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Indonesian Muslims protest Obama's planned visit
November 8th, 2010
12:09 PM ET

Indonesian Muslims protest Obama's planned visit

Editor's Note: CNN's Andy Saputra files this report from Jakarta, Indonesia.

Muslims staged rallies across Indonesia on Sunday to protest U.S. President Barack Obama's planned visit to the southeast Asian nation this week.

The protests - organized by Muslim group Hizbut Tahrir - included women and children.

"We don't see the differences between Obama and Bush, they both oppress Muslims, they both have blood on their hands," said Ismail Yusanto, a spokesman for the Muslim group in Indonesia.

"That's why we reject Obama and we don't believe that he's reaching out to Muslims."

The spokesman said about 20,000 people attended the rallies.

With about 205 million Muslims, Indonesia is the world's largest Muslim country, according to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life in Washington, D.C.

More than one in 10 of the world's Muslims live there.

Read the full story here.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Barack Obama • Islam • Muslim • Politics

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  1. Amalia Sheran Sharm

    "Muslims Hate Obama": this is exactly the message the Democrats need to get out. It'll really appeal to middle America.

    November 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
    • Muneef

      Don't see why Muslims should hate Obama as a person there shouldn't be hate or love to him as person but maybe they reacted to whom he represents as a president!
      For me as an Arabic Muslim I have all respect to Obama the person for his efforts reaching out in a community where the whites call him black and the black call him white and he is lost in between as if a third race?
      As well respect in him the high education he had and quality of his speeches...and kind modesty..
      Another thing that made me like him more having seen he is left handed like me which means we look upon the world from a different angle since using a different part of the brain...?
      Another thing is that Obama and i were born in the same year and finally my mother is Arabian born and brought up in Mombasa Kenya...Guess all these made me like his personality although not sure if I like what he represents since knowing very well not to blame him as the steering wheel is not in his hand but only a Dummy on strings when he thought sincerely that he would be able to make a change but honestly wish him all the success if purly for peace on earth...

      November 9, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  2. Bill

    So there you have it in their own words. No difference. When you want to be a terrorist .... you will twist it until you can be.

    November 9, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
    • Muneef

      When you want to be a terrorist....you will twist it until you can be.

      @Bill.
      Sorry but couldn't understand if this comment was addressed to me or to Reality or to some one else in the blog ?

      November 9, 2010 at 2:19 pm |
    • Reality

      Poor, poor Muneef as he still cannot comprehend the life he leads but again we offer a quick escape with the Five Steps to Deprogram the Brainwash That Is Islam:

      Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave attended to by his wives before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

      Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      November 9, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
    • Muneef

      @Reality.
      This only proves how much failed you are from challenging the contents of the Quran and all you managed to do is making accusations with out a slightest idea of what you are talking about never even cared to take the beauty and leave out what you think of as beast rather than letting out all...but what the use of me talking to a brick of wall that has no religion faith that we can consider as a candle light to guide you to the straight paths to God..?
      Am not sure if you are in the dark or the Darkest of all Darks and only God would judge that and may have mercy upon your soul which is clearly suffering the emptiness in life and would do be in pain after death and again on judgment day but the hardest is when you are to pay your dues in the Hells of Fires where it is said that every time skins are burnt they are replaced with other fresh skins to no end if no mercy from God ?

      November 9, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
    • Muneef

      The Holy Quran is all about giving simplified examples for the brains of that time,and addressed to illiterate Nomadic Beduins of the dry Arabian desert to understand and they have managed to do understand it and achieved miraculously for centuries in creating a multinational Islamic communities that has contributed so much to today's knowledge and science. 
      But i failed to understand how was the Quran able to penetrate the minds of illiterates and they were able to understand it's codes! And why wasn't able to penetrate the minds of the modern literate men dramatically failed to understand it and understands it's codes? In such case it seems that our illiterates were more literates than today's modern men literates?!   

      November 10, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
  3. Muneef

    Well yes more reached out to killing Muslims every where outer of your wonderful country have you just counted the numbers of Muslims killed by or because of this delicate reaching out since 9/11 uptodate in every corner of the world and increasing.. Feel sorry for the President who surely was happy to go where he once grew up but this move of admonition was not fair on him even if he now represents the American system and not personally..

    November 8, 2010 at 9:48 pm |
    • Reality

      The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, an update:
      98,691 – 107,707 Iraqi civilians killed as of 11/9/2010, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/

      The latest casualties

      IBC page Name or personal identifier Date
      k16045-xz1728 Mahmoud Khamees 26 Oct
      k16038-dh1826 Raed Ismaeil / Raed Ismail 25 Oct
      k16037-eh1769 Saad Qassim Hamoudi / Saad Qasim Hammoudi / Saad Bakr / Sa'd Qasim Hammudi 25 Oct
      k16034-ef1699 Kamel Mohammed Hussein al-Nu'aimi 24 Oct
      k16030-eb1761 Amer Lahij 22 Oct
      k16026-sf1748 Ahmed Faraj Samad / Ahmed Farej Samed 20 Oct
      k16025-zx1703 Sister-in-law of border guard 20 Oct
      k16025-dw1753 Sister-in-law of border guard 20 Oct
      k16025-ec1810 Wife of border guard 20 Oct
      k16025-dx1683 Brother of border guard 20 Oct
      k16022-dz1745 Sisters-in-law of Qais Rashid

      November 9, 2010 at 10:46 am |
    • Muneef

      What about Afghanistan , Pakistan and yet Yemen?
      Talking about innocents losing their lives in middle of the conflicts and not those pure terrorists...!

      November 9, 2010 at 2:24 pm |
    • Muneef

      @Reality.

      Just became to understand what you meant by old blood Feud between Sunni and Shiite...
      Well dear strange that this was not there before invasion and if was there and was known about it and possibility of it breaking up like that then shouldn't have invaded the country knowing that there would be some many inoocents losing their lives up to date? Unless it was planed to be that way?
      As it seems the plan it to widen the gap and grow more hatred between both Sunni & Shiite in order they fight and kill each other to save you all the costs of wiping them all out and then come to take their lands as a ready peeled banana?
      As it seems it was decided to get rid of Sunni and Shiite in favor of a preferred branch of Islam that is already emarging and taking a strong place on the map with the help of yours in the area weakening all branches of Islam in their favor and hope you will figure it out with out the need of me to explain further...!?

      November 9, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  4. Muneef

    Wonder if who speaks about Islam badly has any knowledge about Islam or just shuttering ?

    November 8, 2010 at 9:39 pm |
    • Reality

      Muneef, Muneef, Muneef,

      Still searching for the real Islam? Scroll up the page to see the comments by Sir Salman Rushdie!!

      November 9, 2010 at 12:28 am |
    • Muneef

      @Reality.
      Who is this Sir.Salman Rushdie?? Is he the latest prophet of God? Or of Satan ? Or is he a crook looking for fame and got the blame...!

      November 9, 2010 at 7:23 am |
    • Reality

      "Sir Salman Rushdie is an Indian-born English novelist and critic, famous for fantastical novels about the post-colonial relationship between cultures of the East and West. Raised in India and Pakistan, he was educated in England and emigrated there in 1965. A graduate of Cambridge University (1968), Rushdie worked as an actor and in advertising until the success of his second novel, Midnight's Children (1981, Booker Prize), allowed him to work as a writer full-time.

      That novel cemented Rushdie's literary fame, but he became even more famous for the controversy stirred by his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses. Rushdie's depiction of Muhammad and other Islamic figures in the book offended some members of Islam, and the novel was banned in India soon after its publication. Iran's political and religious leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa on 14 February 1989, declaring that Muslims should kill Rushdie for defaming Muhammad and insulting Islam. The order was not rescinded by Iran until 1998, and Rushdie for many years avoided the public and had police protection when he travelled. After the publication of his novel, The Moor's Last Sigh (1995, Whitbread Prize), he became a public figure once again, and has since published novels, story collections and essays that challenge cultural conventions of both the East and the West. Despite decades of sharp criticism of the British government, Rushdie was made a Knight Bachelor in June of 2007 and is now referred to as Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie. The announcement of his knighthood rekindled the ire of strident Islamic groups in Iran, Pakistan and Malaysia. His other novels include Shame (1983), The Ground Beneath Her Feet (1999) and Shalimar the Clown (2005)."

      November 9, 2010 at 10:36 am |
    • Muneef

      @Reality.
      Thanks for the informations about the Sir above but honestly I have not read the book and do not know what came in it about Islam but for me the name of the book was enough for me to realize that he had no respect or faith in the Quran nor he did understand what it meant to reflect and might has taken account of Tribal customs and traditions as being part of Islam or even maybe the meaning of the Hadith and differences between them..
      Beside it is not clear if he wrote the book bases Islam &the Quran or basis the Muslims in Asia or Muslims in Europe or America since although Islam is one but the Branch of Islam,the Race, the Customs & Traditions play a tough role in shaping each nation of Islam to look & thinks different from each other...am sure you have the same thing in Christianity as wouldn't think Chinese Christian is exactly like European Christians or European Christians are all the same with out any differences whether Protestants or Catholics or between both branches??

      November 9, 2010 at 7:48 pm |
  5. Gary

    As an agnostic of all religions this is why I particularly despise Islam. Islam is the most grotesque religion every created by man for man

    November 8, 2010 at 9:24 pm |
    • Truth

      Have you ever read the Quran? if not, I advise you to do so...then make your conclusion about Islam

      November 9, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  6. Iqbal khan

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuhlnSMsnjg&feature=related

    November 8, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
    • Reality

      From Sir Salman Rushdie's book Satanic Verses- one page that captures the essence of the Islamic con :

      Mahound = Mohammed
      Gibreel = Gabriel

      "The faithful lived by lawlessness, but in those years Mahound – or should one say the Archangel Gibreel? – should one say Al-Lah? – became obsessed by law.

      Amid the palm-trees of the oasis Gibreel appeared to the Prophet and found himself spouting rules, rules, rules, until the faithful could scarcely bear the prospect of any more revelation, Salman said, rules about every da-mn thing, if a man farts let him turn his face to the wind, a rule about which hand to use for the purpose of cleaning one's behind.

      It was as if no aspect of human existence was to be left unregulated, free. The revelation – the recitation- told the faithful how much to eat, how deeply they should sleep, and which se-xual positions had received divine sanction, so that they leamed that so-domy and the missionary position were approved of by the archangel, whereas the forbidden postures included all those in which the female was on top.

      Gibreel further listed the permitted and forbidden subjects of conversation, and earmarked the parts of the body which could not be scratched no matter how unbearably they might itch.

      He vetoed the consumption of prawns, those bizarre other-worldly creatures which no member of the faithful had ever seen, and required animals to be killed slowly, by bleeding, so that by experiencing their deaths to the full they might arrive at an understanding of the meaning of their lives, for it is only at the moment of death that living creatures understand that life has been real, and not a sort of dream.

      And Gibreel the archangel specified the manner in which a man should be buried, and how his property should be divided, so that Salman the Persian got to wondering what manner of God this was that sounded so much like a businessman.

      This was when he had the idea that destroyed his faith, because he recalled that of course Mahound himself had been a businessman, and a damned successful one at that, a person to whom organization and rules came naturally, so
      how excessively convenient it was that he should have come up with such a very businesslike archangel, who handed down the management decisions of this highly corporate, if noncorporeal, God."

      November 9, 2010 at 12:27 am |
    • Muneef

      @Reality.
      Most that you mentioned here is not of the Quran but from either Hadith or by the Diligence of the knowledgeable ones made through researches of such factors as what is healthy or healthier for the person to do and what is right and wrong as in morals. Wish you would ask me one by one for the reasons behind that for me to explain as per my little knowledge rather than mixing all together confusing me.
      For example for the slaughter of sheep we are ordered to shapen the knives to the sharpest to and direct the neck towards Mecca and say Allah Akbar and make quickest deep cut to the throat allowing all blood to come out since it is considered unhealthy if to remain in body and impure if left inside... But as to your explanation of the story I do not know where you got it from but could be mystic sofies words of path that are not of ours to think of it like that since we know that feeling are lost when the throat is cut and no pain is felt what ever you do to a corpse??

      November 9, 2010 at 8:13 pm |
  7. Peace2All

    In this article, talking about "Indonesian Muslim's protest, President Obamas planned visti to 'Indonesia.'

    The article says--–

    "We don't see the differences between Obama and Bush, they both oppress Muslims, they both have blood on their hands," said Ismail Yusanto, a spokesman for the Muslim group in Indonesia.
    "That's why we reject Obama and we don't believe that he's reaching out to Muslims."

    They have GOT to be kidding..??!!! Yep, our wonderful country, the United States of America, and our current President have not 'done enough' to reach out to Muslim's.

    That is an absolutely false and ludicrous statement....

    November 8, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
    • Starbutt

      Prepare for Ludicrous Speed!

      November 9, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  8. honestanon

    Looks like they asked the junior high kids if they wanted to stay in school all day or go out in the street and make some noise...

    November 8, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  9. Vrodel

    20,000 out of 205,000,000 muslims is like 1 percent of 1 percent – kinda like their version of the Tea Party Whackos.
    Who cares what a few whackos think? They are obviously being fooled into acting this way, like our Teabaggers, so...meh.

    November 8, 2010 at 2:19 pm |
  10. Reality

    Why we reject Islam:

    1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

    1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

    2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

    3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat, 97,172 – 106,047 Iraqi civilians killed, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and
    .defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

    4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

    5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

    6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

    7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

    8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

    9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

    10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,116 killed in action, 902 killed in non-combat situations as of 08/10/2010. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

    11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

    12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

    13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

    14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

    15) Followed by the daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings every day in the terror world of Islam.

    16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

    17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

    Note: the listing of these koranic/"imamic" driven atrocities on Indonesian websites and blogs is blocked probably by the the imams who basically rule Indonesia.

    November 8, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
    • RZ

      Now add all those numbers up and multiply it by 10 and that's how many Muslims the U.S. army has killed. So that's why they reject them. Do you research racist bigot. And go watch Fox news, the idol that you worship.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
    • Reality

      A Summary of Our War on Terror:

      -Operation Iraqi Freedom- The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat, 97,172 – 106,047 Iraqi civilians killed as of 8/10/2010 mostly due the Shiite and Sunni suicide bombers.

      – Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,116 killed in action, 902 killed in non-combat situations as of 08/10/2010. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror,

      – Sa-dd-am, his sons and major he-nchmen have been deleted. Sa-dd-am's bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.

      – Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)

      – Libya has become almost civil. Recently Libya agreed to pay $1.5 billion to the victims of their terrorist activities. Apparently this new reality from an Islamic country has upset OBL and his “cra-zies” as they have thre-atened Libya. OBL sure is a di-sgrace to the world especially the Moslem world!!! Or is he???

      – North Korea is still u-ncivil but is contained.

      – Northern Ireland is finally at peace.

      – The Jews and Palestinians are being separated by walls. Hopefully the walls will follow the 1948 UN accords. Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!

      – Bin La-d-en has been cornered under a rock in Western Pakistan since 9/11.

      – Fa-na–tical Islam has basically been contained to the Middle East but a wall between India and Pakistan would be a plus for world peace. Ditto for a wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

      – Timothy McVeigh was exe-cuted. Terry Nichols will follow soon.

      – Eric Ru-dolph is spending three life terms in pri-son with no par-ole.

      – Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, the "nuns" from Rwanda, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished.

      – Islamic Sudan, Dar-fur and So-malia are still terror hot spots.

      – The terror and tor-ture of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait were ended by the proper application of the military forces of the USA and her freedom-loving friends. Ra-dovan Karadzic was finally captured on 7/23/08 and is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war – charges related to the 1992-1995 civil war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia.

      – And of course the bloody terror brought about by the Ja-panese, Na-zis and Co-mmunists was with great difficulty eliminated by the good guys.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
    • Steve

      I have to say I agree with almost everyone of those points. However, I do take exception with the numbers of US soldiers killed in Iraq. Everyone of them was killed base on the lie that Iraq had WMD. Those Iraqis did nothing more than we would do if another country invaded us. Having said that...it can not be denied that a small percentage of Muslims across the globe and responsible for killing Americans and westerners. Even more disturbing, is the fact that they kill more of their own people than anyone else. And still the majority of muslims will not aggressively speak out against the terrorist.

      November 9, 2010 at 10:20 am |
    • Reality

      Sa-dd-am, his sons and major he-nchmen have been deleted. Sa-dd-am's bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.

      – Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)

      November 9, 2010 at 10:32 am |
    • Nicole

      Isn't that more of a rejection of Muslim extremists?

      November 9, 2010 at 11:43 am |
    • Reality

      Nicole noted: "Isn't that more of a rejection of Muslim extremists?"

      Being a follower of the koran automatically makes you a Muslim extremist/terrorist.

      To wit:

      Muslims demonize themselves via the history of Islam as seen in their founder, an illiterate, hallucinating, warmongering, greedy and lust-filled, long-dead Arab. As long as the Worst Book Ever Written aka koran is the operating manual of Islam, Muslims of any stripe cannot be trusted. And this ladies and gentlemen is why Islam will crash someday in a whirlwind of common sense and rational thinking but first the Five Steps to Deprogram Islam must be promulgated in the Islamic world which at the moment is difficult because of imams and their assassin and terror go-ons who terrorize thinking Muslims and non-Muslims with bombings, stabbings, beheadings and stonings all in the name of allah. If you have a Muslim friend/neighbor, please print out a copy of the Five Steps and give it to them.

      The Five Steps:

      Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave attended to by his wives before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

      Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      November 9, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
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