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April 4th, 2011
10:47 AM ET

The Take: Zakaria on the Quran burning

CNN's Fareed Zakaria discusses the Quran burning by an extremist Florida pastor and the violent reprisals in Afghanistan.

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  1. watchful eyes

    Well, the video sequence did not match what Fareed was saying. He said that various sources all said that there were no more than 100 demonstrators at any of the places where demonstrations occurred, but the video showed at least a thousand at one place. In any event, it was enlightening to hear his recount of the sequence of events. The US's man, Ahmed Karazai, who we prop up with billions of our tax dollars used the unfortunate and inflammatory actions of a Florida religious freak to gain political points, and this eventually led to the murder of several Western aid workers. It was said that they were not killed by marauding crowds, but by Taliban opportunists. If that is known, then we should be told what is being done to find and prosecute them. It is much more than offensive to murder people, it is criminal. Muslim leaders are silent about this because in fact they support it, regardless of what they say to the outside world or what Fareed tries to tell us. If they were really against it, they would say so, even at risk of life and limb. It is silly to think otherwise.

    April 6, 2011 at 1:30 am |
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      YOU ARE ON THE DOT ON YOUR ASSESSMENT OF MR. ZAKARIA's SPIN!. Until recently many people thought of him as very moderate, but surely more & more Americans are seeing through Mr.ZAKARIA's COVERT AGENDA of trashing America, Israel, Europe (& the entire INFIDEL World) and making ISLAM PALATABLE TO GULLIBLE AMERICANS!!!

      I have written extensively on Time dot com (on most of Mr.Zakaria's stories).- YOU may check them out if you wish. Also check out my post here.

      Amit-Atlanta-USA

      April 6, 2011 at 10:24 am |
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      My assertions on Mr. Zakaria are based entirely on things he has said, and also things he has NOT said! All my responses have been VERY DETAILED point-by-point rebuttal of his arguments. He is a master in his art and has honed his skills to the point most people CAN’T see through his agenda!

      April 6, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      For e.g.:Mr. Zakaria sets out by making some broad sweeping statements that typically appeal to BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE to make his story APPEAR FAIR & BALANCED and capture gullible readers minds; once he has achieved that, he intersperses his story with CHERRY PICKED facts while DELIBERATELY dis-regarding other facts, and adding his own spin, which includes sensationalizing small seemingly insignificant facts, downplaying actual numbers, or even clubbing irrelevant facts (sometimes mischievously) .

      April 6, 2011 at 10:32 am |
  2. tim

    Although Fareed's show is always insightful and thought provoking, he seems to almost equivocate the taking of a human life with the burning of a holy book. True, the burning of a holy book is offensive, the murder of someone is much more than that; it is a criminal disregard for that which is TRUELY SACRED, a human life. There is a big difference! The same word should not be used to criticize both.

    April 6, 2011 at 1:20 am |
  3. tim

    It is interesting that in CNNs "Muslims in America" special, Americans who don't want Muslims building a mosk in their community are portrayed as ignorant narrow minded anti-freedom hicks. The fact of the matter is that it has taken a couple hundred years of law enforcement and social programming for Americans to be as open minded about each others' faiths, and refrain from terrorism and violence wich we do for the most part. Yes we still see church burnings down South, and an occasional abortion doctor murdered, but an overwhelming portion of our population condems those actions, and any clerics that promote that. Now if we allow mass migrations of foreigners to come here who haven't had that training and socialization, and tell them that everyone can believe their own way, we will have some hard work to do to get them believe in the tolerant philosophy we do. In the meantime there will be a lot of horrific events, and perhaps a race war. We need to put the brakes on mass immigration from everywhere, especially from devout Christian and Muslim countries. Same thing goes for ethnic awareness...I was raised that all people are my brothers, but most ethnic people I see coming here now identify each other as brothers and everone else as outsiders. That is one of the advantages of controlling the rate of immigration; you can only assimliate so many people at a time. America is on a downward slide to chaos and eventual anarchy. There is far too much dissention for the sake of everyone's self interests.

    April 5, 2011 at 9:38 pm |
  4. 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 3:11 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Muneef find Jesus and save your soul. Until then you are only doing the work of the Devil.
      Amen.

      April 5, 2011 at 3:21 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 horror and terror!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      April 5, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • Sum Yung Dood

      And how does anything you just wrote save anyone? Saving them from what and to where?

      April 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Reality, dont you have a bridge to jump off. Seriously I do not like you.
      Amen.

      April 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • Muneef

      HeavenSent.

      The Devil is in the Details of all Religious,non Religious Faiths&Beliefs....So please accuse not only one,when all are penetrated.... 

      Al-Araf sura 07:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      And if a slander from the devil wound thee, then seek refuge in Allah. Lo! He is Hearer, Knower. (200) Lo! those who ward off (evil), when a glamour from the devil troubleth them, they do but remember (Allah's guidance) and behold them seers! (201) Their brethren plunge them further into error and cease not. (202) And when thou bringest not a verse for them they say: Why hast thou not chosen it? Say: I follow only that which is inspired in me from my Lord. This (Qur'an) is insight from your Lord, and a guidance and a mercy for a people that believe. (203) And when the Qur'an is recited, give ear to it and pay heed, that ye may obtain mercy. (204) And do thou (O Muhammad) remember thy Lord within thyself humbly and with awe, below thy breath, at morn and evening. And be not thou of the neglectful. (205) Lo! those who are with thy Lord are not too proud to do Him service, but they praise Him and adore Him. (206).

      April 6, 2011 at 6:39 am |
  5. Reality

    And once again the easy solution:

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

    April 5, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • sealchan

      How about de-programming people about the myths known as Free Will and Human Rights and True Love?

      April 5, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  6. Methusalem

    Camille Eid, a professor at the University of Milan, describes the persecution Christians endure in Saudi Arabia. Eid, who has lived in Jeddah– the nation’s second-largest city– told the television program “Where God Weeps” that

    it is hard to be a lay Catholic in Saudi Arabia because you have to have a very deep background in your faith. You cannot have copies of the Gospel in your home. You cannot have a rosary. You cannot have contact with your Christian friends as a community; you can have Christian friends, you can frequent the foreign communities but you are prohibited from talking about your faith … In other Islamic countries Friday is a holiday so Mass as a community [is allowed], but not on Sunday because Sunday is considered a working day; but even this is not the case in Saudi Arabia.

    “We have a case of the martyrdom of a Saudi girl who converted to Christianity,” Eid adds. “Her brother discovered her. She wrote a poem to Christ and she had her tongue cut, she disappeared and was later found dead. Her name was Fatima Al-Mutairi and this happened in August of 2008. In 2008 two cases of raids by the religious police saw men, women and children less than three years old arrested. We have many reports of torture.”

    April 5, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Methusalem. How can you expect any religion to want to integrate or accept anothers delusion. Religious "love" between religions is superficial at best.. you can see it here regularly. Comments from devout believers to others trying to be nice , but read between the lines. each thinks that its particular god or prophet is the only "real" one..all others are false. With that as an acceptable basis for society how can we ever understand each other.

      April 5, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
  7. jimtanker

    Who really cares. Burn all of those book that you want. Same as burning a copy of Mother Goose. What we NEED to do is start opeing up some science books.

    April 5, 2011 at 7:39 am |
  8. hilltop

    Karzai needs to spend more time leading his nation to stability instead of trying to incite violence for political gain. If an unknown american citizen is able to provoke a president of a sovereign nation, then that nation needs a new president.

    April 4, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  9. GSA

    @Scott Free – haha, best response ever!

    April 4, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  10. Topsy

    Thanks Jason the Pendleton Rat.
    I read it over 3 times and still missed it.
    Thanks, Topsy

    April 4, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  11. Reality

    Google "Muslims bible burning" to get all said references about Muslims burning the bible but note that once the "bowers" of Islam see how they have been conned by their imams and ayatollahs for the last 1400 years, they too will burn their copies of the koran i.e. the angel Gabriel never existed so there is no way that the warmongering, womanizing, and hallucinating Mohammed got any koranic passages from some god. Tis the great angelic con game. Joe Smith was the latest to pull it off with his "angelic" Moroni.

    The significant stupidity and gullibility of it all!!!!!

    And ditto when we the "pew peasants" of Christianity finally realize the con that has been pulled on us, we too will burn our bibles. I have not burned my copy but have relegated it to the mostly fictional section of my reference library.

    April 4, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • Scott Free

      And yet no one cares.

      April 4, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  12. DaLe

    Regarding the mentioned issue of reactions, did mention about protests with casualties appear in any media eg. in Pakistan or in Indonesia? Can't expect everyone to be following news on CNN, can we?

    An event-track-system would certainly be useful nevertheless. If any event would receive a 'hashtag' which is derived from location and time of event, then articles using any particular 'hashtag' could be easily found for overview on one page. Eg. Google has a system of splitting up searches on news, forums, blogs and mikroblogs, so with a convention on how the 'hashtag' is derived (eg. gps coordinates, time based on zone for all events, country-code with time-zone specification where needed) and someone who makes sure that any unexpected event gets only one 'hashtag', it could be tried out. A particular field for editors and bloggers to post the 'hashtag' in before posting an article would be published would probably speed up things regarding web-searches.

    April 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  13. Methusalem

    Liberal Fascism is on the rise. Political Correctness is another Atheist Delusion. It suggests that moral authority is derived from solidarity. Hate anyone who disagrees. All who are not atheists are evil. That is the new fascism. Lie, hate, denigrate, tear down, murder, and destroy anyone who disagrees. It's no wonder that Liberals and Muslims get along so well. Their methods are indistinguishable.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • Vaytin

      Did Rush poop in your cornflakes this morning or what? Jesus was a liberal, wasn't he? Yet you cannot face this fact. Muslims are conservative beyond reason, that's why they hate liberals too. Why don't you try thinking like an American instead of a tea-bagger?

      April 4, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • ScottK

      "Political Correctness is another Atheist Delusion. It suggests that moral authority is derived from solidarity. Hate anyone who disagrees." ??? Political Correctness = hate? It equals alot of things, but hate is not one of them. It simply attempts to have a civil debate without throwing around expletives and saying things like "Hey all you Alabama porch m^$&^eys, Lincoln never signed the emancipation proclamation so start mowing my lawn!!" which in certain neighborhoods could indeed produce some hate. So political correctness attempts to stop hate before it starts, not produce hate as you suggest. I would agree that it attempts to censor people who are full of hate and want to speak out against things they hate like people of other races, religions, or s e xual preference and try to use profane language to do it. But thats the problem of those with the hate, not mine.

      April 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
    • ScottK

      "It's no wonder that Liberals and Muslims get along so well." Yup, we get along so well that I would be sentenced to death for blasphemy for the things I've said against religion. It's like the love of a husband & wife relationship, with the husband being OJ Simpson.

      April 4, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
    • Methusalem

      Have you been Albania, have you seen Albanians, Mr? That will be your future, when you have the country you live in becomes an atheist state. Believe me, you will be shouting and crying, "Why did it happen to me? why? why? why?...

      April 5, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • Methusalem

      I mean to Albania

      April 5, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Methusalem..We are in a god less world now, and we have always been. it is the belief we are not that is the problem.. the very conditions you describe can just as easily be assigned to any religion.

      April 5, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
  14. theoldadam

    This "Christian" pastor is a nut who cares not what harm he does to innocent people.

    Then, there are the ACTUAL murderers who will KILL innocent people over paper and ink that happens to be about their god.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • Vaytin

      Did you have a point you were trying to make?

      April 4, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • Teppin

      @Vaytin – I think he made a good point even if you are just trolling and didn't see it. Duh.

      April 4, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      I commend him on burning the word of the Islam Devils.
      Amen..

      April 4, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Heavensent
      As much as I've enjoyed playing "spot the HeavenSent troll" lately, please give it up.

      April 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • Vaytin

      @Teppin – Touche. My bad. Is there a support group for trolls like me? Feel free to make a joke at my expense. I deserve it.

      April 4, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • ScottK

      @Vaytin – "Did you have a point you were trying to make?"

      I think you might have missed it in its simplicity, he said the Pastor is a nut and the murderers are murderers.

      April 4, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
    • Vaytin

      I was just being a shameless troll. Thanks.

      April 4, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Doc, that wasn't me. The fake heavensent is on-line at the same time as me. Because they just posted, it through me out of this site, hence why it took me so long to reply to you.

      Amen.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  15. mehmet

    Someone who follows his goal by an illicit path is usually punished by receiving the opposite of what he intended. The recompense for illicit love, like love for Europe, is the cruel enmity of the beloved.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • Sarlacc

      Aww, did that nasty ole Europe do you wrong? You tried to ra-pe it and it didn't show you any love? Awww.

      April 4, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • Vaytin

      Are you trying to teach us your wisdom, O Great One?

      April 4, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • ScottK

      "The recompense for illicit love, like love for Europe, is the cruel enmity of the beloved."...???

      "Its the final countdown!! Baner na na, ban er na na na, ban er na na, ban er na na na na, na, nan er na, nan er na, nan er ne ne na..."

      But seriously, you're and idiot.

      April 4, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  16. mehmet

    Time has shown that Paradise is not cheap, and neither is Hell unnecessary.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • Vaytin

      Time has shown that Paradise is a fantasy and that neither it nor hell exist. Time has also shown that you are an idiot and that your momma dresses you funny.

      April 4, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  17. HeavenSent

    You are pathetic Colin.
    Amen...

    April 4, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • PeterVN

      HeavenSent, time you had that sphincter-tightening operation. You're letting go too often here.

      RAmen.

      April 4, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
    • Nonimus

      "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."

      April 4, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      PeterVN go to hell.
      Amen..

      April 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • LukeH

      HeavenSent

      I love your Chrstian love. It makes me warm inside. Maybe even convert because of you. It's so inviting!

      April 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • ColinO

      HeavenSent? More like, HellSent, amirite??? :p What's with the att-itude? Anyway, my namesake has a point. Oh, maybe that's why you're so upset...

      EDIT: Ugh, moderation.

      April 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Peter, I always notice you and a few other phonies on this site always write to the PHONY heavensent. I didn't log on until now and it's 1:46 pm on the 4th of April.

      If anyone is brain dead, it's you and your moronic comments.

      Amen.

      April 4, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • PraiseTheLard

      HeavenSent wrote: " I didn't log on until now and it's 1:46 pm on the 4th of April."

      How do we know you're the real "HeavenSent" ???

      Just like: How do we know which god is the real god, if any?

      Awomen

      April 4, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • Know What

      Phony HeavenSent,

      I know that you think you are highlighting the real HS's nonsense, but really (while sometimes humorous), you are not accomplishing this.

      HS does a great job all by him/herself at showcasing his/her shallow, dense, uneducated, robotic, close-minded, paranoid mentality.

      We realists would rather deal with the truth, so I think that you should cut out the charade. JMHO

      April 4, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • Teppin

      HeavenSent is lying. There is no "log on" required for this blog. With that said, there is no proof that either one is telling the truth. They could be the same person pretending to be outraged. Who can prove it? Only CNN and they never post here, nor would I expect them to feel the need to validate some whacko's protestations of innocence.

      April 4, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Know What, sorry but I have always been HeavenSent. Apparently there are some here who wish to stoop to a new low. Satan is alive and well in here and his little workers can go to hell.
      Amen...

      April 4, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • That's a good one

      HeavenSent sure seems to think that her stolen handle is such a major crime against humanity, when it is nothing but a minor bit of annoyance. It's not like the troll is damaging her reputation any worse than she already havhas herself..

      HS, you are doing nothing but encouraging your troll by responding the way you do.

      April 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • Nonimus

      @HeavenSent,
      Just a suggestion, but perhaps your chosen screen name wouldn't be such a target if it weren't so arrogant and prideful, just a thought though.

      April 4, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • Steve (the real one)

      HeavenSent
      PeterVN go to hell.
      Amen..
      -------
      I don't know if that is a fake you or not but, not cool! We need to be telling people how not to go!

      April 4, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Lard, because I told you it wasn't me. The phony heavensent just stirs up trouble because he/she is a coward and won't post behind their own handle. Obviously, they stole my handle because they are preventing Jesus' truth to be heard. Also, I told that person months ago that they send themselves to the eternal flames and Jesus abides them of their request. The phony heavensent is miffed because he/she doesn't like not having an excuse anymore to blame others for their bad behavior along with not believing in Jesus.

      Amen.

      April 5, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Teppin, believe me, when you are posting while I'm on-line you will know. In the mean time, I will post stating the fake heavensent has been on-line pretending to be me. I have nothing to do with the fake heavensent being a coward, liar and thief. No wonder they hate Jesus.

      Amen.

      April 5, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • PraiseTheLard

      How can I be really, really, really sure that you're the real HeavenSent? How do I know that you were sent from the real Heaven? After all, you could be an agent of Satan pretending to be a holy person... Of course, that assumes that you were sent by the real Satan, as opposed to one of the Satan pretenders...

      Assuming any of them are real...

      April 5, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Steve (the real one), I didn't write that. The fake heavensent does that to stir the pot. Plus, the fake heavensent is a coward, doesn't have a voice, has several handles and posts to him/her self all the time pretending that there are so many non-believers on this site. I will, however, tell a non-believer that they send them self to the eternal flames for not believing in Jesus. I've never used the word "hell" except when a question was posted regarding the word (several articles back) for which I posted several scriptures.

      Amen.

      April 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      TAGOne, I'd rather post Jesus' truth than stroke anyone's egos to tell them Jesus loves the sinner but hates the sin. There is no scripture in the Bible that says Jesus agrees with that. If it bothers you that I'm a salty Christian that stands up for Jesus' truth, too bad. Learn His truth by reading the Bible. Comprehend what you read and apply it to your life. Your soul depends on it.

      Amen.

      April 5, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Lard, the way you folks go around in circles all the time. I guess you'll just have to take my word on Faith. But, then again, you non-believers don't do that.

      Amen.

      April 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Nonimus, everyone that meets me for the first time always says that I a God send. Hence, why I took the handle. If my handle bothers you. Not my problem.

      Amen.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  18. Colin

    Of course, in an atheist World, there would be no pastors buring Qurans, no Islam extremists retaliating by killing 12 innocent UN workers, no 14 year old Bngladehi girl whipped to death under Sharia law, no 40 Sufi Muslims killed by suicide bombers in Pakistan.

    Welcome to religion's death toll for the first week of April, 2011.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • Mark D"a" Be" "st

      There'll only be mass murders of faithfuls who don't denounce their faith by the minions of the Marked Beast. They called themselves Atheist, and they'll claim the whole worlds to be their's.

      April 4, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • Vaytin

      @Mark – yet you are the "marked beast", so why warn us of your lies beforehand? Just trolling or what?

      April 4, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Mark D"a" Be" "st

      You said: "There'll only be mass murders of faithfuls who don't denounce their faith by the minions of the Marked Beast. They called themselves Atheist, and they'll claim the whole worlds to be their's."

      Hmm... I think religion does more harm than good. But, I would want to persuade you, to give up your silly notions of a god, by showing you how silly your beliefs are.

      I would never harm you. Never torture you, to make you deny your faith. That was a Christian concept.

      Cheers!

      April 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • ScottK

      @Mark – "mass murders of faithfuls who don't denounce their faith"

      If you are trying to tie in modern atheists with the socialist countries of Europe & Asia from 30-40 years ago then you are wrong. Its like saying that all Christians are responsible for the terrorist actions of extremist Muslims because they both worship a God. Or saying farmers who use manure in their fields are equal to Timothy McVeigh who used manure in his Uhaul to attack the OK city building. Anyone who believes this is lying to themselves or a complete moron.

      April 4, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  19. Topsy

    Hi:
    I don't understand what all the fuss is about some idiot pastor in Florida burning the Quran, if you google ( Quran burning ) you will see a lot of them being burnt, not by white people but ( I think ) by some Muslims. Has any body burnt the Holy Bible, if they have and they were Muslim, would the non Muslim go out and start killing people who are Muslim, I don't think so. You have to take into account that this Pastor is probably not of sound mind. No one should burn any type of Holy book, PERIOD.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • Jason the Pendleton Rat

      pssst, Topsey,
      "burnt" is a past participle. The word you might wish to have used is "burned". It help to write correct English if one wants others to take their postings seriously. Otherwise I completely agree with you. I also think one of the other above bloggers is pretty hilarious. Why the "Amens" ? Does iit make a difference if I said "Amen" after stating anything, even something ridiculous, such as :
      I just murdered my mother. Amen.

      Heh heh.
      Oh I forgot....Amen.

      April 4, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • Prongs

      Grammar Nazis need to allow for the flexibility in expression we currently enjoy on the internet. Topsy used "burnt" in an understandable manner. "Burnt" can be used in place of "burned" in many instances such as this one.

      April 4, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • Wordy Wordpicker

      Prongs,
      "Burnt" can be used in place of "burned" in many instances such as this one."

      Yes. It is quite acceptable in British English. We need to remember that not everyone who posts here is American.

      April 4, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • That's a good one

      That's funny! I'm going to use that!

      HeaventSent has the brains of a wombat and the charm or a rabid wolverine. Amen . .

      All religious people should massacre each other. Peace.

      April 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • Just Sayin

      Well, there were some Coptic Christian Churhes that were burned recently... I believe that they had quite a few bibles in them and possibly some relics as well.... So does that mean we need to take to the streets and kill Muslims? I thiknk not.... but it does illustrate how backward they really are...

      April 5, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  20. Ron

    I completely agree with the comments offered by Mr. Zakaria.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • David Johnson

      Yep, I agree.

      Cheers!

      April 4, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • Vaytin

      @David Johnson – Are you agreeing that he completely agrees or are you agreeing completely with him or Zakaria? wt-f?

      April 4, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Kaos32

      I do agree also with Mr. Zakaria. As a American Muslim I think these murders were ludacris and oppertunistic. They are sick people that carry out these murders. I also think that Terry Jones is the leader of an extreme christan cult.

      April 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • sealchan

      I am coming to learn that if I want a cool-headed, insightful opinion about devisive matters, I should listen to Mr. Zakaria.

      April 5, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      Please check out my comments & also from "Watchful eyes" here at the bottom of the page, as well as on page 2, and let us know if you STILL believe in Mr.Zakaria's fairness!!!!!!!!

      April 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
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