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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. Lewis

    Most people (Americans included) fear any right wing radical group. It just so happens this groups also supports violence as a means to an end.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
    • Robin Bray

      Just like christian americans do by bombing nations who have different opinions they they do.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  2. Michael

    This comment is for TBM._______Knowing the Bible doesn't help a person get into heaven. According to Matthew 7:21, Jesus said firmly that a person calling him Lord Lord is not a guarantee that he or she will go to heaven. Only those who do the will of my Father in Heaven.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
    • Prof

      Michael...get an education.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
  3. ab_contador

    I don't respect any religion, but Christianity and Islam are two of the worst offenders - note how the most educated countries are becoming less and less religious (says something about us doesn't it)

    September 6, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
    • WrshipWarior

      This country (USA) would not exist if not for the faith of the founding fathers who, by the way, were not Muslim but worshiped the Lord. Also, do you ever wonder why time changed from BC to AD? Think about who was alive then... Now that says something!

      September 6, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
    • *frank*

      Australia's fixing that.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
    • MGrant

      Uh..NO..Most of the Founding Fathers were Deists....there's a BIG difference!!!

      September 6, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  4. AnAmerican

    Ah, Islam.

    Gotta love it..

    Or they'll kill you.

    Actually, They'll probably kill you anyway.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
    • Mk2

      Lets not forget they treat women like slave cattle .

      September 6, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
    • Mohammy Salamy

      And they like long intimate walks with Camels!

      September 6, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
    • cmxsmitty

      "You've got to kill the terrorists before the killing stops. And I'm for the president to chase them all over the world. If it takes 10 years, blow them all away in the name of the Lord." Jerry Falwell

      September 6, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
    • cmxsmitty

      "The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians." –Pat Robertson

      September 6, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  5. Mohammy Salamy

    Many Americans do not trust Muslims and they have not even read the Qur'an or the Hadith (explanations of the teachings of Muhammad). If Americans did read these texts, even more Americans would not trust Muslims.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
  6. Teemee

    Gee, I wonder why? Is it that they are allowed to be themselves in America (build mosques, while their women look like they are about to rob a bank) while we have to conform to their rules over there (women have to wear the stupid scarf thing, Christianity and other ideas and beliefs are often suppressed, and often with violence)....Or is it the fact that they ALWAYS start trouble with violence with everyone (yes, before 9-11 and before the crusades they invaded Europe- google the Battle of Tours for details). Take your pick. We have no major problems with atheists, Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, or Jews- JUST Muslims. And it is the same way every where all over the world…. Again, gee , I wonder why?

    September 6, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
    • Kanuni

      Gee..may be you can try to be a bit open minded or Gee..may be you do not have to be full of hate and Gee..may be you can read some history books..regarding Islam

      September 6, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
    • james

      christians always fight amongst christians. i think its unfair to say we dont have problems with these religious groups, because these groups are diverse. most christians dont like other christians like how catholics are hated by like all other christians. look at the people not the religion, or the countries at least. the countries that we have issues with and the people are the arabs and the persians. iraq, afganastan, iran, and pakistan.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:12 am |
  7. David

    I personally worked with M. Khan referenced in this article. While having a different background than most "Americans," he espouses and practices many solid American principles and beliefs. It is a shame more from his part of the world cannot be as open as he is to our freedoms here in America.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
  8. sam

    Sounds like.... Bunch of ignorant people about world religions! – Have some respect.. God is one and he has sent down many messages ( you call then diff religion) through different prophets – rejecting one is like rejecting all. Doomsday is near all words are being recorded.. use your tong wisely....

    September 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
    • Franky

      I know this about Athiest , they are less likely to get divorced statistically, far more religiously tolerant, and suprising statistic athiest are less likely to commit crimes. Isn't that ironic.

      I don't believe in god but I fear him.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
    • Peter

      Yes Sam, use your tongue wisely. God sent ONLY one Son...Christ. There is ONLY one way to God...through Christ, not mohammad, not buddha, not anyone else...just Christ.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
    • Franky

      Did this god send a son. Why would a god need a son. Better yet, why would a god need humans at all.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
    • Franky

      I personally believe the gods live on olympus. I don't see why this would seem anymore or less likely than god having a son.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
    • Peter

      Franky, I thought you and your atheist friends were the authority on this??? New Testament...For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" John 3:16

      Problem with atheists is that you need/seek proof...there is none...it's called FAITH. It's a test...a test of FAITH.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
    • Toby

      There is no compelling reason to respect religion anymore than we should respect any idea(s). Religion has enjoyed commanding "respect" for a long time now, and this expectation becomes even more vocal once people actually question ideas and practices of religious adherents. Everyone has a right (in fact an obligation) to question ideological philosophies that teach hatred, misogyny, murder, and intolerance of others. What we are seeing now is that the intolerant (religious proponents) are telling the world that THEY are the victims of persecution and hatred when in fact it is precisely the doctrines and preachments of the religions that are destroying our world. If that isn't irony wrapped in the cloak of hypocrisy, I don't know what is. Peace.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
    • Franky

      Petey, Ironic your name is peter, I know what the book says. But let's exam this from a historical standpoint.

      The fact is

      #1 you base your premise on the assumption that the bible is true to begin with.

      #2 Early christians did not believe Jesus was the son of god nor did his followers.

      #3 Jesus himself never called himself the son of god. The only reference in the bible to this effect is when Jesus says I'm in the house of my father while in the temple. But is that literal? Are we not all the children of god?

      #4 It was not decided until 400 years after Jesus death at the Council of Nicea that Jesus was the son of god. Many sects nor books viewed Jesus as the literal son of god, notable example, Gnostics, and Muslims don't today although they believe Jesus is a prophet. Jews obviously don't believe Jesus is a prophet or the son of god.

      So, saying Jesus is the son of god, is based on the simple premise that because the bible which was not written by Jesus himself, which wasn't even written by a disciple of Jesus or disciples, which wasn't started until several generations after Jesus's says he was the son of god, that makes it true? Yes, I know more about the bible, it's history, and likely it's passages than you do. That's the difference between athiest, which I really wouldn't say I am, is that they actually study a belief before they decide for or against it.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
    • Peter

      Ok Franky...now I'm really going, but you're still dribbling.

      The name "Christian" comes from being a follower of Christ:)

      Jesus didn't say he was the Son of God hey..."'What about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, "I am God's Son"? Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does. But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.' Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp." (John 10:36-39)

      No need to make stuff up to try and justify your thoughts...

      September 6, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
    • Franky

      So, Petey let me know again where in the bible he says "I am literally the son of god". Moreover, something so important in all of the bible appears tentively in 2 passages through out the bible, that even hint at him being the literally son of god. Call this a court of law I would think surely , the bible would be littered with such an important passage. Luke also calls Adam, the son of god. Luke 3:38. So, is Adam literally the son of god as well. This seems to be a contradiction. I thought Jesus was the only son of god. Moreover, let's look at this logically, why would God need a son?

      September 7, 2011 at 12:09 am |
  9. cmxsmitty

    "I don´t know that atheists should be considered citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God." Former American President George Bush

    September 6, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
    • Franky

      I know this about Athiest , they are less likely to get divorced statistically, far more religiously tolerant, and suprising statistic athiest are less likely to commit crimes. Isn't that ironic.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
    • Mohammy Salamy

      Awesome quote!

      September 6, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
    • TBM

      Don't forget that they also know more about the bible then the average christian.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
    • Franky

      Yup, that is also ironic, I own a koran, torah, and KJ bible, TAo Tse Ching and Bhaga'vida ...

      September 6, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
    • Peter

      TBM and Franky...if you know more about the Bible than most Christians, you obviously haven't read it very well. Love to know where you get your info about atheists being such citizens in good standing...new to me.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
    • Mohammy Salamy

      Atheists are citizens of good standing in their own head, because they create their own morality. Atheists are more religious than most Christians. Their God is their mind and they evangelize more than the average Christian about their faith and beliefs.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
    • Franky

      Here you go ...

      http://atheismexposed.tripod.com/atheists_divorce.htm

      http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-121066.0.html

      Do a search yourself. There have been several studies on the subject. You don't need to believe in god to do the right thing, buddy.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
    • TBM

      I did not say I knew more. I have tried to read the bible but gave up because it was so insane.

      Here is a link to the article

      http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/09/28/130191248/atheists-and-agnostics-know-more-about-bible-than-religious

      September 6, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
    • Franky

      Mohammy, this is not a matter of opinion or how athiest view themselves, it's simple statistics.

      Those marriages in which the participants identified themselves as athiest had lower rates than those marriages that identified themselves as christian.

      Individuals who identified themselves as believing in god had higher rates of crime, or rather nations, that higher rates of "god believers" also had higher rates of crime compared to those nations that had higher rates of athiesm.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
    • Peter

      I agree. You don't need to be a Christian to do the right thing. You need to be a Christian, a true Christian, to be forgiven. A TRUE Christian is a very rare thing. I try, but I fall flat on my face every day. God is in you, but you chose to see it as something different. If you're a good bloke, then more power to you. I just hate to see you miss the point...and the boat.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
    • Steve

      It is new to you Peter. You know why? Because your pastor/priest lied to you. The average atheist lives a very quite and happy life. They tend to be on average a more law abiding and peaceful citizen than the average Christian.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
    • LEB

      When you compare the percentage of inmates in prison who are Christian to the entire Christian population, and then compare the percentage of atheist/agnostic/non-deists with the entire atheist/agnostic/non-deist population, there are FAR more criminals who call themselves "Christian" rather than those who identify themselves as non-religious. Atheists in general are better educated, more socially liberal (read: supporters of strong civil rights), and less likely to get divorced. We're better Americans than Christian Americans are.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
    • Peter

      TBM...i'd like to see how many folks were questioned for a start, and either way it couldn't be a large number. 2 – as it states most Americans grew up in some kind of church/religion and left, once they got older or whatever. Therefore they are now agnostics or atheists, but they now what happens in church, because they've been there. 3. I know a ton of people who went to church with their parents, weren't interested because of their age and now still call themselves Catholic or whatever and therefore consider themselves a Christian, but know nothing about it.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
    • Colin

      In my experience, the whole atheist v. theist debate boils down to how prepared one is to rise above the bedtime stories one learned as a child and face a less caring, comforting reality. This is a post I have made before, which seems germane to the discussion at hand. It is 10 reasons you know you are an atheist.

      1. You were likely brought up a theist (probably a Christian if you live in the USA) and had to do your own thinking to rise above the beliefs that still occupy the mind of the believer. This usually involved being smart and working hard at school and college so as to get a good, accurate view of the natural Universe and overcoming significant social pressure to dumb yourself down and conform. In short, you had the guts to ask the hard questions and the brains to spot the weak answers. The more you came to understand the Universe, the less reason there was to believe in a god and the more you came to appreciate human nature, the more you understood why billions of us still do.

      2. While rejecting the supernatural elements of the Bible, you nevertheless retain a large amount of the morality taught today by mainstream Christianity. To the extent you reject Christian morality, it is where it is mean spirited – such as in the way it seeks to curtail freedoms or oppose the rights of $exual minorities. In most other respects, your basic moral outlook is indistinguishable from that of the liberal Christian – you just don’t need the mother of all carrots and sticks hanging over your head in order to act in a manner that you consider moral.

      3. You know a great deal more about the Bible than most believers. This is because you took the time to read it yourself and did not rely on the primary-color simple stories you learned in Sunday school. You have also probably done some research into the historical Jesus and have a good handle on where he REALLY fit in to the broader picture of the Middle East at the time. Needless to say, his miracles and other magic powers soon started to look pretty unlikely.

      4. Your knowledge of basic science and history is much stronger than that of your average believer. You likely have a basic working knowledge of physics, astronomy, evolutionary biology and cosmology and a good idea of the history of life on this planet. This acc.umulated knowledge puts you in a position to judge the claims of the Bible in a critical light and they are almost always found wanting. To the theist, this makes you “elitist” and ‘arrogant”.

      5. You relish your role as a religious minority in the USA, as this gives you an impetus to fight and you understand how others with unpopular, but doubtlessly correct views have felt throughout history. There is something altogether satisfying to you about having a deep conviction you are right and being viewed with disdain for your views by the errant majority. You feel a quiet confidence that future generations will look back on you as a member of a class of trailblazers, as religious supersti.tions go into inevitable decline in popularity.

      6. You are likely more environmentally aware than your theist friends and colleagues and unlikely to fall for claims of industry and wind-bag politicians concerning the impact of man’s activities on the environment. You could no more act in an environmentally irresponsible manner because “god will keep us safe” than you could jump of a ship, believing King Neptune will keep you safe.

      7. You generally have a live and let live atti.tude, but will fiercely defend any attempts by theists to thrust their views on you or your children, directly or through control of school boards, the legislature or the executive. While you are prepared to debate and argue passionately with the theist on an intellectual level, you would never wish them harm or ill will. You know you are likely to be smugly told you will “burn in hell for all eternity” for your healthy skepticism. This highlights what you despise about religion, as you would not wish a bad sunburn on another, simply because they have a different religious view to you. You have never heard of an evolutionary biologist strapping a bomb to himself and running into a church yelling “Darwin-u akbar”.

      8. You likely know more about other religions than your average theist. This makes you less fearful of them and enables you to see parallels. You realize that, if you were born in India, you would have been brought up with a totally different religion. You realize that every culture that has ever existed has had its own god(s) and they always favor that particular culture, its hopes, dreams and prejudices. They cannot all exist and you see the error all faiths make of thinking only theirs exist(s). This “rising above” the regional nature of all religions was probably instrumental in your achieving atheism.

      9. You likely have a deep, genuine appreciation of the fathomless beauty and unbelievable complexity of our Universe, from the 4 nucleotides that orchestrate every aspect of you, through to the distant quasars, without having to think it was all made for you. You likely get more out of being the irrelevant ant staring up at the cosmos than you do in having to pretend that it was all made to turn in majestic black-and-white pirouette about you.

      10. While you have a survival instinct, you cannot fear death in the way the theist does. You know that the whole final judgment story, where you may be sent to hell if you fail, is Dark Ages nonsense meant to keep the Church’s authority. You also know that you were dead for 13,700,000,000 years before you were born. It is impossible for you to fear death, for the simple reason that you know the capacity to fear (or to feel pain or discomfort) itself dies. You will not even know you are dead. Fear of death is as meaningless to you as is the fear of a vacuum, the fear of not being born. You feel a lot more secure, and indeed a deep comfort, in this knowledge, than you would in trying to yoke yourself to some quasi-hope that every part of your intellect tells you is untenable.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
    • Peter

      Ahhh Steve, I don't have a pastor or a priest. Just as the atheists here beat their chest about having read everything and come to the conclusion that there is no God..or he lives on Olympus or wherever...I have read most things and my conclusion is that there is a God, and there is a Jesus Christ and I have had things happen in my life that point me in that direction. I am still learning, but my conviction grows stronger every day, even when bad things happen. Please don't presume to know anything about me or use a priest/paster of church as your dartboard because you're speaking garbage.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
    • Franky

      Again, Petey I don't kill because I don't want someone to kill me, I don't steal because I don't want to be stolen from. If I'm going to get lucky enough to get married, it's because I want to, hope to have some kids, and found a good match. NOt because god tells me to or fearing some fire and brimstone. I suspect Athiest rely on rationality thusly they are good citizen's because being irrational tends to lead to you doing stupid things. I.e. religious zealousness. People will do anything in the name of god and that is the issue. If you can justify it as the thing god would want you do it gives you license, and that's the danger. Athiest and Agnostic no that if they are doing something wrong it's most likely because they chose to do so. Moreover, I would suspect that many athiest and agnostic have fairly comfortable lives , another reason to turn to religion is because you don't have, and religion and god give people hope. Not believing is actual far tougher because if things are not going right in your life who do you turn to?

      September 6, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
    • mw

      "They desire that ye should be infidels as they are infidels, and that ye should be alike. Take therefore none of them for friends, till they have fled their homes for the cause of God. If they turn back, then size them, and slay them wherever ye find them; but take none of them as friends or helpers" -The Koran, (sura 4:90) "Men are superior to women on account of the qualities with which God hath gifted the one above the other," -sura 4:37 "a blessing on anyone who seizes your babies and shatters them against a rock" -psalms 137:9 (Jerusalem Bible)

      September 6, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
    • Franky

      Colin couldn't have said it better myself. The best part is how arrogant people think they are or even unique in this universe to think this was all made for us. The sheer size of the universe should quickly remind you how insignificant we actually are. I don't think people quite comprehend how large this universe happens to be. And even more to the point, assume god exists, did he create the cosmos out of boredom. Because he needs love? Or to be worshipped? I know if I were god I'm pretty sure I wouldn't need anything.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
    • Peter

      Well Franky-boy, you appear to be dribbling and missing the 'r' key which is 2 over from the 'y' key that you keep hitting. So before I sign off, I'd like you to know that I am married with children which has nothing to do with the Bible or God. As matter of fact is says in there that you should not get married if you don't want to...look it up. I got married because I was in love and wanted to have my own family. You're arguments are weak and you obviously have a chip on your shoulder for Christians. Doesn't bother me in the least...it's your loss. But if you keep calling me Petey I'm going to go Muslim on you:)

      September 6, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
    • Franky

      Colin couldn't have said it better myself. The best part is how arrogant people think they are or even unique in this universe to think this was all made for us. The sheer size of the universe should quickly remind you how insignificant we actually are. I don't think people quite comprehend how large this universe happens to be. And even more to the point, assume god exists, did he create the cosmos out of boredom. Because he needs love? Or to be worshipped? I know if I were god I'm pretty sure I wouldn't need anything.

      This is not duplicate post.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
    • Franky

      MW

      "Thus Joshua struck all the land, the hill country and the Negev and the lowland and the slopes and all their kings. He left no survivor, but he utterly destroyed all who breathed, just as the LORD, the God of Israel, had commanded." (Joshua 10:40)

      What was that about God in the bible ???

      September 6, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
  10. Darling

    The media needs to stop its religious hate frenzy!! This only brings out the meanest and vilest sharks!!

    September 6, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
    • Anon

      Have you read the Quran? Read it and then realize why so many people are against islam. Until then you have no right to judge.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
    • Franky

      Anon, have you read it. How about the old testament have you read that one as well?

      September 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
    • TBM

      The rest of us have been putting up with religious violence and hatred for hundreds of years. I don't condone hatred against anyone. The religious playing the persecution card is really laughable.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  11. cmxsmitty

    "You've got to kill the terrorists before the killing stops. And I'm for the president to chase them all over the world. If it takes 10 years, blow them all away in the name of the Lord." Jerry Falwell

    September 6, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  12. ruemorgue

    Islam is *both* a religion and a political system. It is fundamentally impossible to have separation of Church and State with Islam. Many Christian Fundamentalists would love to remove the concept of separation of church and state, but it won't happen in the USA. Also, even radical Christian Fundamentalist won't resort to violence as the Jihadists do. They've grown up in a ssystem that has the separation, and althoough they don't like it, they work within the system. The same can not be said of Islam and *its' teachings.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
    • mickey1313

      Christian fundalmentalests dont resort to that level? are you high? Many many docters are assanated by christian zelots who believe they can play god with the lives of abortion docters. So stop your thestic protectionism. All thiests are evil vile monsters that should be put to dust like rabid dogs. The filth of the Abarhamic faiths will be purged from this earth.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
    • cmxsmitty

      "The idea that religion and politics don't mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country." Jerry Falwell

      September 6, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
    • Franky

      How is it a political system? I find this no different from fundamentalist christians who feel that church and state should not be seperated and the law of god is above state.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
    • Peter

      Mickey...are you high? "Many many..." one thing I love about America...the exaggeration is mind blowing. How many "World's Best" hamburgers can there be in one country? Is the super bowl winning team the World Champions? Is it really the World Series? Time to get real son. If someone murders someone then they're not a Christian, are they?

      September 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
    • TBM

      Have you forgotten about Norway already? The number of people this Christian killed makes suicide bombers jealous!

      September 6, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
    • Peter

      TBM...once again..he's not a Christian is he. He may claim to be one, but he's not. It's written very plainly, that you don't just up and murder people.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
  13. Steve

    If you want to know what they are about, then read the book. They want to kill us and the book says that they do....Oh but that is an old interpretation Islam doesn't live according to those teachings any more. Really? Have you read the news lately? Maybe somebody needs to tell the ones blowing stuff up that it no longer applies. It really isn't that difficult!!!!

    September 6, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
    • Katherine

      The question is, why are the hate filled tenants of the Koran no longer valid but the passages in the Bible are (which is older by thousands of years)?

      September 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
    • mickey1313

      No doubt. Even mien kamph is a lighter less hate filled read. The quran is a book of hate violance and death.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
    • Mohammy Salamy

      You do realize that Muslims follow the teachings of the Bible also don't you???

      September 6, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
    • Anon

      Taqiyya= The Quran tells muslims to lie to infidels (anyone who doesn't follow islam) Can't trust them if they follow islam. Period.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
    • Mohammy Salamy

      Taqiyya = Obama

      September 6, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
    • cmxsmitty

      You do realize that Jesus is a great prophet in the Q'ran – right?

      September 6, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
    • Know What

      Katherine,

      Yeah, I had to evict some hate-filled tenants from a rental unit once... not easy.

      I think you mean 'tenets' 🙂

      September 6, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
    • james

      It tells people to respect others of faith in the kuran, it also says only to fight back when attacked. Look guys its not islam its self, but the people using it as a political tool to spread their own agendas. These terrorists are poor people of these third world countries who have been brainwashed by people within their community using the most powerful tool at their disposal, which is usually religion. This is not a new concept. If one looks at history, it can be observed that this same tactic was used to initiate the crusades (christians) the slaughter of the native americans (christians) the salem witch trials (christian). Neo nazis are radical christians, so are the kkk, that guy who killed all those people in the netherlands, and the oklahoma city bomber. These people use religion as a tool for violence and i am ashamed so many people in america can not make this distinction. Do not hate the muslims, hate those who would use the faith of others to spark the fires of war.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
    • Steve

      No hate in the Bible!!

      September 6, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
    • Mohammy Salamy

      @James –
      And whoever desires a religion other than Islam, it shall not be accepted from him, and in the hereafter he shall be one of the losers (3:85)

      “O ye who believe! Ward off from yourselves and your families a Fire whereof the fuel is men and stones, over which are set angels strong, severe, who resist not Allah in that which He commandeth them, but do that which they are commanded.” (66:6)

      Surely those who disbelieve in Allah and His messengers and (those who) desire to make a distinction between Allah and His messengers and say: ‘We believe in some and disbelieve in others’, and desire to take a course between (this and) that. These it is that are truly unbelievers, and We have prepared for the unbelievers a disgraceful chastisement. And those who believe in Allah and His messengers and do not make a distinction between any of them– Allah will grant them their rewards (4:150-152)

      But as for those who disbelieve, garments of fire will be cut out for them; boiling fluid will be poured down on their heads, Whereby that which is in their bellies, and their skins too, will be melted; And for them are hooked rods of iron Whenever, in their anguish, they would go forth from thence they are driven back therein and (it is said unto them): Taste the doom of burning. (22:19-22)

      September 6, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
    • Mohammy Salamy

      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. (5:51)

      O ye who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are near to you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allah is with those who keep their duty. (9:123)

      The Jews call Ezra a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah's curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth! (9:30)

      September 6, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
  14. Mohammy Salamy

    What I want to know is where are they finding all the 72 virgins to give each jihad warrior when he dies? What if the virgins aren't all women? And could some be camels??? Inquiring minds want to know...

    September 6, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  15. Katherine

    Hmm.... I believe the Christians conservative right are equally at odds with American values as well...

    September 6, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
    • Katherine

      Let me rephrase that... I think most Muslims want to be left alone but the whack jobs (i.e. radical fundamentalists) are not all that different then some people who are very close to knocking on the White House door.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
    • Mohammy Salamy

      Like our Muslim in Chief?

      September 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
    • Steve

      What odds specifically do Christians have against American values? Is it the love thy neighbor as thyself or is it do not murder, maybe it could be don't sleep with your friends wife, or possibly don't steal from people what they have worked hard for???

      September 6, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
    • Peter

      What? The problem is modern day America has little "values".

      September 6, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  16. cmxsmitty

    "The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians." –Pat Robertson

    Yeah – Muslims are really radical.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
    • Colin

      Just because many christians are nutty, does not mean committed Moslem's aren't.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
    • mickey1313

      funny, that sounds just like the country I want to live in, rock on pat. To bad his hyperboly is false, just like his faith in god.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
    • Kirk

      Love me some hyperboly. Hyperboly and grits yehaaaa.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  17. tjhawk

    I have read the koran. Then I read it again in the order in which the sura were written. This is important because in the case of a discrepancy, the one written later overrides (abrogates) the earlier verse. I have also read many hadith and other sira or stories of mohammeds life. I am not ignorant or a bigot, and yet, I find Islam repulsive and ridiculous. Now, I want to ask American muslims, if they honestly feel that I have a right to ridicule islam and mohammed if I find them ridiculous? Do muslims realize that every time a cartoonist, publlisher or comedian is threatened by muslims, this is simply a means of implementing a defacto sharia while the muslim can claim victimhood. I will forever resist muslim encroachment on the precious first amendment

    September 6, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
    • An American Muslim

      Tjhawk – your comment is so ridiculous, I know I should use better judgment and not waste my energy responding, but I can't resist. So... you read the Koran, and then reread it huh? It must've taken you a while... I mean not just reading it but interpreting and analyzing the texts. You must be a professor or researcher? Or you just have a lot of time on your hands. I'm a Muslim American who isn't really religious. I used to read it when I was younger and got through 15-20 suras out of the hundreds over my childhood. My cousins in the UAE, who are vewry religious have only read through it once and need to reread it to remember the meaning of suras.
      So in short – It's ok that you hate Islam, but don't pretend you actually understand it. Have religious Christians read the bible numerous times? Doubt it. Way to cloak your racist views out of ignorance by pretending to have knowledge on the matter

      September 6, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
    • Mohammy Salamy

      I have read the entire Bible at least 6 times. I have also read a majority of the Qur'an and could not finish it, many of the teachings are opposite the teachings of the Bible.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
    • sam

      OH Don't be such an ignorant, i just met recently a christian who became muslim and his ex-wife became muslim few weeks later.. their relatives now say "Mark after Islam is better than Mark before Islam" – if some students are bad you don't blame the teacher or whole class..

      September 6, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
    • Mohammy Salamy

      Have they received their terror bomb vests yet?

      September 6, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  18. Jim

    I may not believe the same way they do but I am not uncomfortable around muslims.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  19. Muneef

    Who are those Americans uncomfortable with Muslims? And which Muslims? Americans are not one race nor that Muslims are one race !! Guess issue has to be clear here which is which...since we can not blame all for the mischief of few...on both sides...

    September 6, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
    • Muneef

      From the photo above and the way the people are dressed we can tell that this is pointed at the Asian Muslims in particular... Poor guys their countries been invaded and destroyed by Americans and now they are being chased out of America....!?
      They should rather have stayed back and fought than be humiliated at some else backyard even if were invited to come and stay... See now already as invited in you are being expelled out...!

      September 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
    • MuslimGoHome

      ALL muslims. Take your violent religion and go elsewhere.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
    • Anon

      Anyone who follows the violent teachings of islam. If you think islam is a religion of peace do some research.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
    • GABBY

      Muneef: Asian Muslims? Muslim is a religion. The people in the Middle East and North Africa are not Asian. They are a sub-class of the Caucasian race, called Mediterranean. Mediterranean Caucasians are also Greeks and Italians. Skin color does not determine race.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:07 am |
    • Muneef

      Gabby.

      I think you got it wrong who is sub to who...!

      September 7, 2011 at 7:11 am |
    • GABBY

      Muneef: Anthropology 101. Look it up.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  20. ID

    Sure, lets all tune in to learn what Islam is all about and not read from the Quran. Could this be why Muslims is and WILL be the most divided religion in the world and yet is the fastest growing. Go figure.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
    • Kraken

      Mohammed's brother slept with 5 thugs and now we see the result -nothing.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
    • mickey1313

      My mothers uncle was a Cathloc priest, and it is well known amongst cathlocs that it is looked down upon to read the bible, and study it, unless you plan to enter the seminary. That is because the cathlocs realized centuries ago how evil there book was, and knew they had to find a way to inspire devotion but not intrest in reading it themselves, and that is how all of the cathloc ritual was created. All thiesm is brainwashing, and any weak minded fool that submits should be put down to save the 40% of this nation that IS smart enough to see the lies spread by thiests.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
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