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U.S. Muslims happy with their country despite pressure, study finds
More than half of American Muslims say it’s harder to be a Muslim in America since the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.
August 30th, 2011
12:01 AM ET

U.S. Muslims happy with their country despite pressure, study finds

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

People look at Zeinab Chami a little warily sometimes, she says, especially when she travels outside big cities.

She started wearing a headscarf when she was in her early 20s, making herself "a visible Muslim."

That "can really be an emotional strain," she says.

Life is getting harder for American Muslims, she says, given the media's portrayal of Muslims, the false perception that President Barack Obama is Muslim, and the rise of the tea party, whose most vocal leaders, according to Chami, "spew vitriol against anyone perceived to be 'foreign.'"

And yet, she says, American Muslims are "lucky."

"I have Muslim friends who are from every ethnic background. It's easier to get to the true spirit, the true practice of Islam," in the United States. It's easier for a Muslim woman to get a postgraduate education in America, and the American sense of civic-mindedness jibes with Muslim teaching, she says.

"When people see a clash of civilizations, they are wrong," she says.

Chami - a 27-year-old educator working with a nonprofit to improve teens' math and reading skills in Michigan - is typical of many American Muslims, a new survey suggests.

Many American Muslims feel singled out by government anti-terror policies; significant minorities have been called names or had their mosques attacked; and most say it's harder to be a Muslim in the United States now than it was before September 11, 2001.

And yet the vast majority say their communities are very good places to live, that Americans are not hostile toward Muslims, and that American Muslims have a better quality of life than Muslims elsewhere, the survey of more than 1,000 American Muslims has found.

Support for Islamic extremism is not rising among Muslim Americans, who are much less likely to support terrorism than Muslims in many other countries, according to the study by the Pew Research Center in Washington.

Seven out of ten American Muslims have very unfavorable views of al Qaeda, while only 5% have favorable or somewhat favorable views.

Chami puts it bluntly: "Everybody hates al Qaeda - hates, hates, hates. There is real hatred because of the atrocious attacks and because the blowback on the community affecting us."

The lack of support for extremism "makes these perceptions about Muslims in America kind of ironic," Chami says ruefully.

But Rep. Pete King, R-New York, who has been chairing high-profile congressional hearings about the radicalization of U.S. Muslims, argued that the Pew study "was not as positive as it might seem."

"Seventy percent of American Muslims are opposed to al Qaeda. We are at war with al Qaeda. One hundred percent should be opposed to al Qaeda," he said.

He's not worried about the radicalization of the community as a whole, he said: "I've always said the majority of Muslims are good Americans. My concern is the small number of Muslims who can be radicalized."

"Al Qaeda is attempting to recruit, and we can't hide from it. If they can recruit 15 or 20 or 30 people, that's what we're talking about. There were 19 hijackers on September 11," he said.

And while he acknowledges that the percentage of American Muslims who trust the government's anti-terror efforts is rising, he says it's still not high enough.

"Only 43% think that government anti-terrorist efforts are sincere. If 57% don't think they're sincere, then when the FBI comes into their communities, they're not going to cooperate with those efforts. I think that's worrying," he said.

The survey shows that American Muslims are much less likely to support terrorism than their co-religionists in the Middle East.

Four out of five say suicide bombing and other violence against civilians is never justified. That's a significantly higher percentage than Muslims in five Middle Eastern countries and territories surveyed by the Pew Global Attitudes Project earlier this year.

And although six out of 10 express some worry about the possible rise of Islamic extremism in the United States, only two out of 10 believe there is much support for extremism today.

Just under half of American Muslims say U.S. Muslim leaders have not spoken out enough against extremism, while one in three say they have.

The survey came against the background of a number of controversies touching the American Muslim community, ranging from King's hearings to the debate over plans to build an Islamic community center in lower Manhattan.

Even so, American Muslims have positive views of the United States now, and they are getting more favorable over time, the survey found.

American Muslims are far more likely to believe that the United States is sincere in its efforts to fight terrorism now than they were four years ago, the study says.

Just under half of them say American efforts are sincere, many more than believed it in 2007, when George W. Bush was president.

The rising level of trust comes even though half of all American Muslims believe that they're being singled out for increased surveillance and monitoring, the study says.

The feeling that it's harder to be a Muslim in America since the September 11, 2001, terror attacks has held steady since 2007, with just over half expressing the view in each survey.

About one out of five Muslim Americans say they've been called offensive names in the past year, and about the same number say they've been singled out by airport security.

And many feel that their own leaders are not doing enough to fight Islamic extremism, according to the study, a joint project of the Pew Research Center for People & the Press and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

The researchers spoke to 1,033 Muslim Americans between April 14 and July 22, doing telephone interviews in English, Arabic, Urdu and Farsi.

Asked whether they consider themselves Muslims or Americans first, half of the respondents said Muslim, a quarter said American, and the rest either said both equally or that they didn't know.

American Christians, by way of comparison, split right down the middle. Just under half say American, just under half say Christian, and less than one in ten chooses either both or "don't know."

Zeinab Chami, the educator, chose a different answer.

"I would say I consider myself a human first, and I live my life according to that," she said. "We're all the human family, and that happens to be a very Islamic point of view. My loyalty is to God, then humanity. Not God, then country - God, then humanity."

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

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  1. Muneef

    Al-E-Imran verse 03:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    He it is Who has sent down to thee the Book: in it are verses basic or fundamental (of established meaning); they are the foundation of the Book: others are not of well-established meaning. But those in whose hearts is perversity follow the part thereof that is not of well-established meaning. Seeking discord, and searching for its interpretation, but no one knows its true meanings except Allah, and those who are firmly grounded in knowledge say: "We believe in it; the whole of it is from our Lord"; and none will grasp the Message except men of understanding. (7)..
    --–

    Quoting the Quran verses was not about proving Right or Wrong....it was about what do we take as a say within our Holy Book and what could have been your Holy Books saying....Can we take it that we are in front of Puzzle that has to be sorted out by combining our knowledge it to ticking out what we agree on before trying to resolve what we disagree upon....?! As the above verse speaks of us leaving out the foundation of the Holy Books and dispute over that no one has knowledge of other than GOD the Creator of Universe the GOD of Abraham and the Sons of Abraham...!
    But if you are an extreme unbeliever then I hope that you give some room or space for us believers in faiths of GOD to discuss their indifference's by gathering the Puzzle to lay out the base of the "Foundation of the Holy Book" before that which no one knows of but GOD just as the verses speaks of here....!?!

    If you as believers and non believers think that what I call for is wrong or not a right of prevlage to think of or try to establish thinking in between then I must have been in the wrong place all this time and efforts... Religion is not Completion but rather Correction...!?! It is only then with such knowledge of foundations can mankind use the senses they been gifted to tell which is which for them selves rather than following blindly what ever they been told and not allowed to discuss or look further...!?!

    Education Graduations start from Down to Upward while between religions they want it from Upward to Down....Why here we hold to the past so dearly..... Isn't it just like holding to Classic cars and ignoring Modern cars....!?

    Guess we should take an example of a successful country such as Turkey towards here multi cultured religious or non religious groups....how is that becoming more successful than those countries where confrontations are found as religions or in between branches of each religion or with secular groups ....!? We should move forward to some where some how we were one nation might we be back all as one mother nation of all nations...!? Beautiful Dream to Hard to Reach when living of some people depends on producing what the man use to kill his brother man what ever his beliefs were?! Sad Really...! 

    August 30, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
    • Reality

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

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

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

      Current crises:

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

      August 30, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
    • Budha

      Lets talk about Koran in http://www.FaithFreedom.org/

      if you dare enough ... or maybe you are so afraid to lost your faith, brother.....

      August 31, 2011 at 12:31 am |
    • Muneef

      Well I have came across this person for many times,he always claimed being a Scientifical Atheist....but never knew if by being that "Hate has to be revealed"?
      --
      Quote;
      Rise of the Planet of the Apes represent The devil's delusion – viewpoint of an agnostic on science based atheism ...

      http://www.amazon.com/Devils-Delusion-Atheism-Scientific-Pretensions/product-reviews/0465019374

      The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions ... 5.0 out of 5 stars An Agnostic Weighs In, April 3, 2008 .... to prove an anti-religious point of view, and how that twisting promises so much and delivers so little. ... has come to be known as scientism (the atheistic religion that pretends that it is based on science ). ...
      --–
      Atheism | Minds and Brains

      philosophyandpsychology.com/?tag=atheism

      While interesting from a theoretical perspective, I don't take this finite or limited concept of God ... Atheism: An atheist is a person who does not believe in God ( but not ... come up with based on hundreds of years of sustained inquiry is that science is ..... of stars, galaxies, planets, organisms, mammals, apes, and humans, etc. ...
      ----

      The Anatomy of Fascism, by Robert O. Paxton
      About.com Rating5 Star Rating
      Be the first to write a review
      By Austin Cline, About.com Guide

      http://atheism.about.com/od/bookreviews/fr/AnatomyFascism.htm

      Everyone knows about fascism, but not everyone quite knows what fascism is. Indeed, does anyone really know what fascism is? That’s an important question: fascism is such a diverse political and social phenomenon that it seems to be used more as an epithet than as a serious political category. The existence of fascist political movements seems undeniable, but how are we to get a handle on what they are, where they come from, and most importantly, how to deal with them when they appear?
      -----

      Atheists & Fascism:

      http://atheism.about.com/od/aboutatheism/p/AtheistPolitics.htm

      I have no data on atheists who have adopted any forms of fascism, but there's nothing about fascism which would necessarily exclude people who don't believe in any gods. It's likely that being fascist would be challenging for an atheist because, like conservatism, fascism relies heavily on traditional symbols and myths which are often religious or connected to religion. Anyone who doesn't accept these symbols and myths would have trouble reconciling themselves to fascist politics.
      ----
      Again we are lost as to what they could be...!?!

      ----
      Know your self from Samples of Atheists summarized in Top Ten list: 
      Quote;
      10 People Who Give Atheism a Bad Name
      Atheism has been around for thousands of years, and responsible for many philosophical and scientific developments. Like any movement, it has had its fair share of evil characters. As atheism has no moral precepts, outside of natural morality and ethics, it is hard to say how their atheism influenced their behavior or the particular political and similar movements they chose to follow. It seems that no matter what philosophy or religion people profess, people will always do wrong, whether or not in the name of their faith. This list is a follow-on from the Top 10 People Who Give Christianity A Bad Name.

      http://listverse.com/2010/06/05/10-people-who-give-atheism-a-bad-name/

      Unquote: 

      August 31, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
  2. gliese42

    All those who are taught to kill in the name of religion and are promised 88 virgins are evil and that we have plenty in America

    August 30, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
    • The Lambly Winged Lion of The Gods Does Roar

      My guess to you gliese42 is that you say Christ Jesus is coming back to this world to rid it of His Faithful? He(Jesus) is but a half-breed and not a full fledgling 100% God. Only 50% of Christ's genes are from GOD. The otherly 50% are from a woman. Kinda like a Herculian wanna be but without any muscle.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
    • Muneef

      Well since Mary was a Virgin and remained as Virgin even when she became pregnant by the Word of GOD as be and it became then we should be saying he was 100% of Mary and that's why he was reffered at as the Son of Mary...!!

      August 30, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
    • Muneef

      Well since Mary was a Virgin and remained as Virgin even when she became pregnant by the Word of GOD as be and it became then we should be saying he was 100% of Mary and that's why he was reffered at as the Son of Mary...!!
      Physically he was 100% of Mary...while Spiritually he was 200% of GOD...if any would say all humans are created with 100% Spirit of GOD...!!!

      August 30, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
    • The Lambly Winged Lion of The Gods Does Roar

      Muneef, For the Gods' sakes, pick up a book on genetics in the science section and you will be finding out why I said what I said with an authority of a genetic engineer! 🙂 (-: 🙂

      August 30, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
    • Muneef

      Winged Lion.

      Had thought you were speaking in the matter we understand and not in some sort of genetic complication science....so just better I withdraw from such complicated issue....!

      August 31, 2011 at 4:26 am |
    • A Theist

      @Wingly Lion Guy You're applying Genetic Engineering principles to a miracle? The virgin birth was a clear act of God–ie defied science–so how can you even attempt to explain it in scientific terms? For all we know, the DNA of Jesus could have been anything. You've got some very interesting ideas it seems–poorly thought out, but interesting.

      September 2, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  3. HZ

    Religion is evil – ANY religion. in the modern age, anyone still believes in a religion should be considered potential threat to the society and treat accordingly.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  4. Foreal89

    who cares go home your religion and race cause so much chaos you are all cowards

    August 30, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  5. Bo

    ============@Khan7:37================ ==========@Khan=============== ==============@Khan==================== What has charitable giving got to do with Muslims doing the right thing to protect this country from terriorst???

    August 30, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  6. Reality

    For those who are reading challenged:

    SAVING 1.5 BILLION LOST MUSLIMS:
    THERE NEVER WERE AND NEVER WILL BE ANY ANGELS I.E. NO GABRIEL, NO ISLAM AND THEREFORE NO MORE KORANIC-DRIVEN ACTS OF HORROR AND TERROR

    SAVING 2 BILLION LOST CHRISTIANS:
    THERE WERE NEVER ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS I.E. NO EASTER, NO CHRISTIANITY

    SAVING 15.5 MILLION ORTHODOX FOLLOWERS OF JUDAISM:
    ABRAHAM AND MOSES PROBABLY NEVER EXISTED.

    Added details upon request.

    _____________________________________________________________________________________________

    August 30, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  7. Aradan

    “She started wearing a headscarf when she was in her early 20s, making herself "a visible Muslim."

    My grandfather was a Sikh a Sikh who emigrated from India to the US in 1915. Male Sikhs typically wear turbans and a beard as an outward sign of their faith.

    However, my grandfather and a majority of other Sikhs who came to the US during that time took off their turbans and shaved their beards in an effort to better integrate into their new country. My grandfather said you shouldn’t need to display your religion in public as long as you keep your beliefs in your heart.

    I wish people of all religions would take note of that thought. Because in my opinion, there’s a lot of an outward displays of religion in public that basically boils down to passive/aggressive evangelizing (e.g. public prayers, head scarves, turbans, etc) and it really is not necessary. It comes off as pretentious.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
    • gliese42

      I am the son of an immigrant and my father told me to put America first so I encourage all Arab immigrants to discard religion if they wish to integrate, Aradan is a good example and by the way my parents are from India too

      August 30, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
    • Muneef

      Guess you should then speak suggesting same to Indian immigrants and not to Arab Immigrants since you are not one of them....!!

      August 31, 2011 at 1:00 am |
    • Muneef

      After all maybe Arabs do not want to integrate but rather waiting for peace to come back to their initial countries before they return back...white man can wear any type of hat and grow a long beard and no one will question him but when it comes to Arabs or other nationals then it is a different story?!
      Where are those freedoms every body is telling us about? Am not seeing any the more I read about the West from here...!

      August 31, 2011 at 1:11 am |
    • Muneef

      It is ok for them in the west not to allow any wearing some thing that is culturally or religiously noticeable...! But that was not enough for them and now they chase us in the east for enforcing decent clothing upon our women...? They are trying to take our rights by informing upon us their view of rights that had spoiled the world into endless sins which they call freedoms...!? Who is the Corrupters here?!

      August 31, 2011 at 5:08 am |
  8. EnergyBeing3

    Why don't we see more stories about DRAMA and SCANDALS from the Buddhist or Hindu religions? Why is it there so much drama and insanity from the Christian and Muslim religions?

    August 30, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
    • J.W

      I do not know as far as Hindus. Buddhists do not actually worship anything, therefore they do not feel a need to force beliefs on others. I believe there are some Hindus that do not believe there is a god as well. But I think that Hindus do not believe that there is eternal damnation, rather if you are bad you will be reincarnated as a lower life form, and eventually you can reach salvation, if you are good enough.

      August 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  9. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    I am Hindu but look Muslim to many Americans who suspect many of us to be either MErner or Pakistani, and I ABSOLUTELY don't blame them for that!

    And, I am NOT the least perturbed when AIRPORT SECURITY pulls me aside for additional checks. In fact I always make it a point to commend them for doing the right thing and ask them not to waste their efforts searching innocent Whites/black Americans incl. children, for the simple reason, I don't want a PAKISTANI/ME TERRORIST, who looks like me, to get on my plane & blow it up, while the a/p security lets them go in the garb of POLITICAL CORRECTNESS!

    August 30, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  10. Sing

    @ Traveler
    God sent 124000 prophets?  This is exactly what I’m talking about. Says who? God? A book?
    I know I know, Faith.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  11. Big Bob

    There don't seem to be any women in the picture?

    August 30, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
    • RightTurnClyde

      They are being asked if the washed their hands before dinner.. and most of hem don't .. ... they'd walk a mile for a camel but the women need to wear a bag over their head. .. they got a catchy morning yell .. they get up high and hollar like a bayin hound .. wah-lobba-loba – lahhh ... oy-oy -oh lodie oh doh...

      August 30, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  12. marcia

    Here's some light reading for all you Muslim lovers!!!
    http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/08/30/libya.nanny.update/index.html

    August 30, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  13. Christian Meonada

    Its not about religion, but man's delusion of being righteous. That's where persecution begins. Sad to say its frustrating.

    August 30, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  14. Sing

    What I want to know is if the primary goal of any given religion (tee hee ha ha) is that of eternal salvation, why can't people practice their Blind Faith silently and all on their own? Why must Religion constantly erupt all over humanity? I was happy to do the Live and Let Live thing once upon a time. But Tolerance seems to be a one way street.

    August 30, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • Traveller

      Because not all human beings are good decent human beings. While some are good others are pure evil.
      A grand example is the sinister characters running the U.S dark political agendas. An equal & related bunch of characters are the Zionist murderers over in the stolen land of Palestine, who have nothing to do with Juadaism.
      watch on youtube:
      "Rabbi: Zionists have hijacked Judaism".
      & so that's why God sent over 124,000 prophets to deliver the message of decency. Some followed the exact instructions, others tweeked it, & the rest simply didn't believe.
      Now, tweeking, following or not believing doesn't hurt others as long as your freedom to act & speak stops where the next person's starts. Failure to understand this very simple concept results in wars.
      There I hope I've dotted the I's & crossed the T's for you.

      August 30, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  15. karbvi

    @ paperjihad when women wear burka's in a small English town it does effect people, its a security risk, its frighting to some people, in the UK they were force to change helmet laws so religious freaks did not have to take their head gear off, that effects safety.They simply do not integrate well.As for bigotry, its not, its reality.Its also a double standard,if a western women walked down the street in Kabul or Islamabad or Terran , Dubai etc. etc they would be arrested on the spot. I would recommend following the path of Wafa Sultan, she knows the truth about islam.

    August 30, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
    • RightTurnClyde

      . we have them all over the place and they are rude, ignorant, barbaric, primitive, filthy, ugly people

      August 30, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • Billy

      "you forgot lazy, ugly, and disrespectful..." -Breakfast Club.

      Oh you got the ugly part...

      August 30, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • Smile21

      You're wrong. I know for a fact that Western women do NOT get arrested in Dubai, Tehran or Islamabad. I for one, have SEEN Western women in the aforementioned countries.

      Please check your facts. Kindly.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
  16. Serena

    What we see of Islam and Christianity and Judaism is not what their founders taught. The Koran says :
    [60:8] GOD does not enjoin you from befriending those who do not fight you because of religion, and do not evict you from your homes. You may befriend them and be equitable towards them. GOD loves the equitable.
    [7:33] Say, "My Lord prohibits only evil deeds, be they obvious or hidden, and sins, and unjustifiable aggression, and to set up beside GOD powerless idols, and to say about GOD what you do not know."
    [42:42] The wrong ones are those who treat the people unjustly, and resort to aggression without provocation. These have incurred a painful retribution.

    August 30, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • RightTurnClyde

      What the Koran says and what happens is not often the same. Maybe they can't read...

      August 30, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Fred1

      “Fight against such as those to whom the Scriptures were given [Jews and Christians]…until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued.”(Surah 9:27)

      Fight those who do not believe in allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what allah and his messenger have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the book [christians and jews], until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection. (9:29)

      August 30, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  17. RightTurnClyde

    Remember what the Cap'n said "....What we've got here is... failure to communicate. — Some men you just can't reach. So you get what we had here ..is the way Luke wants it... well, he gets it. I don't like it any more than you do "

    August 30, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • DamianKnight

      Cool Hand Luke rules.

      August 30, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  18. Serena

    Al Qaeda was created by CIA and is defined by them as a 'database of people'. This rag tag group is similar to the Libyan rebels. The west smartened up and instead of sending their own troops, they now use mercenaries and locals, and just help them out by bombing the living daylights of the innocent. All for greed for the masters behind the military/politician/media alliance.
    The banksters get control of the resources, the lands and the central bank to loot. Gadhai and Saddam did not want declining US dollars from a debt ridden economy for their oil and they both paid the price.
    While I don't know the truth about Gadhafi, no one does, we know he had free medical care for his people and we do not.
    Obviously he cares more about his people then our poiticians who only want to take from us by raising taxes and cutting spending so we can pay interest on debt on our own money.
    Looking in the mirror can sometimes be very enlightening. We need to reflect on ourselves more often and leave others alone. Only if our military was smarter and realized they are killing their young soldiers for the greed of the war mongers and financial sharks.

    August 30, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
    • RightTurnClyde

      nothin's free .. you oughta know that by now...

      August 30, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • Sing

      Ya went a bit heavy on the stupit pills this morning eh?

      August 30, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • Big Bob

      Congratulations, Serena!

      Professor Chompsky gives you a great big A+

      August 30, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • Silly Willy

      Wow dude you are seriously delusional. He had free medical care for his citizens? haha yea he gave them a bandaid after he tortured them for not following his every evil command.

      While I agree our politicians are corrupt and pathetic, comparing them to a blood hungry tyrant is ignorant to say the least. Atleast you'll be off these boards once elementary school starts back up.

      August 30, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  19. tah1323

    Even if they take off the towels. They still look like muslims!

    August 30, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  20. Sing

    People tend to focus on one issue. Terrorism. But that ignores the fact that most Muslim countries are oppressive. Why is that? The answer to this question is important.
    The core, the heart and sole of Muslim teachings are that of intolerance. They tolerate non Muslims only to the degree by which the must. In the vast majority of cases, where there is a Muslim majority, differences are stamped out. Although Islam tends to be more aggressive in erasing differing ideology, this is true in measure of all religions. You don’t have to be an extremist terrorist blowing up people to KINDLY repress others. People tend to marginalize extremists as being a small group, the bad apples in an otherwise evenly tempered religion. In doing so, people are ignoring that which gives rise to extremists in the first place. I say IGNORED because it happens to the same thing that other religions rely on as well and that’s an uncomfortable truth. What’s being overlooked is essence of what’s wrong with all religions. And that’s Blind Faith in a doctrine that is not based in reality.
    All religions are based on faith. They are void of any reasoning based in verifiable fact. Essentially religion redefines what “Fact” and “Truth” means. When facts and truths are disassociated with certifiable evidence, then Truth and Fact are free to become anything you want them to be. This redefining, this Blind Faith, is the crux of what all religions are based on. It’s also the primary justification for perpetrating injustice and inequality.
    Radical Islam is the most visible and the most feared aspect of Islam. It may indeed be a very small minority of Muslims that carry out terrorist acts. However all religions are insidious cancers that are counter to the laws of nature. Religion is the breeding ground of misery and ignorance. And from that breeding ground springs extremism.
    Religion has ZERO value for mankind. At its best, religion harmlessly, but still negatively, warps reality, (Think Mormon magic underpants), something that is wholly unnecessary and adds nothing to humanities advancement. At it worst, Religion warps reality so negatively as to create suicide bombers.
    So long as there is religion, you can be assured that it will be at the root of strife. 2000 + years of recurring evidence shows us as much.

    August 30, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • EnergyBeing3

      Sing... WELL PUT and AGREED 1000%

      You might like the works of Howard Bloom or Andy Thomson. You might already be familiar with their books or teachings.

      August 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • Smile21

      Wrong.

      Ever heard of multiple causation? Social injustices are not defined by simply one overarching cause. To think like that displays an extremely primitive form of thinking. Multiple causes result in oppression. Poverty, lack of education, corrupt governments etc.

      To blame all of society's failures on religion is seriously misinformed.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.