Muslim Americans are most optimistic religious group, study says
Owla Awada manages a popular bakery in Dearborn, Michigan, one of the largest U.S. Muslim communities.
August 2nd, 2011
10:00 AM ET

Muslim Americans are most optimistic religious group, study says

By Alan Duke, CNN

(CNN) - Muslim Americans are more optimistic about their future than members of any other religious group in the United States, according to a Gallup report released Tuesday.

"They have generally optimistic and positive views about government, its agencies and the future of America, but they report a significant level of prejudice and discrimination," said Ahmed Younis, an analyst for the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center.

Nearly half of the Muslim Americans surveyed by Gallup said they have experienced racial or religious discrimination in the United States, according to the report, which was compiled by the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center from two years of polling.

"The American Muslim story is the American story in many ways," said Younis.

The report assessed the group's perceptions and attitudes and those of other religious groups toward Muslim Americans a decade after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

Polling of Americans of other religions supported the Muslim American perceptions of prejudice, Younis said.

"The opinion of Americans is still divided and the perception of loyalty of Muslim Americans is still questioned by a considerable portion of Americans," he said.

They express loyalty to the United States, but face distrust from a significant minority of other citizens, the report said.

The polling found that 69% identified strongly with the United States while 65% said the same about their faith.

"Muslim Americans are thoroughly American in their allegiance and identity and don't see a conflict between that and being thoroughly Muslim," Younis said.

Ninety-three percent of U.S. Muslims said they believe other Muslim Americans are loyal to the country, while significant minorities in other religious groups doubted that loyalty, the report said.

Thirty-seven percent of American Protestants and 35% of Catholics said they didn't agree that Muslims living in the United States were loyal to the country.

Nearly all Muslim Americans, 92%, said they believed that Muslims living in United States had no sympathy for al Qaeda, the terror group responsible or the 9/11 attacks.

They are, as a group, critical of counter-terrorism measures imposed since the terror attacks and a large percentage distrust the FBI, the report said.

There is evidence of "a big friction" between Muslim Americans and federal law enforcement, Younis said.

Just 60% of Muslim Americans said they have confidence in the FBI, compared to 75% or more of Americans of other major faiths, the report said.

While 81% believe it is not possible to profile a terrorist based on demographic traits, just 49% of other Americans agree.

"There's a significant percentage of Americans that believe racial profiling is an efficient way of conducting law enforcement activities," Younis said.

Attitudes about racial profiling are also reflected in what Muslim Americans say about prejudice they face. Sixty percent of U.S. Muslims say other Americans pre-judge them based on their ethnicity.

"At 48%, Muslim Americans are by far the most likely of major faith groups surveyed to say they have personally experienced racial or religious discrimination in the past year," the report said. "The next most likely are Mormon Americans, although less than one-third of U.S. Mormons say this."

Just 63% of Muslim Americans said they feel respected when they practice their religion in public. Eighty-one percent of all Protestants and Catholics and 85% of Mormon Americans said they felt respected.

"There is still a little bit of hostility in the public square as it relates to Muslim Americans and their place in society," Younis said.

Muslim Americans generally feel better off and more hopeful in 2011 than they were in 2008, when a similar Gallup report was produced. While 60% said they were thriving, about the same level as most major religious groups, they are the most optimistic about their lives in five years.

Americans overall rate their future a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10, but Muslim Americans rate theirs at 8.4, the report said.

Jewish Americans ranked as second most optimistic at 8.0, following by nonreligious, atheists and agnostic respondants at 7.9.

Mormans' optimism was rated at 7.8 and Catholics at 7.7, while American Protestants were the least optimistic about the future with 7.4, the report said.

One explanation for their optimism is that Muslim Americans were hurt more than other major religious groups by the recession and have experienced more improvement in the recovery, the report said.

The election in 2008 of President Obama, a Christian with Muslim roots, may be one factor in their optimism, the report said. They give Obama's performance an 80% approval rating, the highest of any religious group. President Bush's approval rating among Muslim Americans was just 7% near the end of 2008.

With the exception of Jewish Americans, all other religious groups rate Obama below 50%, the report said.

Muslim Americans represent the most racially diverse religious community in the United States, the Gallup report said.

"For instance, Asian Muslims are easily the most likely in America to be thriving," it said. "Black Muslims report more financial hardship than do white Muslims, and black Muslims are somewhat less likely than other Muslims in the U.S. to be satisfied with their standard of living."

One "intriguing finding" of the analysis is the indication that "frequent mosque attendance might lessen stress and anger," the report said.

"It also takes away from the theory that mosque attendance stokes Muslims' anger and radicalizes them," it said. "Rather, Muslim Americans are no different from other major U.S. religious communities who appear to draw peace of mind from their faith."

The Abu Dhabi Gallup Center is a partnership between the opinion research firm Gallup and the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 9/11 • Islam • Muslim • United States

soundoff (603 Responses)
  1. Rainer Braendlein


    You confirm my comment.

    Of course, it is impossible that Christianity and Islam go together. They are opposed. Islam is even anti-Christian that means, Islam wants to destroy the Christian Church.

    The Truth: Jesus Christ is the eternal partner (Son) of God. God is three. The Spirit originates from both the Father and the Son.

    Jesus, the eternal Son of God, will finally judge little Muhammad and the whole mankind.

    August 4, 2011 at 8:52 am |
  2. Summary

    Muslim Americans should work for the religious freedom and justice for all in the countries of their origins if they are decent human beings. Being optimistic is not as important as being honest or authentic.

    August 4, 2011 at 2:51 am |
  3. Not a big deal

    Anyone can be optimistic in America. Muslims are not treated like infidels in the Islamic land.

    August 3, 2011 at 9:49 am |
  4. Rainer Braendlein

    Don't get fooled by the Umma.

    It can belong to the Islamic strategy to behave kindly for a while. They try to gain our confidence. Having gained our confidence, they will infiltrate our societies and destroy our societies from inside. This is modern Islamic warfare.

    Be aware of the monument of hate, called Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. This Dome roars: Muhammad hates the Son of God and his adherents.

    Beware of the Umma! They are forbidden to be our friends. It is nearly sure that their current kindness is just part of a wicked strategy similar to the behaviour of Judas Iscariot.

    August 3, 2011 at 9:38 am |
    • Abdullah67

      Treachery and deception are forbidden in Islam. Stop being a hateful fear monger, and you might actually learn something.

      August 3, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      Once there was a peace treaty (concluded 628 A. D., Al-Hudaibiya ) between Muhammad an Mecca.

      Muhammad broke the peacy treaty and conquered Mecca.

      Obviously Muhammad did not keep his promise.

      Wasn't it an act of treachery?

      August 4, 2011 at 8:42 am |
  5. Stan


    August 3, 2011 at 8:30 am |
    • Bob the Bear

      I compleatly agree with you.

      August 3, 2011 at 9:31 am |
    • Laughing

      Well Bob,

      I completely DISAGREE with you! CLEARLY it's: B

      August 3, 2011 at 9:40 am |
    • JF

      @ Laughing


      August 3, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • NOo.v.oON

      anti V blasphemers

      Everyone shall know, one day, and every knee shall V.

      August 3, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Shot in the dark ...are you trying to reference the TV Movie "V".

      August 4, 2011 at 6:40 am |
  6. Rainer Braendlein

    The inscriptions of the Dome of the Rock (Temple Mount, Jerusalem), according to Columbia University, Department of History

    Consider: The Dome is an octahedron, that is an approximate circle. The whole building is surrounded by an inscription with statements of Islamic "faith". Imagine a big banderole wounded round the building. The shape of an octahedron (an octahedron has corners) causes the interruptions of the banderole and the text of the banderole , which you can read below. The sides of the octahedron are discribed by cardinal directions.

    Translation of the Inscriptions at the Dome of the Rock (Jerusalem)

    On the Outer Face of the Octagonal Arcade

    South: In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful. There is no god but God alone, without
    partner. Say: He is God, One, God the Everlasting, who has not begotten and has not been begotten. He
    is without equal [Qur’an 112] Muhammad is God’s messenger, may God bless him.

    South West: In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful. There is no god, but God alone,
    without partner. Muhammad is God’s messenger. God and His angels send blessings on the Prophet.

    West: O, you who believe, send blessings on him and salute him with all respect [Q 33:54/56]. In the
    Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful. There is no god but God alone. Praise

    North West: be to God who has not taken a son and who does not have any partner in dominion nor
    any protector out of humbleness. Magnify Him with repeated magnificats [Q 17:111]. Muhammad is
    God’s messenger,

    North: may God, His angels and His messengers bless him and God grant him peace and mercy. In the
    Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful, there is no god, but God alone, without partner.

    North East: To Him belongs dominion and to Him belongs praise. He gives life and He makes to die;
    He is powerful over all things (Q 64:1 and 57:2]. Muhammad is God’s messenger, may God bless him
    and accept his intercession on the day of resurrection for his community.

    East: In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful. There is no god but God alone, without
    partner. Muhammad is God’s messenger, may God bless him […] God’s servant,

    South East: ‘Abd al-Malik, prince of the believers, built this dome in the year seventy-two, may God
    accept [it] from him and be pleased with him. Amen. Lord of the Worlds. Praise be to God.

    Inscription on the Inner Face of the Octagonal Arcade

    South: In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful. There is no god but God alone, without
    partner. To Him belongs dominion and to Him belongs praise. He gives life and He makes to die; He is
    powerful over all things [Q 64:1 and 57:2]. Muhammad is God’s servant and His messenger.

    South East: God and His angels send blessings on the Prophet. O, you who believe, send blessings on
    him and salute him with all respect [Q 33:54/56]. May God bless him and grant him peace and mercy.
    O, people of the book, do not go beyond he bounds in your religion.

    East: nor say anything but the truth about God. The Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, was only God’s
    messenger, His word that He committed to Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him. So, believe in God
    and His messengers. Do not say ‘three’. Refrain,

    North East: it is better for you. For God is one god. Glory be to Him—that He should have a son!
    To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and in the earth. God suffices for a guardian. The Messiah will
    not disdain to be

    North: God’s servant; nor will the angels who are stationed near to Him. Whoever disdains to serve him
    and waxes proud, He will muster them to Him, all of them [Q 4:169-71/171-72]. O, God, bless your
    messenger and servant, Jesus,

    North West: son of Mary. Peace be upon the day he was born, the day he dies, and the day he is raised
    up alive. That is Jesus, son of Mary, in word of truth, about which they are doubting. It is not for God
    to take a son. Glory be to Him.

    West: When He decrees a thing, he only says to it ‘Be’, and it is. God is my lord and your lord. So
    serve Him. This is a straight path [Q 19:34-7/33-36]. God, His angels and men possessed of knowledge
    and upholding justice bear witness that there is no god but He. There is no god but He

    South West: the All-Mighty, the All-Wise. The true religion with God is Islam. Those who were
    given the book did not dissent except after knowledge came to them, when they became envious of each
    other. Whosoever disbelieves in God’s signs, God will swiftly call to account [Q 3:16-17/18-19].

    August 3, 2011 at 8:27 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      Consider, that the Umma (Islamic Community) has even its own time reckoning. Their calendar starts with the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in 622 A. D.. Thus the Dome was built around 694 (622+72) after Christ, according to the inscription.

      August 3, 2011 at 8:47 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      The whole inscription can be compressed to the following text:

      Muhammad commands: "Don't ascribe partners to Allah!"

      I say, Christianity is the faith of the divine partnership: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

      Conclusion: The Dome of the Rock is a horrifying, visible monument of Anti-Christianity. The Dome shows us that Islam is the exact opposite of Christianity: Muhammad hates the Son of God, who is the partner of the Father.

      August 3, 2011 at 8:58 am |
    • Matt

      "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me."

      Hello pot, meet kettle.

      August 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Abdullah67

      What was the first commandment again? I am the Lord your God and you shall take no Gods besides Me.

      Islam is a belief in True Monotheism…Worshipping the Creator as opposed to worshipping the creation. This is what all the Prophets, including Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them all) taught.

      August 3, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
    • harry

      You need to do more reading and thinking.

      August 4, 2011 at 2:19 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein


      You confirm my comment.

      Of course, it is impossible that Christianity and Islam go together. They are opposed. Islam is even anti-Christian that means, Islam wants to destroy the Christian Church.

      August 4, 2011 at 8:54 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      The Truth: Jesus Christ is the eternal partner (Son) of God. God are three. The Spirit originates from both the Father and the Son.

      Jesus, the eternal Son of God, will finally judge little Muhammad and the whole mankind.

      August 4, 2011 at 8:56 am |
  7. Richard S Kaiser

    There seems to be a culture clash and I don't mean a National culture clash. That's another story in itself! The culture clash I want to talk about is the clashes between adolesent kids and their parents who are not educatively able to break their abnormalities in child rearing. The switch or the belt seems to work best to get such abnormal ingrates of the adolesent age who dare defies their parents!

    August 3, 2011 at 5:57 am |
    • Rifochard S Kaiser

      Oh, I forgot! Kids nowadays have rights to not be mistreated by their parents due to cruel and unusual punishment laws that are deemed as too harsh a medicine upon brats who dare to defy their parents! Send em to the shrinks and pump em full of Dru-gs! What a load of crap this world is!

      August 3, 2011 at 6:01 am |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      sorry bout my mistake of puttin "fo" in my namesake MY BAD! 🙂

      August 3, 2011 at 7:05 am |
    • JF

      Perhaps you should stone them death like the Bible suggests.

      August 3, 2011 at 9:31 am |
  8. satudarah

    ISLAM will slain Jews and Christians. Resist them before they infiltrate to your country. Look at France and Spain. Look Europe.

    Open islam holy bible –> http://quran.com/5/51

    O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:24 am |
    • muslim&proud

      hello Satudarah, please stop taking verses out of context. Thank you. The Quran also refers to Jews and Christians with respect as, "The People of the Book."

      August 3, 2011 at 5:13 am |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      Who'your mama and where's your daddy at peon!

      August 3, 2011 at 5:51 am |
    • JohnyIndo

      LOL – The fact is here now. The Quran confused.

      August 3, 2011 at 5:55 am |
    • satudarah

      Indeed, Allah guides not the "The People of the Book." allah (once upon a time in arabian desert 1000 night story known as muhammed imagination doll) lies.

      August 3, 2011 at 5:59 am |
    • Reality

      o On the koranic passages and world domination:

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

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

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

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

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

      Only if a strong religious incentive is added does such an idealistic formula have any long-term chance. Even then success will be spotty. But communism (and Nazism, for that matter) excluded religion. And that mistake was the final nail eventually clamping a lid on communism’s coffin. Communism, on a historical scale, perished while still in its childhood.
      Islam is not repeating communism’s mistake. Mating political cunning and incredible wealth with religious zeal, Islam does have a chance to succeed and will succeed unless major parts of the Western world unite to take appropriate countermeasures. But many Western leaders, unable to believe that a mere religion could possible be a serious political threat, keep proclaiming themselves as Islam-friendly, reasoning that all religions are good-aren’t they?

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

      Don Richardson

      August 3, 2011 at 7:02 am |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      @ Reality

      Reality; you are one educated cookie monster! LOL 🙂 I honestly didn't know the Arabians were Muslim! Guess best I do a little google-ing to find some facts! 🙂

      August 3, 2011 at 7:18 am |
  9. Reality

    Be optimistic by ending the con game:

    It is called the Infamous Angelic Con:

    Joe Smith had his Moroni.

    Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

    Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

    Jesus and his family had Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day dem-on of the de-mented.

    The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

    Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

    August 2, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  10. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    Check out this sad story of a little Norwegain boy who feels like a total stranger in his own land!


    August 2, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
    • sassypants

      That is exactly how I felt in CA. Thank God I moved back to my home state where things are still normal and there are people like me.

      August 2, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
    • USA

      Stay there.

      August 2, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
    • Abdullah67

      Let me guess.. You read a lot of Pam Geller and haven’t ever read an honest book about what Muslims actually believe.

      August 2, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
    • Spiffy

      How is that news? Kids get bullied for being different. Oh no!

      August 2, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
  11. Abraham a.k.a Abram

    My Children/Step children:

    It saddens me so much to see so much violence my children are commiting , can you all live peacefully and respect one another.

    Here is my first commandment for you:

    'From this day forth thou shall abhor all hatred and live peacefully one with another showing compassion and love "

    Abraham a.k.a Abram

    August 2, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
    • satudarah

      CANNOT DO!!! muhammed had meshed up!

      Open islam holy bible –> http://quran.com/5/51

      O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.

      August 3, 2011 at 4:22 am |
  12. Amit-Atlanta-USA


    August 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  13. SconnieGuz

    All it's going to take is one more islamic terrorist attack in the States and you muslims will be hunted in the streets like the freaks you are. Get out of this country.....we don't want it to look like Saudi, or Iran or Somalia or Yemen or Pakistan or Iraq or any of the other islamic sh!tholes that pollute this planet. Then because of one guy in Norway that hated MUSLIM INFESTATION OF THE WEST (like the rest of us) and Tim McVeigh you think you can somehow compare muslim terrorism worldwide to "christian terrorism." HAHAHAHA yeah that's funny..The guy in Norway and Tim McVeigh weren't killing based on religion you fools!! you people are all psychotic and I can't wait for the day we forcefully remove you from this country.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • J.W

      I will assume that you are just kidding.

      August 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
    • USA


      August 2, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
    • sassypants

      I have native american blood running through my veins and do us all a favor and assimilate or leave!!

      August 2, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
    • Abdullah67

      Actually, you’re the one that sounds psychotic. Have you ever asked a real live Muslim about his/her beliefs? Or read a book written by a real practicing Muslim? You sound like you just follow the media hype.

      August 2, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
    • satudarah

      Christians and Jews is enemy (from the quran – islam holy bible)

      Open islam holy bible –> http://quran.com/5/51

      O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.

      August 3, 2011 at 4:27 am |
    • Americanallthewayy

      YAH TOTALLY let's not even begin to compare the numbers of how many Christian terrorists there have been compared with Muslim ones. And don't even act like they didn't do it in the name of their religion, some have and some haven't. But regardless if it is a Muslim person who committed a crime, or a Christian person, that is not the representation of the WHOLE RELIGION, or of ALL the people, it is merely a representation of that ONE person and what they thought was right.
      If you think American Muslims should 'go home' then you first because the only ones who really belong here are the Native Americans.

      August 3, 2011 at 5:36 am |
    • Americanallthewayy

      you sound like a terrorist.

      August 3, 2011 at 5:38 am |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      Muslim adolesence verses Muslim Adults equates to lack of parental skills, like we don't know that about our own christian based families and even atheist families and all manner of uneducated parental abnormalities,,,,,,,,,,,,, 🙁

      August 3, 2011 at 5:42 am |
    • pfeffernusse

      @SconnieGuz, could you leave the US? I don’t want the rest of the world to think we are blithering idiots based on the ignorant bile you puke.


      August 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  14. Amit-Atlanta-USA


    August 2, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  15. Amit-Atlanta-USA


    August 2, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  16. carl kokes

    of course they are the most optimistic – they have the most to GAIN from the government and from this country in general -they are permitted to cordon off WHOLE blocks for a parade/ can any other group get that ?? ...... they are given holidays that NO ONE else cab get / when did Catholics/ Protestants or Jewish folks get to have this ??? ....they pay NO taxes .. they get all the benefits that no one else can - lets get real people - the muslims have this country by the nuts ( assuming this country is male oriented ) – SURE they are positive !!!!! I would be too... Lets just turn this place into a mecca !!!! EAST FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE ??????????

    August 2, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • Quest

      Ignorance in action.

      August 2, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
    • USA

      carl kokes or Carl Rove,
      “They pay NO taxes”!! I don’t know which country you talking about, but here in America everyone pay taxes.

      August 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You are delusional. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are both holidays here; so are Christmas and Easter. What the f are you blabbering about?

      August 2, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
    • Abdullah67

      So your saying business owners, doctors, engineers, academics, and taxi drivers pay no taxes? Muslims pay plenty of taxes. Stop making stuff up.

      August 2, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
    • muslim&proud

      LOOOOOOOOOOOL you are on crack.

      August 3, 2011 at 5:18 am |
  17. Spiffy

    Atheists are more optimistic then Christians. I guess that is because they think we are reaching the end of days.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  18. spoofproof

    Optimistic? More like filled with hubris & evil pride. Muslims love Death and they believe their love of Death makes everyone else afraid of them. The Muslim speaks words of peace to his infidel enemies but they hate us, they want to kill us and dominate the world with their evil Satan-inspired religion. Just because there are millions of Muslim believers does not make what they believe any more than the delusion it has always been. Muslims are not optimistic. They are deluded.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • Spiffy

      So you believe that Satan exists yet you call Muslims delusional. You sir are a hypocrite.

      August 2, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • sassypants

      If you don't believe that Satan exists then you sir are a spiritual idiot.

      August 2, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      If you believe there's any such thing, you're a moron.

      August 2, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
    • Abdullah67

      So Satan inspired people to worship God alone, and reject worship of the creation over the Creator? Satan wants you and I to pray to idols and follow our desires…things that Islam stands against.

      August 2, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • Spiffy

      Actually I am not spiritual at all. Anyone that would believe in such nonsense is obviously the idiot. Why would God create his biggest enemy that he knows will tempt the people he will later create. Then when the people give into said temptations he sends them to hell even though he created the mess to start with.

      August 2, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
    • AmericanMuslim&proud

      because He gave us intellect and free will, He showed us the right path, to do good deeds and avoid all evil. It is our choice if we want to follow His guidance or follow the Satan and our desires. Everything in this world is created for the purpose of bringing us closer to God, even the devil himself. We are made to sin because if we care about our Lord and the hereafter then even sinning will bring us back to God when we realize our mistake and repent to Him. He is All- Seeing, All- Hearing, and All -Knowing. We don't need a mediator between us and God, we pray directly to Him and ask forgiveness directly from Him, and all matters return to Him alone. 🙂

      August 3, 2011 at 5:25 am |
  19. enricorosan

    @HateToBurstYourBubble it is true that Arab Christians use the term Allah to refer to God and I assume you are a coptic christian . This is unfortunately a bad use of this word since Allah has a pagan origin and because the Arabic language itself is quite impoverished in vocabulary the Arab Christians have adopted that word to refer to God . Allah is a moon God of Mohammad's tribe and is derived from Laah (name of that deity) The article AL in Arabic means "the" which is added to the noun LAAH becomes AL LAAH or ALLAH (contracted form). Allah has nothing to do with the God of the Jewish people or the Christians but Muslim strategically prefer it this way. Please don't give false information and refrain from being apologist for Muslims.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
    • HateToBurstYourBubble

      I'm glad I came back to read your post. First, I'm actually not coptic. I'm from Palestine and Eastern Orthodox. Second, Allah as the moon God is absolutely not true. If you are going to disect the word 'ALLAH', it is basically translated as the "The diety' in Arabic. "AL"=The, "Ilah"=Diety. Al-Ilah is spoken colloquially as Allah.
      Also, before you call me a Muslim apologetic, please also do your research and you will realize the 3 monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, all have their origins in the Middle East and they all are derived from each other. I will not discuss that topic in detail as it's extremely complex, but proper research on your part will help you understand.

      August 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • TheTRUTH

      You have no idea of what your Talking about.

      August 2, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
    • TheTRUTH

      @ enricorosan///// You have NO!!! idea what your TALKING about "ZERO" JUST RAMBLING...

      August 2, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
    • sassypants

      Jesus Christ is Lord. No one comes to the Father but through Him.

      August 2, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
    • Abdullah67

      The word for God in Aramaic (the language Jesus spoke) is “Alaha”. In Hebrew it’s “Elah”. In Arabic it’s “Allah”…all Semitic languages. All interconnected.

      August 2, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
    • satudarah

      O' all my brother islam young man look at this:

      Open islam holy bible –> http://quran.com/5/51

      O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.

      August 3, 2011 at 4:29 am |
    • Americanallthewayy

      I don't know where you got your information from but Arab Christians and Jews that I know use the word Allah for God because ALLAH means GOD. The end. Why don't you go tell the people of those religions that go back hundreds of thousands of years and have been using that word for all that time that they are wrong... oh please people the lengths you go to, you're not fooling anyone but yourself with your ignorant ... stupidity. I doubt the people of those times would have used that term in their books if it meant a MOON GOD and that is so hilarious because the biggest sin in Islam is to associate anyone with God so it's really interesting that you think Prophet Mohammad (may the peace and blessings of God be upon him) would do such a thing while preaching the opposite.

      August 3, 2011 at 5:31 am |
  20. Fact-telling

    There are known knowns: there are things we know we know we know we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns: that is to say we know there are things we know we don't know we don't know we don't know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. As for me, I know nothing but I claim I know everything.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
    • The Original

      The above Fact-telling is a fake.

      August 3, 2011 at 9:46 am |
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