother Teresa Debunked

      Mother Teresa was a real piece of work. Take your prayer and shove it.

      September 13, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
    • *frank*

      Mother Teresa was a moderately retarded attention whore.

      September 13, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
    • Anton LaVey

      Mother Teresa sounds like she wasn't to bright and a sadist. She felt that suffering would bring people closer to Jesus. "the most beautiful gift for a person that he can participate in the sufferings of Christ'." Mother T cared more about making sure people suffered rather than help them. Um dumb mean b! tch comes to mind.

      September 13, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
    • Awkward Situations

      Killer Teresa was an incompetent fool who took advantage of the desperate and dying. She did nothing to help she just left them to die by the wayside like trash. She then accepted money and praise for her non-deeds. What a pious little b'itch.

      September 13, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
    • Anton LaVey

      Lets look closer at the crazy b ! tch Mother Teresa. Examples: "Unnecessarily refusing to help the needy when they approached the nuns at the wrong time according to the prescribed schedule, discouraging nuns from seeking medical training to deal with the illnesses they encountered (with the justification that God empowers the weak and ignorant), and imposition of "unjust" punishments, such as being transferred away from friends. Missionaries of Charity "infantilized" its nuns by prohibiting the reading of secular books and newspapers, and emphasizing obedience over independent thinking and problem-solving."

      September 13, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
    • Anton LaVey

      You got to love the ignorant catholics....please note:
      .
      "In April 1996, Mother Teresa fell and broke her collar bone. In August she suffered from malaria and failure of the left heart ventricle. She had heart surgery but it was clear that her health was declining. She was treated at a California hospital, too, and this has led to some criticism.[65] The Archbishop of Calcutta, Henry Sebastian D'Souza, said he ordered a priest to perform an exorcism on Mother Teresa with her permission when she was first hospitalized with cardiac problems because he thought she may be under attack by the devil."

      September 13, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
    • Awkward Situations

      Here is your beloved Killer Teresa.

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78f3xGVR0Ks&w=640&h=360]

      September 13, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  20. Love

    Love & Embrace Mankind!

    September 13, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
    • Muslims First

      http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-13/israel-surrounded-as-arab-spring-darkens-commentary-by-jeffrey-goldberg.html

      September 13, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
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