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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. Kabel

    We are not concerned with Muslims, we are concerned with Islam. We are concerned with being forced to accept a belief by force. We are concerned with the loss of liberty and freedom. We are concerned with the loss of free will. But to make such a broad statement that most Americans are concerned with Muslims really twists the facts around a bit.

    I have my own religious beliefs and I don't force them on anyone else, so is it too much to ask that other individuals or religions act with similar beliefs? That is why Americans are concerned.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:51 am |
    • Glepe

      We are amused. Not.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:58 am |
    • laila

      did any Muslim force u to convert yet? lol stop watching too much fox news... I am a Muslim living in America...I don't even practice my religion as I should so why would I or any Muslim expect u to believe the same way as I do....stop living in fear and don't believe u hear or see on tv.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:02 am |
    • flipside

      where is your concern from? when was the last time you were personally approached to convert or threatened personally by a muslim?

      September 7, 2011 at 1:06 am |
    • SS

      @laila: did you just read what you posted? "I don't even follow my religion as I should" well guess what a bunch of your brethren do, they follow the words and claims of that child molesting war mongering prophet of your Islam to a tee, and look where that's gotten them. No slam on Muslims, but this religion is more antiquated and harmful than all the other which are also destructive, just not to the same extent as yours in this present day and age.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:09 am |
    • laila

      Kabel
      I am a mulish and I live in US, I actually had church people knock on our door and asking us that Jesus, peace be upon him, love you and give us booklet to study and read, they even brought bible in my language to read...we had to tell them we have our own believes but they kept insisting....the came several times within months in our house and each time my mom would invite them and serve them tea...

      September 7, 2011 at 1:09 am |
    • laila

      SS
      you are a stupid ignorant and hateful person. if you didn't get my point then that is from ur ignorance.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:12 am |
    • laila

      "Those who believe (in the Qur'an), and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians and the Sabians,- any who believe in God and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord;on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve" Quran 2:62

      September 7, 2011 at 1:17 am |
    • SS

      laila, your religion suc ks, sorry to bear the bad news. And how dare you speak to me a male like that, must I scar you with acid??? Oh that's right, I'm not a psychopath like the misogynistic Muslim men you're defending. BTW, Muhammad (hell be upon him if there is one) was all the things I said, otherwise prove me wrong, oh clulessely brainwashed one.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:20 am |
    • laila

      SS
      your words don't affect me or change anything, ur garbage only shows ur own low level of education and own self ignorance...ur only putting yourself down with ur garbage...so get lost and don't reply to me anymore..i don't have time for stupid people with no logics and reasons

      September 7, 2011 at 1:26 am |
    • ArtistLimited

      Oh yeah, because I can remember that last time a Muslim was forcing me to convert, unlike the hundreds of moronic Christians who were trying to force me to convert to their dumb religion.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:30 am |
    • SS

      laila, I'll address whomever I choose too (part of the freedoms this great country affords me). Whether you listen or not, beyond my control. The truth is the truth, no matter how far in the sand you bury your head.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:30 am |
  2. amin

    Muslims should start listening AGA KHAN

    September 7, 2011 at 12:50 am |
  3. ynotsayit

    Beliefs can never be the issue, only behavior. If someone commits a crime because their God said to, does anyone really believe their religion is to blame? If so, then every major religion has been guilty at one time or another. The native population of this hemisphere was driven to near extinction by people convinced their beliefs were the only way. Was Christianity to blame or simple human weakness? None of us can claim righteousness by what we think, only by our actions can we show our worth.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:47 am |
    • Glepe

      Religion is to blame.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:59 am |
    • SS

      Yes all religions are to blame in some shape or form for their BS mind control, but some are not as bad as others given the history of their impact. Just look it up. Jains, Buddhists and Hindu make believe is nowhere near as destructive as Christian and Muslim make believe. At least those groups don't launch world domination conquest and kill people indiscriminately as the monotheistic cults have done.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:59 am |
    • volsocal

      When people from the same "religion" commit heiness murders of innocent people thousands of times, yeah, some of us start to think there is something wrong with that religion.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:01 am |
    • Reagan80

      You should proof your comments before you post them. If that doesn't help, find another hobby.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:08 am |
    • Glepe

      She's a rich heiness.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:10 am |
    • Carla

      Analysis: For the last 1,300 years, Muslims have been left alone in the darkness by the West. All failed to open them up for various reasons. This is the era where the whole world starts the real, serious and open interactions with Muslims for the first time in human history. This phenomenon is for the common Muslims, not for other worlds. Muslims must get educated and see the outside world and decide their fate. They need the Bibles to find out the truth and salvation. Already the Spirit of God is powerfully moving in the Islamic world. Secular West is only a corpse we are seeing.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:25 am |
    • Carla

      Atheism killed the most. Blame and ban atheism. Americans are naive because of illiteracy; they are 100 years behind the Russians in thinking and understanding.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:27 am |
  4. SeekTheTRUTH

    People make judgement and post comments without having full knowledge regarding any matter and especially issues related to religion.
    Just read the Bible yourself and you will know what God teaches in the Bible.
    Similarly, Read the Quran and you will know what God teaches in the Quran.
    Because you really want to understand their mentality of a particular religion, you have to read the actual sources, which the followers believe to be authentic; and the actual sources for the two religion are the Bible and the Quran.
    Don't follow the followers or others or believe a particular news channel, because they dont show the whole picture.
    Find out the Fact yourself.
    Read authentic Books yourself.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:47 am |
    • SelfEvidentTruth

      You expect us to read books? It's much easier to look at faux news or look on these forums to see what Islam or Christianity is about. Haven't u seen the bumper sticker? "I learned all I wanted about ABC's in kindergarten".

      September 7, 2011 at 12:52 am |
    • JeramieH

      Which version of the Bible? Which language and which publication is the actual word of the Christian God?

      September 7, 2011 at 1:02 am |
    • SeekTheTRUTH

      There are some stuff such as "ABC's" that you can be certain that the TV shows is true because majority of the people know it.
      But some facts that only minority know and understand completely, a person can manipulate it and distribute it and mass majority will accept it because they don't master that subject and they do not want to go deep into it because psychologically they have been forced not to by that person manipulation of the issue.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:07 am |
    • SeekTheTRUTH

      JeramieH
      Now you have to move on to the next level.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:09 am |
    • Maya

      amen

      September 7, 2011 at 1:13 am |
  5. justathought

    Newer the religion implies more insecurity which breeds more violence as they are not universally accepted.

    Islam is a religion made by a man ( A chauvinist). The roots trace back to a man who self proclaimed that he heard revelations. All the desert idiots then forth started following his words as they liked it, because it gave them more power to be blasphemous in the name of thier newly found God.

    There was once this Muslim woman who told me that she was ok with Polygamy as it was allowed in thier religion because the prophet did so. This goes to say that the Muslim women are screwed in thier heads right from birth and cannot think for themselves.

    Why would one not hate living among Muslims : Just googling the term "Islamic invaders" reveals countless pages of atrocities commited by these barbaric followers of this religion.

    There is no such thing as tolerance in thier religion. That the way they are brought up.

    My dad worked in the Middle east and I grew up in the middle east for about 12 yrs ( 2 to 14). During that time, there were many occasions during which Arab boys would approach me and Sometimes they even bring a Quran and ask you to read it. If you said that you were not a Muslim they would throw stones/spit.

    End of the day ...All religions are man made.

    If you truly beleive that "God is the creator" then you should look at your parents as the real gods... as they are your true creators.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:46 am |
    • SeekTheTRUTH

      You dont believe in God because no one informed you of the True God.
      To find the True God you have to read the scriptures or books that God revealed to mankind.
      REad the Bible and you will know what God teaches in the Bible.
      Read the Quran and you will know what God teaches in the Quran.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:51 am |
    • SeekTheTRUTH

      What is the purpose of your life? ???to gain wealth, that will not buy you happiness; to make a career that will eventually lead to old-age, to raise a family that will not follow you in your grave, to run after the material world that will eventually run away from you????
      Did you forget the time when you were dead then you were given life; now you are enjoying life and you will die, and you believe all that, but you cant believe that you will be given life again on the Day of Judgement.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:58 am |
    • SelfEvidentTruth

      And what do you say to a kid whose alcoholic father abandoned him? Your God left u buddy.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:03 am |
    • SeekTheTRUTH

      You have experienced something you will never forget. Therefore, you will never follow the footsteps of your father. God showed you the dark side of alcohol.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:22 am |
    • SeekTheTRUTH

      You might like something and that might be bad for you, and you might hate something and that might be good for you GOD knows the best because he is the all-knower, all mighty.
      When God closes one door, he opens another one for you.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:28 am |
  6. Brian

    "American values" What does that mean?

    September 7, 2011 at 12:40 am |
    • Al

      You're obviously not American. Or you're retarded.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:45 am |
  7. Nora

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

    It's a bit disturbing that a third of people DON'T agree with that. Freedom of religion implies freedom from religion too.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:37 am |
    • Mosihasteen

      No Nora, you too are wrong. There was never anything that said you will be kept free "from" religion. Unless you mean you are not obligated to practice anything yourself – I concur. But when someone wants to put up across in their workplace at a government office building, neither ou nor anyone else can remove it. Their fredom to practice trumps your freedom to quell it.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:10 am |
  8. Descarado

    One can never, ever reconcile Islam with women's rights, universal suffrage or Western democracy.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:37 am |
    • SeekTheTRUTH

      So do you have a PhD degree in the religion of Islam.
      what does Islam say about women rights? What issues bothers You?

      September 7, 2011 at 1:02 am |
    • Mosihasteen

      Well, its simple really. In Islam women are inferior and have no rights. They are slaves to their husbands and must abide by Shariah or else they can be punished.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:12 am |
    • SelfEvidentTruth

      @ Mosihasteen – please give us one of your unforgettable quotes.... please... please.... wise one.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:18 am |
    • SeekTheTRUTH

      In what way are they inferior?
      do american wives not love their husbands and do what their husbands like and not do what their husband hate. Is there never a compromise in a relationship?
      Will you not get punished if you break traffic laws or federal law, or state law?
      Simple of all, do you not get punished when you do something that hurt you or others? When you overeat you get obese, when you threat someone you get sued?

      September 7, 2011 at 1:21 am |
  9. John

    God himself said in the Bible & Quran Islam will take over the Dunya(world) when the end is near. that tells us Islam is righteous religion. But the concept of sharia law in America, i think that is impossible to occurred not at least in the next 300 years.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:31 am |
    • Kyle

      I'm waiting for god to ring my phone and tell me that himself.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:33 am |
    • Tony

      John you must be smoking something if you think the Bible supports the Quran in any shape or form, you must either be a Muslim or just a dumb young kid,

      September 7, 2011 at 12:49 am |
    • Mosihasteen

      Let me leave you with a few great quotes from that bogus religion of peace and its so-called holy book. It must really be great to live your life by such a great piece of literature.

      -Muslims are encouraged to be wholly occupied (Sura 2:273) with fighting for Allah's cause.

      – Allah will give "a far richer recompense to those who fight for him" (Sura 4:96).

      – Regarding infidels (unbelievers), they are the Muslim's "inveterate enemies" (Sura 4:101). Muslims are to "arrest them, besiege them and lie in ambush everywhere" (Sura 9:5) for them. They are to "seize them and put them to death wherever you find them, kill them wherever you find them, seek out the enemies of Islam relentlessly" (Sura 4:90). "Fight them until Islam reigns supreme" (Sura 2:193). "Cut off their heads, and cut off the tips of their fingers" (Sura 8:12).

      – If a Muslim does not go to war, Allah will kill him (Sura 9:39). He is to be told, "the heat of war is fierce, but more fierce is the heat of Hell-fire" (Sura 9:81).

      – A Muslim must "fight for the cause of Allah with the devotion due to him" (Sura 22:78)

      – Muslims must make war on the infidels (unbelievers) who live around them (Sura 9:123).

      – Muslims are to be "ruthless to unbelievers" (Sura 48:29).

      – A Muslim should "enjoy the good things" he has gained by fighting (Sura 8:69).

      – A Muslim can kill any person he wishes if it be a "just cause" (Sura 6:152).

      – Allah loves those who "fight for his cause" (Sura 61:3).
      Anyone who fights against Allah or renounces Islam in favor of another religion shall be "put to death or crucified or have their hands and feet cut off alternative sides" (Sura 5:34).

      – Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him. Sahih Al-Bukhari (9:57)

      – Slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush. (Koran 9:5)

      – Take him and fetter him and expose him to hell fire. (Koran 69:30-37)

      – I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers, Smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger tips of them. (Koran 8:12)

      And this is just what I know about. Islam is no religion, it is a curse on humanity.

      And 'Self – evident Truth" is a schmuck. But we all knew that.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:57 am |
    • Mohammed

      One last thing Moslhasteen. I will leave you with this. Your fist verse that you posted (2:273) HAS NOTHING to do with any kind of war, its talking about charity LOOOOOOL. this is how you know your just sheep. You go on a website, copy and paste and without even checking what your saying you post it as evidence. Its not even funny its just really really sad. This is what the verse says

      "Charity shall go to the poor who are suffering in the cause of God, and cannot emigrate. The unaware may think that they are rich, due to their dignity. But you can recognize them by certain signs; they never beg from the people persistently. Whatever charity you give, God is fully aware thereof." 2:273

      September 7, 2011 at 1:07 am |
    • Mohammed

      Moslhasteen- sorry I couldnt help myself, i take great pleasure in exposing idiocy, i know im sick i need help. But anyways Your second verse on there (4:96) Ya loool this is what it actually says

      4:96
      "The higher ranks come from Him, as well as forgiveness and mercy. God is Forgiver, Most Merciful."

      Again, its just really sad smh lool. please go educate yourself

      September 7, 2011 at 1:11 am |
    • SelfEvidentTruth

      @ mosihasteen – i see u have the cut and paste thing down and u can do google searches too. I'm impressed. Library cards are free – they have complete books there.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:12 am |
    • SelfEvidentTruth

      @ Mohammad – great finds – this is how misinformation spreads... people just making up crap and cut and pasting it and sending it out – You've exposed the village idiot!... we wouldn't be a complete village without him though 🙂

      September 7, 2011 at 1:15 am |
    • Mosihasteen

      Good then you can go get some instead of being a half assed commentator.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:16 am |
  10. jamal

    dont judge religions by the actions of people but how can you say such things with your tiny byest knowledge y y dont you put your self in middle away from jessus or what ever your believe is athest or whatever be complete nutural and open your mind and forget what ur parents taught u and go on google nd put in scientific evedince in quran and then ask your self that how can that be possible how can a man who was even uneducated for his time could just made up a book thats is with out an error en every way not 1 word is wrong a book giving scientfic evedince which has been just descoved by modren science and a man 15 hundred years ago when people taught the earth was flat at that time how can som1 have such knowlege unless it came down frome some sort of devine power!!!!!! i looked at every religion closely red it but when i opend quran i just felt it this is THE WORD OF GOD

    September 7, 2011 at 12:30 am |
    • Kyle

      In English please.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:33 am |
    • Imagine

      Jamal. Give Jesus a chance and you will love HIM as He has loved you first. Paid with blood without you knowing it

      September 7, 2011 at 12:48 am |
    • SelfEvidentTruth

      @ Imagine. I want to go to heaven. Do I have to believe in Jesus to goto heaven? What happens to those who came before Jesus – do they get a chance to goto heaven? What happens to those who have never heard of Jesus but lead a good life – do they goto heaven?

      September 7, 2011 at 12:55 am |
    • Tony

      jamal you must stop believing in fairy tale of the Quran, you made me laugh when you said the Quran doesn't have a single error, the Quran is mostly copied sayings from the Bible and Mohammed and his gang of thugs twisted most of the stories in the Bible, ypu say Quran is a science book Lmaooo. like the earth is flat like a carpet, spread out like a bed, Allah created the stars to shoot at jinn ? when they get to close to allah they ease drop on Allah so he shoots the junns with stars haha.

      and lets not forget more " science" of Mohammed you may marry as many women as throw themselves at you, only for you Mohammed not all the believers LMAOOO. Mohammed was smart enough to make idiots followers, rob, kill for him, and give him the good they robbed for a living, for Mohammed nothing but the best lol smart man like hitler.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:57 am |
    • SeekTheTRUTH

      Read the religious scriptures and you will know that God sent messengers and Prophets in every era and time period.
      Those of followed the message of God were successful and were granted Heavens.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:25 am |
    • Righteo

      You get more than one heaven? Religious claims are getting more grandiose by the day!

      September 7, 2011 at 1:26 am |
    • SeekTheTRUTH

      how to thrash SeekTheTRUTH?
      Mistake alert!
      instead of Heaven, the person posted Heavens?

      September 7, 2011 at 1:49 am |
  11. thes33k3r

    Islam needs an Enlightenment and Reformation....nevermind that all religion is an unwillingness to be honest with oneself.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:30 am |
  12. George B

    Heck, I think Christianity is at odds with American ideals! A close hewing to the rules in the Old Testament would result in some rather un-American values. Nearly any religion that's more than a thousand years old were written with different values than we (the world and the country) share today. Women as property to start the list, slavery being normal to finish it – with lots of other outdated rules in between.

    The problem isn't with Muslims, Christians, Jews or any other religion. It's with trying to form a theistic government to rule a pluralistic society. Of course we don't really have to worry about Sharia law being implemented in the United States – but do we have to worry about Christian law being imposed on the populace?

    September 7, 2011 at 12:26 am |
    • DK

      Well I don't see christians beheading people and bombing innocents when someone draws a comic making fun of jesus. Christians are called to forgive.. muslims are called to expansion through any means. So why don't you wake up from your PC cloud.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:29 am |
    • SelfEvidentTruth

      @ DK – Is the Biblical God Forgiving? Let me ask u a simple question. What happens to someone who has never heard of Jesus during his lifetime but leads a good life? Or what happens to those who came beore Jesus and had never heard of him? What would be the fair thing for God to do here ?

      September 7, 2011 at 12:37 am |
    • Sarkar

      DK, please don't be a hypocrite. Study the 2000 years history of Christianity. Ask the Jews about their treatment in Europe, native Americans in North and South Americas, Muslims and Jews in Spain, Asian and African countries under hundreds of years of colonial power, women in Europe during middle ages. You will find Bible taught them a lot of evil things to do.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:49 am |
    • Maya

      truth is that the religions that stem from Abraham Judaism, Christianity and Islam are very similar and yet different. Much hypocrisy can be found in the bible but also much wisdom.

      I was raised catholic, studied Christianity in private bible study, became atheist when I learned the sciences and yet today I am a very spiritual person, based on what I have learned from the scriptures of multiple religions and the science that explains a lot of the universal way of life. No longer will I claim a religion, I am of the GREAT SPIRIT.

      Christianity has done more damage than Islam. Beings who used to live according to GODS laws, in peace with nature were tortured and killed off in the name of Christianity. Islam has done damage, Judaism has done damage, religion in the wrong hands is a very good tool of mental control...

      FIND YOUR OWN TRUTH, one need not read a book, or listen to a pastor, or believe and fallow dogmas and doctrines, the truth is, that once your mind and heart are open, so will your eyes open, for as of now our eyes are closed

      "When one looks at the world with their eyes WIDE OPEN, they are MOST BLIND" -Socrates and Jesus actually has a similar quote in the bible.

      THe truth is hidden within where no one can access or change it. You just have to find it...

      Study world hitory and read every scripture in existence and you will put the pieces of the puzzle together.

      Christianity, Islam work in negative ways to convert and to confuse, while Buddhism and Taoism is very accepting, wise, passive, peaceful.

      Come on people, think for yourselves, had you been born on an island with no books, what GOD would you believe in? It is all PROGRAMMING and CONDITIONING.. Experience the reality of life by emptying your mind, disregard all teachings and beliefs, maybe then will you see the TRUTH... the ALL

      September 7, 2011 at 1:28 am |
  13. DK

    America was founded with the principles of religious tolerance, but that requires that all religions that participate in that system are also "tolerate". The muslim religion, which is founded on the principle that islam needs to take over every other religion through peace OR force – is against tolerance and therefore not compatible with democratic society.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:25 am |
    • JamesRaynor

      wrong. you need to know the difference between Muslims and Radical Muslim Extremists. stop showing off your ignorance.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:32 am |
    • rstoutness

      Islamic law is actually more tolerant than biblical law. It says explicitly in the bible that anyone who follows a different god must be stoned to death. Islam explicitly allows religious freedom if Muslims pay a tax – with Muslims having to pay other taxes

      historically, Islam was more tolerant. Christians and Jews lived under Muslim rule for 700 years in Spain. When the Christians took over they killed, converted, or expelled every single Jew and Muslim. Tellingly, most Jews chose to go the Muslim ottoman empire

      September 7, 2011 at 12:34 am |
    • Kyle

      James, you obviously never read the koran. I have, and islam is in fact a forceful religion. The purpose is to get everyone to convert. Period. If they don't, then they are the enemy. The koran states this.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:35 am |
    • laila

      Kyle
      Islamic religion don't teach you to go door to door or country to country exchanging food for conversion....there is no missionaries in Islam like there is in Christianity

      September 7, 2011 at 12:38 am |
    • andy

      you are damn right buddy . keep it up.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:39 am |
    • Kyle

      laila, who needs to go doorknocking when there are plenty of sheep around dumb enough to convert of their own free will?

      September 7, 2011 at 12:44 am |
    • Mohammed

      Kyle– I dont know what Quran your reading, but having read it cover to cover over 5 times and continuing to read it, I can tell you your wrong. Theres not one passage that says Convert them or kill them. There is a passage that talks about war and if they attack you kill them until they become Muslims or they leave you alone, THAT part is in there, but Not one part that says anything about converting anyone against their will, NOT ONE, and I beg you to produce your proof if you have it otherwise please dont speak on matters that you have no knowledge of. It always amuses me when someone says Ya I read the QUran and its violent and this and that but they somehow ignore what it actually says

      September 7, 2011 at 12:51 am |
    • Maya

      Kyle, may you please cite your sources. I have a Bible, A Qoran, a Tao Te ching, and I Ching... in my room, I have started to read the Qoran but have not finished, so far I have not yet come to the part that states one must forcefully convert.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:32 am |
    • Mohammed

      Maya- I like people like you, people who actually have an interest and an open mind to explore different things. "we gave you the hearing, the eyesight and the brain and you are responsible for using them" (quran). You will never run into a verse that says you have to force someone to convert. ever.

      hope you learn something from all those books

      September 7, 2011 at 1:38 am |
  14. Mohammed

    Well let me just say this WHOOOO CAAAARRREESSSSS. I am a practicing muslim, and proud of it. I work with a lot of christians, atheists, and what not, and proud of it. I stopped paying attention to all this nonsense a long time a go when i realized Idiots will be idiots, people who want to hate will hate, and those who actually want to understand something will ask you. Do I care that some people, and I emphasize the word SOME, are afraid of or hate my religion? NOPE. I dont even try and apease or calm them down, its actually more fun watching them be uncomfortable while talking to you or looking at you. Point is, I still have a job that I have to do, bills that I have to pay, and a family that I need to provide for so im going to focus on that and not waste my time on opinions. If people want to waste their time and life focusing on me or my religion, well good for them. Im still going to live here, Im still going to pray when I have to, including at an airport if I need to thank you very much, and Ill still laugh and smile. Good day.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:25 am |
    • Human

      The civilized world is only concerned about those who believe in Muhammad, how he lived his life and follow his teachings.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:30 am |
    • Mohammed

      Human- you do realize the civilized world would not be where it is today if it wasnt for Mohammed right? Loool. How Ironic is that, oh and thats not a Muslim saying that, its any historian with an ounce of credibility saying that. Who translated the works of Aristotle and other great thinkers and spread it to europe? Thinkers who were forgotten about and their works thrown away mind you. Who gave you advances in mathematics, and medicine? when european doctors were still bleeding people out to cure them, Muslims were doing Brain surgery!!! LOOL ya civilization indeed.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:36 am |
    • John

      I agreed wth you Mohamed, Allah akbr *( God is great)

      September 7, 2011 at 12:37 am |
    • Tony

      Mohammed my friend you said you read the Quran 5 times, and it doesn't say to kill people who don't convert to Islam, thats true for Christians and Jews only, but they have to become second class citizens, the Quran calls on Muslims to hate Jews and Christians and to not befiriend them or you become a lose in the hereafter. and pagans are not protected under Islam not even as second class citizend they are not people of the book according to the Quran. so they can either convert to Islam or be killed, and Mohammed also forced ALL MUSLIMS TO REMAIM MUSLIMS. NOT MUSLIMS IS FREE TO CONVERT TO ANOTHER RELIGION IN ANY MUSLIM COUNTRY, YOUR PROPHET SAID IF ANY MUSLIM CHANCES HIS RELIGION KILL THEM, IS THAT NOT TRUE ? to me only a cult forces people to believe ina religion they didn't have a choice to be born into.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:08 am |
    • Mohammed

      Tony- Actually the Quran does not prevent Muslims from being friends with anyone, EXCEPT those who persecute them. Thats what it says "God forbids you NOT from befriending those who DO NOT fight you and kick you out of your homes" 60:8 Thats what the Quran says, not what some muslim says, or some Imam says, or someone said the Prophet said. So to say that Islam does not allow Muslims to be friends with anyone who is not a mulsim is just a pure Lie, According to the book that Muslims actually HAVE TO follow

      2- Who said pagans have to be second class citizens? Is that written in the Quran somewhere? Do you realize that the Prophets Uncle was a pagan and died a pagan, and you know what he died kind of powerful. So where in the Quran does it say that a pagan has to be a second class citizen. If that pagan is not at war with a Muslim, if he doesnt attack a muslim the muslim cant just go up there and take away his wealth and power. But, if he persecutes a muslim, stops him from worshipping his religion, then yes that Pagan will be killed and well thats too bad. ANYWHERE in the Quran you find something to do with war and killing you will find a verse in that same area that has to do with self defense and a reason to fight. No where does the Quran just says Kill them because they are pagans, I dare anyone to find me a verse or a Chapter that gives explicit orders to kill someone for no reason.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:22 am |
    • Mohammed

      Tony– about the muslims are not free to convert to anything else. Yes unfortunately thats true in some muslim countries that people do get killed for converting to christianity or something else. Thats the reality of it. HOWEVER, thats not a Quranic doctrine. You will never find a verse in the quran that says "if you convert you will be killed." or "kill them if they convert" or what not. You will find verses that talks about people who choose to convert after they become muslims, and you know what it says, it says God will deal with them. PERIOD. You cant blame a religion for what people do, its stupid. And anyone that says the prophet killed people that converted is either really idiotic for ignoring what the Quran actually says, or just doesnt know how to read. GIve me solid Quranic evidence, dont paraphrase, dont quote outside sources

      You want to talk about my religion and all the bad things it says, QUOTE THE QURAN, plain and simple. THATS the Islamic book, thats why a Muslim becomes a Muslim. THAT is what a Muslim follows, Thats what Makes our religion. THAT Is the word of GOD. SO show me your evidence from that. Everything else is just hearsay, period.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:29 am |
  15. Human

    SelfEvidentTruth. Really? Lets hear it.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:24 am |
  16. General DDE

    AMEN TO THAT!

    September 7, 2011 at 12:22 am |
  17. Maya

    THE key word here is FEAR. Many people live in fear, fear instilled in them from childhood. Fear instilled in them from life experiences and FEAR instilled in them from the media.

    I don't know one person who is fearful of ISLAM. Where do these statistics come from?

    If truly one is of GOD/YAWEH/JEHOVA/ALLAH... and of JESUS or BUDDHA or KRISHNA then hatred will not be in the heart whatsoever, whether it be towards another of a different color, race, or religion.

    Christians dislike Muslims... WHY? If god created HUMANITY then we are alll BROTHERS... ALL OF US..
    If you don't believe in GOD then why hate others because of their beliefs? THe men who founded this co untry were very spiritual men, who embraced all world religions, yet possibly didn't believe in a GOD but a HIGHER POWER.

    Stories like this further cause fear in AMERICANS... What does it matter who fears what,.. GROW some BALLS PEOPLE. there are close to 7 billion humans on this earth, odds are you hve more to fear from american citizens you know nothing off than religious extremist.. GOD or no God we are all the same. We all evolved from the same monkeys 🙂

    PS GOD CREATED EVOLUTION 🙂

    PS I love you all no matter how hateful u may be towards me or others 🙂 PEACE! 🙂

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

      Well said Maya.... If u want to know who the people are who fear islam then please wait until the next election... all the "red" colored states (the republican ones) will be the ones that fear muslims.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:22 am |
    • DK

      Yeah.. the fear couldn't come from something obvious, like say the hundreds of violent muslim terrorist acts per year, which compares in reality to no other modern religion.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:27 am |
    • Peter H.

      Easier to just say it and believe it. Must be nice to sit behind a computer and think you understand what your talking about. Muslims want their brand of religion and will do whatever it takes to make it happen. Wolves in sheep's clothing...

      September 7, 2011 at 12:28 am |
    • Human

      Yes, yes, yes! I am very afraid of Islam! I have read and studied the doctrine, and it is the most terrifying book on earth. Hardly could anyone say anything that is more damaging to Islam that what is already written in Qur'an itself.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:34 am |
    • SelfEvidentTruth

      @ Human – i could quote plenty of things from the bible which will make the hairs stand on your back. And yes – if u ask i will post. So don't waste our time.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:47 am |
    • Tony

      Maya correction you said Christians hate Muslims ? I think you got that backward Muslims hate Christians, Jews, Pagans, atheist, why don't you read the Quran as Allah curses Christians by name and Jews, and of course the others.

      if Allah tells Muslims to hate Christians and Jews then how can any Muslim be real friends and go against Allah, unless Muslims lie when they pretend to be friends with people of other religions, for its impossible for Muslims to be true friends of any none Muslims, if any Muslim deny's it, he/she either is lying or naive of theiir religion.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:17 am |
    • Jason

      So... here it is, 2am, and I get sent this comment thread by my fiancee. Most of the people commenting here is the reason I am writing my book, which ironically, most of you will probably never read. I am a 30 year old American Muslim convert. I am not uneducated, and I am not in the business of jumping the gun, or talking about things I known nothing about. It seems that most people on this comment thread are in that business though, sadly.

      I converted to Islam 8 months ago after studying all religions for 15+ years, and 1/2 the misinformation in this thread is killing me. To understand Qur'an fully and wholly, you need to understand how it's compiled and composed. Most of Qur'an was put in a specific order, but not the order in which it was given. The verses you keep quoting about killing all the infidels, and naming jews and christians as bad people, were given to Muhammad during a time of war, AFTER they had been told to restrain themselves, and hold back and not kill them. The verses came AFTER the pagans and jews had lied and coerced muslims and stole from them and killed them, and betrayed them. Then after the fighting was over and there was a spell of peace, Allah sent down new verses saying that All believers are friends, and should be treated as equals. He sent down good tidings and called for peace between all of his creations. People don't ever want to understand this, even our lost brothers and sisters who commit sin by suicide bombing and committing acts of terror and taking innocent lives do not realize these things. Because they were never taught.

      Religious words have been used to warp the minds of many people in Islam, Judaism, Christianity, and most other religions throughout history. The words of one religion at the same time, have been used to skew and distort the perceptions of others into believing it's bad, or evil, or heresy of some kind. Sadly, the vast majority of the world is forced to live in fear from various propaganda's that are put across in our media about all things, including religion, government, and beliefs that are in conflict or against our own personal belief systems or the belief systems of the masses that are in our general sphere of influence.

      The point I am getting at here, is that in order to truly progress yourself, whether you be Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Athiest, Buddhist, or what have you, is to learn. Drink up the knowledge, fill yourself up with it, and try to understand why something is. If you wish to challenge a certain belief system, learn that belief system, attain as much knowledge about it as you possibly can, don't just go to google and search for some erroneous site that only gives you a portion of the knowledge that is being used to fuel things. Learn ALL of it, and then, if you still feel the same way, come back and show the world why you feel this way.

      Sadly though, I fear most of you will stick to your ways, listen to what the Anti's (Anti-Christians, Anti-Semites, Anti-Muslims, etc) are telling you, not researching it fully for yourself, and keeping your preformed opinions, that are preventing the peace we all seek from ever happening.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:20 am |
    • Maybe

      Jason,

      Very nicely written. Thank you.

      A question though... Is Allah supposed to be omniscient, like the Christian version of "God"? If so, he certainly would have known that these warlike verses would cause problems. They should have been expunged. Also, does Allah ever do any more updates to mesh with current circ.umstances? It's been a long time, you know, and much has changed in the world since the 600s.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:39 am |
    • Jason

      @Maybe,

      I guess that's up to each individuals point of view. If you ask 10 learned people from any religion this question, you will get 10 different answers. The short of it is, if god is all powerful, all knowing, etc. then yes, god knew these things would cause problems.

      However, that's not the root of the issue, God giving man free will causes these problems inherently in and of itself. Each persons interpretation of one verse will cause issues, and since men can choose to believe in what they believe, or choose not to believe, then can choose to be good or evil, they can choose right or wrong, etc. Now, this is not me saying that men should not have free will, I mean that was Gods greatest gift to us, denying our free will would be a bigger slight against God than idolatry or anything else, in my eyes.

      I realize that sounds like a politicians answer and evading the question altogether, but to be fair, I cannot speak for everyone's viewpoint on this subject. I personally believe Allah/God is Omniscient, and that he for saw peoples issues with the verses. I personally believe that life is a test, a test of faith, a test of will, and a test to measure the scope of life for every person ever created. It's how we live, that counts. You can still be a good person and believe that the qur'an is the biggest blight on mankind, and this will be taken into account on the day of judgement.

      To answer your other question, does God/Allah ever change what some view as archaic 600 year old rules. That again depends on what you believe. Muhammad is, in islam, the last prophet. No more will come after him. This means that Qur'an is the last book of rules on how to live our lives. Do I feel that they all need be followed to the letter 100% of the time? No, and my and my fiancee fight over this a lot. I believe just like anything else in life, societies, people, cultures, behaviors etc all evolve, and it's up to us as thinking men and women, to decide what should still matter and what shouldn't matter as much. That's not to say that mankind should go and change, or manipulate the original set of rules, the original set should never be altered as that provides our core, and the values that are good for one culture, may not necessarily be good for another culture. I believe that as man, we have the ability to use our own moral compasses in the following of our faiths, and as long as you know that what you are doing isn't harming or negatively affecting someone else, then that's what really counts.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • Maybe

      Jason,

      Thanks for your reply. You sound like a sincere person and one who hopes and strives for good things for mankind. I hope that you will continue to examine your beliefs in supernatural things.

      Here is my take:

      While there is a *possibility* of a "first cause" of our universe (or god, if you want to call it that), I do not believe that any of the deities thought up by man are real... not the Middle Eastern gods, nor those of the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Mayans, or any of the tens of thousands of others. Humans have quite a bit of power to affect the future of this planet... I hope we use it wisely. Living in harmony with empathy for each other works well for everyone. What happens (if anything) after each one of us dies is unknown. I know that is not a particularly satisfying answer, but it is real.

      I know that passing years do not always bring wisdom, but I am over twice your age and have put many years of thought and study into formulating my views. I was a Christian for a whole bunch of those years, too.

      I wish you all the best, Jason. Live well.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • Jason

      @Maybe,

      No problem, and I thank you as well for being so polite. I am always examining my beliefs and what lead me to this point in my life. I hope you continue to do the same. At 60+ years of age I hope to still be doing the same thing as well. I will always continue my thirst for knowledge as long as there's still printed literature and internet around for me to read. I am sincerely glad that there are still open minded and fair people like you left for our younger generations to learn from. Thank you for taking the time to hear me out and try and understand my point of view.

      Jason

      September 7, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
  18. Human

    The doctrine of Nazism advocated the use of violence, terrorism, death and destruction to advance the cause of a 'superior race'.

    The doctrine of Islam advocates the use of violence, terrorism, death and destruction to advance the cause of a 'superior religion'.

    The civilized world united to defeat the spread of Nazism...

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

      so called "christianity" has done alot worse. Read your history bud.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:20 am |
    • Human

      SelfEvidentTruth. Really? Please give me an example.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:26 am |
    • Mohammed

      uuummm ya where is this doctrine. By the way common sense would say that if

      1- you Beliefe that Islam teaches the Doctrine you described, and Muslims follow Islam which means they follow that Doctrine, that would mean 1.2 BILLION Muslims Prescribe to said doctrine

      2- If 1.2 Billion prescribe to said doctrine, then you have 1.2 billion terrorists

      3. Michigan, home of the largest Muslim population in the us, would have been blown off the map by now

      4- 9-11 would have happened 1 billion times over already.

      5- do you see how idiotic that logic is????

      September 7, 2011 at 12:33 am |
    • SelfEvidentTruth

      Ok i'll give u a minute of my time...
      The Crusades, Colonialization, Wiping out Native Americans (have you heard of them?), Enslaving africans, Witch Hunts, Inquisition... and this is all from memory from my history class (yes i took a few here and there).
      abortion clinic bombings, IRA, A couple of Nukes here and there.

      Hundreds of other examples where this came from.. Time's up for now bud.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:33 am |
    • Human

      The world is only concerned with those who follow the teachings of the self-proclaimed Prophet Muhammad. Fortunately most Muslims have no clue who Muhammad was or how he lived his lived his life.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:37 am |
    • Kyle

      Mohammed, considering approximately 3,000 people died on 9/11, it would be physically impossible for that to happen 1 billion times over already. That would be equal to 3 trillion deaths.

      Now, if there are 1.2 billion muslims, how would it be physically possible for the above to happen? There are only about 7 billion people on this planet.

      If you want to delve further into this, there were 19 hijackers, which would require a total of 19 billion hijackers for 9/11 to occur one billion times, which would result in 3 trillion deaths.

      I do not understand your logic.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:39 am |
    • Mohammed

      Kyle – LOOOL THATS THE POINT!!!! ITs illogical, all of it. To assume the Islamic doctrine teaches the destruction of others would mean this world would pretty much be whipped out. 9-11 would be like a drive by compared to what would happen if what he is saying is true.

      think about it. If Islam teaches the destruction of everyone who is not a Muslim, then you have basically an army of 1.2 Billion people hell bent on destroying everyone who is not a mulsim, which would mean that instead of 9 or 10 people blowing up a building, you would have I dont know 1 million. How logical is that. Its the dumbest logic on the planet.

      Its more logical to say, there are people who do things for evil reasons, and the majority of people just want to raise their families and live on with their lives in peace. that was my point, to show how idiotic and illogical all his crap is

      September 7, 2011 at 12:46 am |
    • Mosihasteen

      No Mohammed, it is your logic (sic) that is idiotic. Just look at it. Islam has an incessant history of killing and raping and enslaving, they just do it when they feel they can get away with it. Right now in Dearborn, they are prevented from having Shariah courts of law, so these barbarians cower down. If Christians were a similar minority, Shariah law would be forced upon them. You are a typical Muslim LIAR!!!

      September 7, 2011 at 12:49 am |
    • Mosihasteen

      Let me leave you with a few great quotes from that bogus religion of peace and its so-called holy book. It must really be great to live your life by such a great piece of literature.

      -Muslims are encouraged to be wholly occupied (Sura 2:273) with fighting for Allah's cause.

      – Allah will give "a far richer recompense to those who fight for him" (Sura 4:96).

      – Regarding infidels (unbelievers), they are the Muslim's "inveterate enemies" (Sura 4:101). Muslims are to "arrest them, besiege them and lie in ambush everywhere" (Sura 9:5) for them. They are to "seize them and put them to death wherever you find them, kill them wherever you find them, seek out the enemies of Islam relentlessly" (Sura 4:90). "Fight them until Islam reigns supreme" (Sura 2:193). "Cut off their heads, and cut off the tips of their fingers" (Sura 8:12).

      – If a Muslim does not go to war, Allah will kill him (Sura 9:39). He is to be told, "the heat of war is fierce, but more fierce is the heat of Hell-fire" (Sura 9:81).

      – A Muslim must "fight for the cause of Allah with the devotion due to him" (Sura 22:78)

      – Muslims must make war on the infidels (unbelievers) who live around them (Sura 9:123).

      – Muslims are to be "ruthless to unbelievers" (Sura 48:29).

      – A Muslim should "enjoy the good things" he has gained by fighting (Sura 8:69).

      – A Muslim can kill any person he wishes if it be a "just cause" (Sura 6:152).

      – Allah loves those who "fight for his cause" (Sura 61:3).
      Anyone who fights against Allah or renounces Islam in favor of another religion shall be "put to death or crucified or have their hands and feet cut off alternative sides" (Sura 5:34).

      – Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him. Sahih Al-Bukhari (9:57)

      – Slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush. (Koran 9:5)

      – Take him and fetter him and expose him to hell fire. (Koran 69:30-37)

      – I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers, Smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger tips of them. (Koran 8:12)

      September 7, 2011 at 12:54 am |
    • Mohammed

      Moslhasteen- Wow I am very impressed that you managed to paraphrase verses to try and prove your point, I mean WOOOOWWW that has neevvverr been done before. I mean no one in the past 1400 years has ever paraphrased the verses you put up to show how violent Islam is. I am so impressed that I am actually going to ignore that I read those verses for myself, without paraphrasing, and im going to convert right now to christianity. thank you for showing me the light

      September 7, 2011 at 1:00 am |
    • Mohammed

      One last thing Moslhasteen. I will leave you with this. Your fist verse that you posted (2:273) HAS NOTHING to do with any kind of war, its talking about charity LOOOOOOL. this is how you know your just sheep. You go on a website, copy and paste and without even checking what your saying you post it as evidence. Its not even funny its just really really sad. This is what the verse says

      "Charity shall go to the poor who are suffering in the cause of God, and cannot emigrate. The unaware may think that they are rich, due to their dignity. But you can recognize them by certain signs; they never beg from the people persistently. Whatever charity you give, God is fully aware thereof." 2:273

      September 7, 2011 at 1:05 am |
    • andy

      well said .. man .. i totally agree with u.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:09 am |
    • Zed

      Mohammed, those verses are part of the reason why many people think Islam promotes violence and is therefore nonsense. You being a Muslim should mean that you will defend Islam and not back down from this debate, and will elaborate on your claim that those verses are being misinterpreted.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:16 am |
    • Mohammed

      @ Zed I know and I really would but its not worth it lol I mean common, did you not read what I wrote about those verses, and I did expose him. The Quran also says not to waste our time and leave them to their ignorance, I mean if the guy doesnt even try, i mean those verses were not even close LOOL. I will waste my intelligence on people more worth my time, Him I will leave in darkness

      September 7, 2011 at 1:33 am |
    • SeekTheTRUTH

      All these quotes are out of context and not in the original language, one can mistranslate.
      You can pick up stuff from here and there and present it but the argument becomes invalid because these quotes are not always applied in all situations and many of these quotes were for that particular time period.
      If you want to really understand the religion you have to read the BOOK complete with context and understand it completely and not read quotes out of context and follow it and believe it blindly.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:34 am |
    • Mohammed

      @truth its not even that they are out of context, its that they are not even quoting the right verse looool. He didnt even try. I would at least give him credit for trying but he didnt even do that. just sad

      September 7, 2011 at 1:40 am |
  19. iac249

    A Pew Research Poll also indicates 1 in 5 Americans think Obama is a Muslim. I presume these are not the same ones who think Islam and the US are at odds. Or maybe not. But it goes to show popular opinion doesn't really mean something is true. It only means the far-Right propaganda machine has gained some traction. A recent paper discovered over $42 million in contributions since 9/11 to anti-Muslim opinion leaders who have mass-mailed DVDs and other hate-based content upon the US citizenry. It's big business and one designed to tell horror stories to children who are scared of the dark in order to sell them the 'night light' of a Republican president.

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

      Any American who doesn't think ISLAM and America are at odds with our values should only look and see what Most Muslim countries look like, Iran, Pakistan, Saudia Arabia, no freedom at all, women all second class citizens, sharia law, women stoned, gays killed got just being gay, all other religious mininorties are oppressed and could be killed at any time, and deny all rights. if you like to live under Islam please go to a Muslim country and leave us alone.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:26 am |
  20. Mike

    Moooo-hahahahaha-MAD !!!!

    September 7, 2011 at 12:16 am |
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