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September 30th, 2011
05:33 PM ET

Worshippers at al-Awlaki's old mosque 'not glad' he's dead, but 'it's helpful'

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Falls Church, Virginia (CNN)– Worshippers hurried by a host of cameras and reporters on their way to Friday prayers at the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center. Many of those who stopped to ask about the gaggle of media found out for the first time American Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who once stood in their pulpit, had been killed Friday by a CIA drone strike in Yemen.

“I think he should have gotten a proper burial as a Muslim, but as a human being I don’t think he was right for his mentality and his morality,” said Jouwad Syed, who recently started attending the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center.

“In a way, we’re not glad that he’s dead. At the same token, it’s helpful. We’re trying to clear our name. There’s crazy people everywhere you go in different religions. He’s just one of the few and he definitely doesn’t represent what Islam is all about,” Syed said.

Al-Awlaki was the imam at Al-Hijarh from January 2001 until 2002, when he left the United States for London before eventually resettling in Yemen. While he was in the States he preached to and interacted with three of the September 11, 2001, hijackers, according to the 9/11 Commission report, but he publicly condemned the attack afterward.

“While employed at Dar Al-Hijrah, he was known for his interfaith outreach, civic engagement, and tolerance in the Northern Virginia community,” Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, the current leader of the mosque said in a written statement. “However, after Mr. Al-Awlaki’s departure in 2002, he was arrested by Yemeni authorities and allegedly tortured. It was then that Al-Awlaki began preaching violence.”

His ability to speak English and communicate the positions of al-Queda drew al-Awlaki the nickname “the bin Laden of the Internet.”

“Al-Awlaki will no longer spread his hate speech over the Internet to Muslim youth provoking them to engage in violence against Americans. We reiterate that as an American faith community we do not accept violence nor extremism and recommit ourselves to our message living our faith in peace, tolerance, and the promotion of the public good,” Abdul-Malik continued.

Read more about al-Awlaki on CNN's Security Clearance blog

“Some one that’s not in line with Islam; you gotta break away from them,” said Monsoor Rashid, who works for the Army National Guard as a civilian contractor and was on his way into the mosque for noonday prayers.

“Actions of some folks who go to this mosque don’t represent what the mosque is all about. I live in the area, born and raised in America. We don’t obviously feel the same way he did or any of the other terrorists,” Rashid said.

While the mosque has condemned the actions and statements of al-Awlaki, who helped recruit a Nigerian man who tried to blow up a plane in Detroit in 2009 using an underwear bomb, they also expressed their displeasure with manner of his killing.

“We must also add that in previous statements we have rejected the use of extrajudicial assassination of any human being and especially an American citizen which includes Al-Awlaki. We reiterate our commitment to 'due process under law' and justice and are concerned that the alleged drone attack sends the wrong message to law abiding people around the world,” Abdul-Malik’s statement read.

“I would have preferred that he had suffered life in prison. If he’s dead, he’s dead. He didn’t really get to suffer,” Syed said.

Arsalan Iftikhar, the managing editor of the Crescent Post and author of Islamic Pacifism said, “There might be people who might not have fully agreed with the methodology used but I think there are very few people in the Muslim community who are going to lose any sleep at all over the death of Anwar al-Awlaki. If anything he was a stain on the community, both here domestically and globally.”

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 9/11 • Belief • Islam

soundoff (610 Responses)
  1. SconnieGuz

    Look at all the POS muslims that are half for al-Awlaki and half against him. Do you people understand THAT IS THE PROBLEM? He was an enemy combatent and he should be thankful his death was quick. Think he was going to give any of his victims a proper burial?? The muslim world needs to understand that they are way too complacent with their psychotic buddies that think its totally fine to kill innocent people anytime, anywhere. How was this man not reported to authorities by these people?? Apparently they agreed with what this so-called "non-muslim" was saying.

    October 1, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  2. heather

    Uh, hey...christians are not the only ones who "believe in peace" (??!) anyone heard of the dahli lama? gandhi? but according to my dentist (lol!) all buddhists are going to hell. gee...how "peaceful"

    October 1, 2011 at 11:05 am |
    • Havoc7

      That is correct. Atheists believe in peace as well.

      October 1, 2011 at 11:09 am |
    • herbert juarez

      atheists believe in peace like Attila the hun believed in mercy.
      atheists believe in peace like adolf hitler believed in Jewish equaility
      atheists believe in peace like pol pot believes in human rights
      atheists believe in peace like north korea believes in individual freedom
      atheists believe in peace like david johnson believes in truth
      atheists believe in peace like joseph stalin believed in parole from the gulags
      atheists believe in peace like john boener believes in workers rights
      atheists believe in peace like arnold swartzenegger believes in fidelity
      atheists believe in peace like anton lavey believed in God
      atheists believe in peace like nero believed in violin lessons
      atheists believe in peace like napoleon bonaparte believed in staying in france
      atheists believe in peace like i believe what an atheist has to say.God bless

      October 1, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • JohnR

      Not all atheists belive in peace, but many do. Indeed, some are actual pacifists.

      It's just like not all Christians are belligerent jerks like Herbert Juarez. Many are quite nice and there are even some Chrisitan pacifists.

      October 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      Two words that do not go together atheist/many, there are not enough true atheists to make a good baseball team.A few vocal godless whiners do not amount to a valid opinion on anything.All "atheists " do is mess up life for the vast majority of people.God bless

      October 1, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  3. Dawod

    I do respect any thing a person believe in. Weather you believe in Jesus which muslim do or moses which muslim do or any religion. You have the right to choose what's your believe, but as a muslim american I don't agree on hating any religion. So the same way the majority of muslim respect others, we should get the same respect.

    October 1, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • Troy

      Muslims do NOT respect other religions, they look upon them as infidels. Just because you believe Jesus and Moses were prophets does not mean you respect their religions. When Muslims stop using terrorism as a tool, then it will finally be the appropriate time to discuss "respect." Many people who used to think of Muslims in general as peace loving good people read statements such as yours and they then realize just how pervasive the mentality you share is. It is not hard to read between the lines. The problem for Muslims in this time period is that many more non-Muslims are beginning to take interest in the religion, and are therefore reading the Quran and can decipher its message for themselves. Islam can no longer hide behind the veil of ignorance that used to keep so many in the West blind to its message.

      October 1, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • Another Perspective

      Troy..it is true more people are reading about Islam...but many of these people are converting to Islam. You should visit your local mosque and you will find many converts. Ask them what made them change!

      October 9, 2011 at 10:37 am |
  4. stormsun

    Embrace rationalism and logic. Think for yourself.

    October 1, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • Havoc7

      Agreed. Everybody read "The God Delusion". Then you can talk about faith. Expose yourself to some educated thought on the subject.

      October 1, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  5. clearick

    The comments in the article show these people to be decent human beings and good Americans. I agree with everything that was quoted and think these Muslims are an asset to the US! I can only hope that American Islam becomes a stronger influence on the rest of the Islamic world. We can live together in peace and mutual respect under American law. Israel and the Palestinians could live together in peace and prosperity if they practiced Islam as these Muslims do. God bless.

    October 1, 2011 at 10:59 am |
  6. IranDestroyed

    If muslims are so peaceful why is the world filled with death because of people who claim they are muslim? Every other word is death. Death Death everywhere. Fear fear everywhere. Why should anyone believe a muslim is peaceful when the whole world is spending trillions to protect themselves from these criminality insane psychopaths? Show us this damn peace I keep hearing about from the American muslims – I sure don't hear it from any other countrys' muslims.

    October 1, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • Jim

      The world has far more instances of death by people who claim to be christian

      October 1, 2011 at 11:03 am |
  7. Flex

    The usual........every time an outlaw has been captured or killed......you hear people commenting that he wasn't a bad person, etc. – please, put an end to this nonsense that "terrorizing" and "threatening" others is to be acceptable.

    October 1, 2011 at 10:51 am |
  8. Dawod

    I'm an American Muslim and I don't believe that killing innocent children women or men is right. It does not say that in the Quran. The prophet Mohammed never teaches any one to kill innocent. He did teach us how to treat people equally weather your jew or christian or any other religion. He showed us mercy. The god we believe in is the same and only God you believe in. I'm raised in NY. And I love this country just like you. My soul is muslim my blood is Arabic American. There was so many ways in life I helped people other than muslim. Because that is what I learned from the Prophet Mohammed. I recite the Quran a lot and almost everyday I learn new ways of how to treat people in the right way. Not hate or crime or commit injustice. I wish everyone reads a lil bit more of how the real muslim worship god and respect others. There is so much hate for muslim out there because of these nuck el heads. They do everything in the name of muslim I wish I can just ask them why, why, do you do that. I would to answer any questions. Email me dawnofal at gmail. Com. May God bless this country and every innocent soul on earth.

    October 1, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  9. Rainer Braendlein

    Let us be mindful of the fact that there was a time, when Islam didn't exist. Muhammad was born in 570 a. D. (after Christ) and died in 632 a. D.. He started to preach the Islam in Arabia around 613 a. D., when he was 43 years old.

    Up to 613 a. D. the Western World, including Near East, knew only two important religions: Judaism and Christianity. Paganisms had been largely overcome by Christianity. Actually the Western World was dominated by Christianity. But don't get it wrong. The Christian Church didn't exercise worldly power up to this time, but simply Christianity had become the most acknowledged religion and was protected by the Emperors of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium). There were two realms: The state and the church. The state didn't rule the church and the church didn't rule the state, but there were two seperated realms. The state or emperor cared for order, security and progress of society and the church was concerned about the health of the souls of the people. Just two different tasks. It is only that at this time the state and the church were friends. The emperors of the Eastern Roman Empire protected the Christian Church, but accepted her autonomy. There was no state church.

    A state church first developed in the course of time with increasing papacy. This peaked in the worldly rule of the popes from 1076 a. D. on.

    When you read the Koran it strikes that Muhammad constantly repeats it that at all times, beginning with Noah (he was a Muslim in Muhammad's eyes), the people apostatized from the real faith (Islam) and the messengers (prophets) of Allah.

    From 602 to 610 the Eastern Roman Empire was ruled by a criminal tyrant, called Phocas, which was no Christian at all (he was an ancient Hitler). Phocas didn't follow the tradition of his predecessors, which loved Christianity.

    Arabia never belonged to the Eastern Roman Empire. Nevertheless there were in touch with the Romans and surely designated them as Christians. In former Arabic eyes a Roman was a Christian and a Christian was a Roman. However, it is possible that under Phocas rule the Roman army committed crimes in Near East and Muhammad heard of that. Thus, Muhammad got a bad impression of Christianity. This fited together with his (false) understanding of the Bible.

    Which mistake made Muhammad?

    Indeed, the Bible reports of constant apostasy of people from the true faith (first Judaism, later Christianity). However, the reason for apostasy was not that Judaism or Christianity were wrong in itself, but the disbelief of the people. Now Muhammad implied that the alleged wrong doctrine of Judaism and Christianity had led to the apostasy of the people. Muhammad assumed that Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus had had the genuine faith (Islam), but their pupils or the ordinary believers had turned apostate from the genuine faith (Islam) and had become Jews and Christians.

    Muhammad was under a serious delusion: He thought Christianity had corrupted the people and he had to bring back them to the genuine faith of Islam. Muhammad made a giant mistake! It was not Christianity, which corrupted the people, but their disbelief.

    Look at Munich: In Munich live a lot of Muslims and a lot of alleged Christans. Now the Muslims see the alleged Christians attending the Oktoberfest (Wiesn) and drinking too much beer and misbehave (se-xually). I myself don't attend the Wiesn, because it is indeed the feast of the drunkards. I cannot be a Christian and a drunkard at the same time. The people, attending the Wiesn, are, of course, no real Christians, but merely nominal Christians. They are baptized, but don't obey Jesus Christ. They have become secular or profane. This has nothing to do with the Christian doctrine, which is true, but it is a matter of the disbelief of the people. The disbelief leads to the bad behaviour of the people.

    Dear Muslims, please learn to distinguish between secular people and real Christians. Don't repeat the deadly mistake of your alleged prophet.

    October 1, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • Dave

      Two wackos don't make a right.

      October 1, 2011 at 10:35 am |
    • justin

      this has to go down as the dumbest comment of the year. kudos!

      October 1, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • André

      tl;dr

      October 1, 2011 at 10:43 am |
    • SCOTO

      Proud to be a beer guzzllin atheist

      October 1, 2011 at 10:44 am |
    • Maya

      Your comment is both highly irrational and extremely offensive. It is ridicul: ous for you to claim to know the individual belief of people who lived and died so long ago. It is also self-righteous. Here's one thing that modern Muslims and Christians hold firmly in common: if a member of either religious group does something bad, it is always because they weren't "true" to their faith. They claim this without any rational basis and are unwilling to admit that their scriptures contain as many commands to commit atrocities as they do good acts. They are the purest of hypocrites.

      It is also highly offensive that you suggest that secular people are inferior to Christians. This is idiotic. If it were true, Christian belief would be statistically inversely correlated with crime. In fact, the opposite is true. Areas with higher percentages of people who claim atheism, agnoticsism, and non-affiliation generally have lower crime rates. Google "religion" and "crime".

      October 1, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  10. stanton

    WHERE IS THIS KIND AND GENTLE RELIGION THAT MUSLIM'S KEEP TELLING US ABOUT?????? WHEN EVERY OTHER WORD IS KILL THE INFIDEL KILL THE INFIDEL!!!!!!

    October 1, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • Jim

      Ever read the bible you idiot? It's the most selfish, destructive and violent fiction book ever written.

      October 1, 2011 at 11:02 am |
  11. Kevin

    These "peaceful" Muslims look like they are trying to distance themselves from this terrorist, but you notice they are NOT saying they are glad he is dead. Obviously, these POS have sympathy for this guy deep down.

    October 1, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • JohnR

      Or maybe they think it's just kind of yucky to express joy over someone's death.

      October 1, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  12. SwilliamP

    This is the classic slippery slope. A bad guy is dead, but- the value of being an american citizen was just diminished; the Presidency just ramped up a new power: to summarily execute American Citizens is deems a threat. Could it happen now on US soil? What would a President Perry or President Bachmann do with this power? (The better question, what wouldn't they do?) At the very least there should have been revocation of the man's citizenship, or a trial in absentia. This comment is not a lament about this evil person. It's a fear for all the rest of us due to a massive addition of unchecked, unchallenged and arbitrary executive power.

    October 1, 2011 at 10:27 am |
    • Dave

      Like him or not, the President has clearly decided to pursue leaders of al Qaeda and related movements with deadly force, wherever they may be. A legal scholar and progressive, this almost certainly was a very difficult choice to make. We'll see whether it critically deepens the mistrust of our country by the rest of the world, or produce conditions that allow us to exit our two wars more quickly AND renders these terrorist movements far less deadly. But he made a decision and is sticking with it.

      October 1, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • AVGPAGUY

      Really??? You are debating semantics and details. He was after, the first American on the CIA's kill or capture list.

      October 1, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  13. George

    In Islam politics and religion are same . Their external view is through religion only.. so wherever Islam grows there will be political changes and conflicts with other political party and religions or any other groups which doesn't belong to them...

    October 1, 2011 at 10:25 am |
  14. REhab is for quitters

    so many atheist get upset about the talk of God or mention of the bible. I stop and wonder if they have actually done there research into christianity? One such person did...during college....we set out to disprove christianity.......in his studies *something most atheist never nor will they do* he found out that there was more evidence supporting christianity than he had previously thought...he is now a reknown pastor and his name is Josh Mcdowell.

    October 1, 2011 at 10:19 am |
    • Sunny 62

      "The Evidence for Christ"

      October 1, 2011 at 10:24 am |
    • Burt

      And Josh McDowell must be a bald-faced liar too.

      October 1, 2011 at 10:24 am |
    • PeaceNotWar77

      @Burt...what does Josh McDowell's facial hair have to do with anything? (see "bald-faced liar") smh

      October 1, 2011 at 10:46 am |
    • Havoc7

      So he was wrong like many other believers in all gods that came before and may come after. No god. No Santa, No tooth fairy. Plenty have researched it and not been swayed to believe and many believers have researched it and left. Read "The God Delusion" and give your faith a small test.

      October 1, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • Sunny 62

      Burt, have you read the book?.....If not, you have no opinion that counts!....It's like people who can't stand the party that is in power, if you don't vote, don't vent!....you have not earned that right!!!If you don't know what you are talking about, then don't speak!!

      October 1, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
    • Real Deal

      Sunny62,

      It's not enough to just read Josh McDowell's book. Have you read anything *about* the book? Have you read the refutations?

      Here is one of many who take his book(s) to task:
      http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/jeff_lowder/jury/

      October 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  15. CdnJim

    I hope the Muslim haters take the time to actually read the article and hear the words of the people going in and out of the mosque that they don't support the terrorists, they think the terrorists are nuts too, they agree with you that fanaticsm of any stripe is a dangerous thing, even yours.

    October 1, 2011 at 10:04 am |
    • cw

      They won't. It doesnt fit jnto their skewed worldview that all Muslims are inherently evil.

      October 1, 2011 at 10:10 am |
    • Sunny 62

      I for one am not a muslim hater, but only in America can cowards grow up to be terriorest (I do not speak of only muslims but to all radical groups here) against their own country where they have lived and experienced freedom of religion....All are free to believe what you want to believe, only in death will you get your final destination....and not all will go to the same place....Jesus is the final judge.....not us....But many are misguided...and I pray for them daily....

      October 1, 2011 at 10:12 am |
    • Victoria

      Yes, but they still repeat like parrots in their "prayers" horrible passages of the Quoran that literally incite to violence against women and non Muslims, which they call "infidels". And don't tell us that it is a matter of "interpretation", if Muslims didn't mean all that they would had re written all those segments long time ago to avoid such "miss interpretation" which is causing so much suffering specially to women.

      October 1, 2011 at 10:19 am |
    • K2

      I said it earlier and will say it again. The Islamic Fundamentalists exist because the moderate Islamic people have allowed them to continue to spew their vile interpretation of Islam. When the evil that lives among them is no longer tolerated and Muslims take the initiative to eradicate them, then maybe we'll have a peaceful Islamic world.

      October 1, 2011 at 10:25 am |
    • JF

      if Muslims didn't mean all that they would had re written all those segments long time ago

      Victoria,

      In that sentence you can easily change the word Muslims to Christians and make the same point. The Bible is full of immoral verses.

      October 1, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • Sean

      Re: 'Jesus is the final judge'. Please stop pushing your beliefs off on the rest of the world. Where was the 'final judge' when for hundreds of years during the Crusades and other Christian purges, that millions were exterminated in his name. Religious fanaticism under the guise of any name, has killed 10's of millions worldwide. To this day, Christianity still has a firm grip on the lead! Though with W gone, possibly we'll have a small respite!

      October 1, 2011 at 10:53 am |
  16. Luke's Corner

    “While employed at Dar Al-Hijrah, he was known for his interfaith outreach, civic engagement, and tolerance in the Northern Virginia community"- Kinda makes you wonder the true agenda of those behind the Ground Zero Mosque seeing that those are the terms always used to paint that rosy portrait of peace being forced down the public's throats.

    And he wouldn't have suffered at all in jail. Like so many terror suspects in custody here and especially in the U.K, he would have just been able to continue his message of hate to young inmates and further conveying his message of hate.

    October 1, 2011 at 9:59 am |
  17. whatyaexpect

    What does one know of anothers life and why it is as it is? Being a country of law and protections against overreaching government gave us the chance to understand the story and make determinations as to how to move forward. Peopleless drones manipulated from anywhere in the world now carry out the death sentences of a single person and while it may be comfortable to accept when we believe it to keep us safe, what limits are there when intent and fact of reason why is held secret and away from us. How do we determine we have the proper information, person or do we not care becasue we thought or we trusted. I do not know to take any decision on this individual enough and I know far less than those who sit on death row and say killing such a person is wrong. This does not make sense except for it is the level of fear we hold that we allow others to have such ability. We do not even know the list. The hunted may not even know enough they are on a list they maybe should not be and allowed to correct that information. Do I feel safe by this? Only if I were to believe that no government has ever sought to protect itself against its own people or our leaders are beyond humain frailty.

    October 1, 2011 at 9:53 am |
    • Sunny 62

      This country is not perfect, but the freedoms we have, by far are much better than any where in the world....If you can't pledge allegiance to this flag/country, then go somewhere else, why would you want to live in a country you obviously hate? You could not have this voice in a muslim country!

      October 1, 2011 at 10:05 am |
    • TheTruth

      We do know this guy was going to continue attempting to kill Americans if left alive.....the right decision was made, and should continue to be made against any terrorist who believes Americans should die for their misguided religion of Islam.

      October 1, 2011 at 10:08 am |
    • AVGPAGUY

      I find your post a bit rambling and hard to garner your position. But I can say, that I don't feel like their is drone following me around, nor do I expect that to ever be the case. But I do occasionally engage in civil debate with others on a variety of issues, continuing to believe that one can express different points of view without any implied threats to society.

      October 1, 2011 at 10:34 am |
  18. Sunny 62

    Oh, he will suffer, forever in a dark place of torment, with others who have never asked forgiveness for their terrorist deeds!

    October 1, 2011 at 9:51 am |
    • André

      He's dead, he can't suffer anymore. Are you on drugs ?

      October 1, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  19. hesalive

    Satan loves a religion that denies the divinty of Jesus Christ. There is no neutrality; you either believe in God's risen son and follow him or you follow Satan. On the cross Jesus uttered "it is finished." No need for Islam. Jesus reconciled man to God.

    October 1, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • Dale

      Look at this. A delusional moron who believes in a story book, The Bible criticizing another dead moron who believed in another stupid story book, The Koran. This world is a sad place. We actually allow the mentally ill to be our politicians, doctors and lawyers.

      October 1, 2011 at 10:04 am |
    • cw

      gotta love incorrect interpretations of the bible.

      October 1, 2011 at 10:07 am |
    • Name*

      Amen, dale. Everyone knows pastafarian is where it's at.

      October 1, 2011 at 10:14 am |
    • Sunny 62

      The Bible is the only book to stand the test of time, even discovery of scrolls proving its validity have been found...Scientist have tried over and over to prove it as untruth only to bring more evidence to uphold its truth....thus the book "The Evidence for Christ".....the Bible is not just a book written by man, but words Jesus spoke himself and his disciples wrote them down (inspired by God)..The Koran was inspired by a man....The Bible was not!.....Where do you plan to go after you die....or do you believe anything?...I know for sure this is not the only life I have, I have hope of a life forever with God/Christ
      on the next earth...............

      October 1, 2011 at 10:22 am |
    • Howard

      I look forward to having a discussion with people who can think for themselves. Why don't you come back when you reach that point? Maybe hesalive will someday reach that point.

      October 1, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • JF

      the Bible is not just a book written by man, but words Jesus spoke himself and his disciples wrote them down (inspired by God)..The Koran was inspired by a man....The Bible was not!....

      Sunny 62,

      That comment would have been completely plausible in the 12th century, but not today. Jesus was illiterate as well as all of his disciples. No one wrote down anything that Jesus said. The first words of the NT, Mark, were written 30-70 years after Jesus died. Maybe no one wrote down anything he said because he came across as a complete crazy person? Who knows? Jesus was a 1st century David Koresh. Jesus' words are the words of educated Greeks written tens and even hundreds of years after he died. There's even one passage in the NT were Jesus speaks that wasn't entered into the NT until the 12th century. The Bible wasn't inspired by man? I think not.

      October 1, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • herbert juarez

      @howard
      hesalive has reached a level of communication that you will never understand without salvation. Your assessment of him/her is flawed and unhealthy reflecting only you yourself.God bless

      October 1, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • Havoc7

      I suggest reading another book, "The God Delusion". Give your faith a little test and give the book a try. If you still believe, good for you. But at least you will have exposed yourself to an educated opposing view.

      October 1, 2011 at 11:05 am |
    • herbert juarez

      @jf
      Once again you evidence that you know nothing about the subject you are talking about.We have all heard the theories of illiterate Hebrews .Nothing could be farther from the truth,they were educated at their local synagogues as children.So valuable were the educated Jewish people that the Romans employed them as bureaucrats,tax collectors and historians.No matter how many times you are shown the fallacy(that means you're wrong) of your argument you insist on repeating it,that is the height of stupidity.God bless

      October 1, 2011 at 11:07 am |
    • herbert juarez

      @havoc
      You really have nothing to offer ,nothing on this thread,nothing to yourself and nothing to humanity as a whole.You like your blasphemous book?You read it.God bless

      October 1, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • JF

      Herbie,

      That's nice, make the same argument that people are telling lies. Read a book some time. Something besides the Bible. Better yet, READ the Bible for the first time.

      October 1, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • JohnR

      @Sunny62 You are either badly misinformed or another liar. There are texts older than the bible that are still consulted.

      October 1, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  20. David

    All Muslims will die.

    October 1, 2011 at 9:35 am |
    • Wo0F

      Everybody dies eventually you idiot.

      October 1, 2011 at 9:43 am |
    • Sunny 62

      But not all who die, go to heaven, or have life everlasting....

      October 1, 2011 at 9:53 am |
    • Friend

      The way to heaven is selflessness, helping others is doing God's work. We are all family and those that hurt others distance themselves from the eternal family.

      October 1, 2011 at 10:33 am |
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