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April 2nd, 2011
01:00 AM ET

Law expert explains Sharia and Islam

CNN's Soledad O'Brien sits down with Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman, who describes the basics of Sharia law and the difference between Islam and Sharia law. O’Brien chronicles the dramatic fight over the construction of a mosque in the heart of the Bible belt on “Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door,” airing at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET April 2 on CNN.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Islam • Sharia

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  1. Shirley U Jest

    give us a f-n break. Professor Noah Feldman is so off base and unaware of what he tries to speaks authoritatively about. This man is so innocent he can be mistaken for a baby still in its womb.

    April 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  2. Jonathan

    The biggest worry we have in America is leftist judges who are allowing sharia law to creep into our courtrooms. The problem exists, and it's growing. This year in NJ, a judge accepted a muslim man's sharia-based defense in regards to raping his wife. Luckily, a superior court judge over-turned this idiotic decision.

    This has much to do with the leftist notion of using international law (or any other non-American legal concepts) in American courtrooms in order to whittle away at American sovereignty.

    April 8, 2011 at 8:28 am |
    • Muneef

      Jonathan.

      Thanks for bringing that up...really not sure how can a man be raping his wife,aren't they a married couple ??

      Am not sure what the sharia has for that but at least he had two choices if not allowing him to touch her for his needs then he is either to divorce his wife and get married to another one,or otherwise marry another one on top of her as a second wife...rather than looking for his needs from the streets in sin...! But any way sharia would mean that both will be asked looking into the main source of the problem or misunderstanding between them and then have some agreement between them drafted they are to respect, by that giving them a chance to work it out again or otherwise if not accepted they would arrange their legal divorce separation,although they imams consider "Divorce to be the most hated Halal (legitimatcy) available".

      April 8, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  3. Muneef

    Sharia is an extensive word that contains so many roles and regulations....it is much better to point out what is not to the liking of the people and moderate it... Many of the roles and regulations adopted by secular systems courts are of sharia but might be in a moderate way....guess to scale weight for Justice share,you have to hold the stick from the middle....and not at both extremes...by the extreme parties...
    It was not conditional from the beginning that who wants to immigrate and live in America and Europe has to give up his origin culture and religion belief for the culture and belief of the country he is immigrating to...!! Therefore since the issues of immigration was not conditional,then that means they can apply what so ever they used to live by at origin back where they immigrated to...but that does not mean it should apply to all of those non muslims living in the west unless they found it suitable for them to adopt as it is or after having it moderated to suit their needs....after all the Sharia Laws were mainly extracted from all the Holy Books (Torah/Gospel/Quran)..these laws were the base of all present legal laws...

    April 7, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • Muneef

      Read these subject related verses;

      Al-Maeda sura 05:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      And We prescribed for them therein: The life for the life, and the eye for the eye, and the nose for the nose, and the ear for the ear, and the tooth for the tooth, and for wounds retaliation. But whoso forgoeth it (in the way of charity) it shall be expiation for him. Whoso judgeth not by that which Allah hath revealed: such are wrong-doers. (45) And We caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow in their footsteps, confirming that which was (revealed) before him in the Torah, and We bestowed on him the Gospel wherein is guidance and a light, confirming that which was (revealed) before it in the Torah – a guidance and an admonition unto those who ward off (evil). (46) Let the People of the Gospel judge by that which Allah hath revealed therein. Whoso judgeth not by that which Allah hath revealed: such are evil-livers. (47) And unto thee have We revealed the Scripture with the truth, confirming whatever Scripture was before it, and a watcher over it. So judge between them by that which Allah hath revealed, and follow not their desires away from the truth which hath come unto thee. For each We have appointed a divine law and a traced-out way. Had Allah willed He could have made you one community. But that He may try you by that which He hath given you (He hath made you as ye are). So vie one with another in good works. Unto Allah ye will all return, and He will then inform you of that wherein ye differ. (48) So judge between them by that which Allah hath revealed, and follow not their desires, but beware of them lest they seduce thee from some part of that which Allah hath revealed unto thee. And if they turn away, then know that Allah's Will is to smite them for some sin of theirs. Lo! many of mankind are evil-livers. (49) Is it a judgment of the time of (pagan) ignorance that they are seeking? Who is better than Allah for judgment to a people who have certainty (in their belief)? (50).
        

      April 7, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  4. M

    Have you ever read about societies that have sharia law is absolutely troubling, and disturbing. Also CNN I know much more about Sharia law then this report attempts to explain. First the basic fundamentals, Sharia law simply means islamic law and the rules are derived from the Quran, Haddiths, and the Sunnah. Non muslims are second class citizens, as well as woman, and their is no age limit for marriage. The laws are interpreted by a group of Mullahs, and the laws are imposed as they see fit.

    April 6, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
    • Amanda

      Sharia law is to be induced form the Quran through scholarly debates ( as a part of Ijtihad). Ijtihad movement that made Muslims ahead of the rest of the world in giving women their rights has been dead for quite some times and the Muslim world is attempting to change that but like everyman who got a taste of power, most Mullahs are resistant about that. BTW, Mullahs are not scholarly enough to lead Ijtihad movement. The problem in Islamic world is not religion but created by men who want to stay in control. If one thing any one wants to learn about Sharia, learn this: It's not CONSTANT. Sharia Laws are to meet the time of the age. Since Sharia Laws in induced form the Qu'ran, what it means is the Qu'ran is to e applied according to the age one live sin. The Harvard law prof. understood that. But giving a few minutes to talk to to the ignorants of the world who think they know what they're talking about (like you), he had to keeo his comment short knowing that a truly inquisitive mind would proceed with further research on their own..

      April 10, 2011 at 5:47 am |
  5. joep

    Just wiped my butt with the Quran. Never forget 9/11

    April 6, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • Muneef

      Have you no fear that she becomes addicted ? Better you try that with wire brush or sand paper...

      April 7, 2011 at 7:04 am |
  6. therealhawkman

    Molly, by Golly, do you not believe that Hamas has fired thousands of rockets, indiscriminately, into Israel? Israel retaliates and they are the baby killers? What a fool!

    April 6, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  7. Kim

    The "Expert" is living in the castle and talking bout life in the under world.
    I can tell you this because I once lived in Malaysia where Sharia law is practised by the Muslims. They are not supposed to apply to NON-MUSLIMS. When a Non-Muslim was converted to a Muslims, he took with him ALL the properties and children with him, UNDER SHARIA law, leaving the ex-wife with NOTHING. That is what SHARIA law is about.

    This is not the only incidence.
    The "EXPERT" knows nothing about sharia law. Shame on you, dare to claim to be an expert. Look at those women suffered under Sharia law.

    April 5, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
    • bazzoola

      "Leaving the ex-wife with nothing"

      If the wife didn't convert she can still remain as a christian or a jew. But if she is a hindu she will be divorced and she will get whats in her marriage contract.

      You don't have to be all emotional to figure this one out. Go to any divorce court here in the US; any spouse who looses his divorce battle "is left with NOTHING."

      April 6, 2011 at 7:55 am |
    • PRISM 1234

      @ bazzoola

      You say ...."Go to any divorce court here in the US; any spouse who looses his divorce battle "is left with NOTHING."

      How dare you....I SAY AGAIN: HOW DARE YOU compare the instance where wife is left without children and looses everything in islamic world with cases in US courts..... How dare you!

      Does a ":just, peaceful, godly:" religion strips a spouse of everything, even her children, who has done nothing wrong, except didn't want to convert to "true religion" of Islam? That in itself speaks more then thousand words ! ! ! I will tell you, my friend, without a hesitation, and without apologies: Islam is one of the most cruel, unjust, da'rk, evil religions on this earth. It is a scourge to humanity!

      You better wake up, and smell the springtime around you! It is NOT the cruel god of Islam who created it! You have bitten the bait, and swallowed it along with ho'ok, line and sinker! For those who defend it, it serves them right! But those who are trapped in it, it's those who need compassion, kindness and help, and most of all prayers that God, in the Name of Lord Jesus Christ His Son who came to save all mankind , would shine His face upon those who are opressed and suffering under the yoke and scourge of it, and deliver them! Don't try to paint it different then it is, friend, all you do is making the hole which you're in deeper, and your vision of reality becomes dimmer !
      My heart goes out to you and all those who are swallowed up in this da'rk religion!

      April 6, 2011 at 10:11 am |
    • PRISM 1234

      Kim, Everything you said is true!
      I also want to add.... All someone needs to do is look at England! It's been overtaken by Islams radicals, who by the way are counted as true followers of Isam.
      They have sworn to themselves and their alah that they will make England a country under allah's banner!

      And then our naive, shallow minded, baby face Harvard professor sits in the place of an expert, telling the naive, sedated, lulibied public just to slumber some more, fearing nothing!
      It's no wonder our country is being overtaken by all kinds of evil and injustices, by those who inflict them upon people of this country, because we always have an expert (payed for and sponsored by the perpetrators) to tell us it's not so.
      So long we have those kind of experts adn advisers to listen too, we can be sure this country will continue to spiral down fast, with the gravity speed! And the whole world will just watch it happen in amazement!

      April 6, 2011 at 10:34 am |
  8. sharif el-ashraf

    What are the conditions of all Muslim countries?
    How are women treated in Muslim countries, look for the women in Iran and Afghanistan before & after Islamic revolution and Taliban?
    How are non-Muslims treated in Muslim countries?
    How comes that the UK already have sharia courts today while Muslim population is much less than the 60-70% mentioned here?
    What is wrong with the American law that anyone can ask for a special law be applied to him (a Muslim)?
    What if the followers of other religions request their own religion laws be applied as well?
    If it is true that September 11 was executed by extremists, then why Muslims all over the world were celebrating after the events?
    Has the guest red the Quran?
    Has the quest red the hadith (prophet Muhammad actions and sayings)?
    What is wrong with the host and the gust?

    April 5, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
    • therealhawkman

      The host and guests are idiots? Only thing I can think of.

      April 6, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • Amanda

      What's your evidence that Muslims all over the world were celebrating September 11. I do know know many non Muslims giving comments "Look America got what it deserved."

      April 10, 2011 at 5:38 am |
  9. Lee Meador

    Everybody knowes we owe & owe but knowbody says how much we have to back up our dept,how much gold silver etc. we are worth! why? If we ballance our ck book we know you need to know to be able to understand if @ how too figure what to do.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  10. Muneef

    Abu Hanifah;
    Many people – including Muslims ask: “Where is God or Allah? What Image does God or Allah have?”
    These questions cannot be easily answered, but let’s see how Imam Abu Hanifah responded when he was asked such questions by nonbelievers.

    To those who ask: “Where is God or Allah?”

    The atheists asked Abu Hanifah:
    “When was your Lord born?”

    Abu Hanifah replied: 
    “Allah existed first –   before history and before time.

    He added: 
    “What comes before three?”

    They replied: “Two.” 

    He asked: 
    “What comes before two?”

    They replied: “One.”

    Abu Hanifah said: 
    “What comes before one?”

    They replied: “Nothing.”

    He said: “If the number ‘one’ is not preceded by anything, then how can the True One and Only God (Allah) be preceded by anything. Allah  is Ancient and Eternal. Nothing precedes Him.”

    They asked: 
    “In which direction does your Lord move?”

    He asked: “If you bring a lantern into a dark place, in which direction will its light move?”

    They replied: “In every direction.”

    Abu Hanifah said: 
    “If this is how the lan-tern’s light r-ad-ia-tes, then how about Allah’s Light – the Light of the Heavens and the Earth?”

    They said: “Define your Lord’s en-t-ity. Is your Lord solid like iron; liquid like water; or gas-e-ous like smoke or va-por?”

    He asked: “Have you ever sat beside a dying patient?”

    They said: “Yes, we have.

    He added: "Did he speak to you after he was pro-noun-ced dead?"  

    They said: "No."

    Abu Hanifah asked: “Before he died, did he not talk and move?”

    They said: “Yes.”

    He said: “What changed him?”

    They said: “His soul departed.”  

    He said: “Then isn’t it true that his soul left his body?

    They said: “Yes.”

    Abu Hanifah asked: “Could you describe his soul? Is it solid like iron; liq-uid like water; or gas-e-ous like smoke or va-por?”

    They replied: “We know nothing about it.”

    He said: “If you cannot define the en-t-ity of this created soul, then how can you expect me to describe the Divine En-t-ity.”
    **********
    Let’s repeat this prayer  together: “Oh, Allah.”

    Allah, help me to uphold the truth against ty-r-ants; and prevent me from advocating in-just-ice to gain the ap-pla-use of the weak.

    Oh Allah, if you make me rich, do not deprive me of happiness.

    If you grant me strength, do not take away my mental fa-c-u-lties.

    If you make me successful, do not deprive me of modesty.

    If you make me modest, do not deprive me of my pride and dig-nity.

    Oh Allah, teach me to love others as much as I love myself.

    Teach me to judge myself before I judge others.

    Teach me that tolerance is the greatest strength.
    And that ven-ge-ance is the first sign of weakness.

    Oh Allah,  if you grant me suc-cess,do not blind me by van-i-ty.

    Do not make me de-spair if I fail.

    Please let me always remember that failure pre-ced-es success.

    Oh Allah, if you deprive me of my wealth, do not let me de-spair.

    If you take away my success, give me the strength to overcome failure.

    If you deprive me of good health, do not deprive me of faith.

    Oh Allah, if I hurt others, give me the strength to  apologize.

    If people hurt me, give me the strength to forgive.

    If I am ob-liv-i-ous to Thee, do not deprive me of Your Forgiveness and Patience.

    Oh Allah, You are the All-Powerful, All-Merciful and All-Capable Ameen.

     

     

    April 5, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • Reality

      Saving 1.5 billion lost Muslim souls:

      There never was and never will be any angels i.e. no Gabriel, no Islam and therefore no more koranic-driven acts of terror and horror.

      April 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • Muneef

      The Rightly-Guided Caliphs & The Four Imams
      Contents
      The First Caliph, Abu Bakr (632-634 A.C.)
      The Second Caliph, 'Umar (634-644 A.C.)
      The Third Caliph, Uthman (644-656 A.C.)
      The Fourth Caliph, Ali (656-661 A.C.)
      Abu Hanifa
      Shafi'i
      Malik
      Ahmad
      http://www.islamicweb.com/history/caliphs_imams.htm

      THE FOUR GREAT IMAAMS 
      IMAAM ABU HANIFAH (R.A.) 
      IMAAM MAALIK (R.A.) 
      IMAAM SHAFI’EE (R.A.) 
      IMAAM AHMAD (R.A.) 
      http://www.inter-islam.org/Biographies/4imam.htm

      April 6, 2011 at 9:08 am |
    • Muneef

      A man went to Hazrat Ali Ben Abi Taleb and asked him the answers of the following four questions :

      1.    What is “Wajeb” (Obligatory) and what is”Awjab” (most obligatory).

      2.    What is “Qareeb” (Near) and what is “Aqrab” (nearest).

      3.    What is “Ajeeb” (strange) and what is “A’ajab” (strangest).

      4.    What is “Sa’ab” (difficult) and what is “Asa’ab” (most difficult).

      Hazrat Ali replied as follows: 
      Obligatory is the obedience of God and most obligatory is to abandon sins.

      Near is the Day of Judgment and nearest is the death.

      Strange is this World and strangest is to love this world.

      Difficult is grave and most difficult is going to it without preparation.

      April 6, 2011 at 9:53 am |
    • therealhawkman

      Reads no differently than a Christian story of faith and life, here and after. All the same. Not impressed by your poor attempt at preaching the word of nothing more than a man.

      April 6, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • Muneef

      Words of man ?
      Is it not that science is a word of man ,but you still believe in ?
      Was not Philosophy and  wisdom a word of man that you might be adapting in you life ?
      Well my dear those Imams have derived their out spoken and written words from the knowledge they gained from the Holy Books that were the source of all developed knowledge that humanity is so proud of today although still couldn't explain major questions about the whole universe creations that we live floating within.
      Science failed to translate the simple words given in the holy book's that had speaking to men of lesser mentality few thousands years back but managed to understand it and develop it into one day spoken of Islamic nations that has brought forward an advanced knowledge the basic of all present science and knowledge while the present century and modern man require's it in more advanced  terms of words and into one international language,the modern languages of science or philosophy that modern scholars had failed to translate or explain bringing it forward to modern times understanding.
      Most of the general knowledge and wisdom man has gained from those books mentioned by the Quran/Farqan;

      "Al-Baqara sura 02:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      Even as We have sent unto you a messenger from among you, who reciteth unto you Our revelations and causeth you to grow, and teacheth you the Scripture and wisdom, and teacheth you that which ye knew not. (151)."

      "Al-E-Imran sura 03:
      And He will teach him the Scripture and wisdom, and the Torah and the Gospel, (48)."

      "Al-E-Imran sura 03:
      Allah verily hath shown grace to the believers by sending unto them a messenger of their own who reciteth unto them His revelations, and causeth them to grow, and teacheth them the Scripture and wisdom; although before (he came to them) they were in flagrant error. (164)."

      It is all in the Holy Books where a single word or a sentence could contains a whole many pictures as a hundred of words or sentences with in it and not just as a solid one word as one might think or find, this is not the least for the Arabic language,the poetry language of the area before it became of the Quran which certified for it self being landed in Arabic to defeat the best of poets of the Area with it's firmness and the challenge within it that even if they poets joined together with Jinn to bring a similar verses would fail to do so....;

      "Yusuf sura 12:
      Alif. Lam. Ra. These are verse of the Scripture that maketh plain. (1) Lo! We have revealed it, a Lecture in Arabic, that ye may understand. (2) We narrate unto thee (Muhammad) the best of narratives in that We have inspired in thee this Qur'an, though aforetime thou wast of the heedless. (3)."

      "Ta-Ha sura 20: 
      Thus we have revealed it as a Lecture in Arabic, and have displayed therein certain threats, that peradventure they may keep from evil or that it may cause them to take heed. (113) Then exalted be Allah, the True King! And hasten not (O Muhammad) with the Qur'an ere its revelation hath been perfected unto thee, and say: My Lord! Increase me in knowledge. (114)."

      "Az-Zumar sura 39:
      And verily We have coined for mankind in this Qur'an all kinds of similitudes, that haply they may reflect; (27) A Lecture in Arabic, containing no crookedness, that haply they may ward off (evil). (28)."

      Disbelief and laziness has over taken men of knowledge and scholars away from untangling the mysteries and the hidden secrets that are within the letters and words into more advanced modern terms that could be understood by scholars and nations bringing them into stimulating their debates and coordination towards perfection for the sake of science and knowledge that God wanted us to read and learn. After all we should remember that we are being challenged by God Almighty to go on discovering the universe,the heavens;

      "Ar-Rahman sura 55: 
      O company of jinn and men, if ye have power to penetrate (all) regions of the heavens and the earth, then penetrate (them)! Ye will never penetrate them save with (Our) sanction. (33)."

      That sanction is the science achieved which with out God's inspiration to us from his books might not be able to penetrate;

      "Ta-Ha sura 20: 
      Then exalted be Allah, the True King! And hasten not (O Muhammad) with the Qur'an ere its revelation hath been perfected unto thee, and say: My Lord! Increase me in knowledge. (114)."
         
      If we ought to accept the challenge then we are to take science in parall with the Holy Books,it is only then we would become to know which are the words of God and which are the words of men, we would become to know the truth from false...!!

      The many translations of old testaments and what followed it might have made most words become words of man, since language to language might have made words solid if not different, therefore might have lost touch but no harm in trying.., while we find the case is quite different for the Arabic Quran which came as a "Forqan" meaning as a separator between truth and false of the elder holy books...

      The Quran came in one Arabic language and in a very rich language, so why not science try to challenge those final scriptures,since only by that we will be able to tell the "Farqan" between the truth and false surrounding our lives..
      Our confidence is from the confidence of our Written Holy Books that we submit to all of it's words and teachings for being of God the Creator of all that we know of and all that we do not know of..?

      Al-Isra sura 17:
      Say: Verily, though mankind and the jinn should assemble to produce the like of this Qur'an, they could not produce the like thereof though they were helpers one of another. (88) And verily We have displayed for mankind in this Qur'an all kinds of similitudes, but most of mankind refuse aught save disbelief. (89)..

      Peace to all.

      April 6, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
    • Muneef

      All about Islam;

      http://www.religionfacts.com/islam/history/caliphs.htm
      http://www.religionfacts.com/islam/history/umayyad.htm
      http://www.religionfacts.com/islam/history/abbasid.htm
      http://www.religionfacts.com/islam/history/ottoman.htm

      April 6, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  11. Molly

    @Reality

    Very defensive and fiesty? All you did was copy paste a bunch of news headlines. Doesn't really prove much. Whether or not they were directly related to Islam or Islamic values isn't the point. The point is, anyone can round up a bunch of headlines – mind you that the timeline you gave is HUGE – and condem a belief or religion or idea.

    You wanna play a numbers game? How about the number of crimes that have zilch to do with Islam? That should be fun! Or the number of crimes carried out in the name of Christianity, Judaism or just plain stupididty? How about you calculate the total number of deaths and casulaties and compare with the numbers you gave? Or you can see the ratio of Palestinan deaths to Israeli deaths, there's a truth people like to glaze over......

    Don't go around throwing headlines or pretending to be witty when in fact, all you did was state the obvious. My 6 year old brother can copy paste info like that. Seriously. Reality check......

    April 4, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Reality

      The Twenty (or so) Worst Things People Have Done to Each Other:

      From: http://necrometrics.com/warstatz.htm#u (saving Molly some time but the other hand, she should persuse this reference when she gets some time)

      o The Muslim Conquest of India

      "The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      Rank <<<Death Toll <Cause <<Centuries<<<Religions/Groups involved*

      1. 63 million Second World War 20C (Christians et al and Communists vs. Christians et al, Nazi-Pagan and "Shintoists")

      2. 40 million Mao Zedong (mostly famine) 20C (Communism)

      40 million Genghis Khan 13C (Shamanism or Tengriism)

      4. 27 million British India (mostly famine) 19C (Anglican)

      5. 25 million Fall of the Ming Dynasty 17C (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion)

      6. 20 million Taiping Rebellion 19C ( Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion vs. a form of Christianity)

      20 million Joseph Stalin 20C

      8. 19 million Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C (Islam)

      9. 17 million Timur Lenk 14C-15C

      10. 16 million Atlantic Slave Trade 15C-19C (Christianity)

      11. 15 million First World War 20C (Christians vs. Christians)

      15 million Conquest of the Americas 15C-19C (Christians vs. Pagans)

      13. 13 million Muslim Conquest of India 11C-18C

      14. 10 million An Lushan Revolt 8C

      10 million Xin Dynasty 1C

      16. 9 million Russian Civil War 20C (Christians vs Communists)

      17. 8 million Fall of Rome 5C (Pagans)

      8 million Congo Free State 19C-20C (Christians)

      19. 7½ million Thirty Years War 17C (Christians vs Christians)

      7½ million Fall of the Yuan Dynasty 14C

      *:" Is religion responsible for more violent deaths than any other cause?

      A: No, of course not – unless you define religion so broadly as to be meaningless. Just take the four deadliest events of the 20th Century – Two World Wars, Red China and the Soviet Union – no religious motivation there, unless you consider every belief system to be a religion."

      Q: So, what you're saying is that religion has never killed anyone.

      A: Arrgh... You all-or-nothing people drive me crazy. There are many doc-umented examples where members of one religion try to exterminate the members of another religion. Causation is always complex, but if the only difference between two warring groups is religion, then that certainly sounds like a religious conflict to me. Is it the number one cause of mass homicide in human history? No. Of the 22 worst episodes of mass killing, maybe four were primarily religious. Is that a lot? Well, it's more than the number of wars fought over soccer, or s-ex (The Trojan and Sabine Wars don't even make the list.), but less than the number fought over land, money, glory or prestige.

      In my Index, I list 41 religious conflicts compared with 27 oppressions under "Communism", 24 under Colonialism, 2 under "Railroads" and 2 under "Scapegoats". Make of that what you will."

      April 5, 2011 at 12:13 am |
    • Ed

      Reality loves to cut and paste trolls from blog to blog paste the same thing on every blog. Reality you said you were a chatolic and now an agnostic. I wish you the best in you search hope you find what your looking for. That by the way is not meant as a snide remark it is a genuine wish

      April 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  12. Amanda

    if reality is not hinduvatta, he must be a zionist pig

    April 3, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • Reality

      In case you missed the original:

      Amanda, Amanda, Amanda,

      Actually, I am a former Catholic now agnostic.

      To wit:

      The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated based on the studies of historians and theologians during the past 200 years)

      I might believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven.

      I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
      preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
      named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
      girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

      Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
      Jerusalem.

      Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
      ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

      Amen

      April 3, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
    • hehe101

      Please don't call people "zionist pigs". It's really a bit of an oxymoron. After all, "zion" is Israel, and most zionists are Jews, who don't eat pig. I just find it rude.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:09 am |
    • Jonathan

      "if reality is not hinduvatta, he must be a zionist pig"

      And you must be our resident Jew-hater.

      April 9, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  13. Basiim

    THAT'S THE PROBLEM WITH PEOPLE IN AMERICA THEY DON'T TAKE THE TIME TO READ NOR UNDERSTAND BUT THIS COUNTRY UNDERSTAND WAR AND CORUPTION AND WRONG DOING THIS IS A PATHETIC STATE THE PEOPLE HERE HAVE NO HOME TRAINING THEY JUST WANT EVERYTHING TO BE ONE WAY REPLUBLICANS RULE AND THE DEMOCRATE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IS THAT IT'S GOING TO BE A RELIGOUS WAR SO WHAT ABOUT THE PREACHER WHO WANTED TO BURN THE QU'RAN WHAT ABOUT THESE PREACHER'S WHO MESSING WITH THESE CHILDREN AND THESE ARE THE PEOPLE OR PERSON'S THAT THE AMERICAN'S PRAISES,BUT THEY WANNA SAY ISLAM IS WRONG WOW WOW

    April 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • Reality

      Read all about it!!!

      Saving Muslims to include Basiim 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.

      The First Five of the 77 Branches:

      "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!!!!

      Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

      Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism .

      April 3, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • frank

      Bottom left of the keyboard, third key up. Check it out sometime...

      April 3, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
    • Don

      So how are things in Yemen.

      April 5, 2011 at 7:29 am |
    • Muneef

      Don.

      Thanks for asking but at the moment plenty of suffering while more it becomes with prolonging the issues demanded although as seems war lords are behind those innocent youths awaiting the president to withdraw in order for them to take over dividing the country and become more of world threats, after all I trust in our present president than any of those who are promising prosperity and peace....those are like hyenas awaiting a lion to end his feast and go leaving behind the left overs of the prey...we just hope our president be wise enough to overcome these difficulties since no one we can think of has the strength to control the whole country as he did before all this mess although he needed to be reminded of the will and power the population has when he becomes careless...I know he had learned the lesson and repented but can that be enough for him to regain the power and the faithfulness of his populations....Only God knows what in stored for us the coming days but until the date things become restored,the bloodshed and life losses will continue be seen and heard of...

      April 5, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • therealhawkman

      ISLAM IS WRONG. ISLAM IS WRONG. SLAM IS WRONG. ISLAM IS WRONG. SLAM IS WRONG. ISLAM IS WRONG. SLAM IS WRONG. ISLAM IS WRONG. SLAM IS WRONG. ISLAM IS WRONG. SLAM IS WRONG. ISLAM IS WRONG. SLAM IS WRONG. ISLAM IS WRONG. SLAM IS WRONG. ISLAM IS WRONG. SLAM IS WRONG. ISLAM IS WRONG. SLAM IS WRONG. ISLAM IS WRONG. SLAM IS WRONG. ISLAM IS WRONG. AND SO IS EVERY OTHER RELIGION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      April 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • Amanda

      Seriously, if you shout, no one will hear you. I didn't read your post because you're shouting.

      April 10, 2011 at 5:31 am |
    • jeffie

      Answer me this: If you hate America, why are you here? Just a question.....

      April 25, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  14. Basiim

    OK EVERYONE IS WORRIED ABOUT MUSLIM'S LIVING IN AMERICA WHAT ABOUT THESE OTHER RELIGON THAT'S OUT HERE EVERYONE'S KNOCKING ISLAM BUT IT'S THE FASTEST GROWING RELIGON IN AMERICA BUT YOU HAVE PEOPLE THAT IS SO IGNORANT TO EVEN SEE WHAT IT'S ABOUT THE PROBLEM IS IS THAT PEOPLE HERE IN AMERICA IS SO STUCK ON THEMSELF'S TILL THEY STILL GO BY THE LAWS OF BLIND JUSTICE MUSLIM'S DON/T DO ANYTHING TO NO-ONE WERE PEACEFULL PEOPLE BUT IT'S THE IGNORANT PEOPLE OF AMERICA THAT GIVE MUSLIM'S BAD NAMES BECAUSE THEY GO OVER THERE AND MESS WITH THEM FOR WHAT?BECAUSE AMERICA IS GREEDY FOR MONEY AND OIL!!CAUSING WAR WITH OTHER COUNTRY BEACUSE THE ARMRY AND GOVERNMENT HAVE REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THERE'S OIL IN THESE ISLAMIC COMMUNITIES!!WHAT ABOUT SLAVERY AND MODERN DAY SLAVERY IF YA'LL WANT TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING TALK ABOUT THAT WHY WHITES AND BLACK STILL HAVING PROBLEM'S WHY WHITE STILL BELIEVE IN SLAVERY?WHY THE LAW'S ARE STILL UNJUST?THAT'S WHY THERE'S THE STATUE WITH A WOMAN HOLDING A(N) UNBALANCED SCALE IN HER HAND WITH A BLIND FOLD OVER HER EYE'S WITH A CLOSED BOOK!!!!BLIND JUSTICE YA'LL NEED TO REAVALUATE YOURSELF'S BEFORE YA'LL START CRIDISIZE PEOPLE BECAUSE YA'LL ARE NOT ALLAH TO JUDGE NO-ONE IF THAT'S THE CASE WHY THE REDNECK'S ARE NOT JUDGED WHY RACISM CAN'T END WHY THE WAR WON'T STOP WHY PEOPLE DIING WHY THERES NO JOB'S FOR PEOPLE WHO STRUGGLING REAL BAD AND THE PRESIDENT WHAT IS HE DOING FOR THIS COUNTRY HE AINT NO BETTER THAN THE REST OF THE PRESIDENT'S THAT WERE IN THE CHAIR FROM WAY BACK IN THE 1600 SO IF EVERYONE WANT TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING TALK ABOUT SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO HELP PEOPLE NOT HURT PEOPLE MAYBE IF THIS WAS ALL WHITE PEOPLE HERE IN AMERICA IT WOULDN'T BE A PROBLEM

    April 3, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • SadieSadie

      Looks like you used up your quota of punctuation today, you can borrow mine: .,!?

      April 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • tready

      "BECAUSE THEY GO OVER THERE AND MESS WITH THEM FOR WHAT?" I believe the answer to your question can basically be answered by three numbers 9/11.

      April 6, 2011 at 8:42 am |
    • PRISM 1234

      @Balsim
      Sifting thru the mumbo-jumbo without punctuations , it'so hard to make things out, of what you said...
      I do agree with a lot you said about America's problems, mainly injustices by our government allowing injustice to flourish in this country.... but one thing is for sure, friend! We don't need your Islamic kind of justice here! We see all over the world of what kind of justice Isalm brings whereever it establishes itself, and those whose lives are in shackles because of it cry out, and their voices and testimonies are witnesses, more then thousands of pictures or words can say!

      April 6, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • joep

      What'd he say? That's the longest sentence I've ever seen!

      April 6, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • Kelly

      Do you really expect people to read this?

      April 6, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
  15. Trent

    This must be where the line forms for the needle exchange program.

    April 3, 2011 at 2:15 am |
    • Tweekers everywhere

      And based on the raging writing, methamphetamine is preferred drug.

      April 3, 2011 at 3:09 am |
    • Itchigo

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      April 3, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
  16. Reality

    What has Sharia Law and Islam brought to the global community? :

    The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

    ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

    and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

    and more recently

    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, 3,483 and 925 in non combat roles. 99,901 – 109,143 Iraqi civilians killed as of 3/3/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.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 1,141 killed in action, 242 killed in non-combat situations as of 03/03/2011. 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 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings 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.

    18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

    19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

    20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

    21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

    22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) – Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

    April 3, 2011 at 12:02 am |
    • @reality

      I not quite there yet, could you repeat yourself.

      April 3, 2011 at 12:46 am |
    • Amanda

      Reality, You must be a Hinduvatta (hindu fundi). Shame on you!

      April 3, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • Reality

      Amanda, Amanda, Amanda,

      Actually, I am a former Catholic now agnostic.

      To wit:

      The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated based on the studies of historians and theologians during the past 200 years)

      I might believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven.

      I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
      preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
      named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
      girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

      Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
      Jerusalem.

      Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
      ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

      Amen

      April 3, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
    • Ed

      Don't worry Reality cuts and paste this on every blog so you'll see many times again. It is what Reality does best Cut Paste
      Cut Paste
      Cut Paste
      Cut Paste
      Thats Reality

      April 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
    • Reality

      Ed,

      Tis called "thum-ping" the truth to counteract the 2000 years of Christianity's thum'ping of its mostly fictional NT.

      April 6, 2011 at 12:06 am |
    • hehe101

      Most of these people (the killers) in the more current years were radical and crazy. You have to be crazy to want to kill yourself, just like only crazy people would want to stay in the middle of a war. The farther back you go, you'll reach the crusades. Here CHRISTANS marched on in to muslim territory claiming to "take it back" from them. Though we WHITE people seem to be making radical muslims the "only" type of muslim, It is us who are of european heritage to cause most of the world's havoc.

      April 6, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • Siyajkak

      I stopped reading when you started including terrorist attacks in there. Slavery was a cultural practice in the middle east before Islam, and continued after, just like with Christianity and Judaism. Christianity and Islam do not advocate abolition, but they do call for some reform. In Islam, while it is ok to keep a slave, you are to treat them with respect, like all other people, and its actually bonus points towards heaven if you free a slave. Similarly, in Christianity, a slave and a master are believed to be bound in mutual servitude. The slave should obey the master so long as his orders are not wicked, and the master must provide for the well being of the slave and his happiness. Cruelty in slavery is a by-product of culture and personal moral faults, not religion
      As far as the conquest of India goes, I agree that it was brutal and awful, but then so was the Christian conquest in the Americas. These were done for selfish motives, and the intent of the religion should not be mixed with the evil of some of its followers.
      As for radical Muslims, they are just that, radical. Most terrorist attacks are done to hurt the US and Europe, not only as infidels, but also as the cause of suffering in the Middle East and Africa, They commit these attacks because it's something to combat the oppression and poverty of their situation. that's why i support the uprisings in the middle east. It provides people with an option besides terrorism.

      April 9, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
    • Amanda

      Yeah, I believe that you're a former Catholic now agnostic. Any former catholic would be ashamed of their history in middle ages. You're obviously on the pay roll of either Hindu Vutta or X'ian fundis (in US. )

      April 10, 2011 at 5:24 am |
    • Amanda

      Siyajkak, Thanks for having the patience to read the propaganda reality copied and pasted and taking the time to respond to slavery practice, etc. It is quite funny how he claimed to be a former catholic and have amnesia about the atrocity by the Catholics. Even if he didn't include the Crusades, how could he forget Inquisition (In Spain)?

      April 10, 2011 at 5:28 am |
    • dcspeed164

      The information you've supplied is only relevant if you also give an accounting of the millions upon millions of people, all obver the world, slain in the name of Christianinty. From the victims of Emperor Constantine to the Conquestadores, the Inquisition, the Crusades, the Protestant Reformation, the Salem witch trials, the colonization of Asia, Africa, the Americas, the conflict in Northern Ireland etc. Demonizing Islam should come with a equal and honest discussion of the failures of Judaism and Christianity to be fair and of any informative value.

      April 21, 2011 at 3:27 am |
  17. testinol

    snotty

    April 2, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
    • testinol

      that was just a test. nothing personal to anyone.....this time. Bwauhauhahaahaaa!

      April 2, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  18. BG

    I'm hiding out in here tonight. That headscarf board is a disaster. Anyone wants me, just knock.

    zzzZZZzzz

    April 2, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
  19. BG

    Oh, what the hell. Three e's in defecate, two in defecating. Yeah, yeah... I know. Good hint about the right click, though, huh?

    April 2, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
    • Wordsmith

      "Good hint about the right click, though, huh?"

      Yes. I get it on Firefox, but I'm not sure that all browsers do.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
    • BG

      @ Wordsmith

      Did you load Firefox 4.0 yet? If so, how's it?

      April 2, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
    • Wordsmith

      BG,

      No, I haven't downloaded 4.0 yet. Have you heard anything good/bad about it?

      April 3, 2011 at 12:25 am |
    • BG

      @ Wordsmith

      Fishing for feedback just like yourself. Let me know what you hear, I'll do the same. I try to let someone else install the new stuff that's fresh out of beta. Also, I tend not to trust the tech boards.

      April 3, 2011 at 1:11 am |
    • Becky

      4.0 is okay so far, but many of my old toolbars do not work now. And you have to customize the upper part if you don't like the new configuration.

      April 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
  20. Keith

    Why doesn't O'Brien interview Gulen? You know, go see him in his mountain fortress in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania? Said by some to be the most dangerous man in islam-living right here in America. Maybe O'Brien can at least ask about the 3rd Infantada scheduled to begin on May 15 which is calling for 2 million muslims to march on Israel. But I'm sure no such questions will be forthcoming. Cnn remains the useful idiot of islam.

    April 2, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
    • Haifa Bob

      Do you know what 2 million muslims marching on Israel is? 2 million less muslims.

      April 2, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
    • Pete Best

      I get the feeling that the May 15 intifada will pass as quietly as the May 21 end of the world. Nice of them to schedule this stuff on weekends so we can have intifada and end of the world parties.

      April 2, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
    • Blake, da Bozo

      S'plain me this one :
      An infantada ? Is that where a group of babies, in dirty diapers, crawls towards your military line of defense ? OMG ! Not that.
      How does that relate to an intifada ? Can an infantada be involved in an intifada ? Hmm....

      April 4, 2011 at 3:57 am |
    • Jason the Pendleton Rat

      Blakemeister,
      Now THAT is funny. Am going to be laughing about that one for hours !
      Yep...those lethal poopy diapers. Beware. Infantada indeed. Dah dah dah dah.

      April 4, 2011 at 4:23 am |
    • San Onofre Surfer

      Alright you two. I heard that.
      You must have been sleeping in Military History.
      Very often one finds an infantada is the first wave of an intifada. Very lethal, depending what the infants have in their pants.
      (Jason, I'm gonna tell your mom). Now go ta bed.

      April 4, 2011 at 4:42 am |
    • Dorianmode

      ROTF ! I cannot stop laughing. That is too funny.

      April 4, 2011 at 5:02 am |
    • Molly

      I'm glad you all find the suffering of two countries laughable.

      Did you ever think that Israeli's might just be uber good at targeting innocent children and women, claiming that they have something to do with Hamas? That's my favorite by the way. Israel is so civilized and innocent. Of course. The amount of money the U.S. so generously hands out to Israel- because they have an excess flow of cash – can turn a nation of 3 mil BABOONS into an upright, proper, tea-drinking, New York Times reading, civillzed lot.

      April 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • Muneef

      Haifa Bob
      Do you know what 2 million muslims marching on Israel is? 2 million less muslims.
      April 2, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |.

      Well Haifa...seems paradise will be crowded with martyrs in the name of God, after all we have some rights over the Holy Mosques in Jerusalem...we ought to pray or go on some pilgrimage...muslims in and out Jerusalem are deprived for such honor...

      April 4, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
    • Muneef

      Haifa Bob
      Do you know what 2 million muslims marching on Israel is? 2 million less muslims.
      April 2, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |.

      Well Haifa...seems paradise will be crowded with martyrs in the name of God, after all we have some rights over the Holy Mosques in Jerusalem...we ought to pray or go on some pilgrimage...muslims in and out Jerusalem are deprived form such honor...

      April 4, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
    • Muneef

      Haifa Bob
      Do you know what 2 million muslims marching on Israel is? 2 million less muslims.
      April 2, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |.

      Well Haifa...seems paradise will be crowded with martyrs in the name of God, after all we have some rights over the Holy Mosques in Jerusalem...we ought to pray or go on some pilgrimage...muslims in and out Jerusalem are deprived from such honor...

      April 4, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
    • Haifa Bob

      I wonder if all those wars and terror attacks had anything to do with that?

      Do I need to repost that two more times to answer each of your posts?

      April 4, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
    • Muneef

      Haifa.

      Sorry they were corrections the last one was correct...

      Guess it is all about "To be or not to be". It is not all about the virgins after all there are still plenty of them in the Islamic world...

      April 5, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
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