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Muslims offer mixed views on Hamas, Hezbollah, reject al Qaeda
December 3rd, 2010
12:07 PM ET

Muslims offer mixed views on Hamas, Hezbollah, reject al Qaeda

Editor's Note: This report comes from the CNN Wires desk.

Muslims in many parts of the Islamic world overwhelmingly reject al Qaeda, support a large role for their faith in government and believe democracy is preferable to any other kind of political structure, according to a new survey released by Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project.

The study also found falling support for suicide bombings, as well as mixed attitudes towards Hamas and Hezbollah, Islamic groups designated as terrorist organizations by Western governments but which operate extensive social services networks in parts of the Muslim world.

The survey, conducted this spring in Jordan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Indonesia, Egypt, Pakistan and Turkey, found that only in Nigeria did Muslim populations have anything approaching a favorable view of al Qaeda, with 49 percent expressing positive views and 34 percent holding an unfavorable opinion.

At least seven in 10 Muslims had unfavorable views of the group in Egypt, Turkey and Lebanon, as did lesser majorities in Jordan and Indonesia, according to the study.

But views of Hamas and Hezbollah were more mixed. Both groups got favorable ratings from a majority of Jordanian Muslims, with 60 percent supporting Hamas and 55 percent holding favorable views of Hezbollah, Pew reported.

Hezbollah received a narrow 52 percent favorable rating in its home base of Lebanon. But that slim majority belies deep divisions across Islamic sects in Lebanon, with 94 percent of Shia supporting Hezbollah and 84 percent of Sunnis looking on the group unfavorably.

Muslims in every nation but Turkey expressed a positive feeling about Islam's influence in their nation's politics. More than nine in 10 Indonesian Muslims said its influence is positive, as did more than eight in 10 Egyptian and Nigerian Muslims. In Jordan, 76 percent of Muslims approved of Islam's influence, as did 69 percent in Pakistan and 58 percent in Lebanon.

In Turkey, 38 percent had a positive opinion of Islam's influence in political life.

At the same time, majorities of Muslims in every country but Turkey said they were concerned about Islamic extremism in the world and their own countries.

Democracy was favored by a majority of Muslims in every country but Pakistan, although even there it received the largest share of responses. Lebanese Muslims were most favorable toward democracy, followed by those in Turkey, Jordan, Nigeria, Indonesia and Egypt.

Support for suicide bombing had also fallen by double digits since 2002 in every country except Turkey, where it was never well-received among Muslims, according to the study.

The survey also found support for gender segregation in the workplace in Pakistan, Egypt and Jordan and positive views of harsh punishments for various crimes in Egypt, Jordan and Pakistan.

The survey was conducted April 12 to May 7. In each of the countries except Pakistan, the sample was nationwide with a 4 percentage point sampling error. In Pakistan, respondents were predominantly urban and the sampling error was 3 percentage points.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Islam • Muslim

soundoff (325 Responses)
  1. Marine&Proud

    Real American Muslim. imagine that I am a Marine and am a voice of reason. Most Muslims just want to live a happy, loving lives were their children are safe that is one thing I know as well.

    December 3, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
    • Chase

      When you say "imagine I'm am marine", do you mean that you aren't a marine or that you are?

      December 3, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
    • bugsbunny101

      Marine&Proud

      i was overseas 5 times artillery , dont think you where in the same war

      December 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  2. Muneef

    Dear's why God created us with parts in pairs such as pair of eyes,ears,and those pair in one such as nose,brain,heart? Do think it means we are to see and judge both sides stories and not to hear and believe only one side of the story and standing against the other (Justice is by being Just for the sake of Justice and not for vast interests with one)?

    They said the Dijjal only sees with one eye....

    December 3, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
    • Muneef

      Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Con me consistently for six decades and the relationship is over, as is Israel’s credibility as a legitimate nation state.
      By Jeff Gates;

      http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/11/jeff-gates-wikileaks-the-tel-aviv-connection/ 

      December 3, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
    • Reality

      Saving Muslims is quite easy!!!

      The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:
      ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

      Are you ready?

      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 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!!!!

      December 3, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  3. g

    It seems to me that al qaeda and sharia law are one and the same.

    December 3, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
    • Janet

      Wrong. Al Qaeda is a terrorist organization led by ignorant men of money who have no real Islamic or other education. Shariah is a set of laws based on the Quran and the life of the Prophet.

      Shariah gave women the right to vote, own property and choose the way they want to live their lives 1400 years ago. Countries who do not follow this are not Islamic, period.

      December 3, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
    • .308

      @ Janet

      Are you a Muslim?

      December 3, 2010 at 8:35 pm |
    • Newyorker

      OK, well done. Here is your award for the smartest moron in the universe. Idiot.

      December 4, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  4. Marine&Proud

    I am reading all of these comments, bigotry, claims your freedom is being taken awaybut I see no real solutions. What makes any of you experts or the voice of the people of the Muslim faith? I am Christian and married to a Muslim and I can tell you one thing that is true I am not an expert in the Muslim faith. I know one thing that talk like this does not help those in the Muslim world understand or relate to us in the west. The Koran is not the problem it is the people who brainwash those people into their interpertaion of the Koran. Just as Mao, Hitler, Jefferson Davis, Khmer Rouge (spl?), Stalin, and many more did spread lies to the point that they become believeable. Those people I listed above were able to brainwash thier public and the results were millions dead.

    December 3, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
    • Real American Muslim

      A voice of reason!!!! Marine&Proud. If I could shake your hand I would.

      December 3, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
    • Adrian

      Interpretation? Mohammoud himself killed jews and christians throughout Saudi Arabia during his lifetime.

      December 3, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
    • Adrian

      O ye who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who
      are near to you, and let them find harshness in you,
      and know that Allah is with those who keep their duty"
      Qur'an, Sura 9:123

      December 3, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
    • irfan

      I respect Marine&Proud's comment...I am a muslim and try so hard to be good but some hate comments (like pointed to by Marine&Proud) always discourage me

      December 3, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
    • Real American Muslim

      Hey Adrian, 3 issues, 1) the verses of the Quran are not meant to be translated, as meaning is always lost in translation (i'm sure we can all agree with that). 2) if interpreting that verse as literally as you wrote, who are the dis-believers? Those who do not believe in God the almighty. The verse was meant to unite people against pagan worshippers who prayed to statues of multiple deities. 3) Christians and Jews ARE BELIEVERS!!! Don't let anyone ever tell you any different.

      December 3, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
    • Mark

      Marine,
      If there is problem of interpretation then it should come from within the Sunni or any other community but it doesn't if there is a genocide due to some radical thinking of the Koran then none of these people will stand up for you instead it will just be the opposite the same pals of yours will call you a infidel and join the radicals though they themselves do not know the term as in the Koran its written that there where 12000 prophets before M and these people could be their followers whom they are killing as infidels So who are the infidels those who pray 5 times a day and say kill the others or those who do not pray but help the other person in need ?

      December 3, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
    • Frankly Speaking..

      @Marine&Proud

      First off, your marraige with a muslim girl is invalid (fornication) by the verses of quran that prohibit marraige of a muslim woman with non-muslim man. Its quite obvious you have known a few (namesake) muslims who are muslims without reason.

      @True American Muslim
      Are you scared of what impression people have of you or are you glad and take pride in the fact that you have CHOSEN to be muslim (submitter of will to one true god) ?.. Go shake the hand of a scholar who has written something good and practised it as well...Re-evaluate your thoughts

      December 3, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
    • Chase

      @realamericanmuslim I learned in my AP World History class that Christians and Jews are something, but I forget the name. But it means that they are respected, because many Islamic figures (Jesus, Abraham, Moses) are in the Christian Bible too.

      December 3, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
    • Frankly Speaking..

      @Real American Muslim

      " 3) Christians and Jews ARE BELIEVERS!!! Don't let anyone ever tell you any different."

      woah, My jaws dropped when i read that...yes they are believers but what do they believe in ??
      Christians believe in 3 gods not one!! they say its 3 in 1 just like hindus say its 3 million in 1!!..are hindus believers too ??

      December 3, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
    • Real American Muslim

      Chase, I am proud and have chosen to believe in God. I am not scared of anyone or their opinions of me.

      To Frankly Speaking, Believers in God the Almighty. Yes some Christians believe in the trinity. But these are just two different versions of the same story. Once we all accept that we all believe in the same God, the sooner we can begin to put away so many misunderstandings.

      December 3, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
    • the truth_

      I wish everyone in this country would understand you! Thank you for stating the facts!

      December 3, 2010 at 11:07 pm |
    • Aanai

      @RealAmericanMuslim: You say that Quran considers Christians and Jews as believers. Perhaps. But are you saying it is ok to kill Hindus and Buddhists and others, since they are not believers as per the Quran? It is violence that is to be condemned; saying that the violence is aimed only at some other group doesn't make it any less vile.

      December 4, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  5. BoomBoom

    Surveys and Real Instincts usually don't match!!!

    December 3, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  6. BoomBoom

    Surveys and Real Instincts usually don't match!!!!

    December 3, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
    • Real American Muslim

      So if you surveyed the majority of the people on this post, and the majority of them said they are against terrorism...they are lying??? What more do you want from these people??? Muslims try to say they are non-violent, against terrorists, try to say they are moderates, and its not good enough for people like you. What do you want them to do?

      December 3, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
    • Chase

      I think people like him want them to bomb themselves... which wouldn't make any sense. If a Muslim honestly hates terrorism, and so do the majority, good for them. The only problem: It doesn't stop it. I hate terrorism, but I'm not Muslim. Why don't we give peace a chance

      December 3, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  7. Real American Muslim

    I am an American Muslim born, raised, and educated right here in the United States. Behind closed doors and right out in the open, I hate terrorists and violence. I would love to speak against them. Tell me how? Right my congressman? They're a little busy trying to fix national debt, unemployment, housing, etc. etc. etc. But give me the chance, I'll stand up and yell outloud, I HATE TERRORISTS!!!!

    December 3, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
    • Reality

      No one will believe you as long as your operating manual is the koran.

      "Islam’s Koran and World Domination

      Mohammed could not have known the size of the world, but several passages in the Koran show that he envisioned Islam dominating all of it, however large it might be: “He it is who sent his messenger . . . that he may cause it [Islam] to prevail over all religions´(Koran 9:33, M.M. Ali; see also 48:28 and 61:9). M.M. Ali designates these three passages as “the prophecy of the ultimate triumph of Islam in the whole world.”

      Mohammed’s successors, the caliphs, quoted passages like these to inspire Muslim armies as they advanced out of Arabia, imposing Islam by the sword upon a peacefully unsuspecting Middle East and North Africa, as I described in the previous chapter.

      Islamic armies, imbued with what Mohammed claimed was divine authorization, imposed Islam by force over vast areas, all the while extorting wealth from subjugated Jews and Christians to fund their ongoing conquests. As I noted, major defeats at Tours, France, in A.D. 732, and again at Vienna, Austria, in A.D. 1683, halted Islam’s attempt to take all of Europe by force. Gradually Islamic forces were forced to retreat from Europe, except for part of the Balkans. But Islam has again set its sights on a conquest of Europe and of European civilization, wherever the latter has spread to North and South America and other regions. Muslim strategists ask their followers, Why do we find in these modern times that Allah has entrusted most of the world’s oil wealth primarily to Muslim nations?

      Their answer: Allah foresaw Islam’s need for funds to finance a final politico-religious victory over what Islam perceives as its ultimate enemy: Christianized Euro-American civilization. So, Islam follows Nazism, fascism and communism as the world’s latest hostile takeover aspirant.

      Nazis, fascists and communists failed. Does Islam have a better chance at success? I believe it will flounder if we awaken to its threat in time; yet, if there is not adequate planned resistance, Islam does have a better chance of succeeding. Communism’s world takeover attempt was guaranteed to fail because its economic policy was naively contrary to human nature. Advocating the rubric What is mine is thine, and what is thine is mine, communism failed to see that human nature will not keep those two balanced propositions in equilibrium. Like a female black widow spider consuming her mate, the latter part of the formula makes a meal of the former, leading to the collapse of any system based upon that formula.

      In contrast, political systems do well if they can persuade people to adhere to What’s mine is mine and What’s thine is thine maxims.

      Only if a strong religious incentive is added does such an idealistic formula have any long-term chance. Even then success will be spotty. But communism (and Nazism, for that matter) excluded religion. And that mistake was the final nail eventually clamping a lid on communism’s coffin. Communism, on a historical scale, perished while still in its childhood.

      Islam is not repeating communism’s mistake. Mating political cunning and incredible wealth with religious zeal, Islam does have a chance to succeed and will succeed unless major parts of the Western world unite to take appropriate countermeasures. But many Western leaders, unable to believe that a mere religion could possible be a serious political threat, keep proclaiming themselves as Islam-friendly, reasoning that all religions are good-aren’t they?

      A Muslim strategist in Beverly Hills, California, declared several years ago, as quoted by a friend of mine: “Now that the struggle between Western democracies and international communism is winding down, it is time for the real and final struggle to begin, and we are going to win!”

      When will people realize that just as there are good doctors and quacks, good cops and rogue cops, there can also be good religions and bad religions?"

      December 3, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
    • The Soup

      I will tell you how. Join the United States Army and take arms against those who would willingly bring harm to you and your country. Pick up a rifle and point it at those who would kill, with extreme predjudice, in the name of your God, then pull the trigger. Recruit Muslims in the U.S. and in the rest of the world to kill the people that would surely kill you if you expressed your point of view in their presence. There is no other way.

      December 3, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
    • Margaret

      @RealAmericanMuslim. I hear ya!

      December 3, 2010 at 9:32 pm |
    • Newyorker

      @Reality: So, let me get this straight Einstein. You think that Christianity is a 'good' religion? Did you ever open one and start reading? If you could just learn to keep your mouth shut, then people might mistake you for someone who is not a total moron.

      December 4, 2010 at 11:31 am |
    • HotAirAce

      @Reality

      Excellent post, for the most part, but I think you've fallen into the same trap/problem as the politicians. Religion is *the* problem, but given the huge number of people that still believe man made tribal myths, politicians are not likely to speak the truth and alientate those that put them into power. Some politicians might say that religious extremists are the problem as this reduces the number of people they might offend (and if a believer, allow them to ignore problems with their own tribal myths), but it also allows all to say "I'm not an extremist – they're not talking about me!" Religion is the problem because all (well OK, at least the so-called "great" global mono-theistic religions that each claim they have the one true answer and that represent the vast majority of believers) religions believe that their beliefs are worth killing for. Nothing much will change until the root cause is identified and a plan put in place to counter the spread of religion, and it's not likely that anything will hapen without each country taking their own measures.

      The plan for the US could be something like:

      – declare english as the official language
      – declare christianity as the official religion
      – eliminate US citizenship due to simply being born in the US
      – shutdown the borders
      – make it much harder (virtually impossible) to acquire naturalized US citizenship

      All the above should take is a few simple const-itutional amendments, openly proposed and debated, and voted on and ratified while the demographics favour the proponents.

      If the citizens of the US (or other countries dealing with changes that make them feel that their country and culture are being taken from them) are not ready to take such or similar measures, then I think it's only a matter of time before "the other guys" get control, and the time until they do will be very, very messy.

      Finally, to be very clear, while I support the right to propose such change, I am not actually proposing it and I would not support/vote for it. I'll just continue trying to make the truth (yes, the truth as *I* see it – there are no gods...) known to one person, one blog entry at a time.

      December 4, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
    • .308

      @ Reality
      I've seen this post from you before. It is excellent. Thanks.

      @ The Soup
      Hooah

      @ NewYorker
      More cowbell !

      @ HAA
      Problem 1. "... each claim they have the one true answer... believe that their beliefs are worth killing for." Do you think that they are truly fighting for a religion, or just using religion as a rationalization for conducting war? 2. " ... Finally, to be very clear, while I support the right to propose such change, I am not actually proposing it and I would not support/vote for it." With the exception of designating an "official religion" (rich) your other ideas are on target. But please.. don't commit yourself to anything that you're uncomfortable with... at least not until it starts to "'get messy." Funny fellow....lol.

      December 4, 2010 at 2:19 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      @.308

      Glad I make you laugh.

      Political leaders might use religion as an excuse to conduct war but the masses usually need an emotional reason to do the dirty work and religion often fits the bill nicely.

      With resepct to establishing an official religion, my thinking is that if one is not set than others will continue to believe that they can practice whatever they want *and* become the dominant religion in time, the threat of which is already making people worried or elated today, so you may has well head that eventually (islam becoming the dominant religion) off now.

      With respect to the changes I listed in total, *I* wouldn't propose and support them because it would mean a huge change of culture and lose of freedoms, for all. But I do I think it would be very entertaining if one of the existing parties in the USA, or the Tea Baggers (yes, I've heard their blather about not being a religion based organization, but it seems to me they're the ones screaming "take back our countyr" the loudest...), put together such a platform and tried to use the legitimate consti-tutional amendment process to get it through.

      But what do I know – I'm just a dumb Canadian sitting up here in the Great White North being simultaneously amused and frigthened by the goings-on in the USA...

      December 4, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
    • .308

      @ HotAirAce

      Are you a Canadian native, or a U.S. transplant?

      December 4, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      @.308

      Native.

      December 5, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
    • MarkHallenberg

      Praying for you. http://the-american-idea.com/2010/09/07/pray-for-muslims-in-northern-kentucky/

      December 6, 2010 at 4:14 am |
  8. Sleeper68

    Are we supposed to feel good about the fact that 23 million Egyptians, 21 million Turks and 71 million Indonesians support a genocidal, stone age, theocratic group of barbarians?

    December 3, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
    • Alberto

      It seems you don't like or understand maths! how come can you say that 21million Turks(or others) support genocidal etc. ...
      They didn't poll with each person in the country...study some maths and then comment...

      December 3, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
    • Chase Dorway

      Alberto, using my psychic abilities, I'm getting that you're from England or around English people a lot.

      December 3, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
    • bugsbunny101

      yes

      December 3, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
    • Kfeya

      No you are supposed to understand that PEW produced a really crappy piece of research- ignoring most Islamic people throughout the world, ignoring the fact that "do you support suicide bombers" is a rude, obnoxious question and in Egypt was probably taken to mean "do you support the Palestian side of the ongoing day to day battle between Palestine and Isreal?", they also mix external terrorists (El-Qaida) up equally with groups that attack local (and only think globally) seen as national freedom fighters by the people and proclaimed by their dictators whose reign is the ultimate target. Rather a large difference between the goals of those divergent groups.

      December 3, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
    • Newyorker

      Don't make me laugh! So, you think Christianity is enlightened, whereas Islam is old and barbaric. Did you ever read a history book? You will learn about the centuries of unenlightened oppression by the Church, not the mention the Crusades. Also, did you ever pick up a Bible and read any of it? So it's best if you just shut your stupid pie-hole. People won't know what a tremendous moron you are.

      December 4, 2010 at 11:26 am |
    • Pessimist

      Completely agree with Sleeper68. My initial reaction was:

      Let me get this straight: Over 50 percent of Muslims in Nigeria hold a favorable view of al Qaeda, as do about 30 percent in Turkey, Egypt, and Lebanon, right? And somewhere between 30 and 50 percent of Muslims in Jordan and Indonesia also hold favorable views of al Qaeda. (The survey doesn't appear to address the views of Muslims in Iraq, Iran, and
      Afghanistan.) And most of the Muslims in these countries hold an even more favorable view of Hamas and Hezbollah?

      Those sound like awfully high numbers to me. I thought the amount of Muslims who supported extreme terrorist organizations was quite small. Now I realize that the percentage of Muslims supporting these groups is higher than the percentage of Mormons who attend church each week.

      December 4, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  9. Cheese

    Oh, so muslims reject Hamas, Hezbollah and al-Qaeda? Well, what a surprise.. NOT

    Many muslims have shown time and again that they will say something and conduct their actions completely differently.

    CAIR exists in theory to promote interfaith cohesion, but yet they got branded as a co-conspirator in funding Hamas. Taqiyya anyone?

    December 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
    • DeAguaDulce

      Hear, hear!!

      December 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  10. WIll III

    well in that case no christian can be trusted since the inquisition

    December 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
    • Adrian

      Umm except these things happened today while the Inquistion ended 500-600 years ago.

      December 3, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
    • DeAguaDulce

      Kills me how you people always have to go so far back in history to get the goods on Cristians and seem to think that you have made your case. Why don't you go back a thousand years and whine about the Crusades? Oh yeah, that's right, the Crusades were Europe's response to the incursions into Eastern Europe by the Ottoman Muslims and the sacking of Rome by Muslim pirates. Never hear that part of the story. Muslims always leave that part out as if the Christians just attacked them for no reason.

      December 3, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  11. Reality

    What the poll should have asked was "Is the koran your operating manual for dealing with women and infidels?" . The answer by all male Muslims would have been a resounding yes . And what are the results?

    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-combat98,691 – 107,707 Iraqi civilians killed as of 11/9/2010, 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.

    Bottom line: Until the Muslim SOP, the koran, is changed, no male Muslim can be trusted no matter how he answers polling questions from Pew !!!!!

    December 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
    • Real American Muslim

      In response Reality, please advise how those few are a representative sample of the other over 1 billion Muslims in the world. Please tell me, a Muslim, born, raised, and educated in America, loves my country, and despises terrorism and violence of any kind. Explain to me, why I read and revere the teachings of my faith, and have never even been in a school fight my whole life. Most importantly, tell me where in the Quran (or Koran if you prefer this spelling), it preaches violence??? Islam teaches us to love thy neighbor, do unto others, and live a life in service of God. Islam preaches compassion and forgiveness.

      December 3, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
    • Dontbehater

      You are an idiot. You can say the same with Americans or in fact any group of people in the world

      KKK terrorized Americans for such a long time in a country thats "Free"

      The American Government lied to the American people so they can invade a country and take their oil.

      US Govt knows how to Divide and Conquer. Thats what they been doing ever since they got their independence. They did it with Russia, Afghanistan, Africa, Mexico.

      White People came to a continent and wiped out a whole race of people. (Native Americans)

      December 3, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
    • Reality

      Our War on Terror and Horror as paid for by the USA taxpayers:

      -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.

      December 3, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
    • Chase Dorway

      @dontbehater What the KKK did and does is illegal. Just because someone does it doesn't make it legal. I could smoke weed right now but that doesn't make it legal. The KKK terrorized Americans in a free country, illegally.

      December 3, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
    • Janet

      Everything you listed are abhorrent acts of terrorism by people who claim Islam. They hijacked the religion. They are not acting in the name of Islam. The Quran does not support terrorism or any of the things you listed.

      December 3, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
    • Nad

      If you are counting numbers :
      Over 500 000 irakis killed starting from golf war
      Over 20 000 afganis killed
      Over 100 000 Chechens killed by Russians
      Over 50 000 bosnians killed by Serbs

      December 3, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
    • .308

      @ Janet

      "The Quran does not support terrorism or any of the things you listed."

      Good grief.. have you ever actually read the koran?

      December 3, 2010 at 8:31 pm |
    • DeAguaDulce

      Janet: I sincerely suggest you read, not only the Qur'an, but the Hadith as well. Add to those the histories of Ibn Ishaq on the life Mohammad and you get quite a picture of a self centered b@stard who terrorized everyone around him to get what he wanted. He was no different than David Koresh, David Berg or Joseph Smith; they were all false prophets who convinced foolish people that God really told them that they could have more s e x and money than anyone else.

      December 3, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
    • .308

      @ Janet

      About this "terrorists hijacking the religion" drivel. Even if we believe the blatantly optimistic results of the Pew research it's more than 'a few.' But it's incredulous that 1.6 Billion, with a B, Muslims can't 'retrieve' their poor hijacked religion from a 'few' outcasts, or even a few million. In any respect, it's totally of of hand, and we're being forced to deal with the reality of this problem on a very large scale.

      December 4, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
    • .308

      @ Real American Muslim
      I have read the Koran, and the Hadith. I'm well aware that the sources I've read from may not be the 'right' sources, or the 'accurate' translations, but that argument seems to simply be an effort at evasion and confusion, as the only 'true' version is written in 'Old Arabic', correct? And that only a few Islamic historians are capable of reading 'old Arabic,' let alone able to form a consensus on the interpretation. Therefore, even modern Islamic clerics and Imams use a variety of different 'imperfect' translations for day-to-day use, and the interpretations they imply will vary with the intent of the message being delivered to different audiences, i.e., peaceful, defensive, aggressive, conversion, etc. Further, the latter Suras in the Koran 'override' earlier entries. Then there are controversies surrounding the parts that are generally recognized to have been 're-written' over time based on prevailing social, economic, or geopolitical circu-mstances.

      And yet these doc-uments are held out to the believing members of Islam as the 'perfect, unaltered word' of the founder of this faith. How can this be?

      Please correct any of this if I'm wrong... I like to have a functional understanding of things.

      December 4, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  12. Tinsoldier

    The debate rages on and on about who and what is evil and good. There is some much garbage in the media it is hard to tell where the truth lies. But in real life (the day to day grind I live in) I have never been threatened by a Muslim. I have however been threatened, harassed, bullied, restricted and intimidated by my government and its security forces, and I am a middle aged law abiding white male citizen. When I was young I was free to wear a 6 inch bowie knife on my hip and walk up to the ticket counter with a cigarette in my mouth, no one even dreamed of searching me as I would board my flight with a quarter oz. of weed in my pocket, then sit down in coach and order a beer. When I would come back from the beach in Mexico the border guard (if there was one) would waive as you drove by. So who is the threat to my safety and security who is destroying my freedoms? Odds are better that I will be struck by lightning then directly impacted by a terrorist. I would rather take those chances and have my freedom back.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
    • Ending123

      times are a changin' tinsoldier! time to grow up!

      December 3, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  13. Nunya

    Yeah right!

    December 3, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
    • bugsbunny101

      Muslims have spoken out against al-Qaeda and terrorism

      5 people out of 1.5 billion , cool , its a start i guess

      December 3, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  14. boocat

    I don't see any of these Muslims speaking up about what their fellow (radical) Muslims are doing around the world. Hell, anyone can answer a stupid survey....

    December 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
    • Syed

      Maybe you should read my post. Most muslims in the US like myself are good Americans and do not support terrorism/radicalism. To your point though, I would agree that most of us need to be more vocal and publicly denounce terrorism

      December 3, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
    • Janet

      Muslims have spoken out against al-Qaeda and terrorism. That just does not make the news. There have been marches and rally's. Just no coverage.

      December 3, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
    • DeAguaDulce

      Janet: All over the Middle East and Muslim Asia families of suicide bombers get together and party to celebrate the entry of their kinsman into paradise for having become a Shaheed. The protests have been few and far between. I lived in that part of the world for several years and I have seen and heard them praise suicide bombers. Your words ring hollow.

      December 3, 2010 at 9:54 pm |
    • Newyorker

      @boocat: Most Muslims (actually most of the world) see America as a threat that kills Muslims for their own benefit. You want them to condemn Muslim acts of violence against Americans? What are you smoking?

      December 4, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  15. justsayin

    the problem with muslims is they say one thing but behind closed doors are anti americans. why are we trying to save other nations set them free from tyrants when they themseleves havent and still wont try to do it. makes no sense how U.S soldiers are dying for ppl who arent trying to help themselevs. if they really hated al qeda they wouldve done something along time ago, their just another nation who says we hae united states but will take their almighty green back.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
    • Mark

      Well said J if you go through world history the Muslims did the same back stabbing for in their book its written a Muslim will be genorous to only a muslim and should strive to live under the sheria law he can also tell lies to save his skin ( this is what you
      hear from the so called moderates) Inwordly they hate you for so its written in their book which is close to their heart
      Mark

      December 3, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
    • Janet

      You can't really say what is in people's hearts or "behind closed doors". The majority of Muslims don't support terrorism or Al Qaeda. This is a fact. Being anti-Islamic is being Anti-American. This nation was founded on the right of people being able to worship how they please.

      December 3, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
    • .308

      @ Janet

      State your source(s). Simply saying it's "a fact" is not evidence... sorry.

      December 3, 2010 at 8:27 pm |
  16. Bob

    There's an even better reason to allow it. The Consti-tution of the United States. I'm really sorry if people feel that their loved ones were killed by Islam, but to those people I'd say pick up a damn book and educate yourself. It's clearly not the case.

    I could really care less if the families of 9/11 "don't like it".

    December 3, 2010 at 1:20 pm |
    • boocat

      Well aren't you the holier than thou one? If radical Muslims didn't kill people on 9/11, who did? The freakin' tooth fairy? You apparently have no empathy, you're pathetic.

      December 3, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
    • Ryan

      "Boocat"....IDIOTS slammed planes into the Trade Towers. Thats what they were, IDIOTS who said they were Muslims.

      December 3, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
    • Ryan

      There are idiots who claim to be Christian as well....like those Westboro Baptist idiots. Should I not like all Christians because of them? Gain some perspective, and quit putting large groups of people under one umbrella.

      December 3, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
    • Adrian

      Well you dont see idiots claiming to be jewish or buddhists or any other religion doing this almost daily.

      December 3, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
    • Syed

      Being a muslim, I do not support the mosque at ground zero. Unfortunately most of the terrorism today is originating in Muslim countries. Unless muslims are more proactive to work against terrorism and are public about such views, the western world will not respect their beliefs or their values.

      We need to give time for healing the wounds of the families of the tragedy of 9/11 and stand with them in the fight against terrorism.

      December 3, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
    • Adrian

      @ Ryan not that i like Wesboro but how can you compare them to Hamas? Have they killed anyone?

      December 3, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
    • Bob

      @Adrian Not the point. If you're going to equate 9/11 attackers with Islam, then you must also logically equate Christians with Westboro.

      December 3, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
    • Dan

      "Idiots" that clearly have a strong support from Muslims still.

      Suicide bombing support dips. Yes, you're reading that right, they supported people running around blowing themselves up for the sake of Islam.

      December 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
    • Janet

      Wow Bob. That is sad. The families of 9/11? They lost loved ones, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, spouses. You don't care about their feelings? I support the mosque (which is really a community center) but I do care about the feelings of those who lost family.

      December 3, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
    • bugsbunny101

      Luke

      Joe Blow

      There's been a mosque in lower Manhattan for decades. In fact, it predates the World Trade Center's construction. Can you expand on your argument a bit?

      i can ..no more mosques in usa , want to pray to mohamad there is this place called saudi ..move there

      December 3, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
    • slozomby

      an average of 25% of muslims support those idiots.

      December 4, 2010 at 1:22 am |
    • Newyorker

      @bugsbunny101: OK, so we should get rid of American Muslims because you don't like them. If we get rid of any other Americans don't like, then there will be no one left in the country. Maybe we can just give the country back to the Native Americans and be done with it.

      December 4, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  17. Joe Blow

    Greats reasons for no mosque near the Ground Zero.. RIP to all the victims!

    December 3, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
    • Luke

      Joe Blow

      There's been a mosque in lower Manhattan for decades. In fact, it predates the World Trade Center's construction. Can you expand on your argument a bit?

      December 3, 2010 at 1:33 pm |
  18. Bob

    @Luke you wrote: Hey, did you know that the State of Mississippi didn't ratify the 13th Amendment to the Const1tution until 1995? What's the 13th Amendment you ask? It abolished slavery. Please do not be so sanctimonious in your judgment of one part of the world until examining our own past.

    Oh, so there were in fact legal slaves in 1994 in Mississippi? No? What an odd thing. It's almost like this law was a remnant that was overlooked and not abolished. Funny that. And what's that? One law isn't represent-itive of the entire culture of the united states? And what's that? I'm Canadian and we never had slavery?

    Yeah. I guess that ends that argument.

    December 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
    • Luke

      Incorrect. This means that the state of Mississippi adhered to the Federal Supremacy Clause. This overrides state’s rights. If not for this clause, Mississippi would have held its right to owning humans. They did not ratify it at the state level until 1995.

      December 3, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
    • Bob

      Nice sidestep of my argument. Perhaps a little more intellectual honesty and a little less "wanting to win the argument" would suit you well.

      December 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
    • Luke

      Bob – What sidestep? The state of Mississippi fought against the union for state's rights and did not accept slavery as unconsti1utional until 1995. What part do you not understand?

      December 3, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
    • Ryan

      Yeah 'Bob", that law was just overlooked. Pull your head out of your ***

      December 3, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
    • Bob

      @Luke What part don't you understand? Just because a law is abolished in 1995 does not mean it's an accurate measure of the cultural climate, which is what you were alluding to in your previous argument.

      It's like saying "Pot is clearly not accepted in America because there is a law prohibiting it." Which isn't true for the most part. And when the law is abolished, it's not the case that America "instantly starts to accept it."

      December 3, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
    • Bob

      So Ryan, are you asserting that the Mississippi legislature was aware of this law and based on the will of their voters, kept the law in place till 1995?

      I think you'd have a hard time showing that the majority of people supported slavery in 1994.

      December 3, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  19. Jalal from Chitral

    This map breaks apart the lies of the zionists.

    http://domino.un.org/maps/m0094.jpg

    December 3, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Sorry, what lies are those? Please help me understand your point.

      December 3, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
    • Luke

      Lies? You show a map. What are you talking about?

      December 3, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
    • Steve

      Hey Jalal if you want to get your point across to others you might want to make it more clear. It is what you present that no one else but crack pots like yourself can interpret this is why all but Islamists will not tolerate you or anyone like you.

      December 3, 2010 at 1:18 pm |
    • The Soup

      It's interesting how the legend of your map forms a peace sign. I would suspect it's also a proportionally accurate representation of who is to blame for the all the violence in "Palisraelistine"

      December 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
    • GEOteach

      Bob, Luke, good discussion.

      Jalal what does that have to do with anything? I guess you weren't surveyed

      December 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
    • bugsbunny101

      Jalal from Chitral

      This map breaks apart the lies of the zionists.

      ..just another muslim whos parents where related before marrige

      December 3, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
    • jonathan

      those lies are too powerful to even understand... 🙂

      December 3, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
    • Jane

      I know where I will stand when the religious wars come, do you?

      December 3, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
    • Ending123

      @jalal.....what's your invalid point?!

      December 3, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
    • DanW

      Hey, why don't you look at some historical maps? You know, like the ones that show that 60% of historical Palestine is in Jordan! Never hear anyone whining about the Jordanians stealing the Palestinians homeland (Palestinians are treated worse there than in Israel) or demanding that they give up territory in exchange for peace.

      December 3, 2010 at 9:50 pm |
  20. Bob

    Instead of rejecting terrorist orgainizations, maybe they should be rejecting the legal beating of woment, the process of stoning and the inequality of women.

    December 3, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
    • Luke

      Bob – The Western World didn't get passed that until relatively recently for the same reasons the Muslim world is going through it now – the role of religion in government and power. Give it time, sir.

      Hey, did you know that the State of Mississippi didn't ratify the 13th Amendment to the Const1tution until 1995? What's the 13th Amendment you ask? It abolished slavery. Please do not be so sanctimonious in your judgment of one part of the world until examining our own past.

      December 3, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
    • Bob

      @Luke you wrote: The Western World didn't get passed that until relatively recently for the same reasons the Muslim world is going through it now – the role of religion in government and power. Give it time, sir.

      Except that when the western world was moving ahead, it was into uncharted territory. The muslim world can in fact see the results of what we have done. It can be explained why human rights are important. It's not a valid comparison.

      December 3, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
    • Luke

      It is perfectly valid. Most of the theological monarchies in the Middle East, especially those under Sharia Law – as you referred to – block all access to the Western World through technologies and the pulpit. Their government (religious leaders)does not allow any sites deemed detrimental to their people and the religious leaders continue to spew horid lies in the direction of their flocks about other parts of the world. They are blinded and misinformed. Muslims that live in the Western World are much better atune to what we've done, so much so that they live among us in relative peace.

      We the US (to use an example) went into uncharted territory, it was because the men that build this country were smart enough to realize that one can only have religious liberty by removing it from government. That is not to say they made tremendous misteps as well. They allowed slavery, did not allow women to vote (we were very far behind the curve when compared to the developed world), etc. The curent model, that is, a wall between religion and government was the first vital step towards freedom. That is not what we see in governments you refer to in your post. This comparision holds water perfectly.

      December 3, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
    • Bob

      Pakistan knows of the US. So does Saudi Arabia. So does Egypt. So does Jordan. So, how do you explain this given "most" apparently isn't in reference to this study.

      December 3, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
    • Luke

      Those are not theological monarchies.

      December 3, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
    • Luke

      Well, Saudi Arabia is, but that's a whole nother argument that is completely off topic.

      December 3, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
    • Bob

      @Luke When was I talking exclusively about theological monarchies?

      December 3, 2010 at 1:08 pm |
    • Bob

      @Luke Saudi Arabia is not off topic. It shows that there are nations that subscribe to Sharia Law that are developed and are aware of the concept of human rights. And more to the point, given I was talking directly about Sharia Law, blows your comparison out of the water.

      December 3, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
    • Luke

      Bob – It way off topic of this threat to start talking about the economic relationship we have with a nation such as Saudi Arabia rather than sister nations simply because we have oil contracts with one country, and not the other. In other words, if our contracts were with Iran, we'd be allies with them, rather than Saudi Arabia, and you'd be explaining why Iran is a great example of western exposure while Saudia Arabia is cut off. Do you want to get into the politics of our energy policies?

      December 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
    • Bob

      @Luke I swear, it's like you make up arguments in your own head. Who said anything about a trade relationship?

      December 3, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
    • Donze

      Luke, good point at first. But you fail to realize that the state passing that is a moot point since there were Federal Laws banning slavery. So even if Mississippi wanted to allow slavery, they couldnt. Unless they succeeded from the U.S and they tried that once, didnt work out too well 😉

      December 3, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
    • Dontbehater

      Actually Islam has many women rights. Islamic countries like Pakistan has had woman leaders (Prime Ministers). You cant say that about USA. They didnt even have the right to vote until the early 1900's. You are referring the crazy radicals and associating it with Islam. I can do the same with the KKK and how its the face of Christianity. Stop being ignorant BOB

      December 3, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
    • Adrian

      Yea the ME is a haven of womens rights (Iran, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia) and have many rights. Like if you have the right to were a burqa or a hijab. And with the KKK they've killed less people in there 150 year history than Islamic terrorists in the last 10. Also when was the last time you've heard of a klan lynching?

      December 3, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
    • yourmomma

      Bob, you should never give a response based on reporters in the U.S who have a hateful view on islam to begin with. If you actually Researched Islam you would see that Women have more rights in Islam than any other religion. Its the first religion which has held both women and men to be equals, actually women are more respected bc of their ability to give birth to more Muslims. theres alot more but you should research the material before you give your racist views

      December 3, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
    • Karllll

      LOUDER PLEASE..... WE CAN'T HEAR YOU!!!!

      December 3, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
    • Wow

      yourmamma... Are you high or drunk or just an idiot.... women are equal.... yet they can't go out of their houses without a male relative escort.... have to cover their faces.... have no real legal rights in most Muslim countries.... can't own property..... We could go on and on with this.... but it's just easier to call you an idiot.

      December 3, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
    • Diane

      Three Things You Should Know About Islam:

      youtube.com/watch?v=ZHdMlT3E7cg

      December 3, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
    • Jane

      And you effin libs think these statistics are good? These people and their BS "religion" are a plague and should be treated as such.

      December 3, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
    • borko61

      as you guys have that academic discussion islam is creaping on free world...

      December 3, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
    • paul

      BOB::::without the muslim work the western world would still be in mud huts.....Muslims created algebra, geomotry and physics. The western world made some parts of the muslim world the way it is today.

      December 3, 2010 at 9:08 pm |
    • leo costa

      Bob I am with you. We try to be polite, but I see it by checking the facts. Facts: all the suicide bomber are muslin, but no every muslin is a suicide bomber. I have no way to know in advance who is whom them to protect my live and my country I am avoiding any muslin...surviving skill. I come to USA; them I MUST to adapt myself to the american culture. IF the muslin want to change our way of live them they MUST leave

      December 3, 2010 at 9:25 pm |
    • EasyE

      If we look at history you will be quick to see that many Arabian nations granted women's rights substantially greater than those in the west for hundreds of years prior to those nations in Europe. The ME is in a time of transition and while it may seem backwards to us, remember that that great western nations like Australia didn't remove their Aboriginal peoples from their lists of Flora and Fauna until the 1960's.... I don't think its fair to say that every terrorist or suicide bomber is a muslim but not all muslims are terrorists- we have to be careful. That would be no different than saying that every Jew is a cheap skate, every Catholic priest a child molester and every white protest in my neck of the northeast a rich raciest anti-semite. People can argue about this issue for hours or even years, but it's easy for us to forget that we've essentially invaded the Middle East with our culture, thirst for oil and western ideas. It didn't work in Africa (they are literally dying over there from a lack of education), India kicked are asses out of the subcontinent and the Asians out smarted us- Fact is- angry Muslims blow up planes and buses because they want us to leave them alone.......

      December 3, 2010 at 11:30 pm |
    • Younis Mourabi

      "Surveys" like this are impossible to validate without discussing methodology. I smell a propoganda campaign to make Islam and Muslims seem peaceful and tolerant. Too bad 1300 years worth of empirical evidence contradicts this false multiculturalism. Funny that the NOW doesn't make a bold policy statement about the treatment of women in the Muslim world.

      December 4, 2010 at 1:22 am |
    • jbryl

      I reject stoning of women and also reject Alqaeda,Hamas,Hezbollah and any terrorist organisation.Why does not the world beleive that we muslims and 99% of us have the same belief and love peace and hate violence.Do we have to always say we hate terrorism and some bad people do these acts and we all are branded in the same flock and are condemned as silent supporters.We want to live condemning these actions and live with pride in belief of Islam

      December 4, 2010 at 2:22 am |
    • nerdrapist

      So much hate here, all you nerds prob sit on your computer thinking you're all tough. I could probably take all of you

      December 4, 2010 at 3:56 am |
    • Alf

      To Luke. You point at Mississippi (i.e. the US), yet you fail to recognize that Islam's "prophet" owned and had slaves killed. In the 1800's, no US slave owner or state governor ever claimed to be a "prophet from God". Slavery still exist in Africa and amongst followers of Islam. Google it

      December 4, 2010 at 9:59 am |
    • TomKas

      Luke, Your desire to support your incorrect view has driven you to bend all facts towards your bias. How do get through real life with so many incorrect beliefs? Oh..... wait, this is America, we are free to believe what we choose and the American system makes it easy to be successful, despite how wrong one may be in their beliefs.

      December 4, 2010 at 11:04 am |
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