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. Gita

    I can never feel safe around them knowing what I have lerned since 9/11.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
    • Robin Bray

      And did you learn this before 9/11? Any of you people with "American Values" remember the shooting down of Iran flight 655? It was a civilian jet airliner shot down by U.S. missiles on 3 July 1988, over the Strait of Hormuz It was destroyed by the U.S. Navy's guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes, killing all 290 passengers and crew aboard, including 66 children, ranking it ninth among the deadliest disasters in aviation history God Bless America, land of hypocrites!

      September 6, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
    • Kyle

      Thanks robin, for copying and pasting the same exact comment from above.

      Call us hypocrites, but the entire country was not behind that incident. Get your facts straight before spewing this garbage.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
    • Peter

      I don't think you "lerned" anything about Muslims except probably a lot of stereotypes. You also haven't "lerned" how to spell.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:01 am |
    • Peter

      Kyle wrote: "Call us hypocrites, but the entire country was not behind that incident. Get your facts straight before spewing this garbage.".....KYLE, IF YOU DON'T SEE THE IRONY OF GETTING MAD ABOUT BEING TIED WHOLESALE TO A TERRORIST ACT JUST BECAUSE YOUR CITIZENSHIP IS THE SAME AS THOSE WHO ORDERED THE ATTACK, THEN I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY TO YOU.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:05 am |
    • Kyle

      Peter, in response to the following statement:


      I give you this:

      Were Americans rejoicing in the streets when that plane went down?


      Were muslims all over the world rejoicing in the streets over 9/11?


      Care to revise your wise and benevolent "irony?" Or do you still just not know what to say?

      September 7, 2011 at 12:19 am |
    • Lindsay

      Kyle- please tell me that you watched the drunken college students celebrating, dancing, and waving flags in the streets when Bin Laden was killed?!?!? Do you have ANY IDEA what that looked like to the rest of the world? Maybe....that the ENTIRE COUNTRY was behind and supported it. Generalizations are the mark of a fool.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:36 am |
  2. Mary

    While most Americans want the separation of church and state, it's hard to distinguish among Muslims that split. Islam controls their lives and makes it at odds with American values. I've seen Muslim women walking behind men, wearing the burqas in my community. Muslim men and women don't pray together nor attend their mosques in an integrated setting. I certainly can't imagine raising a young female child to be subservient to a man in American society. American women have come so far in obtaining equal civil rights and its a throwback to past centuries to see Islamic women towing the line for men in the U.S. Wouldn't they be happier in Islamic countries where Islam is ingrained in the culture and they can be a part of it? The U.S. is primarily a Christian country, contrary to what others want to say about it.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
    • Huh

      Love your statement. If they do not like American society and culture, they are free to leave. They cannot come and forcibly change American culture. As a Christian myself, I believe in "live and let live." Islam does not believe that.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:00 am |
    • cekuhnen

      you like many other half educated person use the wrong understanding of the difference between what is religion and what is culture/tradition.

      great american value where the man expects the woman to do dishes and raise the kids while she expects him to buy her a large diamond ring for engagement.

      The differences are not that different to be quite honest.

      In Germany we also have Muslims in politics and they do not follow the culture or tradition of fundamentalists either.
      What about the right wing christian radicals in the USA? How do they values follow American Values ???

      People like you really need to educate yourself more before you make generalizations.

      I personally cannot stand Islamic fundamentalists as well as American right wing Christians who went to war in Iraq.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:01 am |
    • 2718

      You appear to be unaware that Islam and Christianity are both Abraham based faiths, their core beliefs are very similar. I'm also not quit sure where you got the idea that Christianity teaches the equality of men and women. The bible clearly states the opposite.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:02 am |
    • LKJ

      I'm a Muslim, Mary, and Islam does guide my life, but I see that as a very positive thing. In fact, it's one of the reasons I converted to Islam over 30 years ago. If you see my husband and me walking down the street, we will probably be walking together, maybe hand in hand-though there are times when he's so focused on the task ahead that he outpaces me. That's fine too–I'm more of a stop-and-smell-the-roses kind of a person than he is. We do pray in separate lines. So? I think it's probably easier to concentrate on the prayer that way. When I'm praying, I'm not supposed to be thinking about my husband or any other man, I'm supposed to be focused on God. And you asked why we don't all go to Muslim countries. Well, my husband is from Thailand, a country where Buddhists are in the majority. And the U.S. is my home. I have lived in Thailand briefly, but this is where I grew up and where I prefer to live. Why should I be asked to leave?

      September 7, 2011 at 12:05 am |
    • rstoutness

      do you feel the same way about nuns? Are they oppressed or second class b/c they cover their hair? Only in Saudi Arabia, Iran and Afghanistan are women forced to cover their hair. In the 50 other Muslim countries women do it by choice

      as far as integrated services, Jewish services are also often separate

      Muslim women are not second class. Islamic law is actually more favorable to women than biblical or Jewish law. For example, it says in the bible a woman should never teach a man and should be silent and subservient

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

      Obviously, 2718, has not read the Bible.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:10 am |
    • Stevie7

      @Huh – how exactly does demanding that women remain silent mean that women are equal? The 'Precious Moments' version of the bible doesn't count, btw.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:14 am |
    • 2718

      I read it cover to cover and am well aware of what it says. American Christians for some reason seem to forget that there is an old testament.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:16 am |
    • Kyle

      christians also don't realize that the old testament is to be followed according to the words of the rockstar himself, jesus. They ignore that and claim that the old testament is not to be followed. If they weren't sheep, they'd actually read what it has to say instead of believing everything the pastor at church tells them to.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:23 am |
    • omar

      The US is a secular country not a christian country.Our country was founded on the principles of freedom fo religion and seperation between church and state.I am a muslim ,I can tell you that the reason men and women don;t pray in integrated environments is to avoid distractions and to focus on the prayer not because women are less than men.I personally don;t want to be praying next to a woman because all I'll be thinking about is her and not god.Jews also do the same thing in temples by seperating between men and women in temples.A house of worship is built solely for that purpose,worship!

      September 7, 2011 at 2:01 am |
  3. Reality

    Why American's are uncomfortable with Islam:

    "o On the koranic passages and world domination:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Don Richardson

    September 6, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
    • Larry L

      Have you studied the Crusades? Religion is evil – theirs, yours, all of it.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
    • cekuhnen

      And what did the European countries do in the colonies?

      Man you have a 4th grader education and still repeat what you are told.

      All major cultured went onto wars, so did the Greek as well as Aztec, and your so beloved forefathers
      who invaded this country and killed the Indians you hypocrite.

      Learn a bit more about history and the nature of human kind – you might see some amazing similarities.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:04 am |
    • cekuhnen

      You also realize the moment Oil drops in Arabic countries they are finished.
      Great vision Allah had – man you need to chill.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:06 am |
    • Huh

      I agree with you. It's sad the West does to realise this threat. Islam is going to use the West's democracies to their own gain. Islam is not friendly. If successful, it will destroy all that stand against it. The freedom to worship as we please is this great nation of America, will be used against us. The freedom to choose our leaders will be used against us. I wish more people and politicians would wake up. Muslims are not the problem, it is Islam which pollutes the minds of otherwise intelligent, friendly, loving people.

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

      Larry, stop listening to Muslims. The Crusades was actually the reconquering of lands stolen and occupied by Islamic armies. Muslims always leave that part out.

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

      The Twenty (or so) Worst Things People Have Done to Each Other:

      from: http://necrometrics.com/warstatz.htm#u (required reading)

      The Muslim Conquest of India

      "The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      Rank <<<Death Toll <Cause <<Centuries<<<Religions/Groups involved*

      1. 63 million Second World War 20C (Christians et al and Communists/atheists vs. Christians et al, Nazi-Pagan and "Shintoists")

      2. 40 million Mao Zedong (mostly famine) 20C (Communism)

      3. 40 million Genghis Khan 13C (Shamanism or Tengriism)

      4. 27 million British India (mostly famine) 19C (Anglican)

      5. 25 million Fall of the Ming Dynasty 17C (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion)

      6. 20 million Taiping Rebellion 19C ( Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion vs. a form of Christianity)

      7. 20 million Joseph Stalin 20C (Communism)

      8. 19 million Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C (Islam)

      9. 17 million Timur Lenk 14C-15C

      10. 16 million Atlantic Slave Trade 15C-19C (Christianity)

      11. 15 million First World War 20C (Christians vs. Christians)

      12. 15 million Conquest of the Americas 15C-19C (Christians vs. Pagans)

      13. 13 million Muslim Conquest of India 11C-18C

      14. 10 million An Lushan Revolt 8C

      15. 10 million Xin Dynasty 1C

      16. 9 million Russian Civil War 20C (Christians vs Communists)

      17. 8 million Fall of Rome 5C (Pagans vs. Pagans)

      18. 8 million Congo Free State 19C-20C (Christians)

      19. 7½ million Thirty Years War 17C (Christians vs Christians)

      20. 7½ million Fall of the Yuan Dynasty 14C

      *:" Is religion responsible for more violent deaths than any other cause?

      A: No, of course not – unless you define religion so broadly as to be meaningless. Just take the four deadliest events of the 20th Century – Two World Wars, Red China and the Soviet Union – no religious motivation there, unless you consider every belief system to be a religion."

      Q: So, what you're saying is that religion has never killed anyone.

      A: Arrgh... You all-or-nothing people drive me crazy. There are many doc-umented examples where members of one religion try to exterminate the members of another religion. Causation is always complex, but if the only difference between two warring groups is religion, then that certainly sounds like a religious conflict to me. Is it the number one cause of mass homicide in human history? No. Of the 22 worst episodes of mass killing, maybe four were primarily religious. Is that a lot? Well, it's more than the number of wars fought over soccer, or s-ex (The Trojan and Sabine Wars don't even make the list.), but less than the number fought over land, money, glory or prestige.

      In my Index, I list 41 religious conflicts compared with 27 oppressions under "Communism", 24 under Colonialism, 2 under "Railroads" and 2 under "Scapegoats". Make of that what you will."

      September 7, 2011 at 7:25 am |
    • sharky

      @Larry L–

      You do realize the Crusades happened ages ago, and this is 2011. You also to realize religion is just a concept, as long as people exist there will be violence and destruction. People are the problem.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  4. Bella

    Let's stop regressing into the dark ages. Read Karen Armstrong's books and get some rational perspective or watch this clip and get enlightened:

    Look at your own history (if you can look back) whatever it is an you will find people who have committed noble, or horrendous acts. Your own ethnic group was most likely persecuted or the persecutor at one time or another over the centuries. Historically speaking when Islam spread it assimilated and did not mistreat (in fact, in many countries in past centuries Jews, Christians, and Muslims lived quite well with one another)

    The mass media's emphasis on playing to fear drives much of the misconceptions. Bigotry by any group against any group has existed since time immemorial and this storyline (as well as that of tolerance) has had countless of actors. Organized crimes, whether committed by a state (whether or not they acknowledge it as a crime), religious group, or crime syndicate are just that organized crime. Whoever they want it to resonate with just changes. It's something in the human condition which we all must rise above.

    Hmm.. "Islamic Terrorist" or "Islamist" for Muslim acts of violence or Domestic Extremist for the recent Norwegian Massacre... Hatred begets hatred no matter what form.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
    • SelfEvidentTruth

      Well said. I see u have an education!

      September 7, 2011 at 12:02 am |
  5. Robin Bray

    U.S. values. A useless buzz word like Moral majority was. Grow up and open your mind America.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  6. AT

    And to think, we once thought this way of Catholics.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
    • Robin Bray

      People still do. Geraldine Ferraro, the Democrat and the first major female vice presidential candidate came up against all kinds of anti-catholic bias. And yeah America she was a female VP candidate decades before Palin, when Palin was still in school.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
  7. pjusa

    The borders of all Islamic countries are covered with the blood of innocent people. Islam is a ever expanding tumor on the world fuel by oil money and opium. The sooner the world overcomes it's addiction to oil and heroin, the sooner Islam will return to the desert sands from whence it came.

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

      You do know that Judaism and Christianity were also born in the Middle East? Does that mean your comments apply to those as well

      September 6, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  8. Jimmmy

    Islam is a gutter religion that needs to wiped off the face of the Earth

    September 6, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
    • tallulah13

      I bet you watch Fox news.

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

      Tell that to the over 5,000 muslims in the military who protect you dummy!!!

      September 6, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
    • SelfEvidentTruth

      Jimmmy – You have the right to get your name changed legally. The correct spelling is Jimmy despite what your birth certificate must say. Keep an open mind.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
  9. tallulah13

    This says as much about Fox news as it does about Americans.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  10. jason

    We wonder why islam is always violent towards us well we have been killing people in the middle east for the past 30 years and have killed around 300,000 of them and they have killed about 10,500 of us i would have to say that is i lived in the middle east i would be just as mad as them we always say that the bible teaches peace but has the united states ever shown it i dont think so

    September 6, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
    • Jimmmy

      I would have to say your a phucking idiot

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

      I wish the folks running this country would actually crack open the bible and practice what Jesus Taught
      ... The whole world would be better off... and this is coming from a a Muslim.

      300,000 people dead? i didn't see that in the news so it must not be true!!! I just did a search on Faux News and i defnitely don't see it there so i know u are making this stuff up!!

      September 6, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
    • mj797

      I am from Egypt and I have to say that your comment shows you are viewing what is happening through too small a window of time. The middle-East has been anti-american for many, many decades. it has also been anti-West for much longer. and this has to do with Sharia law and certain interpretations of the Quran.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  11. roy

    this is really not complex. This country with all its current diversity has never really had any religious fanatics that have caused any serious destruction or death here yet. the country has had periodic fanatics and crazies but none on the scale of the muslims from the other side of the world that literally danced in the streets on sept 11,2001 when the images flashed around the world. These people hate us, are jealous of us, hate and want to kill all jews, loathe Christians, treat women like property-actually even worse, allow their courts to rule it is ok for a husband to beat a wife as long as no marks are left, and this is only a partial list. This is a religion in a time warp in the stone age wrapped up with men having power and control over women and lip service of any tolerance for any other religion other than their own. It is absolutely at the opposite end of the spectrum of the basis of the foundation of the principals of this country. The muslim "religion" of the middle east is inexorably tied together with a "way of life" is as different from american culture as earth is to pluto. Certainly, there are countless muslims in this country who believe in their religion and are fully assimilated to the american way of life. But unfortuately, there are milions and millions and millions of other muslims all over the world whose minds are in the stone age and who will always hate us and who cannot accept any other way of life. This is a war that has only just begun and we will all suffer for for decades to come. If this country will survive this most serious threat to its existence remains to be seen.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
    • SelfEvidentTruth

      if you wrote science fiction i would buy your books

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

      You cannot put all muslims with a few terrorists....When you do that...You show your ignorance.....I know many muslims who work in anti-terror military.....These brave people work to protect you and I.......Over 5,000 muslims are in our military....They work very hard to protect their brothers and sisters around the world....Stop your ignorance and hate!! Maybe one of these "muslims" will save your life some day!

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

      wow...lol I hate to be you so scared and living in fear of unknown

      September 6, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
    • TBM

      Darling, The problem I have is that the main stream moderate Muslims keep complaining about how the radicals and fundies have taken over their religion!!! Well they need to get active and take their religion back!!! But we don't see this, they just sit on the side lines letting them do it. So what do you expect! If the moderates don't take it back, they can't complain how we view them!

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

      @ TBM – don't assume if u don't see something on the headlines of CNN or foxnews it's not happening. More muslims are have died at the hands of these fanatics then anyone else.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
  12. firedude52

    Boy how I miss the late 50's and 60's. Life in America was good. "Happy Days" ...... now? Well it's heck on wheels and don't dare tell anyone what or might believe in or not or you might get shot. No matter what though as hard as some may try they can't take Christ out of me. Let them try.

    Fire Captain retired (33 years)
    on duty 9-11

    September 6, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
    • LEB

      Yeah, life in the 50s and 60s was good... if you weren't black, female, non-WASP, or suspected of being a member of the Communist party.

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

      I think that's what he was trying to say. Life was good for him but not others.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
  13. Darling

    Hahahahha Anyone afraid of a muslim is a total WUSSY!! ahhahhahahh Crawl back to your safe little dark holes people!! You are pathetic!!

    September 6, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
  14. Robert

    Notice the corrolation between violent behavior and level of education? Those who are committing crimes in this country are from the cultures that do not recognize the benefits of an education. Do you see Asian people shooting guns randomly? Of course not because they strive to improve their lot in life, plus they learn civility and empathy from their elders. Black and Hispanic cultures both embrace and emphasize how to secure material things such as gold chains, expensive cars and money without the extraordinary effort required to earn those things legally. Not every one of them, but clearly the majority. Their very cultures are corrupt which is not necessarily their collective fault, but they must suffer the consequences of their negative behavior by the community they impact. Frankly, I don't see an end to it.

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

      You can still be a well educated person and believe that some unseen deity wants you to blow yourself and 50 innocent people to bits. In fact, we know that most of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 had college degrees, were engineers, and one was a physician. Education is only PART of the problem-the real problem is that most people are credulous suckers who don't want to face the fact that we are alone in the universe and that death ends all. It is wishful thinking coupled with childish credulity that keeps people in chains and causes untold misery to millions. Peace.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
  15. ralk

    Gee I wonder why...all moslems do is terrorize people and k i ll people and stay mad at everyone for centuries and they don't even know why they are at war with anyone...they say islam is peaceful...sure show me where it is peaceful anywhere in the middle east right now. The treat their families like dirt...if a girl is suspect of doing something with a guy...the whole family kills her...they make them walk behind the men...the men can beat the women and yet idiots want to have sharia law in this country! Never going to happen! They brought this feeling of negativity on themselves...we will do what we have to to protect ourselves from these heathens that shouldn't be here in the first place!

    September 6, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
  16. warren

    You are all pathetic. Heaven and hell was created by the church to control people, the church even admitted it. Islam is the same all about control, the use of 72 virgins was a way to motivate people and tbh the only reason you beleive in such nonsense is because your parents lied to you just like they lied to you about santa claus just like the tooth fairy and the bogeyman. Free your mind people, open your minds and hearts to each other and beleive in yourselves not some imaginary freind.

    What is more desturbing a man saying he dont beleive in nothing but himself, or two people arguing on who's imaginary freind is better. ???

    September 6, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
    • WrshipWarior

      Obviously you worship the god of "self" in the religion of "selfishness".

      September 6, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
    • Robert

      I agree with everything you have said...but you really should go to school and learn how to write and speak properly before you voice your opinion in a public forum.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
    • david

      I would rather listen to educated religious people disagree with one another than listen to an uneducated atheist who can't spell.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
  17. sharky

    Islam and the West do not mix. It is no secret. It is quite evident.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
  18. Rod C. Venger

    Islam isn't just "at odds" with American values, it's completely incompatible with them.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
    • WrshipWarior

      Agreed since the god of Islam is not the God our founding fathers worshiped when this nation was established. We're definitely talking two completely different Gods.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
    • SelfEvidentTruth

      The last time i checked Jesus didn't teach to wipe out a race of people and enslave another.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  19. Isaac

    Christianity and American values are at odds as well. The whole notion of individuality and freedom are more in tune with Satanic thought. Do you think the Old or New Testament God is in favor of Democracy? Think again.

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

      What are you smokin, anda ie some 🙂

      September 6, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
  20. chris

    Poll: All Muslims are uncomfortable with an idea of building churches and synagogues in Mecca.
    Hypocrisy, isn't? Please spare all the excuses, how sacred Mecca is and how this is the Holiest city in Islam. From American point of view, America has its own “Mecca” and for the most part it is not welcoming Muslims.

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

      Which city would qualify as the "American Mecca"? Only religions like LDS were invented here and not where they have their center – SLC

      September 6, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
    • Ja

      How many Mosques are there in the Vatican?

      I'll help, zero. Is this hypocrisy on part of the Church? No. Stop trying to confine others to your narrow world view.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
    • laila

      you are comparing orange and apple. First of America is secular nation if u know what that means. It is a melting pot of all nations, cultures and religions that is why everyone likes to come here...America is built by immigrants...even ur ancestors came from somewhere so don't act like ur own America...Muslim Americans have as much rights here in America anyone else.

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

      And how comfortable would Christians be to building mosques in Vatican City?

      September 6, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
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