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Opinion: Why Muslims are still mad at America
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September 5th, 2011
01:03 PM ET

Opinion: Why Muslims are still mad at America

Editor’s note: Steven Kull is director of the Program on International Policy Attitudes and author of the recently released book, Feeling Betrayed: The Roots of Muslim Anger at America.

By Steven Kull, Special to CNN

On the ten-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, many Americans are wondering whether the risk of a terrorist attack against America has been reduced. The picture is mixed. With the death of Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda is weaker. With revolutions in several Arab countries, frustrations with unpopular autocratic governments — a recruiting theme for terrorist groups – have been mitigated. But one important contributing factor has not improved – widespread anger at America in the Muslim world. While views have improved in Indonesia, throughout the Middle East and South Asia, hostility toward the United States persists unabated.

Read the full post about Muslim resentment toward the U.S. on Global Public Square
- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 9/11 • Islam • Opinion

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  1. Muneef

    We Muslims can be friends with whom ever would be friendly with us and pure from any hidden hatred or disrespect since such feeling can be found even between a Muslim and another Muslim of same branch or different branches of Islam...
    So I find my self able to make friendship based on mutual respect and not based on religions or paths or disbelief...

    Beside friendship is not an immediate effect but rather it is some thing that is built and ties are strengthened by time and things that friends experience tgather with each other in difficult times and situations...

    The word Friendship and the word Love are easy said but difficult to mean or reflect emotionally than in lifeless words....!!

    September 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • The Runs

      ummmm.....what??? Don't think that was coherent english. I'll P00P on you 🙂

      September 6, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • Revolation84

      Yes such cited in http://quran.com/5/51/ "Don't take Jews and Christians as allies and friend because allah the moon god of black basalt stone that twisted the moon by using hash dope on mecca morons will not guided you, the wrongdoer doer"

      September 7, 2011 at 4:07 am |
  2. HS

    Jesus said

    Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

    Matthew 10: 16

    Then He said …

    Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

    1 John 2:15

    Amen.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  3. The Jackdaw

    I love how nobody read the article, but they are all very excited to prattle against Islam.

    The lack of understanding is what breeds hate. Ignorant people are angry people.

    September 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • USmellLikePee

      If by "angry" you mean religious then yes, I agree.

      September 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      Plenty of those who are anti-Islam are not religious, but religion does not help.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  4. The Runs

    I'll P00P on muslims 🙂

    September 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      Yay, a racist moron!

      September 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • A Theist

      @Radical Muslim =/= to a race, therefore, this guy is not a racist (at least this comment does not make it so, yet somehow I get the feeling you may still be right about that, Radical)–instead he is quite simply, a simpleton.

      September 6, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • Muneef

      Seems you are pooping every where are you sure you are alright or have diarrhea? Better use a Cork to block it if can not control it...any way not to forget wishing well other wise you will stink... But the truth it is not a way to solve your problem by pooping here and there...!!

      September 6, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • Muneef

      Seems you are pooping every where are you sure you are alright or have diarrhea? Better use a Cork to block it if can not control it...any way not to forget washing well other wise you will stink... But the truth it is not a way to solve your problem by pooping here and there...!! Pooping SuperMan

      September 6, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • A Theist

      @Jackdaw Sorry that was to you. For some reason I thought your name had "Radical" in it :P. Long day...

      September 6, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      Considering that Islam has a predominantly Middle Eastern following, arguing the point of the use of the term "racism" is semantic at best. If you want to be truly semantic, you would argue that there are no human "races", as race is supposed to be akin to species, and there is only one human species. My only point being, the original comment was bigoted. The nature of the followers of Islam is irrelevant.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • The Runs

      @jackdraw – I'll P00P on you too....bigot.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  5. Muneef

    confessing church...

    Rainer...

    Is that the reason why you are anti Islam and anti muslim in all your remarks...do you represent that church above and speaking in it's words to kill Muslims and Islam as a religion...you want to subjugate Muslims...?
    It is true we have to be careful when choosing friends they are not to be blacksmiths with such as of your ill comments burning what ever bridges that we are trying to build with you overcoming our indiferences.... No wonder Germany is becoming a failure...it is due such sick mentality...being Nagative only increases negativity much further....

    September 6, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
    • Muneef

      You are no different than that Norwegian guy the killer of innocence....

      September 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  6. Rainer Braendlein

    Islam is a religion of perfect lie. Turkey is a good example:

    This morning there was a radio broadcast about Turkey. At the moment the Turkey boasts that they give back property to the Christians, which Turkey had disseized from the Christians in former times.

    The German radio station DLF depicts the matter like the Turkey would do something, which is extraordinary good and righteous.

    What is the truth?

    For centuries and decades Turkey has murdered, slain, persecuted and displaced Christians. Former times some million Christians lived on Turkish territory, but now they have reduced to some thousand people.

    Imagine, Germany would boast and say, we will give back all property to the Jews, which we have murdered. This would be ridicolous, of course, because there are nearly no more Jews in Germany.

    Conclusion: The Turks are wicked liars. There are nearly no more Christians in Turkey, which could receive their former property.

    For this fraud Turkey should be disqualified from the NATO.

    September 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      all religion is a lie. Islam is not special nor more evil than the others.

      September 6, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • Keith

      The Jackdaw, Atheism is a religion. A foolish one at that.

      September 7, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
  7. Rainer Braendlein

    @Azariah

    Dear Azariah, either you are naive or you deceive us by intention. I hope, you are just naive.

    The Koran recognizes Jesus merely as prophet. That means, in Muhammad's eyes Jesus was merely a pure human being with a gift to teach the Islam.

    In contrast the Holy Bible says that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. Jesus is a person of the Holy Trinity. Jesus is God and man at the same time.

    God are three and the son of Mary is the eternal Son of God!

    September 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Rainer

      So... you think that arguing about whose religion is the most accurate is going to help anything here...?

      Peace...

      September 6, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
    • Azariah

      Rainer do not be so quick to judge Islam based on a wikipedia entry. Muslims do not believe Jesus is the Son of God because they consider that to be ascribing partners to God, which is not good. However, they still believe that Jesus was conceived in Mary by immaculate conception, and they also believe that Jesus was raised up by God (although made to seem assassinated). Further, they believe that he made lawful that which was unlawful (new covenant), and he will return to defeat what Christians call the antichrist (Muslims call it dajjal). Personally I am still trying to understand the truth about Jesus Christ. However I know that there are things that you have left unaddressed. I also know that Muslims will point to the council of nicea in relation to the idea of the Holy Trinity.

      My biggest question is this: If in the Holy Trinity God is the Father, Jesus is the Son, and the HOly Spirit is the Holy Spirit, how can they all be God? What is the difference between God the Father and God the Holy Trinity? I really do not mean to offend, this is a question I am earnestly dealing with.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  8. AGuest9

    Unlike most countries in the Middle East, our's is a free country. They are free to leave, if they are so unhappy.

    September 6, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Of course those that are unhappy that they are epressing their unhappiness can leave as well.

      September 6, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • AGuest9

      I see no reason to leave MY country.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      For those that are American and Muslim, I doubt they see any reason they should leave either.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  9. joedohio49

    I used to think there was enough room in the world for all of us. Having found that concept doesn't work with muslims, I now say "The only good muslim is a dead muslim".

    September 6, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      @joedohio49

      You make a mistake. We should exterminate the Islamic doctrine and the Islamic terrorists, but the ordinary Muslims we shall love and protect.

      Ordinary Muslims are just seduced by the Koran, wicked Muhammad and the lousy Imams.

      September 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @joedohio49

      "The only good muslim is a dead muslim".

      That is a wonderfully helpful philosophy sure to make things better, -joe.

      Good grief.

      Peace...

      -------------------------------------–

      @Rainer Braendlein

      "You make a mistake. We should exterminate the Islamic doctrine and the Islamic terrorists, but the ordinary Muslims we shall love and protect.

      Ordinary Muslims are just seduced by the Koran, wicked Muhammad and the lousy Imams. "

      Of course as long as you can 'convert' the 'ordinary Muslims' to Christianity...?

      Peace...

      September 6, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • J.W

      Peace were you being sarcastic when you said Joe's point of view was wonderful? I would not think you would agree with that.

      September 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @J.W.

      Yes, of course. Where is your 'sarcasm' detector today ! I think -joedohios49's philosophy is ludicrous.

      As of course per usual -Ranier's is usually pretty off the mark IMHO as well.

      Peace...

      September 6, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • Azariah

      Joe's point of view certainly does make me wonder lol

      September 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • Muneef

      Exactly friends like that had to be avoided;

      As for the one who blows the blacksmith's bellows then either he will burn your clothes or you will get an offensive smell from him."

      September 6, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • Alfonzo Muchanzo

      @peace – Peace!!!

      September 6, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • J.W

      Well I agree with Rainer in that there are ordinary Muslims who do not want to hurt anybody, but they should not have to abandon the whole Islamic teaching any more than moderate Christians should have to abandon the Bible.

      September 6, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @J.W.

      Did you miss my posting to you about the 'sarcasm' bit...? So, you know that I thought -joe's comment was ridiculous.

      And, as for Rainer, he wants 'all' Muslim's to convert to Christianity. He has said so many times.

      Peace...

      September 6, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  10. Rainer Braendlein

    Isaac Newton’s Faith

    For Newton the world of science was by no means the whole of life. He spent more time on theology than on science; indeed, he wrote about 1.3 million words on biblical subjects. Yet this vast legacy lay hidden from public view for two centuries until the auction of his nonscientific writings in 1936.

    Newton’s understanding of God came primarily from the Bible, which he studied for days and weeks at a time. He took special interest in miracles and prophecy, calculating dates of Old Testament books and analyzing their texts to discover their authorship. In a manuscript on rules for interpreting prophecy, Newton noted the similar goals of the scientist and the prophecy expositor: simplicity and unity. He condemned the “folly of interpreters who foretell times and things by prophecy,” since the purpose of prophecy was to demonstrate God’s providence in history when “after [prophecies] were fulfilled, they might be interpreted by events.”

    A member of the Anglican church, Newton attended services and participated in special projects, such as paying for the distribution of Bibles among the poor, and serving on a commission to build fifty new churches in the London area. Yet Newton seldom made public pronouncements regarding his theology. He is remembered instead for his pioneering scientific achievements.

    Faith and science don't contradict each other. See Isaac Newton, who was one of the greatest scientists of all ages.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • A Theist

      Not to mention one of the best mathematicians–he practically invented Calculus at the age of eighteen!

      *******Philosophical question, to anyone interested********: Do you believe mathematical principles and processes are "discovered" or "invented"? That is, are mathematics defined by the universe, or the human mind? Something to ponder.

      September 6, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @A Theist

      **Philosophical Question:

      I have seen some pretty bright minds actually give solid answers on both sides to that age old philosophical question. Depending on the criteria, you will get different answers.

      Peace...

      September 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • AGuest9

      A Theist – it appears to be a combination of the two. Whether Newton was actually hit by a falling apple, or not, he pondered things that he saw in the environment around him. From those observations, he developed the system of laws of motion that we know today as classical mechanics. He (and Leibniz, serendipitous) invented the calculus, based partly on his study of mechanics and the rates of change in motion and velocity.

      September 6, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • Azariah

      I ask the same question about music (which is very intimately connected with math). Are we creating it or discovering it? I side with the latter, personally. It's all self-evident. Amazing.

      September 6, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • A Theist

      @Peace Yeah I have too. i was really more curious to see what bloggers on this site thought–especially to see if the lines divide equally between believers and Atheists or something of that nature. What do you personally believe Peace? I am actually inclined to say I believe in a blend of the two, specifically that the nature of math as we know it is invented by Man, but that there is likely some objectivism to something beyond the singular–and that therefore mathematics is inherent to the universe.

      September 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • A Theist

      @Azariah That is an interesting point, I hadn't considered music either. To carry over from math to music, then, what are your thoughts on Auto-tuning? is auto-tuning a move towards the mathematical–and therefore musical–perfection? Or is music in the hand of the universe (ie the less human influence, the better) closer to the mark of the Perfect? What's especially interesting about your concept of discovery is that, in theory, music can never be created–just as new colors cannot be observed beyond our known spectrum–but only unveiled to the limit the universe has provided for us to observe....

      September 6, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @A Theist

      RE: **Philosophical Question**

      It depends on my mood and which alternate universe I'm playing in at that particular moment. LOL...

      Regards,

      Peace...

      September 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • A Theist

      @Peace Haha good point. The universe's seeming duality can complicate things quite a bit!

      September 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • Answer

      If you're into math – well I'm not – but just pondering on things such as: is there a universe where pi = 3.12?

      Makes you wonder then ..

      September 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • A Theist

      @Answer It really has to do with how you believe the universe came into being. Are there even numbers in alternate universes, or are the concepts beyond all comprehension–of other universes even exist.

      Here's the one that has my brain in knots at the moment–maybe a Physicist can give me a straight answer on this one. As a computer scientist, I understand motion as the simple "simultaneous" removal–or rather changing of color–of one pixel to the adjacent one. A faster "moving" object may leap more than one pixel at once. Motion as it is understood in our universe, like time, is continuous, right? So how does a particle move from one position in the universe to the next? Is there a speed of time that we could break down where the object would be literally "jumping" from one location to the next, or are space and time truly Continuous? That is, no speed of time will stop motion on an object unless the rate of time is simply 0? With this question of continuous movement I would like to augment the "How." How do particles "jump" or how does a universe exist in continuity? Anyone can answer, but I'm really curious to see what physicists will say...

      September 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  11. Shadowflash1522

    Not all scriptures that use violent imagery are inciting their followers to violence:

    "If you meet the Enlightened One on the road, kill him." –commonly attributed to the Buddha
    Taken literally, it sounds like Buddha was admonishing his followers to slay anyone smarter than them. Not a single Buddhist interprets it that way because that would be 1. directly against all the other tenets he preached and 2. exactly as stupid and futile as it sounds. This maxim is commonly taken to mean that you can't learn enlightenment from following an Enlightened One around (you have to follow your own path) and that any truly enlightened person would know better than to advertise themselves as such. The Bible and the Qu'ran contain many such passages that mainstream Christians/Muslims believe only a fool would take literally.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:35 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      @Shadowflash1522

      40% of the German Muslims take the whole Koran literally! In the US it may be similar.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:44 am |
    • Azariah

      Violence is a part of this world... it is not shocking that a religion that addresses all aspects of human life discusses this topic.

      September 6, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  12. Rainer Braendlein

    Some people may perceive me as an Anti-Muslim. Don't make a mistake. I am not an Anti-Muslim, but I cannot stand the downplaying of the Islamic threat by the mass media. Political solutions can be found solely on the basis of historical facts and truth. We should not falsely depict a dragon as harmless lamb. Finally the dragon will consume us.

    I am a Protestant. Christ has commanded to love all people, not depending on belief, colour, nationality, social status, etc.. I obey Christ's command.

    However, Christ has never forbidden, to be realistic.

    Today I have read a survey (authorized by the Federal Minister of Interior of Germany) from 2007, made by Prof. Dr. Brettfeld and Prof. Dr. Wetzels of the University of Hamburg, called "Muslims in Germany". I got shocked. Now hang on to your hat:

    40% of all ordinary (!) Muslims, living in Germany, favour Holy War (Jihad). They indeed believe that someone, who gets killed in a war for Allah, will be rewarded by Allah. This people are no practicing terrorists. They just know and believe the doctrine of the Koran.

    6% of all ordinary Muslims, living in Germany are ready to really use violence right now, in order to spread or defend Islam. They are not far away from being real terrorists.

    In Germany live about 4 Million Muslims. 40% out of 4 Million makes 1.6 Million. 6% out of 4 Million makes 240,000 crypto-terrorists.

    Assumed, a holy Islamic war would be declared in Germany now, immediately 240,000 fighters would be ready to die for Allah and 1.6 Million would at least cheer them.

    I will still love my Muslim neighbour, but I guess, nobody can blame me, when I am somewhat on the alert.

    If you would meet 5 Muslims in Germany, 2 of them (40%) would welcome holy Islamic war. That is extremly sad.

    Solution: LET US ABOLISH THE ISLAM RIGHT NOW!: Shut down of all mosques and Muslim organizations.

    Let us return to the faith of our ancestors, which was Christianity (also Muslims should convert to Christianity!).

    September 6, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • Azariah

      You've got to chill out. First of all, I know very little about Islam. But I know that Jihad has two main components: in the outer world and in the inner self. The jihad of the inner self (fighting temptation, restraint from sin, etc) is considered to be most important of the two. As for the second, Muslims using violence, it is heavily stressed in Islam for violence to only be defensive. You see Muslims being violent often today. Countries with large Muslim populations are at war, mainly with the United States, so it's not too hard to imagine. If Saudi Arabia was sending Predator drones into Nebraska, would no one do anything about it? If they did, would that mean that Christianity is a religion of violence and hatred? No. It is more complicated than how you make it out to be. If an anti-Christian force came out to exterminate all Christians, would you just take it? If not, you would be fighting in the name of Christianity.

      You might have your heart in a good place as a Christian, but I can assure you that you have been scared unnecessarily. These statistics are very amusing, and your interpretation is dangerous. your suggestion to shut down all mosques is a massive overreaction. Fine, keep your wits about you, even if you choose to read the Quran simply to be able to misquote it, but you are being very irresponsible to spread such hate in the name of vigilance. After all, Christians have more in common with Muslims than virtually any other religion, including Judaism.

      September 6, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • think for yourself

      Better solution: Just ignore all of this religious nonsense and concentrate on the only life we know is real. None of these religions have any more proof than another, so what is the point? "My god is better than yours" a.k.a. "My dad is can beat up your dad".

      September 6, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
    • Azariah

      @think for yourself

      ... could it be that the only life we know as real has something to do with God? The universe exists... why? Is it a coincidence? Even if you believe every action has a reaction (therefore every action IS a reaction), you cannot say all of creation is a coincidence, because it must have begun by One who was not begotten.

      September 6, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • think for yourself

      Azariah, so which god is "the one"? And who created your god? Your statement creates more questions than answers.

      September 6, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • Azariah

      That is the point. No one created the one God. That is why 'that' God is the One. The creator of all things that follow His rules (one of which we have described as "all actions have a reaction").

      September 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • Answer

      @Azariah

      "That is the point. No one created the one God. That is why 'that' God is the One. The creator of all things that follow His rules (one of which we have described as "all actions have a reaction")."

      "That God" point is really just an opinion, like the theory of the Big Bang. So when you're saying it, then why do you need to follow any book at all? All religious texts are full of just doctrines. God never gave them. Yet comes down the passage of time men think that they've talked with God. Communicated to just a prophet and you believe this nonsense? I'm all for writing good literature – but garbage is garbage.

      September 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  13. Alfonzo Muchanzo

    End times are approaching. Slowly but surely.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • AGuest9

      Slowly? I thought "Time Flies"...

      September 6, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      That's when you are having fun.

      September 6, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  14. Reality

    From p. 1:

    Why non- Muslims are still mad at Muslims:

    What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned 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..................................

    But to be fair, a poster for your refrigerator door:

    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.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:04 am |
    • Azariah

      From p.1 ... so all of this nonsense isn't even coming from you? You're just copying and pasting? Says a lot about how strong your beliefs are. Oh sorry, your non beliefs.

      September 6, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • Reality

      How to end the madness:

      The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths/Madness:

      ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

      Are you ready?

      Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

      The First Five of the 77 Branches:

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
      alone."
      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

      Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

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

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

      September 6, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  15. kimsland

    If people weren't religious the world would be a more peaceful place to live

    PLEASE HELP CURE RELIGIOUS PEOPLE FROM THEIR DISEASE.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:50 am |
    • think for yourself

      It's hard to reverse tens of years of brainwashing that most of the religious have been through. They can see the faults of all other religions but are blind to the faults of their own.
      My niece is barely 2 years old, and at daycare she has been taught to say a few sentences of grace before lunch. Her parents are agnostic, so she hasn't heard any nonsense from them. They showed me a video of her saying this at dinner time and it is sad.
      The only difference between teaching religion to young children and teaching them about Santa, is eventually we tell them that Santa is not real.

      September 6, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • Azariah

      I don't understand... why are you so angry? Children are indoctrinated whether or not it is by religion. That is what a society is.

      September 6, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • Answer

      @Azariah

      You seem to think that because you know religion is good for you that you are right.
      What the person referencing is his expression/opinion that being indoctrinated by religion is a bad.
      You say it's good. Matter of opinion. You see the text, but clearly do not know what is being said.

      Don't preach that your support for indoctrinating kids with religion is good. Our society should be indoctrinated by the rules we man have agreed upon on how to run our society. Like don't over drink and THEN DRIVE. Look at both ways of a busy street. Jaywalk at your own expense. This kind of indoctrination are the respect for the LAWS. They're less likely to bring down a jihad or racial tension. Know the difference in the types of indoctrination.

      September 6, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • Answer

      I get the feeling that most religious people equate religious indoctrination as an be all and end all – matter of fact – that it teaches everything. The real matter of fact is that it only serves religion's purpose – not the LAWS set up by society.

      September 6, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  16. Rainer Braendlein

    Passage from the above article:

    Editor’s note: Steven Kull is director of the Program on International Policy Atti-tudes and author of the recently released book, Feeling Betrayed: The Roots of Muslim Anger at America. Unquote.

    Feeling betrayed? Like so many other authors Mr. Kull tries to feel for the Umma (community of all Islamic states). That is absolutely wrong. The Umma is a giant criminal gang. Nobody should pity them.

    I cannot examine, if all wars of the USA against Islamic states were righteous. At least the war against Afghanistan is correct. Afghanistan has hosted terrorists and was not ready to exterminate them. Thus, the US had to go there and to do the job.

    The Islam has a strong will to conquer the whole world. Aggressive war belongs to the core tenets of Islam. The Umma should not whine about actions of the US. If the Umma had the military power, they would do much worse things than the USA.

    Of course, the Western secularism or capitalism is nearly as bad as Islam. But this problem cannot be solved by violence. We need that many Westerners convert to Christianity again and things would go on well. Also the Muslim should start to believe in Jesus Christ and get baptized. Muhammad was a lousy criminal, forget that I D I O T.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:44 am |
    • Azariah

      The think tanks you are reading about are not trying to tell you the truth about Islam, they are advocating for western interests (oil, defense contracts, military bases, etc). Your statement about Afghanistan is a giant leap of faith as far as truth is concerned.

      The Ummah, if it includes Pakistan, has a massive military force. Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc.. contrary to popular belief these are not just networks of desert caves.

      And Muslims believe in Christ.

      September 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
  17. Rainer Braendlein

    This morning there was a radio broadcast about Turkey. At the moment the Turkey boasts that they give back property to the Christians, which Turkey had disseized from the Christians in former times.

    The German radio station DLF depicts the matter like the Turkey would do something, which is extraordinary good and righteous.

    What is the truth?

    For centuries and decades Turkey has murdered, slain, persecuted and displaced Christians. Former times some million Christians lived on Turkish territory, but now they have reduced to some thousand people.

    Imagine, Germany would boast and say, we will give back all property to the Jews, which we have murdered. This would be ridicolous, of course, because there are nearly no more Jews in Germany.

    Conclusion: The Turks are wicked liars. There are nearly no more Christians in Turkey, which could receive their former property.

    For this fraud Turkey should be disqualified from the NATO.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:59 am |
  18. kimsland

    Muslims are still mad because of their backward religion.
    I thought that was obvious to everyone?
    Next case please.
    Oh and down with all religion worldwide.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:49 am |
  19. Sid

    Better yet: Abolish all sky fairies now.

    You're protestant, and you admit it? Wow, you must be really dumb.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:45 am |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Are you alright?

      September 6, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  20. Rainer Braendlein

    I am a Protestant. Christ has commanded to love all people, not depending on belief, colour, nationality, social status, etc.. I obey Christ's command.

    However, Christ has never forbidden, to be realistic.

    Today I have read a survey (authorized by the Federal Minister of Interior of Germany) from 2007, made by Prof. Dr. Brettfeld and Prof. Dr. Wetzels of the University of Hamburg, called "Muslims in Germany". I got shocked. Now hang on to your hat:

    40 % of all ordinary (!) Muslims, living in Germany, favour Holy War (Jihad). They indeed believe that someone, who gets killed in a war for Allah, will be rewarded by Allah. This people are no practicing terrorists. They just know and believe the doctrine of the Koran.

    6% of all ordinary Muslims, living in Germany are ready to really use violence right now, in order to spread or defend Islam. They are not far away from being real terrorists.

    In Germany live about 4 Million Muslims. 40% out of 4 Million makes 1.6 Million. 6% out of 4 Million makes 240.000 crypto-terrorists.

    Assumed, a holy Islamic war would be declared in Germany now, immediately 240.000 fighters would be ready to die for Allah and 1.6 Million would at least cheer them.

    I will still love my Muslim neighbour, but I guess, nobody can blame me, when I am somewhat on the alert.

    If you would meet 5 Muslims in Germany, 2 of them (40%) would welcome holy Islamic war. That is extremly sad.

    Solution: LET US ABOLISH THE ISLAM RIGHT NOW!: Shut down of all mosques and Muslim organizations.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:16 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      Sorry, I meant 240,000, not 240.000.

      September 6, 2011 at 9:41 am |
    • Sid

      Better plan: Abolish all sky fairies now.

      You're protestant, and you admit it? Wow, you must be really dumb.

      September 6, 2011 at 9:45 am |
    • John Richardson

      Your solution for preventing jihad is a brutal suppression program that us sure to provoke it?

      Here's a clue: You can inspire people to be secular (ie hold whatever beliefs they hold in private and not try to force any beliefs on anyone) by being secular yourself and showing others the benefits of being secular. It won't work on everyone. The Puritans came to America not for religious freedom, which they already enjoyed in the secular Netherlands, who had opened its doors and shores to English Puritan outcasts. Yes, they enjoyed religious freedom in the Netherlands, but didn't enjoy the fact that they couldn't persecute non-believers. So they went to Massachusetts, where they held the Salem witch trials, among other dastardly things. So no, secularism doesn't appeal to everyone. But if you can make a successful appeal to the majority, which I suspect you can with European Muslims, you can marginalize the jihadist minority. But first, Rainer, you're going to have to set aside your own jihadist instincts.

      September 6, 2011 at 9:51 am |
    • Azariah

      Rainer you might be surprised to find out that Muslims count themselves as believers of Christ, and that the Gospel is a Holy Scripture in Islam.

      Or you could continue with your copy/paste posts that are only as alarming as a chain letter.

      September 6, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Rainer Braendlein

      Yeah... I'm with -John R. here. Your answer is to oppress and suppress a religion and shut down their places of worship, you will definitely get some of the results that you are hoping to avoid, like a war.

      You might want to re-think your whole world-view a bit.

      Peace...

      September 6, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • Muneef

      Germany haha.

      Surely any Muslim living in the country that is the mother of wars and hate such as the hi Hitler thing ,what do you expect will be risen like?
      It must be that your environment that is sick...with high rate of discrimination...!?

      September 6, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
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