November 21st, 2011
07:59 AM ET

British Muslims optimistic and proud, survey finds

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

British Muslims are more proud to be British than the population as a whole, and they are significantly more optimistic about the country's future, a new study released Monday reveals.

Religious people in general are more proud to be British than those who call themselves atheists or non-believers, the survey by the think tanks Demos said.

Nearly nine out of 10 Anglicans and Jews, and more than eight out of 10 Muslims said they were "proud to be a British citizen."

Just under eight out of 10 people agreed with the statement nationwide.

"Overall British Muslims are more likely to be both patriotic and optimistic about Britain than are the white British community," says the report, "A Place for Pride."

The head of the Muslim Council of Britain welcomed the findings.

"The message is that we are not Muslim OR British but are British AND Muslim," Farooq Murad told CNN Monday.

"British Muslims have been playing their part in Britain for many generations now, despite being all-too-often condemned to the sidelines by attention-grabbing headlines," he said.

Most of his co-religionists "simply want to get on with their lives, to work and raise families just as everyone else, and to contribute to the continued prosperity of this great island of ours," he said.

The study suggests that, far from there being a conflict between ethnic identity and national pride, the two may reinforce each other.

"People who are proud of their ethnic group - be that white British or black and minority ethnic - are far more likely to say they are proud to be a British citizen," said authors Max Wind-Cowie and Thomas Gregory.

One British Muslim told Demos that being a member of a minority had made him think more about being Muslim.

"I was always having to explain what a Muslim is and what we believe and why I wasn't eating," said the respondent, who is not named in the report. "It was annoying sometimes but it made me confident talking about who I am. And it meant I could express that without having to go over the top or wear something special to prove it."

Demos was looking "to find out what made people proud of modern Britain and why politicians fail to articulate a convincing vision of this," said Beatrice Karol Burks of the think tank.

One survey respondent captured the particular diffidence of British pride in their country.

"It's almost like if you tried to make Britain more patriotic... you'd be being sort of unpatriotic because it would be so un-British," said the unnamed respondent.

More than 50% of British people say they are "very proud" to be citizens of their country, a different survey found in 2008 - higher than Germany, France or Italy, but lower than Norway.

Shakespeare was the icon that British people were proudest of in the Demos survey, slightly ahead of the armed forces and Union Jack flag.

The study was funded by the Pears Foundation, a Jewish family foundation "concerned with positive identity and citizenship."

Demos commissioned pollster YouGov to survey 2,086 British citizens online between May 4 and 9.

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Islam • Muslim • United Kingdom

soundoff (229 Responses)
  1. Bo

    @HellBent, when you said something about it not being "new" news I looked a the printing date of the book–1988, not exactly new. Not personally, but I know the author, but I know, rather did know, one of the persons referenced, but he has died since the book was published. When you know the authors, it makes reading easier. I read one book "Lone Wolf, Escape from Siberia"; I knew the author: Dr. Jacques, my doctor , if I had not known the author it would have made boring reading.

    November 22, 2011 at 1:32 am |
  2. Bo

    @HellBent, No, I just said it was interesting, and as I thought of it, a little amusing. Since Williams was a "population biologist" he may have been overwhelmed by the rapid increase of the population–I don't know. Anyway I thought it a little funny.

    November 22, 2011 at 12:58 am |
    • HellBent

      Fair enough – it is an interesting question. I guess the thought of too much family holiday 'fun' has gotten me crankier than usual.

      November 22, 2011 at 1:06 am |
  3. Bo

    Was reading and came across this interesting quote: Says George Williams, a population biologist of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, "At first glance, and second, and third, it appears s * e * x shouldn't have evolved. Indeed, the presistance of s * e * x is one of the fundamental mystries in evolutionary biology today."

    November 22, 2011 at 12:16 am |
    • HellBent

      So you're saying that scientists haven't solved every possible mystery or question that there is? This isn't exactly news...

      November 22, 2011 at 12:39 am |
  4. meccans

    Freedom of religion in Saudi Arabia or UK, US and other countries should start deporting muslims back to their homeland.

    November 21, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
    • hippypoet

      i wish we deported your parents or perhaps their parents, or theirs...either way, you are most like not native so why don't you be your own example! Anyone with as much background as you must know that even they, the natives are from Siberia...the only thing thats really native is only certain animal species – did you know that North America once had its own camel, it went the other way over the Bering Straigth while Hunters tracked herds of buffalo and other pack animals into the main land of North Canada...the Inut are amougst there closest decendants.. But i'm sure you already knew that – thats what turns me on about you, your attention to detail! Why think for ourselves when we have people like you to do it for us. 🙂

      November 21, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
  5. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    Is Chad in that photo? Oh wait. No, that's a camel. My bad.

    November 21, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
    • hippypoet

      hey, thats no camel, thats my step mother! And shes got two humps...

      November 21, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      She gots the camel-toe, anyhow.

      November 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
    • Jose M. Pulido

      Two-hump camels get double the mileage per gallon of water in the desert than one-hump camels.

      November 21, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  6. hippypoet

    all religious people are insane by definition....however, i find certain ones to be happier then others...for instance, christians claim to be happy, but they are most often repressed people...jewish and muslim seem to the only people whom follow Abrahams 's dude and be real about there claims... pray 5 times a day – done... don't eat this and don't do this on certain days – done.... christian, go to church if you can fit it in your schedule – if they "have the time"! just pathic really! Out of the three, i have almost no respect for christians when compared to the other two.

    November 21, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
    • Question

      Have you ever seen a smiling muslim?

      November 21, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
    • hippypoet

      yes, apparently you haven't... you must be damn ugly to make some of the happiest people frown!

      November 21, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
    • Question

      Prove your point, spot one on that picture for us..

      November 21, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
    • hippypoet

      sp i am to spot one is the picture provided and if i don't i'm labeled a lier? because the picture doesn't have one, that must mean there aren't smiling muslims....interesting idea... do you make all your judgements the same way?

      November 21, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
    • hippypoet

      sry, little baked, i meant this – so i am to spot one in ....

      November 21, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
  7. Miracle

    Something about that little girl makes you want to pray for her and that she will find the truth and turn to God.

    November 21, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
    • Get Real


      That little girl and all of those women around her are probably praying for YOU (5 times a day, already yet)... that you'll see the "real" god... yadda, yadda, yadda.

      My, my, my what's a god to do... what to do???

      November 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  8. Mobarak

    CNN has been trying very hard to shove Islam and Muslims down our throat and make it normal for others so called "islamophobics"....but this the most ridiculous way of selling Islam!............"Muslims are more proud to be British" hahahaha.......Exactly! the Britain they envision is totally different! ...No Thanks! No matter how much you try CNN, you can not sell me your Islam, I am an ex-Muslim and will never go back to the stone ages!

    November 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      I think what they are actually doing is exactly what they should be doing...they give a great mixture of articles from all different belief systems. You can't call it a belief blog if you exclude any one belief system...at that point it's a club and tis the joy of the internet, instead of making it a closed group they open it up for discussion and let everyone voice their opinion. Now if it bothers you so much that there are so many muslim based articles written and posted, feel free to find an anit-muslim blog site or don't read them.

      November 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  9. Jose M. Pulido

    Real_World: Unemployed? Would I be able to afford a nice computer like the one I own and to pay for expensive cable/ telephone/Internet service if I were unemployed? You are just displaying your wishful thinking. I hope (for your own sake), you have enough common sense to some day read and learn what Christianity is all about. Jesus preached to love one another in the Christian sense. Christianity was spread by the word of God while 600 years later, Islam was spread by Mohammed's sword.

    November 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • Real_World

      Hey man, don't hate. The jews and romans crucified christ not the muslims. Also, I take it that you have no idea that Jesus is a muslim prophet as well. Seriously, get your facts right!

      Can you tell me why there are soo many Jose's in prison. I really want to know.

      November 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  10. Snow

    Hah.. British of all people do not have a right to whine that Islam is taking them over (heck.. anybody is taking them over, for that matter).. The shoe on the other foot hurts, doesn't it? The country with a history of colonizing, plundering and murdering locals in half the countries of the world in an attempt to "civilize" them is now whining like a little cry-baby?

    Even the rock in their fre.aking queen's crown is stolen!

    November 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  11. BethTX

    Interesting. The British I've talked to say the Muslims are refusing to assimilate and expect the UK to be mini-Crapistan or wherever they're from.

    November 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • Real_World

      hey Beth...being a Texan that you are, I wonder if you were a follower of David Koresh?

      November 21, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
  12. White Horse

    Free of all Religion, Caste, Creed, Color, Citizenship...........
    FIRST PLEASE BECOME A HUMAN! Some commentators on this site see to have a looooooooong way to go to realize this.

    November 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • Jose M. Pulido

      Freedom of religion? It so happens that Islam is not a believer-friendly religion; it is a deadly ideology disguised as a religion in order to destroy all those who reject such ideology. Islam is a way to oppress people, especially women. Islam wraps women like mommies. The Burkas, or whatever mummification clothes they are forces to wear and hide every part of their bodies, symbolizes the oppression of Islam.

      Today, Islam is used to destroy the USA, Israel and the rest of the free countries of people whom they consider "Infidels."
      Islamist should not portray themselves to be innocent victims of religious persecution. Most of us have nothing against people from any religion but we worry about the ideology of Islam. Therefore, if believers in Islam are going to be influenced by such ideology and be persuaded to commit acts of terrorism, we have to take defensive and preventing actions.
      If Islamists see that they are the nuisance of the world, why do they stubbornly cling to such criminal ideology? Islam cannot save anyone for eternal life as Christianity does.
      Therefore, people react against the ideology of Islam and not about the poor gullible and naïve people who have been brain-washed by self-styled stand-up prophet Mohammed's ideology of Islam.

      November 21, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
    • Real_World

      Jose – now go mow my lawn!!! Border hoppers have no other jobs to do than manual labor.

      November 21, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
  13. Jose M. Pulido

    The United Islamic Kingdom (UIK). Yeah right, now the Islamists who have invaded the UK sound so proud to be British; that is why they blow up their buidings and conspire in Isalmic-terrorist sleeper-cell mosques, to comitt acts of domestic terrorism. At this time, Islamists all over the world are applying the Trojan Horse tactic of invading countries while posing and claminig to be nice guys but once they aquire enough numbers of them, they will rise and will repeat the "Kill or convert" Islam ic method of spreading the Islamic ideology.

    November 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • Real_World

      hey Jose, can you write that in spanish or are you just someone pretending to be of spanish decent.

      November 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
    • Jose M. Pulido

      Real_World: También puedo hablar y escribir en español perfectamente. Lo escribí en inglés porque este "blog" es de habla inglesa.

      November 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • RAD

      You are so right! The only way they will have pride to be "Brittish" is if all of Britain become Muslim. That is their only goal and anyone who says different are lying. Look on Youtub, there are plenty of videos of Muslim's saying that is what they want – take over England!

      November 21, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • Real_World

      google translator works. Thanks Jose.

      November 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
    • Rex

      Jose seems ready to behead muslim fellas , good preach Jose, lets save em and bow to Papa Benedictus..

      November 22, 2011 at 4:55 am |
    • Juan

      José, que golpeó la derecha en el clavo! derecho en el hermano!

      November 22, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  14. Trey

    If these Muslim animals keep taking over Europe the British monarch won’t be around much longer.

    November 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • Real_World

      wow.... lol... so much hate.. you must have a 4incher..

      November 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
    • Rex

      "Trey" sounds like an insects to me

      November 22, 2011 at 5:03 am |
    • BG

      The British "monarch" will be around. It'll just be called the 'caliphate.'

      F'n idiot Engish. They're giving away their country because they're afraid of 'offending' anyone. Not only are they being invaded, they're -paying- for it in welfare benefits, tolerating FGM, multiple wives, 100 sharia courts, etc.. and then still píss over not being politically correct enough about it all. "Invaders? Right this way !" It's like Python is running their government. Meanwhile the muslims are moving in én mass, wielding political correctness as an effective weapon against subjects of the "Crown."

      Damned stupid English. They'll all be gone in 50 years. Too Bad. So Sad. I hope the last English admiral scuttles the Royal Navy boomers just before the new dark age sets in. Or, f'k it. Just light them all off, and save the big one for Mecca. 3,2,1..

      * poof *

      Cue Charlton Heston

      November 22, 2011 at 6:28 am |
  15. Ray

    is it the same pride after a public beheading? these people are animals and their religion is the same

    November 21, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • Real_World

      OMG Ray, you and Trey sound like the same person. could it be?

      November 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  16. Yousaf

    Only in the western world do these religious people remotely get along. Everywhere else they are just trying to kill each other. CNN goes out of its way to prove that Islam is a peaceful religion even though vast majority of Muslims beleive that CNN and American media is Jewish run.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • huh?


      November 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
    • BG

      @ Yousef

      Psst... Prince Waleed owns a big chunk of CNN. If that's not bad enough, he owns a bigger chunk of Fox. So what's up with all that?

      Maybe the "media management" of international political agendas is really just a big international political circle jerk.

      I know that I sure feel better after my morning dose of "news." Empty and a little numb, but better.

      November 22, 2011 at 6:35 am |
  17. huh?

    Of course the Muslims are proud to British and are optimistic about Britain's future. Muslims are conquerring Europe and they are proud of it. It's their plan. Non-Muslims need to be careful. Your freedom is at stake.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
    • ThinkForYourself

      I hear that they're partnering with the Zooks and soon we'll ALL being eating our bread with the butter side down!

      November 21, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
    • Real_World

      smoke and mirrors...

      November 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
    • theoldadam

      Spot on!

      You have it exactly right.

      November 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  18. lowell@speakeasy.net


    November 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  19. Bob

    What kind of useless survey is this? In other words, "give us the answer we're looking for, or there will be severe backlash against you and you will be deported."

    November 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      So where do you think Britain would deport British citizens to?

      November 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • ThinkForYourself

      Saskatoon. Canada and the Britain are in the same commonwealth after all.

      November 21, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • Jose M. Pulido

      NO! Please, We have enough people wearing a towel o their heads in the American Continent; send them back to Iran, Jordan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

      November 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
    • Real_World

      Jose – aren't you part of MS16?

      November 21, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
    • Mirosal

      no ... no deportations of Muslims who didn't answer correctly. They'll just be beheaded for blasphemy against "Allah" ... gee just what I've always wanted to do.. die for a make-believe sky-fairy

      November 22, 2011 at 8:09 am |
  20. Reality

    Muslims, Anglicans, Mormons, Christians, Jews et al, save yourselves a lot of time and money by not being a victim of the infamous angel con:

    Joe Smith had his Moroni.

    "Latter-day Saints also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."

    Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

    Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

    Jesus and his family had Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day dem-on of the de-mented.

    The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

    Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • Jeff

      How about you believe what you want and let me believe what I want? Obviously from your brief descriptions you have ZERO understanding of these religions.

      November 21, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • Jose M. Pulido

      But the only difference is that only Islam will behead all those who do not convert to it. All other religions spread peace and love. The common denominator of all Islamists, no matter how nice and cute they portray themselves to be, is "Death to America, Death to Israel" as they often shout, and death to all others (infidels) who do not convert to Islam.

      November 21, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
    • Real_World

      Jose sounds like an unemployed hate-monger.

      November 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • ThinkForYourself

      "But the only difference is that only Islam will behead all those who do not convert to it. All other religions spread peace and love."
      -So, was it peaceful and loving when the Roman Empire spread Christianity by force, killing those that didn't believe or were heretics? Christianity has an extremely bloody and violent past that we can still easily see today. A few muslim theocracies are behind the times. If their religion is inherently evil, then so likely is yours.

      November 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • Jose M. Pulido

      Real _World souds like an Islamic terrorist-in-training. To say the truth is not hate-mongering. The truth hurts the guilty like a double-edged sword. Islamist are losers since the times of Ishmael and Esau. And for all humanknd, the only way to redeeem ourselves in th epresence of God is through Jesus Christ who came to the world 600 years before child-molester Mohammed. But the problem is that many Islamists see Jesus as if He had come to Earth to contradict Islam. Therefore, when someone talks to Muslims about Jesus, they see Him as a personal enemy; they forget that in the time of Jesus, there was no Islam. On top of that, today's Islamists portray the idea that present day's Land of Canaan was Arab-Islamic even back then. As I said, pedophile Mohammed came to confuse the world 600 years after Jesus. Therefore there is no hate-mongering in mentioning historical facts.

      November 21, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
    • Real_World

      really Jose, is that the way I sound. too funny

      November 21, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • Real_World

      tu mama beecho Jose

      November 21, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
    • Reality

      Only for the those interested in a religious update:

      1. origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

      “New Torah For Modern Minds

      Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

      Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.

      The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine docu-ment. “

      2. Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

      The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.


      For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

      Current RCC problems:

      Pedophiliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

      2 b., Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

      Current problems:
      Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

      3. Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

      This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

      And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

      Current crises:

      The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

      5. Hinduism (from an online Hindu site) – "Hinduism cannot be described as an organized religion. It is not founded by any individual. Hinduism is God centered and therefore one can call Hinduism as founded by God, because the answer to the question ‘Who is behind the eternal principles and who makes them work?’ will have to be ‘Cosmic power, Divine power, God’."

      The caste/laborer system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence are problems when saying a fair and rational God founded Hinduism."

      Current problems:

      The caste system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence.

      6. Buddhism- "Buddhism began in India about 500 years before the birth of Christ. The people living at that time had become disillusioned with certain beliefs of Hinduism including the caste system, which had grown extremely complex. The number of outcasts (those who did not belong to any particular caste) was continuing to grow."

      "However, in Buddhism, like so many other religions, fanciful stories arose concerning events in the life of the founder, Siddhartha Gautama (fifth century B.C.):"

      Archaeological discoveries have proved, beyond a doubt, his historical character, but apart from the legends we know very little about the circu-mstances of his life. e.g. Buddha by one legend was supposedly talking when he came out of his mother's womb.

      Bottom line: There are many good ways of living but be aware of the hallucinations, embellishments, lies, and myths surrounding the founders and foundations of said rules of life.

      Then, apply the Five F rule: "First Find the Flaws, then Fix the Foundations". And finally there will be religious peace and religious awareness in the world!!!!!

      November 21, 2011 at 11:59 pm |
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