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Poll: Many Americans uncomfortable with Muslims
A new survey finds many Americans are uncomfortable with Muslims.
September 6th, 2011
03:29 PM ET

Poll: Many Americans uncomfortable with Muslims

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Washington (CNN) - Ten years after 9/11, Americans are wrestling with their opinions of Muslims, a new survey found, and where Americans get their TV news is playing a role in those opinions.

Nearly half of Americans would be uncomfortable with a woman wearing a burqa, a mosque being built in their neighborhood or Muslim men praying at an airport.   Forty-one percent would be uncomfortable if a teacher at the elementary school in their community were Muslim.

Forty-seven percent of survey respondents said the values of Islam are at odds with American values.

The Public Religion Research Institute conducted the survey and issued a report in conjunction with the Brookings Institution, "What it Means to be American: Attitudes in an Increasingly Diverse America 10 Years after 9/11."

“Americans are wrestling with fear, but on the other hand they're also wrestling with acceptance,” said Robert P. Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute.

The results of the survey were announced Tuesday at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

One issue that seemed to divide respondents was sharia law.

Overall, 61% of respondents disagreed that Muslims want to establish sharia law in the U.S.

"2011 has been an enormously active year for this question," Jones said. "Forty-nine bills have been introduced in 29 states to ban sharia law. We asked the same question back in February, and only 23% of Americans agreed Muslims want to establish sharia as the law of the land. That number has gone up to 30%, so still a minority, but the minority has grown."

The numbers were also showed a correlation with where people went for their news.

Of Americans who say they trust Fox News the most for their television news, 52% believe that Muslims are trying to establish sharia law in the United States. Sixty-eight percent of Fox viewers believed the values of Islam were at odds with American values.

The report says fewer than one-third of Americans who most trust broadcast news, CNN (20%) and public television (23%) believe that Muslims are trying to establish sharia.

"It's an emotional roller coaster," said Dr. Muqtedar Khan, a professor of political science at the University of Delaware.  "I looked at this survey, and I'm really depressed."

Khan, a practicing Muslim, was particularly disturbed by the attitudes toward Muslims and what he called a misunderstanding of sharia law. "Sharia is just a prop, an attempt to say, 'we just don't know and like Muslims.' "

The survey also found strong support of religious liberty and tolerance.

Eighty-eight percent of those contacted by pollsters agreed that "America was founded on the idea of religious freedom for everyone, including religious groups that are unpopular."

One year after a Florida pastor burned a copy of the Quran, 95% of people polled said religious books should be treated with respect.

And two-thirds of those polled said there should be strict separation between church and state.

According to Jones, 2,450 Americans were reached by phone for the survey, and it had a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 9/11 • Belief • Islam • Sharia • United States

soundoff (1,019 Responses)
  1. tom

    The openness and loop holes of Democracy, systamatically useing by muslimes with an hidden ideology to convert the world in to islam with connivence of oil wealth and their heavy support .Amerca gives submission to that for Greedy of oil wealth and allowing American Value dialuting in the name freedom of expression . At same time freedom expression restricted heavly by the force who behind the hidden ideology . not only that American value not acceptable to them either. All these started after , pakistan become nuclear and that country is the epicentre for all these world distruction , Fund flowiing towards the in name of various reason like developments, madrassa ,college .etc

    September 7, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  2. Rainer Braendlein

    Sura 5: Verse 51 of the unholy Koran:

    O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends one to another. He among you who taketh them for friends is (one) of them. Lo! Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk.
    ( سورة المائدة , Al-Maeda, Chapter #5, Verse #51)

    Note: "O ye who believe" are Muslims.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:35 am |
    • J.W

      Keep in mind there are similar passages to this in the Bible, but most do not follow them literally. Many Muslim probably do not follow this literally. I am just guessing.

      September 7, 2011 at 11:02 am |
    • DamianKnight

      "Say to the Israelites: ‘Anyone who curses their God will be held responsible; anyone who blasphemes the name of the LORD is to be put to death. The entire assembly must stone them. Whether foreigner or native-born, when they blaspheme the Name they are to be put to death. " – Leviticus 24:15-16

      Like J.W. said, we can all take some scripture from one another's holy books and say they are evil. But to what profit?

      September 7, 2011 at 11:13 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      @DamianKnight

      You said:

      "Say to the Israelites: ‘Anyone who curses their God will be held responsible; anyone who blasphemes the name of the LORD is to be put to death. The entire assembly must stone them. Whether foreigner or native-born, when they blaspheme the Name they are to be put to death. " – Leviticus 24:15-16

      You can be sure that Moses admonished the sinners several times to repent, before he ordered the execution. By the way, this above commandment is still valid today (Jesus didn't abolish the law). It is only that we live in a time of grace. At the moment God gives us time to repent of sins like blasphemy (a really bad sin). Of course at Judgement Day every blasphemer, who did not repent, will get punished.

      You see, all fits together.

      September 7, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • DamianKnight

      Well this is a Jewish law, long before the time of Jesus. So because we believe Jesus is God incarnate, should the Jewish people not gather together and stone Christians for being blasphemers? "A servant is no greater than his master" after all. So because Christ was executed for blasphemy, so should the Christians, by your logic.

      Or we go by the traditional way of thought that we love each other, unconditionally. Corinthians 13:4-5 says this quite well. "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs."

      September 7, 2011 at 11:48 am |
    • sumday

      blasphemes the name of the LORD- that is not saying G.D. or verbally insulting G-d. To blaspheme or to take the lords name in vein is really to call yourself Christian/Jew but then not obey the religion. To call yourself Christian/Jew is to take the name of the Lord/G-d upon yourself (not that you are G-d, but that you are acting/calling yourself his ambassador), to then disobey/disregard his commandments/teachings means that his name (which you took upon yourself) is vein (having no affect/benefit). This insults and angers G-d bc not only have YOU taken his name in vein but have led other astray by your lies of calling yourself one of G-ds servants and that is why it is such a dangerous and unforgiving sin. Those who claim to be Christians/Jews but live as if they are not are taken Gods name (by calling themselves Christians/Jews) in vein/blaspheme by the fact that their claim of being G-d's ambassador has no benefit to themselves or others. Blaspheme is much more than mere words.

      September 7, 2011 at 11:52 am |
    • J.W

      I know these are quoted many times, but Jesus said things such as 'let he with no sin cast the first stone'. "judge not lest ye be judge", Love thy enemy, etc. But those verses aren't always taken into account. It depends on people interpretation.

      September 7, 2011 at 11:59 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      @DamianKnight

      In a way you are right. Assumed, Jesus had been an impostor, the Jews had been obliged to stone him, according to the law, which you cited. However, Jesus was no impostor, but indeed the Son of God. Jesus proved his divine sonship by performing extraordinary miracles. He even raised people from the death!

      Regretably the guiltless Jesus had to die on the cross like a blasphemer (in the eyes of the Scribes and the high priests he was a blasphemer).

      Why did the Almighty allow that?

      It was God's eternal decision that the guiltless, holy lamb should die for you and for me. That is the gospel.

      Believe it and get baptized. Jesus will set you free!

      September 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • DamianKnight

      Sumdae, with all due respect, I think you need to look up the word "blaspheme." Your definition does not fall in line with what the word means.

      blas·pheme verb \blas-ˈfēm, ˈblas-ˌ\
      blas·phemedblas·phem·ing
      Definition of BLASPHEME
      transitive verb
      1: to speak of or address with irreverence

      September 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
    • DamianKnight

      @Rainer

      Let's be clear. According to the Jews, Jesus -was- an imposter and a blasphemer. He had claimed to be the Messiah.

      It had nothing to do with Jesus' divinity that stopped the Jews from stoning him. It was against Roman law at the time. That's why Jesus was taken first before Pilate and then before Herod and then back before Pilate. The Jews were under the rulership of the Romans and therefore, could not execute Jesus themselves.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  3. AGuest9

    Unfortunately, most Americans fail to see the parallels between Islam and fundamental Christianity. BOTH are dangerous to civilized society.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:30 am |
    • GB

      Religious fundamentalism will always be a threat to all people everywhere.

      September 7, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • Gamal

      I deny what you said.

      September 7, 2011 at 10:44 am |
    • sumday

      There may be some parallels, but here is a giant difference, once we entered the technological age Christianity came out of the dark ages, but Islam continues to embrace the dark ages. Those who talk about how bad Christianity once was need to think what would Christianity have been like if they had today’s technology 200yrs ago- does that thought scare you? Well that’s about what we are facing today only instead of Christianity it’s Islam with today’s technology who still have that old way of thinking of 200yrs ago.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
  4. Rainer Braendlein

    Sura 9: Verse 29 of the lousy Koran:

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

    Interpretation of Sura 9: Verse 29:

    “Have been given the Scripture” are Jews and Christians, “believe not in allah nor the Last Day” are Jews and Christians, messenger = Muhammad, “Religion of Truth” = Islam, tribute = tax. Hence, Muhammad commands to conquer Christian and Jewish countries. Muhammad commands aggressive war. At least he is so “merciful” to allow that people pay a tax, instead to convert to Islam.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:27 am |
    • Gamal

      Ahem. There is proof that Islam is true. Go to islamreligion.com. The bible has been changed so many times so how can it be a word of god.

      September 7, 2011 at 10:43 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      @Gamal

      In contrast to Muhammad Jesus performed a lot of miracles, which are reported by many eyewitnesses.

      After Jesus and the apostles had preached in Palestine, the apostles continued to preach in Syria, Asia Minor (today Turkey), Greece and Italy.

      Yet at the time of Jesus and the apostles the world was very international (for example they transported wheat from Egypt to Italy by ship). It is sure that there was an ongoing exchange of news between Palestine and the rest of the Roman Empire. Merely not so fast like today.

      Assumed, Jesus or the apostles had been impostors (manipulated miracles) the people of Palestine had furiously protested against the preaching of the gospel, not merely in Palestine but everywhere (imagine migrant workers of Palestine in Greece).

      As far as I know there exist no scripture of a contemporary of Jesus or the apostles, contradicting the reports of the New Testament. Of course some centuries later books of lie like the Koran were written by non-contemporaries of Jesus, denying the miracles of Jesus.

      Conclusion: At the time of Jesus and the apostles and shortly after their death nobody dared to contradict the reports of the New Testament. Why? Obviously it was all true.

      The Bible is the Holy Genuine Word of God.

      The Koran is a lie of the false prophet and warlord Muhammad.

      September 7, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • Anton LaVey (ACTS)

      Rainer Braendlein

      @Gamal

      In contrast to Muhammad Jesus performed a lot of miracles, which are reported by many eyewitnesses.

      ----------–

      Would you mind providing the source of all these eye witnesses?
      .
      The rest of whay you stated comes down to your assumption, not fact.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • Laughing

      @Anton LaVey (ACTS)

      Look at you with your fancy new name. I must admit, I don't get it, I think I like ACTS better.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
    • Anton LaVey

      Laughing

      @Anton LaVey (ACTS)

      Look at you with your fancy new name. I must admit, I don't get it, I think I like ACTS better.

      ----
      I will be dropping the ACTS part that was there so some knew who I was.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  5. John

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGSvqMBj-ig
    .

    September 7, 2011 at 10:27 am |
  6. Karen

    Wow! It's disgusting to read the hateful and morbidly prejudiced comments posted here. If people actually believe Muslims worship 8-headed gods and snakes then there is a problem. It is easy to hide behind pseudonyms on the internet because no one can see your face so you are saved from the embarrassment that comes from spewing such ignorant comments publicly because you will be called out and look very stupid. As Americans, we need to be checking our facts and our sources before we speak if we really claim to be 'defenders of Truth' ~ this is shameful. My one and only advice here is – Get yourself a copy of the Quran (holy book of Islam) – there are free copies available in so many places and no one locks up or keeps the Quran hidden – so get that copy, read it and then see if there are any lies or anti-humanity thoughts in there – to understand Judaism or Jews will you go to holocaust deniers and Jew-haters to get your information, instead of Jews themselves? Then why would you go to Muslim haters to learn about Islam? Don't let selfish politicians, crafty media pundits, self-described experts or just plain haters poison and control your mind. They don't have a right to your brain for God's sake. That belongs to you and you alone.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:26 am |
    • GB

      Jews, Muslims, and Christians all follow psychotic ramblings of primitive peoples without question.
      Anonymity can give a certain amount of protection against the psychotically violent religious people who read these things.
      You won't catch me going into a church to tell them how truly insane they are. Nope. It's much safer to do it from a distance anonymously.
      All those religions strongly advocate murder against unbelievers and many unbelievers have been murdered as a consequence. So f-ck you and your "hiding behind the internet" jazz. It happens to be the prudent thing to do while advocating for the truth.

      September 7, 2011 at 10:37 am |
  7. Rainer Braendlein

    Sura 9: Verse 111 of the wicked Koran:

    Lo! Allah hath bought from the believers their lives and their wealth because the Garden will be theirs: they shall fight in the way of Allah and shall slay and be slain. It is a promise which is binding on Him in the Torah and the gospel and the Qur’an. Who fulfilleth His covenant better than Allah? Rejoice then in your bargain that ye have made, for that is the supreme triumph.
    ( سورة التوبة , At-Taubah, Chapter #9, Verse #111)

    Note: "Garden" means heaven or paradise, believer means Muslim. Meaning: Jihadists will surely get into heaven.

    (I don't know, what made Muhammad to claim that the gospel would support Jihad.)

    September 7, 2011 at 10:22 am |
    • Gamal

      First of all, you misunderstood the verse. Second of all, murdering is the second baddest sin in Islam. Third of all, Jihad means struggle. Fourth of all, not all Muslims are bad just like not all Christians or Jews are bad. Fifth of all, the Koran says that god created people to worship him. He didn't create people to murder each other.

      September 7, 2011 at 10:31 am |
  8. Loren

    Someone posted that people fear what they don't understand. The problem with Islam is that its followers are making the tenets of the religion known and Americans don't like what they see for good reason. Islam is based on the principle that it is the governing body of life in society and rules throught the mosques. That is fundamentally at odds with the rule of law. Islam as preached by its imams is diametrically opposed to America.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:05 am |
    • AGuest9

      Please also inform the presidential candidates of this, as well. I don't want someone's husband or preacher or god telling them how to govern.

      September 7, 2011 at 10:16 am |
  9. Perry

    If Islam is supposedly a religion of peace and tolerance, than why do we not see a movement to rid the muslim world of the Taliban and other hate groups?

    September 7, 2011 at 10:02 am |
    • Gamal

      The taliban and those other hated groups are doing things that are forbidden by Islam.

      September 7, 2011 at 10:05 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      @Gamal

      You are a liar!

      September 7, 2011 at 10:12 am |
    • Gamal

      No am not. Am a Muslim and I won't lie about my religion. Islam is just misunderstood by many people like you.

      September 7, 2011 at 10:18 am |
    • GB

      The Koran says to lie whenever it suits a Muslim to do so, and like other religious texts it contradicts itself so that many lies can be supported no matter the subject.

      September 7, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • Gamal

      lying is forbidden in Islam.

      September 7, 2011 at 10:34 am |
    • GB

      Lying is not forbidden by the Koran. In fact it is expressly commanded for every Muslim to lie – especially to non-Muslims.

      September 7, 2011 at 10:40 am |
    • Laughing

      @GB

      Same holds true for Christianity and Judaism. Don't believe me? Look at the OT and the Ten commandments. Thou Shall not kill seems pretty simple, what it really means though is thou shall not kill a jewish person. The god in the OT has no qualms about killing gentiles, but to kill a jewish person is absolutely forbidden. It's in-group mentality that you follow just as much as muslims do, whether you like it or not.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  10. Gamal

    Muslims are not terrorists or bad people. People misunderstand Islam. Terrorism is forbidden in Islam and so is committing suicide or doing bad deeds.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:01 am |
  11. sbast18

    People are always afraid of what they don't understand. With respect to Sharia law, I seriously doubt that the women of our country would ever allow it to occur. Besides, freedom of expression are two core values that made our country successful. Essentially, Americans may still be fast asleep behind the political and societal wheels, but we tend to wake up when new values are forced upon our daily lives, or when some new daily requirement profoundly effects our personal freedom. At least, lets hope so. Meanwhile, our erosion of rights will continue until, finally, we find ourselves socially and legally beheaded in some very personal manner. Unfortunately, that day, thanks to our misguided liberal friends and pals, may not be so far off. Until then? No worries. It's latte and designer cel phones, as usual, for us all. Now go back to sleep.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:44 am |
    • sbast18

      Don't get too excited, Liberals. Yes, I saw my mistake. Sue me 🙂

      September 7, 2011 at 9:48 am |
  12. josh rogen

    primitive religions and modern freedoms don't mix

    September 7, 2011 at 9:40 am |
  13. mejazzbo

    Church and state are supposed to be separate in the US, but that seems to be all politicians can talk about with authority in their voices.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:32 am |
    • mejazzbo

      pardon: but RELIGION seems to be all politicians can talk about with authority in their voices.

      September 7, 2011 at 9:35 am |
    • AGuest9

      Well, the right-wing politicians, anyway.

      September 7, 2011 at 9:45 am |
  14. USandCDN

    AJ, you may try to come across as a polite, kind person that just wants to get along. But when you identify yourself as a muslim you immediately put up a wall between you and most of us. The religion you adhere to teaches that you should kill those that do not want to join your religion. It teaches there should be no religious freedom and that women are owned by their husbands. This is not how western society has evolved. Although our society is not perfect we do not want it to become like the one you are from. In the east it seems like religion and society are one. Unless you were prepared to leave all your old country ways when you arrived here you should not have come.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:29 am |
    • myweightinwords

      The argument could be made that the bible teaches the same.

      The issue is that both religions are based on a text written at a time when women WERE owned by their fathers and husbands, at a time when it was accepted and normal to slaughter those who opposed you, to keep your race and religion pure.

      Society has evolved from those days, and in the best representations of both Christianity and Islam, the religion has as well. It is only those who adhere to literal interpretations of the texts that insist on living as a society did centuries ago.

      September 7, 2011 at 10:20 am |
    • J.W

      I agree myweightinwords. I always that we should add more chapters to the Bible to modernize it. Unfortunately no one would ever agree of what to put in it so it will never happen.

      September 7, 2011 at 10:37 am |
    • myweightinwords

      @J.W And the uproar at even the suggestion of adding anything to it would spark a whole new cycle of hatred, fear and attack...after all the text itself says that nothing should be added to it. Vicious circle that.

      September 7, 2011 at 10:40 am |
    • J.W

      Oh yeah I guess I forgot that it said that. Well we would have to create sort of a new Bible maybe. That way we would not be adding to the original text. Although if you think about the text is added to alot. Like take people who say that gambling is a sin. Well it does not say anything about gambling in the Bible. So in that way the text is added to, in that people read things into it that are not there.

      September 7, 2011 at 10:46 am |
    • myweightinwords

      @J.W,

      Very true. People read things into it all the time.

      I've often considered what it would take to write a new text, taking in all the best of the existing texts and religious teachings...and wondered if it might lead to a religion that actually promoted peace.

      September 7, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • J.W

      I think that a modernized view of the text would promote peace. I think younger generations are starting to see the effect that wars can have and want peace. I think there is more information available to us today that we can learn more about others and move past the prejudices that cause some of the violence we have today. Unfortunately the people who want war are still the ones in power, but hopefully that will change.

      September 7, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  15. mmm

    This report means absolutely nothing. There are 308 MILLION Americans. How can we make such a radical assumption based on 2000 people? What if the people were called were all rednecks? This makes no sense. Pointless article.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:25 am |
    • Naomi

      its called sampling, buddy. they teach it in survey methodology courses.

      Unfortunately, I feel this poll is right on the nose, too many Americans see the lunacy in others practices, but not their own.

      September 7, 2011 at 9:40 am |
  16. AJ

    No one should feel uncomfortable from Muslims, we are human being like your are, don't try to separate people in groups of religion or culture. Everyone is same on this planet earth, I appeal to everyone Please be united as a human being, not as a cultural or religious group, because it leads to separation of people. Thanks

    September 7, 2011 at 9:13 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      @AJ

      Muslims would be really kind, when they would accept a great international council of all Western theologians, Western historians and Islamic leaders, which shall figure out, what Islam really is and what is the meaning of the doctrine of the Koran. Furthermore they should have a look on Islamic history.

      Dear Muslims, stop to hide or deny the evil doctrines of the Koran. As long as you are not honest, you are disqualified from the democratic world.

      However, you are still invited to discuss with us the Koran. Come on! Any fear?

      September 7, 2011 at 9:21 am |
    • total

      AJ, speaking only for myself, I will never tolerate muslims or your religion. Your so called "religion" is a sham and a front for terrorists. If you want to do your thing in the middle east somewhere, then by all means, go have fun. But don't come to where I live and expect me to be friendly. It isn't going to happen.

      September 7, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • AGuest9

      Gee, AJ, you have a PROBLEM with a bunch of people in the village market firing AK-47s in the air as part of a celebration?

      September 7, 2011 at 10:13 am |
  17. Rainer Braendlein

    Although I am convinced that Islam is extremly dangerous, I am convinced there is a more dangerous enemy.

    The greatest threat for the USA and Europe is the secularism. The more secular (profane, godless) we become, the more we lose God's protection. I am aware that for a profane man my statement seems to be ridiculous. I give that a damn. I am convinced that we need God's protection.

    Just have a look on the weather. No man can control it. It ialso cannot be really computed, because many events, influencing the weather, cannot be foreseen like big volcanic eruptions, alternating sunshine, impact of big meteorites, etc..

    For some years we experience a strange phenomenon in Germany. Former times April/May there was much rain and that was good, because at this time plants become green again and need a lot of water. Also young seedlings need a lot of water at this time. Now the weather has changed and April and May are much too dry. Thus farmers experience real losses.

    I think, not a few German farmers have yet started to pray again for rain at the right time. But can God hear the prayers of sinners. Germany more and more becomes a state of secular (profane, godless) people, that means sinners. They give a damn about God in everyday life, but when there is a natural disaster, they want God to help them. That will not work.

    Let us join Jesus Christ as long as there is opportunity, best case right now, today!

    Gospel of Mark, Chapter 16:

    15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

    The gospel: Jesus died for our sins on the cross. He can set us free, if we believe this and get baptized.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:05 am |
    • Irrev.

      The sooner the West can become secular (free from religion, less backward) the sooner we can get over a source of division and global conflict.
      "And two-thirds of those polled said there should be strict separation between church and state."
      Time will come where this particular value of the founding fathers is fully implemented, and we will all be better for it.

      September 7, 2011 at 9:46 am |
    • Sue

      Irrev, great post. The mindset, and lack of clear thinking, by the Rainer's of the country is one of our greatest dangers. The Christian beliefs in a personal, loving god are utterly absurd. In addition, the abdication of personal responsibility that supposed forgiveness of sin represents is an affront to fairness among humans.

      Rainer, god offers you no protection because your god does not exist. Get over your idiotic Jesus scapegoat story already, get past your sky fairy blanket, grow some courage, and start working on fixing our broken country.

      September 7, 2011 at 9:54 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      @Irrev./Sue

      Your destiny: Starvation, need, darkness, backwardness in the cottages of the nullifidians!

      In contrast the destiny of Jerusalem (the Christian Church): Plenteousness within thy palaces!

      September 7, 2011 at 10:09 am |
    • Sue

      Rainer: your post is false, and represents a false dichotomy too. Look it up.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • Sue

      And Rainer, don't accuse us of "backwardness", as-shole,, as you promote your obsolete religion in your incessant, rambling posts. We are the future; you are the stupid and ignorant.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  18. Elias

    Bottom Line: Seniors, Evangelicals, Tea-party followers (but in general republicans) and Fox news viewers or some combination of these groups dislike Muslims and Islam. Nothing new there... The same group of people are misinformed and misguided about almost every social, economical and political issue that faces the Americans today. The media sources that these people trust have found a way to channel the socioeconomical frustrations of these groups to various scapegoats. Islam, immigration, sharia are just some of these scapegoats.

    To the commentators who are bravely trying to uphold the American values of religious tolerance here, I am sorry to say that your valiant efforts are wasted on a bunch of people who are never going to change their minds because their minds are already made up by someone else.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:47 am |
    • Najaf

      Americans should only be afraid of their own GOV. COMMON SENSE

      September 7, 2011 at 9:03 am |
    • QPro

      You said it Elias.. I hope we start thinking and look for real problems, so we could solve them and live with Peace.

      September 7, 2011 at 9:15 am |
    • sbast18

      Those are very bold, liberal statements, Elias. Thank you for offering up my opinions, fears and informational preferences – and those of my friends, as well. Had we actually known each other prior to your post, you may actually have written something worthy of an intellectual. However.... Please recall that knowledge is only as enriching as the facts upon which that knowledge is based. Certainly, your facts stretch no further than commentary clumsily rendered from a single, flawed, opinion.

      September 7, 2011 at 9:27 am |
  19. Rev. Rick

    Quoting from the article, "Forty-seven percent of survey respondents said the values of Islam are at odds with American values."

    Hmmmm. Even though I'm a recovering conservative Christian, I have no problem with friends, family or neighbors who don't share my religious beliefs. But let's take a look at history. Christianity exited the Middle East and has thrived in the West and in Europe along side democracy. Christianity is a minority religion in the Middle East, especially in Muslim-dominated countries. But just how stable are the politics, and how "freely" are other religions (like Christianity) accepted and tolerated in Muslim countries? Iran is a prime example.

    I am proud to be an American, and I'm proud to live in a country that is open to other faiths and other denominations. However, the religion of Islam does not have a very good socio-political track record in coutries where that religion is dominate. Until Muslims can prove that they can keep their own house in order, I certainly don't want them running my country.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:40 am |
  20. pjoe

    Islam ... no thanks. I'm not going to bow down to your idols.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:37 am |
    • Joe Christianson

      Damn right..

      September 7, 2011 at 8:41 am |
    • myweightinwords

      No one is asking you to bow down to anything.

      All that is expected is that you treat them as human beings and fellow citizens with the same rights to freedom of religion and speech that you enjoy.

      September 7, 2011 at 10:24 am |
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