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On holiday of sacrifice, many Syrians cannot celebrate
For Syrians mired in civil war, now is not a time for celebration.
October 26th, 2012
10:02 AM ET

On holiday of sacrifice, many Syrians cannot celebrate

By Salma Abdelaziz, CNN

(CNN) –
Artillery shelling, water outages and food shortages, rather than presents and sweets, greeted many Syrians on the most important Muslim holiday of the year.

"There is no Eid here. What are you even talking about? How can you have Eid amid shelling? May God watch over us. We have rockets falling over us. The situation is horrific. Eid has no meaning for us," Abu Fouz, a 48-year-old resident of Aleppo, told CNN.

Eid al-Adha, literally meaning The Feast of Sacrifice, is one of two major holidays in Islam. It commemorates millions completing the holy pilgrimage called the Hajj to Saudi Arabia. It marks the Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son for God.

"During Eid, Muslims traditionally slaughter animals and give the meat to poor people. This is the communal aspect of the holiday to give charity, food and meat to the poor and needy. Due to the civil war in Syria, Eid is essentially suspended because the constant killing and violence results in a breakdown of society," Akbar Ahmed, former Pakistani ambassador to the United Kingdom, said.

About 19 months since anti-government demonstrations in the southern city of Daraa sparked a nationwide uprising and a military crackdown to quash dissent, the ancient country is still mired in a civil war that has claimed the lives of an estimated 30,000 people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Markets across the Middle East are generally flooded with customers as families purchase new clothes and gifts for relatives and prepare large feasts for Eid al-Adha, but the Syrian civil war has destroyed the country's once-vibrant economy.

"We feel like we are in a large prison. Yesterday, the markets were attacked and many business raided by Syrian security forces. Dozens of men were arrested. We cannot celebrate with so many dead and missing and the constant shelling," said Alaa, a resident of Idlib who refused to giver her full name for personal safety reasons.

The World Food Programme says that up to 3 million people are expected to be in need of food over the coming year and in areas of ongoing armed conflict, civilians lack basic needs such as electricity, water and food supplies.

"There will be no sweets this year. We don't even have bread. People stand in line from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. just to buy a bag of bread, which now costs almost double," Jelan, a college student in Idlib city, told CNN.

The Syrian government announced it will suspend military operations from Friday morning to Monday as part of an Eid al-Adha cease-fire, but "reserves its right to respond" to attacks.

"There are reports that the regime is planning to bomb Homs. Army defectors provided intelligence to the opposition that the Syrian government may use car bombs. So many civilians are very scared about Eid and what the cease-fire may bring," said Saleem Kabbani, a member of the Local Coordination Committees in Homs.

The adha, or sacrifice, is the central tenant of Eid al-Adha, requiring all Muslims with the financial freedom to do so to sacrifice an animal. It's typically a goat or lamb, and they distribute its meat to the poor. The tradition stems from Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son for God, who according to the Muslim holy book, the Quran, provided a lamb in the boy's place.

5 things to know about the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha

"Eid is a time of happiness for Muslims, but we do not have this happiness. Many have lost relatives and loved ones. You cannot find happiness in any Syrian home. You hear everyone saying Eid will come when we have victory over this regime," Jelan said.

In the days before Eid al-Adha, millions of Muslims from around the world flock to Saudi Arabia to complete a four-day pilgrimage called the Hajj, which according to Islam must be completed by each able-bodied believer at least once in a lifetime.

"This is considered the big Eid, so it is a time of unity for the Muslim world. Muslims throughout the world are very conscious of Syrians being killed by other Syrians, and there will be many prayers for the victims that evoke a lot of sympathy and sorrow," Ahmed said.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's relentless military campaign to silence rebellion pushed the opposition to militarize and eventually create the rebel Free Syrian Army, a fragmented group of fighters with few resources and little international support that has managed to make modest gains.

"In the liberated areas, we will try to pass out toys to the kids to give them a sense of normalcy. Many of the children are in an awful mental state, and many are always scared and have constant nightmares. We hope we can get them out of this environment for just one day," Kabbani said.

The Free Syrian Army, which controls a portion of Homs, hosts nearly 200,000 displaced people packed in schools, orphanages and family apartments. Activists, including Kabbani, organized a fundraiser to purchase enough animals to slaughter for Eid and feed hundreds of families in need.

"When we told them they would receive a portion of the adha (sacrifice) for Eid, many were overjoyed, but we could see tears in their eyes. It is difficult to think they are homeless and cannot celebrate because their own government did this to them," Kabbani said.

About 1 million children inside Syria are affected by the conflict and an additional 100,000 children have been displaced to neighboring countries, according to UNICEF.

"This could have a devastating psychological effect on children. The most joyous occasions for children are these particular holidays when you're being given gifts and extra attention from relatives. For Eid to be disrupted, this means normal life has ceased to exist," Ahmed said.

Eid is a joyous occasion meant to celebrate the sacrifices already made during the adha and holy pilgrimage, but for many Syrians, sacrifice is a daily obligation imposed by a bloody war with no immediate resolution.

"The children do not even ask for presents, and even when they get something new, they are not very excited. My little brother is always watching the massacres on television and understands what is happening. You feel here even the children's hearts have died, and they do not have happiness," Jelan said.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Islam • Syria

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  1. Reality

    Putting the kibosh on Abraham and therefore an end to Eid al-Adha once and for all along with Islam, Christianity and Judaism.:

    origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482 NY Times review and important enough to reiterate.

    New Torah For Modern Minds

    “Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. (prob•a•bly
    Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell).

    The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

    Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.

    The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine doc-ument.

    The notion that the Bible is not literally true "is more or less settled and understood among most Conservative rabbis," observed David Wolpe, a rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and a contributor to "Etz Hayim." But some congregants, he said, "may not like the stark airing of it." Last Passover, in a sermon to 2,200 congregants at his synagogue, Rabbi Wolpe frankly said that "virtually every modern archaeologist" agrees "that the way the Bible describes the Exodus is not the way that it happened, if it happened at all." The rabbi offered what he called a "LITANY OF DISILLUSION”' about the narrative, including contradictions, improbabilities, chronological lapses and the absence of corroborating evidence. In fact, he said, archaeologists digging in the Sinai have "found no trace of the tribes of Israel – not one shard of pottery."

    October 27, 2012 at 1:38 am |
    • Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      hinduism, absurdity of a hindu, goon.

      October 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  2. Alfredo

    Hope everyone is enjoying the joyous Eid holiday. Allah has blessed this land with peace and prosperity....

    October 26, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
    • No Religion

      There is no joy in religion. Only despair.

      October 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
  3. No Religion

    No Religion = Peace

    October 26, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • Meatwad

      No T.V. = Time to play with my fuzzy bear.

      October 26, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
  4. HeavenSent

    The atheists at CNN are blocking my posts again. They are just dead bones that don't want to hear Jesus' truth. I can't make spaghetti because I ran out of ketchup to pour on the Ramen noodles. Pay no attention to the small minded fools that got their brain fried.

    Amen

    October 26, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • Some Black Guy

      You are so hot. I want to eat your period pvssy until I get clown-mouth.

      October 26, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      @Some Black Guy

      Humble yourself and ask Jesus for forgiveness. Christians are on these articles to ensure Jesus Christ's truth is posted. You have given me an idea for my spaghetti problem. Those that believe in Him go with Him to eternity.

      October 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • Some Black Guy

      Let's get freaky honkee. I want you to poop on my chest while I beat off to the sounds of Earth, Wind and Water.

      October 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @HS

      " You have given me an idea for my spaghetti problem. "

      LOL ! You're too much dude. :D

      Peace...

      October 26, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
    • CS

      @therealpeace2all

      Happy Friday.

      October 26, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @CS

      You too, brother. BTW– What part of the u.s. do you live ? I'm in LA.

      If you're close enough... I'll have to buy you a beer at some point !

      Peace...

      October 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • CS

      I am in Los Angeles.

      October 26, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • CS

      @therealpeace2all

      Is that Louisianna or L.A., CA ?

      October 26, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @CS

      LA... as in "Los Angeles."

      Peace...

      October 27, 2012 at 12:29 am |
    • therealpeace2all

      @CS

      Holy cr @p dude !!! Let's make it a point to connect somehow. I'm sure it would be fun... and pretty fvcking hilarious. :D

      Peace...

      October 27, 2012 at 12:33 am |
    • CS

      @therealpeace2all

      That would be fun! Let me know how you would like to proceed.

      October 27, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  5. Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

    my crazy Sunni Kafir brothers
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEQgn_gOhXs&w=640&h=390]

    October 26, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
  6. John Stefanyszyn

    There is a way of (a "religion") which is more important to a Muslim (and a Christian, and a Jew, and other)...this way is the desire for freedom of rights.
    ...to serve and magnify oneself...XES.
    BUT Christ will rule as the One King serving the The One True Way of Life.

    October 26, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      Rights mean nothing else but limit, and there is no limit to follow for human but the limit of truth absolute, GOD, essence of every one's existence. To seek more than one's limit is hinduism, illegality, cause of problems in life and hear after.

      October 26, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
  7. HeavenHindu

    No one can shed Liar against His truth, but Tommie Tom, no matter how much you will like to be mini gods yourselves, I know from Moe Curly of the 3 stooges that nothing works, to claim defiance of Horrors, earth quakes, floods, disasters are God's wrath against all of us, wait till, logic?? I don't require a single shred to define my beliefs and you will have no way out, Notice who is most quoted in the Golden rule. Jesus Christ's wisdom end of choice to hind, Jesus told us he would give you reprobate minds. If you have any doubts about end of days taught in Jesus' truth is nothing new to Christians ask anyone with a test from God. Do you have what it takes to pass?

    After their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears according to book of hindu Mithra ism, blame it on the Christians for having the guts to tell idiots God's truth At time of arrest, Jesus statistics prove that the more devout someone is, the higher IQ they have Jesus’ wisdom is roaring it's ugly head throughout the world. Judas, hindu ignorant follower of you atheists steal my handle to post your evil will Christians pray to as their god. What part of Jesus' truth is clarity and satan's lies are confusion do you not comprehend?

    No need to get into pure of heart when repenting because Jesus knows if you are not sincere.
    King's and their hindu crook prophet's, for when you leave this earth and meet Jesus and won't be eligible for 1000 years of summer school exist's, but hindu's, ignorant's are unable to see His truth whether I write it in street language or scripture form.

    October 26, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @HeavenHindu

      CS ;)

      Peace...

      October 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      how many different handlers do you use to post the same garbage mother fvker; if you are so wise, what makes you so scared of using real name?

      October 26, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      To call words of Son of blessed Mary to be his wisdom, is hinduism, denial of truth absolute, but what ever he Heard, by his own admission, wisdom is not wisdom, but hinduism, illegality if it crosses the limit of truth absolute GOD, "HIM", Son of blessed Mary was always obedient to "WORD" command of truth absolute GOD, he never crossed the limit of truth absolute. To call him any thing other than "HIS, messenger is hinduism, transgression, hinduism corruption of hindu Pharisees, criminal self centered, secular, believers of hindu pig ism, Atheism.

      October 26, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
  8. Not On My Watch

    Fellow Christian parents, I am very concerned about my kids in public school. I am shocked at what my children are learning right now!

    1. Critical thinking skills. If they keep this up, they will most likely start questioning Bible myth. Then what can I do? I have been indoctrinating them since birth.

    2. Tolerance. I can’t have my kids going around caring about people who are different. Then what’s next? Watch our property values plummet! It is better for orphaned children to live alone, be unloved and be a ward of the state then to make them and their potential parents happy.

    3. Women’s rights. If kids start thinking that women have a right to choose what they do with their own bodies, before you know it they will think they can choose to think for themselves!

    4. They are actually teaching kids to have “safe” sex Safe? It is far more realistic to believe that the hormones that have driven human beings to have intercourse for 100,000 years won’t apply to our kids.

    5. They want to teach them evolution and not creationism! What kind of world would we live in if our children don’t believe our 4.55 billion year old planet is only 6000 years old? What kind of world would we have to endure if our children were taught about the universal genetic code, the fossil record, genetic commonalities, common traits in embryos and bacterial resistance to antibiotics? The next thing you know, they will stop believing in Iron and Bronze Age Palestinian mythology and start competing with the rest of the civilized world in science. Not on my watch!

    6. Finally I for one will not be told by any secularist school teacher that I shouldn’t brainwash my children to believe an outdated religious superstitions that have no bearing on the modern world. In fact, I insist that our society remains stuck on the ancient past, worshipping sky fairies and fearing scary demons that want to torture us. Period!

    We need to stand up and be heard!

    God bless you.

    October 26, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @Not On My Watch

      Amen ! :D

      Peace...

      October 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  9. Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

    meet my ass shaking sisters, one in white dress is my wife now.
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6D7mR21BR7A&w=640&h=390]

    October 26, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      Hi Hindubot

      October 26, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      Hey heaven Sent, take the girl in Red, my youngest sister, she is still available, good ass shaker and dick sucker too!

      October 26, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • Mark

      who are these people in video? Arabs! Never knew moslem women were allowed to shake booties in public but they still had to keep the face covered. Strange people.

      October 26, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
  10. Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

    Human we Taliban hang people in public or blow them outside our mosque on our holiday of sacrifice.

    October 26, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      Hi Hindubot.

      October 26, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  11. 24HCC

    Christians cling to religion and continue to endorse it as reality and insist that it somehow should govern morality and law-making. One can lay out all the evidence and build (and have built) an airtight case against every single religion on Earth past and present, but still believers will not budge from their point of view, even when presented with the lies and contradictions in the very scriptures they base their beliefs on.

    Understand, I am not talking about a belief in God. I do understand that. I am talking about religion. Every one of which has been empirically proven false but yet clings like moss to ancient rocks.

    I believe the single most important factor in this inability to see through the foolishness of religion is fear. Children’s stories of heaven and hell. The initial indoctrination for many, simply cannot be undone.

    Secondly, there is a feeling of community that comes with any “club” Naturally this is not relegated to religion so it does not qualify as an excuse.

    Lastly some minds are unable to think creatively enough to imagine the more plausible alternatives. What are those alternatives? Well we have to turn to science, but also we have to accept what we don’t know and keep looking. And in truth, we don’t really know anything about how the universe came to be, what came before and where it is going. If there are multiple universes and time lines through which we move, these would be marvelous discoveries. There was a wonderful article in Scientific American a few months ago regarding a new spin on the Quantum theory. That being the quantum universe could have foamlike fluctuations that rule spacetime, not unlike the 0’s and 1’s that are the foundation of computing and storing information.

    If we wish to believe in the supernatural, we have to make things up. Hence religion. It doesn’t mean there is no god, or gods, or aliens, but it does mean that we don’t have the answers and most likely never will.

    Now we arrive back at fear. What will happen to me when I die? For me, I look forward to an eternity of nothing. Others fear this prospect and prefer to believe in fairies and fantasies and are not even ashamed that their mental description of an after life is akin to that of a 5-year-old’s picture book.

    I believe the Universe and the “everything” are FAR more bizarre than we could ever imagine with the faculties we have thus far obtained via evolution on this planet. And I wonder how many millions of civilizations across the vastness of space and time have pondered likewise.

    Finally, the entire planet is affected by the irrational belief systems of the various mainstream religions. It affects the global economy, it affects world peace, it affects our secular life style in the United States. These ancient belief systems are based on superst.ition and mythology. One would think humans would have moved forward by now but instead we as a species behave in the same self-destructive manner now as we did thousands of years ago with more at stake then at any other time in history.

    October 26, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • Meatwad

      That was moss? I thought it was my side salad. I couldn't afford an entree cuz I ain't got no damn money.

      October 26, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @24Hour Crisis Center

      How ya' doing buddy ?

      Peace...

      October 26, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • 24HCC

      TGIF my friend.

      I have to go pick up the kiddies, but if you are around when I get back I will do you a solid. ;)

      October 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • I wonder

      24HCC,

      YES! Bravo!

      –and–

      acclaim, acclamation, accolade, applause, appreciation, approbation, approval, big hand, boost, celebration, cheering, citation, commendation, compliment, encomium, esteem, exaltation, extolment, good word, hurrah, kudos, laudation, ovation, pat on the back, plaudit, rave, recognition, recommendation, regard, tribute, and THANK YOU!

      October 26, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @24HCC

      I will be around, but if I'm not... I'll check back in to see what kind of mayhem you are providing :D

      Peace...

      October 26, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
  12. No Religion

    If you follow a religion, you are not free. Religion is foolish. Be free like me.

    October 26, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  13. Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

    Human see my people
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CC1bi1_VyPA&w=640&h=390]

    October 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • No Religion

      Religion is for idiots.

      October 26, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • Leave a Reply to Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      Pickle juice is just another name for cuc.u.mber pickle-ism, dill weed ism, sour tart of back yard garden, old cuc.u.mbers with another pickled lid mason jar, feed humanity based on how many jars-ism of pri.ckly beef steak ism 180 tomatoes, okra, tomatoes too absolute american dill pickles in support of American bar food ism.

      October 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      Hi Hindu-bot.

      October 26, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  14. Reality

    Putting the kibosh on Abraham and therefore an end to Eid al-Adha once and for all:

    origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482 NY Times review and important enough to reiterate.

    New Torah For Modern Minds

    “Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. (prob•a•bly
    Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell).

    The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

    Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.

    The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine doc-ument.

    The notion that the Bible is not literally true "is more or less settled and understood among most Conservative rabbis," observed David Wolpe, a rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and a contributor to "Etz Hayim." But some congregants, he said, "may not like the stark airing of it." Last Passover, in a sermon to 2,200 congregants at his synagogue, Rabbi Wolpe frankly said that "virtually every modern archaeologist" agrees "that the way the Bible describes the Exodus is not the way that it happened, if it happened at all." The rabbi offered what he called a "LITANY OF DISILLUSION”' about the narrative, including contradictions, improbabilities, chronological lapses and the absence of corroborating evidence. In fact, he said, archaeologists digging in the Sinai have "found no trace of the tribes of Israel – not one shard of pottery."

    October 26, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      hinduism , absurdity of a hindu atheist, filthy self centered, denier of truth absolute goon, follower of hindu pig ism, filthy secularism.

      October 26, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • Leave a Reply to Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      Word Puke is based on Latin absurd word Puki, Pe or Pa, Te, or Ta, meaning from stomach ism 180 and throat base word for Sick in English, Upchuck, blowing chunks or spewing ism, meaning, worshiping at the porcelain throne or a sweaty, infection of puke absolute ism, such as flu, or Food poisoning, in disregard diarrhea or Montezuma’s revenge ism , One who takes a s.h.i.t to be in violation of his body without his consent, considering himself to be dying, the truth you drank too much tequila ism 180, same as in barfing, denier it doesn’t work, word projectile abused vomiting is based on Latin word vomi, icky, smelly, horrible, icky, to be in a pool of sick and HeavenSent, to be dumber than the fluids leaking from your absurd ravished body ism to both of them, watery eyes, a noun in missing work, puke in your nose, way of making absurd filthy you even sicker, as in word “ralph”, a self-violating or a ja.panese p.o.r.n.o, otherwise known as a freak, a sadist. Puking is not an accident but a way to clear the crud ism 180 from your mutilated digestive system, defiance to the Lysol and filthy towels you will use ism absurd 180 filthy ism.

      October 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      hindu loco, ignorante feo.

      October 26, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
  15. Sane Person

    Only a sick minded person would want to celebrate a man's willingness to murder his own child.

    October 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • No Religion

      Religion = Death and Violence

      October 26, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  16. Meatwad

    That picture looks just like my room, only it don't have no damn fire pit.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • Answer

      It's stunning how their culture leads them to such living conditions, and yet that is the ultimate fate of what these Islam fundamentalists want for all of society in the whole to be reduced to.

      October 26, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • Answer To Answer

      what is the word I am looking for? um TERMITES!

      October 26, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  17. Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

    Expect nothing better but mayhem among humanity by following of hinduism, denial of truth absolute, Allah, and following of hindu pagan Mithra ism, savior ism, neither commanded, nor allowed in Islam as a religion, but Theen Allah, consti tution of truth absolute.
    Shiaism
    hindu Mithra ism, savior ism invented little over 100 years after Sydana Mohammad pbh by tribes of Kujar of north Africa and imposition as Fatmid Khalaphit by force by denial of Hidth and Quran, justified by hindu Judaism, pagan secularism to impose hinduism, racism by hindu, fabricated relationship with Family of Syadana Mohammad pbh to justify existence of hindu criminal Kings, a violation of fundamental commandment, human equality under the LA. truth absolute Allah. Cause of conflict among Muslim's and cause of down fall of Muslim's and Islam in Spain.

    Sunisim, invented by Turk's by corruption of Quran and hidth to justify existence of hindu King's as Khalipha, after death of Ruler Mohammad, but later renamed, Mehmmat, wisdom of spirit of truth by siblings from his Armenian wife, follower of hindu pagan Mithra ism, savior ism in 13th century.

    Christianity, invented by hinduism,. corruption of truth absolute by hindu Pharisees, pagan self centered, follower of hindu filthy pig ism by corrupted Torah, known as Greek Torah, translated and commented by Ben Asheer in 250 AD in Yiddish, secularist, self centered language, also known as Old Testament, part of book of Mithra ism labeled as Bible. A way to justify hindu criminal Kings and self proclaimed Prophets, fortune tellers as god's to rule over humanity.

    JUDAISM, Self center ism, pig ism, or Atheism, invented by hindu's pagan's of Egypt by corruption of truth absolute in Torah to Justify hindu pagan Pharaoh's and their hindu pagan Santans, goons as god's to rule over humanity with impunity.

    HAVE hINDUISM, CORRUPTION OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE, RELIGIONS AND LIVE WITH MAYHEM, AS HAS BEEN THE CASE FROM hIND, DARK AGES TILL TODAY. FOLLOW THEEN aLLAH, CONSTI TUTION OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE, ALLAH , GOD AND THE LORD, FOUNDATION OF CONSTI TUTION OF AMERICA TO HAVE PEACE AMONG HUMANITY. To learn more please visit truthisthelimit.com

    October 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • No Religion

      All religions are false.

      Religion = No Freedom.

      Be free. Reject religion.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      Eliminate a coward soldier of Allah, who hides behind computer and refuses to put vest.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      hindu, cry baby.

      October 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      Go baby go, Mohammad (not me) needs your services up there.

      October 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  18. No Religion

    I am free.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  19. niknak

    Look at the photo fundies.
    THAT is what is the result of having a society that is based on religion.
    Backward, filthy, crumbling, non functional, and always turning to violence to solve issues.
    By contrast, look at photos of countries that have moved away from religion in their government. Canada, Norway, Finlnad, France, Australia, just to name a few. Who wouldn't want to live in any of those places?
    We are on the fence. We used to be headed in those countries directions, but you fundies want to make this a xtian theocracy, a xtain version of Saudi Arabia. Where everything will one day resemble the picture for this article.
    Religion only closes minds and ruins civilizations.

    October 26, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      it's not their religion making them "Backward, filthy, crumbling, non functional", Religion is something you practice, with decent or filthy living conditions. It is their non functional governments, or political turmoil, making them live in filth.

      October 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      hinduism, absurdity of a hindu, ID thief.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      keep walking, swine.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      Shwine ism, is way of hindu filthy pigs, self centered, no one is more shwine than a hindu, denier of truth absolute, living like a shwine, pig in hinduism, denial of truth absolute.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      no need to raise your smelly-ass too high in mosque, show some respect. Remember next time you go to mosque.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  20. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    October 26, 2012 at 10:58 am |
    • TrollAlert

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      This troll is not a christian.

      October 26, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.

      October 26, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • cristopher hitchens

      Phony jesus got up this morning with the option to be a human being and enjoy what God has provided for it or it could choose to take the Lords name in vain and be an ass hole. I wonder which it chose?

      October 26, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • TrollAlert

      "Phony jesus got up this morning with the option to be a human being and enjoy what God has provided for it or it could choose to take the Lords name in vain and be an ass hole. I wonder which it chose?"

      Looks like you choose to be an asshole. LOL! How's that log in your eye?

      Add "cristopher hitchens" degenerates to: – to the list.

      October 26, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book can help you:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      October 26, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • == o ==

      cristopher hitchens is also an alias of the name list above for the homophobe "truth be told"

      October 26, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • nope

      @tro...
      nope

      October 26, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • nope

      @ o
      nope

      October 26, 2012 at 11:57 am |
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      This troll is not a christian.

      October 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      Hi Prayerbot.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
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