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My Take: How evangelicals could grow to love Muslims
The Islamic Center of America, a mosque in Dearborn, Michigan.
August 18th, 2012
10:00 PM ET

My Take: How evangelicals could grow to love Muslims

Editor's Note: Eboo Patel is founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core. His new book is called "Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice and the Promise of America."

By Eboo Patel, Special to CNN

Paul Ryan has set off joyous cheers in the land of conservatives largely because of his fiscal views but also because of his Catholic faith.

He is just the most recent member of his church – think House Speaker John Boehner, Republican runner-ups Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, and Supreme Court justices Samuel Alito and Antonin Scalia – to be viewed as a flag-bearer for the conservative cause, a movement whose foot soldiers are largely evangelical Protestants.

The dynamic of evangelicals cheering for Catholics is one of the most stunning shifts in American political history. Just 50 years ago, evangelicals were ringing the alarm about the rising prominence of Catholics in American politics, not falling in line behind them.

“Our freedom, our religious freedom, is at stake if we elect a member of the Roman Catholic order as president of the United States,” Norman Vincent Peale told a conference of evangelical leaders in September 1960.

Materials handed out at the Peale conference claimed ‘Universal Roman Catholicism’ was both a religion and a political force whose doctrines were ultimately incompatible with the American ideals of freedom, equality and democracy.

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And the conference's keynote address alleged that Catholics practiced “mental reservation,” which allowed them to lie about their intentions in order to gain power. And when they succeeded, they would make second-class citizens of everyone else.

Replace “Roman Catholic” with “Muslim” and “Church hierarchy” with “caliphate” in those pronouncements and today we are witnessing a similar energy directed against a different faith community using largely the same categories.

In today’s parlance, Kennedy was part of a stealth jihad meant to replace the U.S. Constitution with sharia law and practicing taqqiyya to mask this dawa offensive.

As they believed about Catholicism then, many evangelicals now view the very nature of Islam as incompatible with American values. Evangelicals rate Muslims lower on a "‘favoribility" scale than any other religious group, according to "American Grace," a book by scholars Robert Putnam and David Campbell.

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Evangelical churches are favorite venues for Islamophobic speakers and prominent evangelical leaders like Franklin Graham regularly call Islam a threat to America.

It is easy to draw a straight line between the evangelical anti-Catholic prejudice of previous generations and the Islamophobia of today, essentially saying that “evangelicals have to hate someone.”

But that’s too cynical a take for me. The more interesting - and certainly more hopeful - storyline is the one about change.

Evangelical attitudes changed markedly towards Catholics in the past generation, and they are changing towards Muslims now.

Without doubt, the evangelical shift on Catholics can be partially explained by the two religion traditions finding common cause on political issues like abortion. But in "American Grace," Putnam and Campbell point to what they believe is a more important reason.

Over the course of the past fifty years, more evangelicals got to meet Catholics and the warmth in those personal relationships became generalized towards the larger community. If your Pal Al is Catholic and a good guy, then by extension Catholics as a group and Catholicism as a religion have some good qualities.

This is precisely the dynamic taking place between evangelicals and Muslims, a story for me best illustrated by a Dallas-based pastor named Bob Roberts. Bob grew up in the 1960s in East Texas and remembers the Pope regularly being referred to as “the Great Whore of Babylon” in his father’s Southern Baptist church.

He absorbed the anti-Catholic prejudice along with everyone else. But when he went on service trips to Southeast Asia as an adult, he discovered that the people doing the most intense, committed development work were inevitably Catholic. At first he admired them from afar. Then he got to know some up close, and they turned out to be not so bad.

After September 11, 2001, the anti-Muslim feeling was open and intense in Bob’s community. Truth be told, Bob felt it himself.

But he was self-aware enough to recognize the similarity between the irrational prejudice he absorbed about Catholics growing up and what he saw happening toward Muslims now.

So he did the same thing with Muslims that he’d done with Catholics: get to know them personally through common projects. Bob has traveled everywhere from Afghanistan to Gaza to do interfaith service projects with Muslims.

And now he is bringing fellow evangelicals along and involving the members of his Dallas mega-church in local interfaith projects. He’s speaking to young evangelical leaders about the importance of building relationships with Muslims as a Christian practice.

I know because in the midst of the opposition to the so-called Ground Zero mosque a couple years ago, a young pastor came to my office and asked me to guest preach about Islam at his evangelical church. He told me that Bob had sent him.

This is how communities change. Evangelicals make up 40% of America – when they change, America changes.

Maybe in 50 years, there will be no surprise when the loudest cheerleaders for Muslim presidential candidates and Supreme Court justices are evangelical Christians.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Eboo Patel.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • Islam • Opinion

soundoff (2,441 Responses)
  1. chuck

    As a Christian I find the idea of embracing Islam, the religion of Satan, a wonderful idea. I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner.

    August 23, 2012 at 3:45 am |
    • Arvoasitis

      Are you saying that the Old Testament, which Islam honors, was inspired by Satan?

      August 23, 2012 at 7:25 am |
    • ssachida

      Islam, Christianity and Judaism are the 3 western religions which are mono-theistic, dogmatic and have Abhrahomic roots.

      They have more in common among them than to the eastern religions of Hinduism and Buddhism.

      Also, Islam is against Gays and Abortion, believes in the role of women is to raise families and not equal to men which is very similar to christianity.
      The only difference between them is about how to treat non-believers. Christianity talks about converting them, Islam talks about killing them.

      August 23, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      @ ssachida
      Islam, Christianity and Judaism are the 3 western religions which are mono-theistic, dogmatic and have Abhrahomic roots.

      They are not western religions. They are Middle Eastern. That’s right Christians…you’ve been conquered and most of you don’t even know it.

      August 23, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  2. Jewel of Allah

    Hasn't the world been defiled long enough by the filthy teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)?

    August 22, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
    • sam stone

      Don't know, Jewel....they have embraced the virgin boinker and the holy scarecrow for longer

      August 23, 2012 at 8:45 am |
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    August 22, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
  4. D Vinson

    Any true religious scholar will immediately notice much more agreement with Islam than Judaism on the subject of Jesus, which is after all SUPPOSED to be the focus of Christianity

    August 22, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      hinduism fabrication of hindu pagan deity Jesus has nothing to do with son of blessed Mary, Easu, anointed one by hinduism, corruption of his name Jesus. Letter J is added to make him a Jew, self centered but he was a Hebrew. letter A is deleted to conform it to hindu pagan trinity as in pagan word God and letter S is added to show respect according to Hebrew language, not multiple personalities. word Jesus having no meaning's, just hinduism absurdity of hindu Magi's, criminal tricksters by hindu Jew's, filthy secular s of Egyptian and Persian origin.

      August 22, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
  5. joel gold

    Imagine a story about Christians needing to love Muslims. Talk about misdirected priorities, Oy. Islam, that great religion of peace and love needs to be emraced by Christians and Jews and all religions since it brings such wonderful attributes to the communities in which it forces itself, GAG! Spain kicked them out of their country long ago, and I can understand why. It is a "religion" of death and destruction, that exhibites no love towards others, but intense hatred, especially towards Jews, Christians, and any other so called infidels. I am sick and tired of the lies that suround this horror of a religion. Lets start speaking the truth, and stop the lies!

    August 22, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Islam is not hindu ism, religion but Theen Allah, way of truth absolute, imposer of truth 360 and hated by hindu's, deniers of truth absolute to keep their hindu criminal mafia ism under cover of religion's to hind fool humanity, way of hindu Magi's, criminal tricksters to fool humanity to make them their gentile, slaves by their hindu Judaism, filthy self center ism. So much so, foundation of America is based on Islamic principal, obedience to truth absolute, not hinduism, religions and human equality, denied by hindu pagan Jew's, self centered and their hindu gentile, ignorant christian's, another name of hindu Mithra ism, racist savior ism of dark ages.

      August 22, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
    • Jewel of Allah

      It was the will of Alllah, all praise be unto him, that his Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, should introduce the double penetration dildo to the world. For this the Prophet is to be revered, but not worshiped.

      August 22, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      hinduism, absurdity of a hindu, ignorant.

      August 22, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
    • sam stone

      joel: the truth is they are all mythology

      August 23, 2012 at 8:47 am |
  6. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

    Lord, the truth absolute have mercy on USA, hindered fooled by hindu Maggie Jew's, Crooked self centered in violation of fundamental principal of America, enshrined by founding father's of USA, truth absolute as God, but ruled by hindu's deniers of truth absolute in hindu Judaism, criminal self center ism, bunch of hindu's, criminals pretending to be Americans, but hindu gentiles, criminals slave of hindu Jew's, terrorist self centered, working hard to undermine USA to please their hindu soul, filthy desire, to be what they can never be TRUTH ABSOLUTE THEMSELVES.
    hindu Romney is nothing else but a hindu ignorant pseudo Jew', criminal self centerd like his hindu sanatan, filthy goon man god's Jew's, filthy self centered, claiming to be a hindu pagan christian, follower of hindu Mithra ism, savior ism labeled as Christianity in hinduism, absurdity to fool humanity.
    No one ever existed by the name of Jesus, and son of bless Mary had nothing to do with their hinduism, Christianity, named EASU, anointed one.
    Do not elect any of these hindu denier's of truth absolute hindu gentile filthy slave Christian's of hindu Jew's., criminal self centered, they will do nothing for people of America, but use every way to make American's,and rest of the humanity gentiles, slave of hindu Jew's, filthy self centered, enemies of truth absolute. Romney does not qualify to be called American by his hindu pagan faith, criminal belief, let alone make him a president of USA.
    Word Jew is based on Latin word Yahood, Je or Ja, Ye, or Ya, meaning from heart and mind base word for Yes in English, HOOD, habit or habitat, meaning, self centered or a secular, denier of truth absolute, such as King, or Pig, in disregard to truth absolute and Judaism, One who takes a wow to be in violation of truth by his intent, considering himself to be the God, the truth absolute, same as in hindu, denier of truth absolute, word hindu is based on Latin word hindrance, negativity, HAN, great, Hun, to be in greatness and hin, to be negative to both of them, hindu, a noun in negativity, hinduism, way of negativity, as in word Jew, a self centered or a criminal, otherwise known as a goon, a shaman. Judaism is not a religion but in opposition, defiance to truth absolute in self center ism..

    August 22, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
  7. Jack

    Greetings folks. Everyone is cordially invited to visit... thestarofkaduri.com

    August 22, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • jsmith89

      The only difference between Islam and Christians is the name of their imaginary friend. They are all the same.

      August 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
  8. Invidia

    Catholics haven't blown anyone up recently. Except in possibly in Ireland, but that was local and not THAT recently. When Muslims can say the same, then we'll feel safe voting for them. This is unlikely to occur in the foreseeable future.

    August 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      But you admit their hinduism, terrorism against humanity to be established, Boy abused by hindu criminal priest religiously is nothing else but hinduism terrorism, foundation of hindu pagan Catholicism, based on hindu Judaism, criminal self center ism.

      August 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  9. Jack

    Greetings folks. Everyone is cordially invited to visit – thestarofkaduri.com

    August 21, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
  10. Arvoasitis

    Christianity and Islam, an outline:

    Jesus of Nazareth preaches along the shores of Galilee, healing and driving out evil demons, then is crucified and allegedly resurrected. During the following centuries, Christianity becomes the dominant organized religion across the Middle East up to the border of Persia, where Zoroastrianism is firmly established but Christian are given an "edict of toleration."

    Muhammad establishes the religion of Islam. After his death, Islam is spread with the power of the sword, but when it becomes apparent that the Christians the Muslims most want to convert are willing to die rather than convert the leaders of Islam accept Christians (and Jews) as "People of the Book." Henceforth, Muslims, Christians and Jews live in harmony in the Middle East under Muslim rule for several generations.

    The Seljuk Turks (so named after their chieftain), recent converts to Islam and therefore characteristically intolerant, invade the Middle East, overthrow the established order, killing Muslims, Christians and Jews who stand in their way. People throughout the Middle East feel oppressed.

    Muslims, Christians and Jews rejoice when word arrives that a Christian army (the Crusaders) are preparing to invade the Middle East, believing it to be an army of liberation.

    The first Crusade is such a tragi-comic farce that many historians neglect it completely, referring to the second as the first. The second Crusade begins with the murder of all members of the Jewish families in the Rhineland, then proceeds to the massacre of all of the men, women and children of a city of 100,000 people (80% Christian) in the Middle East. The Crusaders are particularly offended that so many of their victims are making the sign of the cross while being massacred by the soldiers of Jesus and of God.

    Subsequent Crusades destroy the Christian trading center of Zara (in what is now Croatia), the murder of the entire population of Jerusalem, the sack and burning of Constantinople (the center of Christendom in the east) in an or_gy of looting, murder and ra_pe "sparing neither noblewoman nor nun."

    Muslims unite to drive out the Christian "infidels," and Christianity and Judaism are undergo a great eclipse.

    August 21, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Religions are hinduism, absurdity of hindu Jew's, filthy secular s in their hindu Judaism, filthy secularism, denial of truth absolute, created to hind, fool humanity to subordinate to hindu Jew's, criminal secular s of Egypt and Persia, Prophet Moses, Anointed son of blessed Mary and Mohammad, spirit of truth, peace be upon them, condemned hindu Judaism, self center ism and command to obey truth absolute, or way of truth absolute. So much so word religion does not exist in Hebrew, Aramaic or Arabic language's, but one word Theen Ellah, Ellohim, Allah, way of truth absolute, not religion. Word religion does not exist in Quran, nor does in four gospel's of book of contradiction's called bible. Correct your history, than to be a hindu, ignorant spewing his hinduism, ignorance.

      August 21, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Stop being a hindu, denier of truth absolute in hindu Judaism, filthy secular ism, self center ism, it is not a way of human, "HIS" desire, but of hindu's, criminals.

      August 21, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
  11. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

    hindu Jew's, filthy secular's, self centered, denier's of truth absolute v/ humanity in their hindu Judaism, filthy secularism. A product of hindu hinduism, filthy racism. Hang hindu criminal Pollard, hang him high with his hindu Judaism, filthy secularism.

    August 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • niknak

      Was that intended to be a cogent sentence for or against religion?

      August 21, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • manbearpig

      Simply breathtaking.

      August 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Word Jew is based on Latin word Yahood, Je or Ja, Ye, or Ya, meaning from heart and mind base word for Yes in English, HOOD, habit or habitat, meaning, self centered or a secular, denier of truth absolute, such as King, or Pig, in disregard to truth absolute and Judaism, One who takes a wow to be in violation of truth by his intent, considering himself to be the God, the truth absolute, same as in hindu, denier of truth absolute, word hindu is based on Latin word hindrance, negativity, HAN, great, Hun, to be in greatness and hin, to be negative to both of them, hindu, a noun in negativity, hinduism, way of negativity, as in word Jew, a self centered or a criminal, otherwise known as a goon, a shaman. Judaism is not a religion but in opposition, defiance to truth absolute in self center ism..

      August 21, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
    • manbearpig

      So...what exactly are you trying to say. Your posts are barely intelligible.

      August 21, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Stop being a hindu, desire of truth absolute in hindu Judaism, filthy secular ism, self center ism, it is not a way of human, "HIS" desire but of hindu's, criminals.

      August 21, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • Athy

      Wow! Can anybody translate this?

      August 21, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Stop being a hindu, denier of truth absolute in hindu Judaism, filthy secular ism, self center ism, it is not a way of human, "HIS" desire but of hindu's, criminals. hindu Judaism, filthy secularism is an insult to be human, it should be enough to understand, if you have any brain besides your hindu soul, filthy desire of an animal.

      August 21, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
    • manbearpig

      I'm actually baffled.

      August 21, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
    • Richard McCarthy

      I think what they're trying to say is that everyone should convert to Hinduism.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:16 am |
  12. TUVIA

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    August 21, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      hindu Jew's, filthy secular's, self centered, denier's of truth absolute v/ humanity in their hindu Judaism, filthy secularism. A product of hindu hinduism, filthy racism.

      August 21, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
  13. TUVIA

    B"H

    Barack Obama AND THE WORLD vs the People of Israel

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    August 21, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
  14. Reality

    "Brainwashed in Islam" Eboo Patel, it is time to address yet another story of Islamic terror and horror.

    "An 11-year-old Christian girl has been arrested and detained on charges of blasphemy for allegedly desecrating pages from the Quran in the Pakistan capital Islamabad.

    Local media reports said the girl has Down syndrome. CNN was unable to confirm these reports, however Qasim Niazi, the police officer in charge of the police station near where the incident took place, said the girl did not have a mental disorder but was illiterate and had not attended school.

    The accused girl had told him she had no idea there were pages of the Quran inside the docu-ments she burnt, he added.

    Niazi said that 150 people had gathered on Friday where the neighborhood's Christian population lived and threatened to burn down their houses."

    "The mob wanted to burn the girl to give her a lesson," he told CNN.

    And CNN if Eboo Patel does not vehemently condemn this situation admitting that the koran has no magic and is simply a book written by humans for humans, he should be banned from further commentary on any CNN web pages.

    August 21, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Usual hinduism, absurdity of a hindu, ignorant, girl is not arrested but has been taken in to protective custody to avoid any un warranted incident, if it is true as has been claimed by media reports, based on christian community claims of her being mentally ill, problem will be solved to a better end. Every indecent has to be investigated before rending a decision, and your post in hinduism, absurdity is not helpful but sign of your hindu soul, filthy desire.

      August 21, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • Reality

      It is not only Christian girls and women:

      o Islam gives Islamic women almost no rights and treats them like fodder for the male species as so bluntly noted by Aya-an Hi-rsi Ali in her autobiography, In-fidel.

      "Thus begins the extraordinary story of a woman born into a family of desert nomads, circu-mcised as a child, educated by radical imams in Kenya and Saudi Arabia, taught to believe that if she uncovered her hair, terrible tragedies would ensue. It's a story that, with a few different twists, really could have led to a wretched life and a lonely death, as her grandmother warned. But instead, Hi-rsi Ali escaped – and transformed herself into an internationally renowned spokeswoman for the rights of Muslim women."
      ref: Washington Post book review.
      some excerpts:
      "Some of the Saudi women in our neighborhood were regularly be-aten by their husbands. You could hear them at night. Their scre-ams resounded across the courtyards. "No! Please! By Allah!"
      "The Pakistanis were Muslims but they too had cas-tes. The Untou-chable girls, both Indian and Pakistani were darker skin. The others would not play with them because they were unt-ouchable. We thought that was funny because of course they were tou-chable: we to-uched them see? but also hor-rifying to think of yourself as un-touchable, des-picable to the human race."
      "Between October 2004 and May 2005, eleven Muslim girls were ki-lled by their families in just two regions (there are 20 regions in Holland). After that, people stopped telling me I was exa-ggerating."
      "The kind on thinking I saw in Saudi Arabia and among the Brotherhood of Kenya and Som-alia, is incompatible with human rights and liberal values. It preserves the feu-dal mind-set based on tr-ibal concepts of honor and shame. It rests on self-deception, hypro-cricy, and double standards. It relies on the technologial advances of the West while pretending to ignore their origin in Western thinking. This mind-set makes the transition to modernity very painful for all who practice Islam".

      August 22, 2012 at 12:17 am |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Some more hinduism, absurdity of a hindu, pagan from hindered gutter land india, hind, swamp of hinduism, female infestation by world human right organization spewing his hinduism absurdity against Muslim's and Islam based not on truth absolute, but hindu Judaism, filthy self center ism. take your hindu filthy hinduism, absurdity and spew it some place else to hindu's ignorant, your hinduism, lies have no place with people of education, knowledge.
      Word Jew is based on Latin word Yahood, Je or Ja, Ye, or Ya, meaning from heart and mind base word for Yes in English, HOOD, habit or habitat, meaning, self centered or a secular, denier of truth absolute, such as King, or Pig, in disregard to truth absolute and Judaism, One who takes a wow to be in violation of truth by his intent, considering himself to be the God, the truth absolute, same as in hindu, denier of truth absolute, word hindu is based on Latin word hindrance, negativity, HAN, great, Hun, to be in greatness and hin, to be negative to both of them, hindu, a noun in negativity, hinduism, way of negativity, as in word Jew, a self centered or a criminal, otherwise known as a goon, a shaman. Judaism is not a religion but in opposition, defiance to truth absolute in self center ism..

      August 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  15. Reality

    Only for new members of this blog:->

    What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon?

    And what drives today's global 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 Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

    August 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Usual hinduism, absurdity of a hindu, denier of truth absolute, Quran speaks of truth absolute, and your demand in hinduism, racism, based on hindu Judaism, filthy secularism, and base of Mayhem among humanity deserves nothing but your own medicine, justified hinduism, terrorism, till their are no hindu's, criminals left on earth.by the follower's of truth absolute. Obey truth absolute or vanish in your hindu filthy hinduism, criminality. future of hinduism, illegality and their hindu Judaism, filthy secularism.

      August 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • Reality

      It is not only Christian girls and women:

      o Islam gives Islamic women almost no rights and treats them like fodder for the male species as so bluntly noted by Aya-an Hi-rsi Ali in her autobiography, In-fidel.

      "Thus begins the extraordinary story of a woman born into a family of desert nomads, circu-mcised as a child, educated by radical imams in Kenya and Saudi Arabia, taught to believe that if she uncovered her hair, terrible tragedies would ensue. It's a story that, with a few different twists, really could have led to a wretched life and a lonely death, as her grandmother warned. But instead, Hi-rsi Ali escaped – and transformed herself into an internationally renowned spokeswoman for the rights of Muslim women."
      ref: Washington Post book review.

      some excerpts:

      "Some of the Saudi women in our neighborhood were regularly be-aten by their husbands. You could hear them at night. Their scre-ams resounded across the courtyards. "No! Please! By Allah!"

      "The Pakistanis were Muslims but they too had cas-tes. The Untou-chable girls, both Indian and Pakistani were darker skin. The others would not play with them because they were unt-ouchable. We thought that was funny because of course they were tou-chable: we to-uched them see? but also hor-rifying to think of yourself as un-touchable, des-picable to the human race."

      "Between October 2004 and May 2005, eleven Muslim girls were ki-lled by their families in just two regions (there are 20 regions in Holland). After that, people stopped telling me I was exa-ggerating."

      "The kind on thinking I saw in Saudi Arabia and among the Brotherhood of Kenya and Som-alia, is incompatible with human rights and liberal values. It preserves the feu-dal mind-set based on tr-ibal concepts of honor and shame. It rests on self-deception, hypro-cricy, and double standards. It relies on the technologial advances of the West while pretending to ignore their origin in Western thinking. This mind-set makes the transition to modernity very painful for all who practice Islam".

      August 22, 2012 at 12:18 am |
  16. Fritz Hohenheim

    Ok CNN, you officially suck! Why is it that every post with some buzzwords like g0d and Jezuz and other harmless crap has to await "moderation" and that moron with the 5 million lines of 666 can post?

    Anyway, back to the topic: The most astonishing fact is not that the evangelicals cheer so much for catholics, but that they all go gaga for a mormon. Read the mormon religion. It is NOT christianity, not even based on judaism. They use the same names that are in the bible but god, in their mind, is a real man who lives, I dunno on the planet Ork or somewhere and the rest of their beliefs is just as ludicrous. They are all going crazy over a non christian rather than voting for Blacky McBlackman. It's a damn shame but when you look at the people backdrop when Romney has his speeches it shouldn't surprise you: Looks like a Ting congregation in Aryan Heaven.

    August 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      It occurs to me that you and those who think like you do would prefer Teavangelicals to vote along religious lines when it is more likely they are voting their political conscience and religious affiliation is secondary or lower in their priorities.

      August 21, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • elpfeifer

      I think it's a Djinn posting, it doesn't appear to be human writing. Maybe the mod. can't see it.

      August 23, 2012 at 2:03 am |
    • elpfeifer

      Yes, he is on here posting comments. GO AWAY DEMON!

      August 23, 2012 at 2:05 am |
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    August 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • Thinks2010

      667

      August 21, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
    • elpfeifer

      Nobody invited you! GO AWAY!

      August 23, 2012 at 2:06 am |
    • elpfeifer

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

      August 23, 2012 at 2:12 am |
  18. Commonsense

    Get rid of religion, all of it, and you'll get rid of much of the hate in the world.

    August 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • SpecialScentS

      Is atheism, "all religion"? If it so, then, you're absolutely right!

      August 21, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
  19. RoadRunner, Albuquerque, NM

    Remember, love the religious; hate the religion. How's that for an ice-breaker?

    August 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  20. Ludwig

    The only way evangelicals will embrace Muslims is if they find a new group to demonize. They keep their people in line with an "us against them" mentality, and currently the Muslims are part of "them."

    August 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.