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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

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  1. Steve

    The overwhelming silence of the Muslim World in the face of recent radical Muslim atrocities since “9-11” such as; public beheadings of innocent people, bombing of schools, public market places and public voting places exposes the majority of the Muslim World for what they really are and what they really believe. If the US does ANYTHING like even saying anything not to the liking of Muslims (which is free speech by the way and is a cornerstone of Democracy they supposedly favor), then there is a huge outcry and protests from the Muslim populations. I believe actions speak louder than words.

    December 3, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  2. Afghan

    So we have morons complaining that Muslims don't reject terrorism (although real terror is state sponsored terror like by Israel and the US). And we have people complaining when Muslims do reject terrorism. You guys just hate Muslims, don't you?

    December 3, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
    • Joel Weymouth

      and don't point out Indonesia – Indonesia only tolerates 5 religions. IF you are not a member of those religions – you are not allowed to practice.

      December 3, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
    • Please

      I lived in your country for two years. I can tell you first-hand that the people of Afghanistan do not reject terrorism. I have heard even young children praise suicide bombers as brave. You need to open your eyes to the truth.

      December 3, 2010 at 11:13 pm |
    • msohaib47

      put yourself in their shoes and think...

      those children are saying so o only because they see these "terrorists" killing the invaders (US & Allies)

      December 4, 2010 at 1:47 am |
  3. Joel Weymouth

    Does any have trouble believing that they "took a poll" in Muslim countries. The people they asked were Muslims that had money and were educated. Hardly a recruiting bed for terrorism. Did they go "door to door" in Afghanistan"? Did they do a telephone poll in Iraq. This very idea assume that all Muslims are culturally the same. Can that be said of Christians? Is a Chinese Christian who has lived all their lives in the PRC the "same" as a member of the Crystal Cathedral?

    It simply shows the blank stupidity of these media talking heads that lump a Somali Muslim in with a Chinese Muslim (there are about 100 million) with an Indonesian or Malay with a Serb or Albanian. In the end – do you think the EMIR of Qatar would "blow" himself up or die for Allah in a Jihad. That guy can get his 70 virgins now thank you very much.

    In the end this is the media trying to be "diverse" and in the end show themselves as a condescending supremacists.

    December 3, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
    • DeAguaDulce

      I agree. In places like Dubai and Kuwait where the government keeps a close eye on anything that looks radical and spies are regulary sent into mosques to make sure that no radical preaching is going on, I dare say that not too many people are going to come out and say, "Well, of course I support al'Qaeda, don't you?"

      December 3, 2010 at 11:10 pm |
  4. Muslim guy

    Adrian, you are full of hate and stupid. Go away.

    December 3, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
    • Adrian

      Dont be mad at me because you cant handle the truth. All i wrote down are FACTS.

      December 3, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
    • Adrian

      Read the book "Living by the Point of my Spear" it was written by Zaki Ameen. An ex muslim and Imam who spent years studying and preaching the Quran till he saw its evil. Here look at this site http://www.myspear.org/ it is for the book.

      December 3, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
    • Joel Weymouth

      How is speaking the truth – "hate". To proselyte in a Muslim country is a death sentence. To convert to Christianity in a Muslim country is a death sentence. That is incontrovertible fact – Muslim guy. But since Islam is intellectually bankrupt, they simply 'play' the victim. Please name me one Christian country where this happens. I can name you 7 Muslim countries where this happens. THe move the stoning of Soraya M is not set in Mexico. And it was in Pakistan where a Christian woman was sentenced to death for saying the Jesus was right and Mohammed was wrong. And you say Adrian is filled with hate. Even if Christian American got "fed" up with Islam duplicity and barbarism, we would simply expel you: NEVER KILL YOU. Think about that. And your next response to call me a hater.

      December 3, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
    • Younis Mourabi

      Adrian – muzzie guy is not well practiced at jihadi recruitment. I love that you are angry. I might allow you to serve allah in our beloved jihadi corps – we'll train you to make the grass red with the blood of infidel women and children. Mad 'cause you didn't get any in high school? We'll help you 'get some.' We start by training you in 'stoning women 101', and proceed to advanced bomb construction. Then you specialize in either explosive vest triggering or rocketry for murdering Jews. We want your anger, it's welcome within islam.

      December 4, 2010 at 1:55 am |
  5. mrsfonebone

    So someone should explain how you can have a democracy that is a theocracy; if your government is a religion, you have mullahs and they are definitely not democratic. Clearly, if Muslims emigrate to countries which do not have religious based government, they are going to have to follow the secular law where they are.
    Oh, and how was the voting on women's rights? Any chance they will stop being property soon and that girls under 10 are married off to old men?

    December 3, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
    • Janet

      Theocratic democracy is what they have in The Vatican. Each Pope is democratically elected.

      December 3, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
    • Know What

      Janet,

      I don't think that the Vatican is a democracy. The pope is elected, true, but by Cardinals, who were appointed by previous popes, not elected by the people as their representatives.

      December 3, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  6. Michael

    THE AHMADIYYAS

    They are a group founded by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1865-1908 in the Punyab, then India), who claimed to have been called as a prophet. Concerning Islam itself, the Ahmadiyyas are orthodox but differ in their teachings, in that they reject the possibility of miracles and certain aspects of the life of Jesus. While the Qur'an rejects the crucifixion completely, Mirza Ahmad said, that Christ was on the cross but was taken down alive, migrated to Srinagar in Kahmir, and died in old age. His grave is still to be seen. Ahmad claims to be the expected Mahdi or Messiah, "the one expected by all nations in whom the return of Christ is symbolized". His followers call him Khalifa. They are very missionary-minded, have a more intellectual approach and make good use of literature. Consequently they have pursued the translation of the Qur'an into various African languages even before the Sunnis ever gave permission to such official translations. In an attempt to make Islam palatable to modern man, they are 'open minded' and offer socialism as an Islamic tenet, 'an economic principle already practised for 1 300 years'. Monogamy is also advocated. Ahmadiyyas are totally rejected by the rest of the Muslim world and not considered to belong to Islam.

    THE BAHAI

    December 3, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  7. Muslim guy

    All you clowns that think Iran is a rights violator are brainwashed idiots who have never been there. I have been there and you are wrong.

    December 3, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
    • the truth

      I agree with you. These people need to understand what Islam really is. It is a religion of peace. The other religions who are against everything in Islam need to realize that they aren't the right ones. They claim that Muslims are terrorists or they are the ones who bombed the US on 9/11. Well, they are all wrong. Muslims are not all terriorists, yea there are the bad groups like Hammas and Al Qaeda, but the majority of the Muslim people don't believe in their actions because it is Haram to kill people and doing sinful acts. (meaning it is sinful). But there are also bad groups in Christianity and Judaism. For example just like that guy who bombed in the Oklahoma bombing, he wasn't Muslim he was a Christian. Another example would be the Jews. There are terrorist groups in Judaism also. They exist in Palestine and they are killing all of the civilians in Palestine. It is not their land. The Jews need to bud out and find their own land. It was the British who sent them to Palestine. And who was there first, the Palestinians. So it should be their land. And who do you think bombed the twin towers? It wasn't Muslims. When everyone was against the building of the Mosque at ground zero, they were not wanting that Mosque to be there because its too close to ground zero where Christians had died. But let me tell you Muslims died in that bombing and jews died as well. (Why is everyone singling out the Muslims? The people need to realize that Muslims were involved in this as well....) So that is how the whole controversy started: Muslims should not be stereotyped as they are all terrorists. It is false. There are good Muslims who want peace in this world and are just like every normal being. If only people knew more about Islam, they would second guess themselves when they even talk about Muslim people.

      December 3, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
    • DeAguaDulce

      Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma bomber that you mention, was an agnostic. He was not a Christian, nor did he kill in the name of a religion. I suppose you thin that if you keep repeating that lie it will come true, but it cannot. McVeigh rejected all religion.

      December 3, 2010 at 11:04 pm |
    • the truth_

      Really???? I definatley sure that he was a Christian. Go look it up!! and get your facts straight.

      December 3, 2010 at 11:10 pm |
    • DeAguaDulce

      I dare you to Google "McVeigh religion." You won't though, because you are a liar and a coward.

      December 4, 2010 at 12:01 am |
    • the truth_

      Oh really. I have googled him. It said that he believed in the christian faith. So why dont you get your facts straight and stop hatting people just because they are a different religion than you. You cannot judge people. If you judge people that means that you are unhappy with yourself. maybe you should get help!

      December 4, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  8. Janet

    In Islam there is no such thing as a "theological monarchy". It is an oxymoron. Islam does not support the theory of a monarchy that is passed on within a family. An Islamic ruler is chosen, democratically. The leader must be the one who is the best educated, understanding and kind person. That is evidenced in how the Prophet Mohammad was followed by the Caliph's who came after him. Historically this is proven. Saudi Arabia is a Monarchy, but not an Islamic Nation. Same goes for Jordan and Morocco.

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

      It was followed by the Caliphs??? Are you kidding me? From the time of the death of Mohammad (who was, by the way, the least educated and least kind of men) the succession was fought for. Abu Bakr stole the succession from Ali, who was later murdered. Open your eyes! Islam has been violent from its inception.

      December 3, 2010 at 11:59 pm |
    • msohaib47

      @DeAguaDulce, read some history before you speak

      December 4, 2010 at 1:37 am |
  9. George

    Does anyone ever ask about the whole infidel thing? No, the news media never asks the pertinent questions.

    December 3, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
    • Adrian

      Pick up a history book or the Quran.

      December 3, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  10. Amrullah Yousafzai, Margalla Hills

    Why couldn't all Afghan girls be like her?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JfggTjKmUk

    December 3, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
    • Adrian

      Because they'd get their heads cut off.

      December 3, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
    • Real American Muslim

      ugly and untalented? you don't need to go all the way to Afghanistan for that. We have lady gaga right here lol.

      December 3, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  11. George

    They failed to mention the percentage of Muslims who favor suicide bombing, only that the number dropped by double digits, which still says, even though CNN won't, that tens of millions of Muslims favor suicide bombings. It is surely more than a fringe element of nutjobs that we have to contend with in this never ending war of the civilized world vs Islam.

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

      Suicide is a huge sin in Islam. Any Muslim who commits suicide is denying God. Before we argue we need to talk. There is so much both Muslims and non-Muslims can learn from each other. We need to stop bashing and start listening.

      December 3, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
    • bugsbunny101

      ..doubkle check but 56 % of palestinians support suicde bombing against israeli...

      December 3, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
    • msohaib47

      some people might support suicide bombing, Islam strictly prohibits suicide in any cirmstances

      December 4, 2010 at 1:35 am |
    • .308

      @ msohaib47

      Islam "prohibits suicide?" Rich. That explains the for need "martyrs."
      I'm sure they don't want to offend the Koran when they blow themselves up... hate to lose out on the virgins due to a 'technicality.'

      * channels John Lovitz....

      " I know, Khaleel, it does seems that way... but you're not 'really' killing yourself, you're being a good mart..... what? Well, if you want to get fussy about it, WE put the vest on you... ok? The button...? uh...well, Allah... yea, that's it.. Allah will make you push the button... So, yes, the virgins will still be yours.... No, you can't get goats instead... "

      December 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  12. eyewoya

    It's sad because a lot of people are s ignorant about Islam, Islam is divided into 73 sects, each with different views, just like in christianity there is catholicisms and many different sects.

    December 3, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  13. diego

    not convinced about their sincerity. why aren't they doing anything about the terrorism?

    December 3, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  14. Cyrus

    Md died from AIDS and Syphillies at the age of 22 for being a womanizer.

    December 3, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  15. Chase

    To solve the terrorism problem, we have to get rid of fear, hate, jealousy, RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE, and let the dove of peace spread its beautiful wings. It's not RELIGION that's causing problems, it's RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE that is.

    December 3, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
    • Adrian

      Oh yea im sorry my people get killed for going to a church, im sorry Jews, are such mongrels to you, im sorry that we cant even draw Mohamoud or else you'll riot in the streets, and im so sorry that i cant say anything about mohammed. YEAH IM SO INTOLLERANT.

      December 3, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
    • NL

      Adrian-
      Speaking up can always be risky. Every Christian going door-to-door knows that somebody might feel strongly enough to forcibly eject them from their property. I could go into a church and do an atheist rant if I wanted to, but I don't fancy my chances of getting out of there unpunched. Besides, I just don't feel like doing it. I save my criticism for here and a select live audience.

      If you want to see a little more Muhammad art, stop complaining that there isn't any, just go out and do it yourself. Quit complaining that somebody else doesn't have the guts to do what you yourself won't.

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

      Don't forget politics and the want for power- often the religious intolorence is just an excuse for whats really going on.

      December 3, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
    • slozomby

      put enough fear and hate together and the problem will also go away. it'll be messy though.

      December 4, 2010 at 1:36 am |
  16. Adrian

    Here look at this site http://www.myspear.org/ it is for the book "Living by the Point of my Spear" written by Zaki Ameen. An ex muslim and Imam.

    December 3, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  17. Muneef

    Understand that this link is for a site by Arab Christians and speaks explaining the differences of Bibles and Quran beside explaining much of your inquiries. Have not read it well but if I gave you any Muslim site you would not have interest but now that it is Christian Arabs I wonder if you would have interest to visit?

    http://www.light-of-life.com/

    December 3, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
    • Muneef

      Jesus Christ in the Traditions of Islam
      http://www.light-of-life.com/eng/sources/

      December 3, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
    • Reality

      The bible and the koran and their followers- an update:

      1. origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

      New Torah For Modern Minds

      Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

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

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

      2. Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan se-cts.

      The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hit-ti-tes, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.
      earlychristianwritings.com/theories.html

      For added "pizz-azz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "fil-icider".

      Current RCC problems:

      Pedo-ph-iliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

      3. Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

      Current problems:

      Adu-lterous preachers, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

      4. Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

      This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

      And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

      Current crises:

      The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

      December 3, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
    • Muneef

      The Position of Women in Islam
      http://www.light-of-life.com/eng/reveal/

      December 3, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
    • Muneef

      The Penalties for Apostasy in Islam
      http://www.light-of-life.com/eng/ilaw/

      December 3, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
    • Reality

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

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

      some excerpts:

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

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

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

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

      December 3, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
    • Reality

      Islam’s Koran and Fe-male Ge-ni-tal M-u-til-ation

      Islam’s widespread practice of am-pu-t-ating the cl-ito-ris and sometimes part or even all of the v-ul-va from the ge-n-ita-lia of Muslim women, af-firmed in a ha-d-ith by Mohammed himself, most likely also traces back to the founder’s del-ib-e-rate ab-use of se-x to lu-re pa-gan males into his cu-lt. The more the male s-ex drive is pu-rpo-sefully ar–o-used, the more the female se-x urge may have to be prop-or-tio-nately su-p-pre-ssed, lest o-rg-ia-stic hell begin to spread.

      Co-nsider then what fre-quently happens when even a mo-des-tly cl-othed young Western woman walks alone in br-oa-d da-ylight down a street in, for example, a non-West-ernized area of a city in Pa-kistan. Muslim men around her can see her face, h-air and ne-ck—maybe even her an-kles. Some of them per-ceive that much exp-os-ure as intent on her part to ar-ou-se them. The fact that she is not acc-ompanied by a male relative confirms their su-sp-icions. Knowing that she, a Western woman, has not been sub-jected to that cr-uel am-p-u-tation which Islam forces upon millions of Muslim women, some males may even imagine that she must feel s-e-xual de-sire for them.

      They tend also to pe-rcei-ve themselves as not re-sp-onsible to ex-ercise de-cent social re-str-aint. Rather she is re-spon-sible not to te-mpt them! Whatever le-wd thing Muslim men around her say, do or feel as a re-sult is reg-arded as her fault alone. . . .

      During a major uphe-aval in Ind-onesia in the late 1990s, s-ex-cra-zed Muslim men ga-ng-ra-p-ed dozens of Chinese women in shops, homes and even in the streets, shouting in Arabic, “All-a-hu A-kbar!” (God is great!)"

      December 4, 2010 at 7:52 am |
  18. v trexler

    you rhetoric spouting fools should run for seats in congress.you have all the answers.i feel safe now reading ur crap.they are the enemy bottom line.they do not care how you feel,what you say is particularly irrelevant.let your words be driven&laced with venom.we will kill you until you are all dead.get it?

    December 3, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
    • Marine&Proud

      So Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mike Tyson, Dave Chappelle, and many more are trying to kill us all. Dude take off your blinders that the media has put on you.

      December 3, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  19. Marine&Proud

    Adrian you are 100% wrong Jews fought along side Muhammad when they attacked the pagan rulers of Mecca and Medina learn your history before you make an uninformed comment like that.

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

      Sura (9:30) – And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah, and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah... Allah (Himself) fights against them. How perverse are they!

      I do know my history he killed them in Medina and Mecca and the Banu tribe.

      Oh and dont forget about how they attacked Chrstian Byzantium.

      December 3, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  20. Dontbehater

    Remember what Americans also did. They took over this country that was not theirs. They also fought Mexico to take over their land. The gave weapons to Afghanistan to fight off Russia. Now they get Russians help to fight in Afghanistan. They went to another Continent to enslave people. They conquered many parts of the world and forced Christianity or consequences if they did not convert.

    December 3, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
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