Pew Survey: Western, Muslim tensions persist, but there's a tiny thaw
July 21st, 2011
03:59 PM ET

Pew Survey: Western, Muslim tensions persist, but there's a tiny thaw

By Joe Sterling, CNN

Westerners and Muslims continue to harbor negative attitudes toward each other, but there's a glimmer of change in Western attitudes, a new survey found.

The idea that relations are bad has become "somewhat less common" over the past five years in the United States, Britain, France, Germany and Russia, according to the survey, called "Muslim-Western Tensions Persist," produced by the Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project.

Still, "Muslim and Western publics continue to see relations between them as generally bad, with both sides holding negative stereotypes of the other," says the center's report on the survey released Thursday.

Many Westerners view Muslims "as fanatical and violent" and few regard Muslims as "tolerant or respectful of women," the report says. Muslims in the Middle East and Asia generally see Westerners as "selfish, immoral and greedy - as well as violent and fanatical."

"However, the latest Pew Global Attitudes survey finds somewhat of a thaw in the U.S. and Europe compared with five years ago," the report says. "A greater percentage of Western publics now see relations between themselves and Muslims as generally good compared with 2006.

"In contrast, Muslims in predominantly Muslim nations are as inclined to say relations are generally bad as they were five years ago. And, as in the past, Muslims express more unfavorable opinions about Christians than Americans or Europeans express about Muslims," the report says.

"For the most part, Muslims and Westerners finger point about the causes of problems in their relations, and about which side holds the high ground on key issues. Muslims in the Middle East and elsewhere who say relations with the West are bad overwhelmingly blame the West. However, while Americans and Europeans tend to blame Muslims for bad relations, significant numbers believe Westerners are responsible."

The survey, conducted March 21 to May 15 in a dozen countries and the Palestinian territories, updates a number of trend questions from a 2006 Pew Global Attitudes poll exploring how Muslim and Western publics view each other.

There are concerns in both cultures about "Islamic extremism."

"Majorities in the U.S., Israel, and across Europe are concerned about Islamic extremism in their countries. Meanwhile, most Muslims in the Palestinian territories, Lebanon, Egypt, Pakistan, and Turkey also express this view," the survey found.

Many Muslims blame Western policies for a "lack of prosperity" in their countries but also blame corrupt governments there, the report says.

"Perhaps reflecting the Arab Spring, in several Muslim and Western nations, people are more likely than they were five years ago to say the lack of prosperity stems from a lack of democracy, it says.

There is a "note of agreement" between Muslims and Westerners that Muslim countries should be "more prosperous."

"Muslim publics have an aggrieved view of the West - they blame Western policies for their own lack of prosperity," the report says. "Across the Muslim publics surveyed, a median of 53% say U.S. and Western policies are one of the top two reasons why Muslim nations are not wealthier. In contrast, few Americans or Western Europeans think the economic challenges facing Muslim countries are a result of Western policies."

The report also highlights other illuminating points:

- Muslims remain skeptical toward the belief that Arabs conducted the 9/11 attacks. There is no Muslim public in which even 30% accept what is regarded in the United States and other Western nations as an undisputed fact.

– Muslims "identify" with their religion rather than their nationality. Christians in Europe identify with their nationality, but "American Christians are split."

- "Ratings for Jews are uniformly low" in predominantly Muslim nations, but "solid majorities" in the Western nations "have a favorable opinion" of Jewish people. "Less than 10% of Muslims in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, the Palestinian territories, Turkey, Pakistan and Indonesia express a favorable view of Jews."

- Among Israel's minority Muslim community, "48% express a positive opinion of Jews, while 49% offer a negative opinion. In contrast, only 9% of Israeli Jews have a positive view of Muslims. Christians receive somewhat higher ratings among Israeli Muslims (67% favorable) than among Israeli Jews (51%)."

- A majority of people in four of the six mostly Christian nations surveyed say they have a positive opinion of Muslims. They are the United States, Britain, France and Russia. "The exceptions are Germany (45% favorable) and Spain (37%), although views toward Muslims have improved in both countries since 2006."

- "In Lebanon, which has a large Christian population, nearly all Muslims (96%) express a positive view of Christians. Narrow majorities of Jordanian (57%) and Indonesian (52%) Muslims also give Christians a favorable rating, while in Egypt - which has recently experienced violence between elements of its Muslim and Christian communities - views are divided (48% favorable; 47% unfavorable). Meanwhile, very few Muslims in Pakistan (16%) or Turkey (6%) have a positive opinion of Christians."

- While Muslim assessments of relationships tend to be "at least as negative as they were five years ago," Indonesia is an exception. Fewer Indonesians say Muslim-Western relations are negative.

- Lebanese Muslims are "consistently the least likely to assign negative characteristics to Westerns."

- In Jordan, concerns have dropped significantly over Islamic extremism in the past five years.

- There is a "widespread perception" that Muslims living in the West don't want to assimilate. People without college degrees are "more likely" than those who have them "to believe that Muslims want to remain distinct from the broader society."

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Interfaith issues • Islam

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  1. Richard S Kaiser

    Hana Writes; “What you list are all natural cycles. Things like disease and tsunamis are the natural process of regaining balance and bringing things to an end. If it was not for these cycles, there is no room for life without the death/destruction of the lives that occurred before. God created the universe and all natural processes. You dont have to like them, but you should open your eyes to their necessity.“ OnJuly 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Hello Hana, Within the Heavenly Realms of this Worldly HEAVEN of the Earth; are Yes, Cycles of Supposed Naturalness. But, Consider this; As the Cyclic Avenues of GOD’s Kingdoms Are Relinquished From The Earth’s Grasp; Those heaven based Kingdoms Caught In Destruction/Cataclysms are Put Into the Realm of Otherly Universes Outside Of This Earth’s Universe to Be Progressively Conjoined Into Becoming A WORLD Of Immensity Beyond The Confines Of Our Manliness’ And Womanhoods’ Base Understandings.

    I Base These Words Upon That Which I Proclaim As Fractal Cosmological Relativities; Meaning That There are Aspects Of Universes that are Within All Life Forms and Life Formations and They are in Cellular Commissions Given By GOD’s Authority To GOD’s Chosen Children, and Each Of Us do Have A Kingdom Of a God and/or Goddess who Rule Authoritatively Inside Each Of Us; And Its Is Our Consumption Of Otherly Life that a Bartering Takes Place Within Our “Digestive Tracts”.

    We are as Vessels Of Containment and Only Upon Death Will We Be Delivered Onto The Godly Who Rule Our Body’s Inner Domains; Where All Of Us who Did Live a Most Righteous Life Will Be Given A New Body With Our Memory Being Washed Clean So We can Carry On And Learn The Truth And Righteousness Of Christ Jesus And Of Godliness and Its’ Richness!

    July 22, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
    • Joey

      Cocaine is a helluva drug!

      July 22, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
  2. Richard S Kaiser

    HeavenSent wrote; “Muneef's lovefest of a god sent us tsunamis, tornadoes, cancers, and thousands of other horrid diseases. Must be quite the jerk, that god.” On July 22, 2011 at 9:11 pm |

    Muneef writes; “HeavenSent, Hi there where you been for some time now unless you were posting under another name...? I forgot that famous saying you were repeating! Any way welcome back...My God is your God and it is us who bring us those things from the corruption we made on Earth, Land, Sea and Space junks.. We left nothing as it was or as should have been...that's why and not God...we transgress and we get repaid back…” On July 22, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Hello HeavenSent and Kudos to you Muneef,
    Should we Continue to Misuse the King’s English Vocabulary Especially Around the Words’ GOD, Gods and gods Not to Mention GODDESS, Goddesses and goddesses?

    I Find it Appalling that Most Commoners Of The King’s English Doth Fail Ever So Miserably In Their Fine-Tuning of Utilizing The WORD Of Kingliness!

    As Our Humane Omnivorousness is Steadfastly Adjusted To Imbibing Only Bits and Pieces of Life Forms without Consuming The many Variations of Otherly Life Sustaining Forms such as Cats and Dogs AS DO Many Asians and Multiple Sea Creatures and Insects AS DO The Chinese Populace! Why Here Within the State Of Florida in the U.S.A. there has been a Million Dollar Plus Blackmarket Industry of the Selling of Horse Meat!

    I am But a solitary Son of a Man and Child of a Woman. As a Son of Now Dead “Parents”; I Can say this Prayer:

    “My Parents Who Art Within a heaven of the heavens of Heaven within the Confines of HEAVEN; Holy Be Their Names1 Their Kingdom Is Come, Their Wills Now Be Done; In Their heavenly Realm. Oh Mother and Father, Forgive Me My Past where I did your’ Wills Wrongly and Help to Lead Me Away From Temptations’ Of wickedness But Deliver To My Mind That Which is Righteous and Beyond Reproach! To GOD Goes The Power and The Glory and In HIS Grace ALL Of Manliness and Womanhood Will Forever Be! Amen and Amen!”

    July 22, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
    • Muneef

      Amen my Friend....and may GOD bless their souls...my condolences to you...

      July 22, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  3. HeavenSent

    Muneef's lovefest of a god sent us tsunamis, tornadoes, cancers, and thousands of other horrid diseases. Must be quite the jerk, that god.

    July 22, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
    • Muneef


      Hi there where you been for some time now unless you were posting under another name...?
      I forgot that famous saying you were repeating! Any way welcome back...
      My God is your God and it is us who bring us those things from the corruption we made on Earth,Land,Sea and Space junks.. We left nothing as it was or as should have been...that's why and not God...we transgress and we get repaid back...

      July 22, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
    • Hana

      What you list are all natural cycles. Things like disease and tsunamis are the natural process of regaining balance and bringing things to an end. If it was not for these cycles, there is no room for life without the death/destruction of the lives that occurred before. God created the universe and all natural processes. You dont have to like them, but you should open your eyes to their necessity.

      July 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
    • Muneef


      Yes remembered part of it " Phony Bubble Balcony" think still missing one word I can't remember... 🙂

      July 22, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
    • Muneef


      [3:117] The example of their accomplishments in this life is like a violent wind that hits the harvest of people who have wronged their souls, and wipes it out. GOD never wronged them; it is they who wronged themselves.

      July 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
    • Muneef is stupid off the charts

      How is your god, who you say built everything, not responsible? Actually, if he existed he would be primo as-sholus maximus.

      July 22, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
    • Muneef

      To the stupid off the charts.

      How can you prove that God does not exist ? What is your prove that we will not return and be judged? Did science tell you all that or was it your devils and demons guiding you to Hell...?

      Say (O Prophet!): The evil and the good are not equal even though the excess and abundance of the evil may impress you. So, O people of understanding, be mindful of your duty to God that you may succeed." Al-Qur'an, 5:100

      “The two feet of the son of Adam [human being] will not move on the Day of Judgment in front of God until he is asked about five things: about his life, and how he spent it? And (more specifically) about his youth, what did he consume it in? And about his money, how did he earn it? And on what did he spend it? And how much did he act upon what he knew?” Hadith

      July 22, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  4. Mycology

    This is ridiculous.

    It doesn't matter that Europeans/ Americans think a little warmer about muslims – the fact of the matter is, west can let them live in peace and ignore them completely,

    while they obsess about us and feel it is their religious duty to kill us.

    July 22, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
    • Hehe101

      Why doeth the first line in the article separate Muslims from westerners? Many people living in THE WESTERN WORLD are MUSLIM. How can CNN allow such segregation to pass through her editors? And my dad worked for them.

      Seriously? Snow Storm in October in Denver CO?

      August 11, 2011 at 7:27 am |
  5. .308

    All this 'defending the muslims' shít is still going on? I thought we were done with that. Guess not. Oh well.

    July 22, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
  6. Thinker23

    @Doc Vestibule: I'm sorry to burst your bubble but there is ABSOLUTELY NO scientific evidence that the Universe came into existence all by itself from nothing but feel free to produce such evidence to prove me wrong.

    July 22, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • Reality

      o Think infinity and recycling with the Big Bang expansion followed by the shrinking reversal called the Gib Gnab and recycling back to the Big Bang repeating the process on and on forever. Human life and Earth are simply a minute part of this cha-otic, sto-cha-stic, expanding, shrinking process disappearing in five billion years with the burn out of the Sun and maybe returning in another five billion years with different life forms but still subject to the va-ga-ries of its local star.

      o "In the 1930s, theoretical physicists, most notably Albert Einstein, considered the possibility of a cyclic model for the universe as an (everlasting) alternative to the model of an expanding universe. However, work by Richard C. Tolman in 1934 showed that these early attempts failed because of the entropy problem: according to the Second Law of Thermodynamics, entropy can only increase.[1] This implies that successive cycles grow longer and larger. Extrapolating back in time, cycles before the present one become shorter and smaller culminating again in a Big Bang and thus not replacing it. This puzzling situation remained for many decades until the early 21st century when the recently discovered dark energy component provided new hope for a consistent cyclic cosmology.[2] In 2011, a five-year survey of 200,000 galaxies and spanning 7 billion years of cosmic time confirmed that "dark energy is driving our universe apart at accelerating speeds."[3][4]

      One new cyclic model is a brane cosmology model of the creation of the universe, derived from the earlier ekpyrotic model. It was proposed in 2001 by Paul Steinhardt of Princeton University and Neil Turok of Cambridge University. The theory describes a universe exploding into existence not just once, but repeatedly over time.[5][6] The theory could potentially explain why a mysterious repulsive form of energy known as the "cosmological constant", and which is accelerating the expansion of the universe, is several orders of magnitude smaller than predicted by the standard Big Bang model."

      A different cyclic model relying on the notion of phantom energy was proposed in 2007 by Lauris Baum and Paul Frampton of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.[7]"

      What we know for certain:

      1. The Sun will burn out in 3-5 billion years so we have a time frame.

      2. Asteroids continue to whiz by us daily.

      3. One large hit and it is all over in a blast of permanent winter.

      4. There are enough nuclear weapons to do the same job.

      5. Most contemporary NT exegetes do not believe in the Second Coming so apparently there is no concern about JC coming back on an asteroid or cloud of raptors/rapture.

      6. All stars will eventually extinguish as there is a limit to the amount of hydrogen in the universe. When this happens (100 billion years?), the universe will go dark. If it does not collapse and recycle, the universe will end.

      Bottom line: our apocalypse will start between now and 3-5 billion CE. The universe apocalypse, 100 billion years?

      July 22, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
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      press on the report abuse button on the above copy-pasting

      July 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • Thinker23

      Reality: Your post is as long as it is IRRELEVANT. Instead of copying and pasting irrelevant statements you would do better by telling what your point was... if you had a point.

      July 22, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • Muneef


      July 23, 2011 at 12:21 am |
  7. Reality

    What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-driven acts of terror and horror?

    The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means. Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed. Then we can talk about the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein. Until then, no male Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

    July 22, 2011 at 10:03 am |
    • LISA

      How about you educate yourself and stop being ignorant.
      Ignorant morons like you start "hatred:.

      July 22, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • J.W

      LISA he probably copied and pasted that from somewhere. So it was that person who was misinformed. He is just copying them. lol

      July 22, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • Reality

      And the koranic/mosque driven acts of terror and horror continue:

      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.

      July 22, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
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      July 22, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  8. Rainer Braendlein

    I guess, there is a high need that we get a basic understanding of the whole conflict between Western World and Islamic Empire.

    Regarding the conflict, we cannot neglect the Koran and history.

    First, we must consider that the Islamic World doesn't know a seperation of state and ""Church"" like the Western World knows a seperation of state and Church.

    The Umma is a worldwide community of Muslim believers and at the same time a worldwide commuity of states. Actually the Umma is a state of Muslim believers: The Islamic Empire.

    From it's very beginnings the Umma has conducted aggressive war against the Western World (former Roman Empire or Byzantium). In former times Turkey, Egypt, Syria and others were Christian countries. Now the Islamic monster has eaten them up.

    Thus, yet merely by regarding the historical facts, we should not be naive. Islam is not a wolf in sheep's clothing, but a Tyrannosaurus rex in harmless looking clothing.

    What about the Koran?

    I have read the whole Koran and figured out it's evil mystery: In Muhammad's eyes all Jews and Christians are believers, which have turned apostate. Muhammad sees Abraham, Moses and even Jesus as Islamic scholars. Muhammad claims, the people which were led by A, M and J were not obedient to their teachers and to God, thus God punished them and degraded them to Jews and Christian.

    In Muslim eyes the words Jew and Christian mean garbage. In the eyes of the Islamic World we are garbage, which has to be disposed of.

    Lie and murder belongs to the Islamic strategy.

    Look at Turkey. Today they boast that they would handle the Christians so kindly. But what is the truth. They have persecuted the Christians for centuries, hence in Turkey there are nearly no more Christians (excepted a small remain). Of course, it is easy to handle a mere "nothing" kindly. Munich has built a big Synagogue and could now boast, how kindly the Jews are handled. But the truth is that nearly no more Jews live in Germany, because we have murdered them all.

    Wake up!

    July 22, 2011 at 9:24 am |
    • LISA

      why are you spreading lies??? are you getting paid for it?
      NO MUSLIM thinks Jews and Christians are Garbage !!!!

      There is no such hatred in Quran like that. Did you get that info from FOX news??

      July 22, 2011 at 11:13 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein


      You are a blind woman, having no idea at all!

      July 22, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • J.W

      I think lisa is right. It is just the extremist groups that really hate each other. And others form stereotypes based on those groups.

      July 22, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • Hana

      Actually, Lisa is correct. What you are saying is nothing but lies. There is nothing in the Quran that says Christians and Jews are garbage. The exact opposite. They are not apostates, they are people of the Book who have had their own prophets and messages and though they have gone astray from the original message of their prophets, they should be treated equitably.

      July 22, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein


      The Turks have persecuted the Christians for centuries. That is a matter of fact.

      Now hold your peace!

      July 22, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein



      I have read the whole Koran, and, what I say, is true.

      Muhammad condemns everybody, who claims that Jesus, the Son of Mary, would be God's Son or God himself.

      July 22, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • Hana

      Ok, I will agree on the part about the Turks persecuting the Christians for centuries. The Ottoman Turks seemed to view persecution and slavery of Christians as a pious act. How they got to that view, I dont know. But, they did. Many still lived in Turkey for centuries, but it was not a very welcoming life. However, even most of the Christians were not the first ones to live there, it was pagan Anatolian's. Istanbul/Constantinople/Byzantium was founded by people who were of Greek and Roman origin that also conquered the area and Christianity did not spread there without bloodshed.

      July 22, 2011 at 11:50 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      Sura 5, Verse 72:

      They surely disbelieve who say: Lo! Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary. The Messiah (himself) said: O Children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. Lo! whoso ascribeth partners unto Allah, for him Allah hath forbidden paradise. His abode is the Fire. For evil-doers there will be no helpers.

      July 22, 2011 at 11:51 am |
    • J.W

      Allah and the Christian God are the same. So Jesus would have told his followers to worship him.

      July 22, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • Hana

      Rainer, please read what it is that you are posting. An abode of fire is specifically talking about God's judgement after death. NOT how to treat them on earth. In Islam, putting partners with God is considered a major sin. So, of course, it would be stated as one worth going to Hell over.

      July 22, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
    • Rainer Braendlein


      Sura 9: Verse 29:

      Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which allah hath forbidden by His messenger, and follow not the Religion of Truth, until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.
      ( سورة التوبة , At-Taubah, Chapter #9, Verse #29)

      Note: In Muhammad's eyes Jews and Christians don't believe in allah and the Last Day, thus by this verse Muhammad requires Muslims to fight against Jews and Christians.

      July 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • Jose

      The Janissary Corps were made up of small christian boys who were taken from their families, forced to convert at an early age, and turned into elite fighters.

      They did this to suppress christianity. If that was not the intent they would have taken these boys from familes of all faiths, or, allow them to convert only if they wished without threat or reward.

      July 22, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      That is without limit; Muhammad daresays Jesus had not died on the cross. By that Muhammad denies the heart of Christian faith. That is a downright crime.

      Sura 4: Verse 157:

      And because of their saying: We slew the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, Allah’s messenger – they slew him not nor crucified him, but it appeared so unto them; and lo! those who disagree concerning it are in doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof save pursuit of a conjecture; they slew him not for certain.
      ( سورة النساء , An-Nisa, Chapter #4, Verse #157)

      July 22, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • Hana

      Rainer, again, please look at the context of your quotes.

      Jose, to answer your question on why the Janissaries were Christians, it was not to lessen Christians per se... but because it is illegal in Islam to take a Muslim as a slave. And a slave army that has been brainwashed into zealous piety of Islam and life long training is far more effective than a volunteer one (in military strategy). I am not saying it was a good practice, just explaining the thinking behind it.

      July 22, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • Thinker23

      LISA: I hope that you'll agree that the Prophet (PBUH) WAS a Muslim. The Prophet said that "the time will not come until the Muslims will find the Jews (and kill them)..."

      If you think that this is not true tell us WHY we should trust YOU more than the Charter of the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas?

      July 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Muneef

      We were taught this;

      [109:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

      [109:1] Say, "O you disbelievers.

      [109:2] "I do not worship what you worship.

      [109:3] "Nor do you worship what I worship.

      [109:4] "Nor will I ever worship what you worship.

      [109:5] "Nor will you ever worship what I worship.

      [109:6] "To you is your religion, and to me is my religion."

      July 22, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
    • Muneef


      [10:36] Most of them follow nothing but conjecture, and conjecture is no subst-i-tute for the truth. GOD is fully aware of everything they do.

      [10:37] This Quran could not possibly be authored by other than GOD. It confirms all previous messages, and provides a fully detailed scripture. It is infallible, for it comes from the Lord of the universe.

      [10:38] If they say, "He fabricated it," say, "Then produce one sura like these, and invite whomever you wish, other than GOD, if you are truthful."

      [10:39] Indeed, they have rejected this without studying and examining it, and before understanding it. Thus did those before them disbelieve. Therefore, note the consequences for the transgressors.

      [10:40] Some of them believe (in this scripture), while others disbelieve in it. Your Lord is fully aware of the evildoers.

      [10:41] If they reject you, then say, "I have my works, and you have your works. You are innocent of anything I do, and I am innocent of anything you do."

      [10:42] Some of them listen to you, but can you make the deaf hear, even though they cannot understand?

      [10:43] Some of them look at you, but can you guide the blind, even though they do not see?

      [10:44] GOD never wrongs the people; it is the people who wrong their own souls.

      July 22, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
    • Muneef


      Hummm, am not sure if Hamas would kill any Arab Jews or Christians ...!? But think they will have some feelings for the imported ones from non Arabic Lands...! But that is as per the political view of the issue... While in Religious view it is told about the Jews who will be the followers of the "Corruptor" "The Dajjal" where it is said that every rock and olive tree will guide to their about's...have you not seen them unearthing every olive tree distorting it...

      July 22, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
    • Muneef

      Correction to the last word;
      Destroying it...

      July 22, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
    • Thinker23

      Thinker23. Hummm, am not sure if Hamas would kill any Arab Jews or Christians ...!?

      If yo're not sure read some news. You'll be surprised to discover that Hamas murderers killed THOUSANDS of people including Jews, Christians and fellow Muslims.

      July 23, 2011 at 5:37 am |
  9. William Demuth

    Muslims and Christians?

    Two sides of the same idiot coin.

    I pray they continue to slaughter each other!

    July 22, 2011 at 9:13 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      Without Christian influence on Western World, you would still walk around half naked.

      Walk humbly, Demuth!

      July 22, 2011 at 9:28 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      You and Adelina should go on a date.
      I bet you two would have tons of fun condeming heathens from your fiery pulpits.

      July 22, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • Damien

      Ranier, please. It wasn't up to Christianity. The Europe liberated themselves from Christian Dogma. You see, Islam is the only religion coherent and friendly to science. You see, it united some tribal people in Arabian deserts, and all of sudden they became world's beacon for science and civilization, while the Europeans at the sametime were still battling with the dark age, thanks to Christian Dogma. Just like Galileo imprisoned for telling the earth revoulved around the sun, While astronomy is triving in early Islamic era.

      (Although such science and knowledge revolution in Arabs world attracted prying hostile eyes from Mongols to Christian Empire to conquer and divide).

      July 22, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • Lycidas

      Sounds like you ride around the edge of that coin Demuth.

      July 22, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Thinker23

      Damien: Islam is the only religion coherent and friendly to science...

      ...and this is the ONLY reason for the tremendous number of Muslim Nobel Price winners in various scientific fields, I suppose.

      July 22, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
    • Hana


      I am wondering why so many people use the Nobel Prize as the only standard of scientific success. It is a prize that has only been around for 110 years. What about the rest of history? What about all of the Muslim scientists and doctors that work hard and have not been noticed, like the other scientists and doctors of every other faith? I am sure they all work for the sake of the work, not because it is some ridiculous compet-ition between belief systems to see who gets the most recognition.

      But, if it is that important to you.... the answer is 2. Dr. Mohammed Abdus Salam in 1979 won in Physics and Dr. Ahmed H. Zewail in 1999 won in Chemistry.

      July 22, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
    • Thinker23


      I am wondering why so many people use the Nobel Prize as the only standard of scientific success.

      Well, you're free to offer a BETTER standard and people will gladly use it instead of the Nobel Price. In the mean time you may compare the TWO Nobel Prices won by Muslim scientists (less than 0.25% of all Nobel Prices) with the number of Nobel Prices won by Jews (at least 20% of all Nobel Prices).

      July 23, 2011 at 5:44 am |
  10. Damien

    The smart and enlightened one will choose Islam, regardless what the popular media says. Jeffrey Lang (math professor, former atheist) for instance.

    July 22, 2011 at 8:57 am |
  11. IndianMuslim05

    Western policies mostly America's Palestine policy is the cause of all the hatred muslims have against US. If US can fix that, i think 99% of the problems will be fixed.

    July 22, 2011 at 8:45 am |
    • what ever

      You forgot to tell what is the problem in the policy and how it should be fixed? What exactly is the policy now? There have been peace talks for 20 years or so. So tell me, what would be the conditions to stop Hamas and others from killing Jews? Would it really stop?

      July 22, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • LISA

      1000000% agree with you, not only that fix International Policies too.
      Americans have killed MILLIONS of people worldwide since a VERY LONG TIME.
      America needs to clean its garbage first, and take care of their own country. America tries to be Like Rome, and they FAILED miserably.

      July 22, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • Hana

      I do disagree with that. From my long conversations with many political activists in Egypt and well, my friends there and in Syria... I learn a lot about their view. From what I understand, yes, people are angry at US support of Israel. But, that is not the only problem. As the article above somewhat mentions, many of these countries have been dictatorships. People could not openly argue against their own government. But, they were more angry at US relations with their own government and in many times the amount of "US Aide" that went directly into the pockets of the corrupt bureaucracy. They were also people who LOVE conspiracy theories. So, they believed (possibly true, possibly not) that the CIA was heavily active in many of the events over the past several decades leaving them feeling like puppets pulled on by strings. They were simply tired of being oppressed and reactionary. As they could not complain about their own government, the US and Israel became the publicly acceptable scapegoat for the anger. And then over time that propaganda came to take greater ferver.

      July 22, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  12. KMSETT

    If you are educated well in true Islamic religion , you will never become extremist, extremist in true Islam means you are extremely good people

    July 22, 2011 at 8:23 am |
    • Thinker23

      ALL Muslims believe that they're following the "true" Islam... including the mass murderers of Al Qaeda, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah and other similar organizations of followers of the "true" Islam.

      July 23, 2011 at 5:47 am |
    • Non muslim


      Not entirely true. As with any religions, there're different interpretation by different sects. Those Islamic terrorist groups used religion and twisted it to their own gain, in way of brainwashing their members about their believes. Religion at its core,is to make mankind humble and have a sort of accountability so that humans do not do evil as they wish. A godless person have no reason not to do evil if he wished to other than perhaps the fear that he may get caught and be dealt with punishment by law. But there's always the chance that he may not, that's why there are still crimes being carried out in spite of law. Religion is a powerful tool, which can be used for good, and also for evil, it's mankind themselves that determine which outcome it leads to. Abolishing religion won't make any difference, the culprit here is ideology. And ideology is inherently man made. So if we were to also eliminate ideology, we would have to eliminate mankind. Hence we can also conclude that the ultimate culprit is actually mankind himself.

      July 23, 2011 at 6:51 am |
  13. coder

    as long as man believes there is only one god, and continues to have multiple definitions of that god
    then no human is safe on this planet –
    as a race – we are infected with the sickness of greed – churches and governments have been using religion to control humans for thousands of years – nothing has changed, nothing will change – pedophiles, terrorists and politicians are a product of religion

    July 22, 2011 at 8:19 am |
    • AvdBerg

      For a better understanding of the many issues of pedophilia, s.ex abuse in the churches, especially the Catholic Church, we invite you to read the articles “The Mystery Babylon”, “Popes and the Princes of This World”, “S.exual Abuse in the Churches” and “S.exual Abuse ~ Vatican Involvement” listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

      There are many items on the Current Events page and a number of articles that address the problems with religion and the spirit it serves (John 14:17).

      All of the other pages and articles on the website explain how this whole world has been deceived as confirmed by the Word of God in Revelation 12:9. The Bible is true in all things and is the discerner of every thought and the intent of the heart (Hebrews 5:12).

      July 22, 2011 at 10:15 am |
    • Thinker23

      Coder: Considering that throughout the history ALL humans were believers I have to agree with you that politicians, pedophiles, murderers, etc. were a product of religion along with EVERYTHING ELSE created by humans including Communism, Atheism and General Relativity. I doubt that a human with a normal functioning brain can be found who does not believe in ANYTHING.

      July 23, 2011 at 5:52 am |
  14. AvdBerg

    For a better understanding of Muslim – Western tensions, we invite you to read the articles “World History and Developments in the Middle-East” and “Clash of Civilizations” listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca
    All of the other pages and articles on the website explain how this whole world has been deceived as confirmed by the Word of God in Revelation 12:9. The Bible is true in all things and is the discerner of every thought and the intent of the heart (Hebrews 5:12).

    July 22, 2011 at 7:51 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Can I have the spam egg sausage and spam without the spam?

      July 22, 2011 at 11:45 am |
    • Anti Christian Taliban

      report abuse

      July 22, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  15. shahid Akhtar

    1. "Some Westerners... have argued that the West does not have problems with Islam but only with violent Islamist extremists. Fourteen hundred years of history demonstrate otherwise."
    2."The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion, but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do."
    These two quotes of Samuel Huntinton says it all

    July 22, 2011 at 7:32 am |
    • what ever

      Have you ever wondered why some "infidels" would have problem with Islam? Are you aware that spreading of this "religion" has never been peaceful. Would the world be a nice place to live if it would be Islamic theocracy living in stone age?

      July 22, 2011 at 8:25 am |
    • LISA

      to: whatever

      Do you know Christians spread their religion in poor areas by offering food. missionaries go into countries , offer food and coniengly convert people. Islam does not force peiople to convert. We educate and its up to a person to convert. are you aware how many people from black community convert a day??? are you aware how many rappers and celebrities have converted already?? are you aware of how many caucasions have converted already by themselves by studing, and not by force??

      ignorance lead violence and hatred. If any religion forces anything, than there is politics involved.

      July 22, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  16. persecuted Indian Christian

    And the cunning Hindus are smiling...burning their Christians alive...and Muslims along with it...as a side dish...and worshiping their many gods and demons...and growing in power daily....in the end..both Christians and Muslims will be humbled under a Pagan past all over again.. to remind them....that one same God...and all this fight ?

    July 22, 2011 at 7:09 am |
  17. OceanLight

    CNN, I appreciate you for enabling us commn people post comments. Thank you for this. But you should give up your liberal agenda. Everyone knows about it anyway.

    July 22, 2011 at 6:17 am |
  18. OceanLight

    CNN, why can't I talk about education and suicide? Your evil deeds will be exposed someday, too.

    July 22, 2011 at 6:05 am |
  19. OceanLight

    CNN, why does my comment dissapear without trace? What are you doing?

    July 22, 2011 at 5:53 am |
    • Muneef

      Have to make separations to any word has t-i-t's

      July 22, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  20. Thinker23

    David Johnson:

    You've said that "I am an atheist. I do not believe any gods exist. I do believe in the natural world. I believe in empirical evidence."

    So you DO have your beliefs, don't you? You believe that there is no God and that the "natural world" came into existence all by itself from nothing. Do you have any "empirical evidence" to support this point of view?

    July 22, 2011 at 5:51 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      He has all the evidence ever gathered by scientists the world over for the last several hundred years to support his point of view.
      What have you got other than a gut feeling and an ancient book?

      July 22, 2011 at 11:42 am |
    • J.W

      Scientists have never proved or disproved a god

      July 22, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • Thinker23

      Doc Vestibule: I'm sorry to burst your bubble but there is ABSOLUTELY NO scientific evidence that the Universe came into existence all by itself from nothing but feel free to produce such evidence to prove me wrong.

      July 22, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
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