Conflict, theology and history make Muslims more religious than others, experts say
A recent global survey suggests that Muslims are more religious than Christians and Hindus.
December 3rd, 2011
10:00 PM ET

Conflict, theology and history make Muslims more religious than others, experts say

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

(CNN) - Every religion has its true believers and its doubters, its pious and its pragmatists, but new evidence suggests that Muslims tend to be more committed to their faith than other believers.

Muslims are much more likely than Christians and Hindus to say that their own faith is the only true path to paradise, according to a recent global survey, and they are more inclined to say their religion is an important part of their daily lives.

Muslims also have a much greater tendency to say their religion motivates them to do good works, said the survey, released over the summer by Ipsos-Mori, a British research company that polls around the world.

Islam is the world's second-largest religion - behind Christianity and ahead of Hinduism, the third largest. With some 1.5 billion followers and rising, Islam's influence may be growing even faster than its numbers as the Arab Spring topples long-reigning secular rulers and opens the way to religiously inspired political parties.

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But while there's no doubt about the importance of Islam, experts have different theories about why Muslims appear to be more religious than members of other global faiths - and contrasting views on whether to fear the depth of Muslims' commitment to their faith.

One explanation lies in current affairs, says Azyumardi Azra, an expert on Islam in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim majority country.

Many Muslims increasingly define themselves in contrast with what they see as the Christian West, says Azra, the director of the graduate school at the State Islamic University in Jakarta.

"When they confront the West that they perceive or misperceive as morally in decline, many Muslims feel that Islam is the best way of life. Islam for them is the only salvation," he says.

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That feeling has become stronger since the September 11 attacks, as many Muslims believe there is a "growing conflict between Islam and the so-called West," he says.

"Unfortunately this growing attachment to Islam among Muslims in general has been used and abused by literal-minded Muslims and the jihadists for their own purposes," he says.

But other experts say that deep religious commitment doesn't necessarily lead to violence.

"Being more religious doesn't necessarily mean that they will become suicide bombers," says Ed Husain, a former radical Islamist who is now a Middle East expert at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

In fact, Husain argues that religious upbringing "could be an antidote" to radicalism.

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The people most likely to become Islamist radicals, he says, are those who were raised without a religious education and came to Islam later, as "born-agains."

Muslims raised with a grounding in their religion are better able to resist the distortions of Islam peddled by recruiters to radical causes, some experts like Husain argue, making them less likely to turn to violence.

But he agrees that Muslims are strongly attached to their faith, and says the reason lies in the religion itself.

"Muslims have this mindset that we alone possess the final truth," Husain says.

Muslims believe "Jews and Christians went before us and Mohammed was the last prophet," says Husain, whose book "The Islamist" chronicles his experiences with radicals. "Our prophet aimed to nullify the message of the previous prophets."

The depth of the Muslim commitment to Islam is not only a matter of theology and current events, but of education and history, as well, other experts say.

"Where religion is linked into the state institutions, where religion is deeply ingrained from childhood, you are getting this feeling that 'My way is the only way,'" says Fiyaz Mughal, the director of Faith Matters, a conflict-resolution organization in London.

The Ipsos-Mori survey results included two countries with a strong link between religion and the state: Legally Muslim Saudi Arabia, which calls itself the guardian of Islam's two holiest sites, Mecca and Medina; and Indonesia, home of the world's largest Muslim population.

The third majority Muslim country in the study is Turkey, which has a very different relationship with religion. It was founded after World War I as a legally secular country. But despite generations of trying to separate mosque and state, Turkey is now governed by an Islam-inspired party, the AKP.

Turkey's experience shows how difficult it can be to untangle government and religion in Muslim majority countries and helps explain the Muslim commitment to their religion, says Azyumardi Azra, the Indonesia expert.

He notes that there has been no "Enlightenment" in Islam as there was in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, weakening the link between church and state in many Christian countries.

"Muslim communities have never experienced intense secularization that took place in Europe and the West in general," says Azra. "So Islam is still adhered to very strongly."

But it's not only the link between mosque and state in many Muslim majority countries that ties followers to their faith, says professor Akbar Ahmed, a former Pakistani diplomat who has written a book about Islam around the world.

Like Christians who wear "What Would Jesus Do?" bracelets, many Muslims feel a deep personal connection to the founder of their faith, the prophet Muhammad, he says.

Muhammad isn't simply a historical figure to them, but rather a personal inspiration to hundreds of millions of people around the world today.

"When a Muslim is fasting or is asked to give charity or behave in a certain way, he is constantly reminded of the example set by the prophet many centuries ago," argues Ahmed, the author of "Journey Into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization."

His book is based on interviews with Muslims around the world, and one thing he found wherever he traveled was admiration for Muhammad.

"One of the questions was, 'Who is your role model?' From Morocco to Indonesia, it was the prophet, the prophet, the prophet," says Ahmed, the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington.

But while Ahmed sees similar patterns across the Islamic world, Ed Husain, the former radical, said it was important to understand its diversity, as well.

"There is no monolithic religiosity - Muslims in Indonesia and Saudi Arabia are following different versions of Islam," says Husain. "All we're seeing (in the survey) is an adherence to a faith."

Political scientist Farid Senzai, director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding in Washington, raised questions about the survey's findings.

"Look at the countries that are surveyed - Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Turkey," he says. "There are about 300 million Muslims in those three countries, (who make up) about 20% of Muslims globally."

Islam is "incredibly important" in Saudi Arabia, he says.

"But in Tunisia or Morocco you could have had a different result. It would have been nice if they had picked a few more Arab countries and had a bit more diversity," says Senzai.

The pollster, Ipsos-Mori, does monthly surveys in 24 countries, three of which are majority Muslim – Turkey, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. The other countries range from India to the United States, and Mexico to South Korea, and are the same each month, regardless of the subject the pollsters are investigating.

In the survey released in July, about six in 10 Muslims in the survey said their religion was the only way to salvation, while only a quarter of Hindus and two out of 10 Christians made that claim about their own faiths.

More than nine out of 10 Muslims said their faith was important in their lives, while the figure was 86% for Hindus and 66% for Christians.

Ipsos-Mori surveyed 18,473 adults via an online panel in April and released the findings in July. Results were weighted to make the results as representative as possible, but the pollster cautioned that because the survey was conducted online, it was harder to get representative results in poorer countries where internet access is not widespread.

CNN polling director Keating Holland also warns that in an "opt-in" survey, where respondents actively choose to participate, results tend to come from "people who are confident in their opinions and express them openly... not good for intensely private matters like faith or income or sex."

Online surveys in countries that are not entirely free are also open to the possibility that pollsters get "the approved response" in those nations, "where the people who are most likely to be willing to talk about such matters are the ones who hold, or at least verbalize, opinions that won't get them in trouble if they are expressed," Holland says.

That may have been an issue in Saudi Arabia, where respondents were given the choice of not answering questions on religion due to their potential sensitivity in the kingdom. The Saudi sample was the smallest, with 354 participants, meaning "findings for Saudi Arabia must be treated with caution," Ipsos-Mori said.

About 1,000 people participated in most countries, but sample sizes were smaller in the three majority Muslim countries and in eight other countries.

The survey participants did not reflect the true percentage of Christians and Muslims in the world. Christians were over-represented – as were people who said they had no religion – and Muslims were under-represented.

Nearly half the respondents identified themselves as Christian. Eleven percent were Muslim, 4% were Buddhist, 3% were Hindu and 3% were "other." A quarter said they had no religion and 6% refused to say.

Fiyaz Mughal, the interfaith expert, argues that even though the countries surveyed might not be representative of the entire Muslim world, the findings about Muslims rang broadly true. Muslims in different countries were committed to their faith for different reasons, he says.

"Saudi Arabia is an institutionally religious state. Indonesia has religion tied into its culture," says Mughal.

But Muslim immigrants to Europe also show strong ties to their religion, either as a defense mechanism in the face of a perceived threat, or because of an effort to cling to identity, he contends.

He detects a link between insular communities and commitment to faith regardless of what religion is involved. It is prevalent in Muslim Saudi Arabia, but he has seen it among Israeli Jews as well, he says.

"The Israeli Jewish perspective is that (the dispute with the Palestinians) is a conflict of land and religion which are integrally linked," Mughal says.

"What does play a role in that scenario is a sense of isolationism and seclusion in Israeli Jewish religious communities, a growing trend to say, 'Our way is the only way,'" he says.

Religious leaders of all faiths need to combat those kinds of attitudes because of the greater diversity people encounter in the world today, he argues.

They have a responsibility to teach their congregations "that if they are following a religion, it is not as brutal or exclusive as possible," Mughal says. "Things are changing. The world is a different place from what it was even 20 years ago."

Politicians, too, "need to take these issues quite seriously," he says.

"In the Middle East there are countries - the Saudi Arabias - where you need to be saying that diversity, while it may not be a part of the country, is something they have to deal with when moving in a globalized area," he says.

But Senzai, the political scientist, says that it's also important for the West to take the Muslim world on its own terms.

"Many Muslims want religion to play a role in politics," he says. "To assume that everyone around the world wants to be like the West - that they want liberal secular democracy - is an absurd idea."

- CNN's Nima Elbagir and Atika Shubert contributed to this report.

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: 9/11 • Islam • Middle East

soundoff (5,459 Responses)
  1. Fleiter

    Islam is a religion of conquest. All the conquered people were forced to become Muslims by the sword. Today, leaving the Muslim faith is punishable by torture and death in most Muslim countries. That's why Muslims are more religious than Christians. We no longer murder anyone who doubts Christianity.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • William Shelton

      And just where did you learn your history? From a comic book?

      December 5, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • CosmicC

      Yes, you're right. No one was ever forced to convert to Christianity...unless you count the Inquisition, pograms, the conquest of the Americas....

      December 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • Denae

      I agree. Yes, there was a time when Christianity was barbaric in the same way as Islam. The difference is, the religion of Christianity has changed with the times. Christians do not behead you for not believing in Jesus. Muslim religion has not changed at all. It is the only religion in existence that is still killing people, maiming them, cutting off hands, beheading them, raping, punishing – all in the name of Islam. It is happening in just about every middle eastern country on the freaking GLOBE. Their devoutness is absolute – because they all know if they try to leave the Islamic belief, they will be slaughtered like animals. This article is the biggest joke. Another example of the Islamization of America.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • Jose M. Pulido

      Fleiter: You are right. Islam spreads by child-molester Mohammed's sword while Christianity spreads by God's Word.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • RainnMakerr

      Denae. Does the Bible mention the expiration date next to the verse? levitacus 20:10(killing the person who commits adultery), Deutronomy Chap 13 verses 6-9, Levitacus chap 24 verse 16(verses relating to apostacy), ? Are you saying the one who wrote the bible forgot to mention the expiration date on those verses? If your answer is yes then I fail to worship the creator who has a tendency to forget. If your answer is no then i just proved my point that the Book which has been altered by man is not to be followed. People , even Prophets do not have the authority to even make a change as small as a comma or a period in the Holy Books, (Quran, Bible, Torah).

      December 5, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • RainnMakerr

      Number of people accepting Islam in the U.S has tripled/year since 9/11. I didnt see a sword involved there. Wanna shed some light here?

      December 5, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
    • RainnMakerr

      Jose M. Pulido please google child molestation in places of worship. see what you come up with.

      December 5, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
    • Jose M. Pulido

      RainnMakerr: Islam originally did spread by the sword in North Africa and many other countries. Today, they can't do it any more as much as they want to because it would be too visible; there are too many TV reporters, Youtube, Tweeter, Facebook, camcorders and videocell phones otherwise, they would be chopping heads left and right in the name of child-molester Mohammed.

      December 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  2. NickZadick

    Answer seems easy to answer.. generally muslims are less educated than Christians... The less educated you are...the more chance you have to take fairy tales and myths as fact...and the more radical you are... maybe people should go back to school and learn science instead of myth!

    December 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
    • Sass87

      lol.. maybe you need to enroll in some science classes to learn about the limitations of science and the scientific methodology – especially in the context of trying to explain creation, life, morality etc.. and other similar topics that we use to define our existence.
      I would also ask you to suggest how you arrived at the conclusion that Christians are more educated than Muslims?? because that statement is flawed on SO many levels.

      PS.. I'm not just picking on you.. you're comment was at the top of the list when I read the article. Luck of the draw.

      December 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • Abdirahman

      You are really a big lier.....
      because you are saying Muslims are less educated than christians
      how can judge close to 2 billion people....
      you yourself is less educated.....
      people have everything....some of Muslims are educated some are less educated other people are like that too.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • NickZadick

      I don't feel picked on... as a matter of fact... I don't think what I said.... I treat all invented religions on the same footing... I of course do not know exactly why we are here and how we came to be... perhaps there is an all powerfull force that created us.... but the belief that he chatted with humans around 2000 years ago and had a book of rules made up is absolutely ludicrous!!

      December 5, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
    • CosmicC

      While you have stated this as an overly-broad generalization, I tend to agree. There is a lot of religious fanaticism in the US and geographic dispersion is probably closely aligned with the quality of public education available.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  3. RainnMakerr

    Everyone is trying to show that their way of thinking is the best way...yet ISLAM CAN'T STOP GROWING. See my point..? Stop wasting your energy on the keyboard. Think Statistics and then ask whyyy. Then just open their book and see what it actually says about Christians and Jews being rewarded by God if they follow their own moral path. Chapter 2 v.62.
    How Mother of Jesus was given an entire chapter in the Quran. How Moses, Jesus, Davis and many others were praised. How Luqman (a slave of black origin) was given an entire chapter and how he was praised. The list is too long. The point is that Quran is not neglecting people who aren't muslims. The biggest false blame on the Quran is that you HAVE to be muslims to enter paradise. That actually negates the concept of Justice. How can one go to hell just because he isn't born in a Muslim family????Quran addresses eveyone by faith by people and does not neglect people just because they aren't muslims. Yes...Quran does focus more on Abrahamic faith, Muslims, Christians and Jews.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • moas786

      Rainnmakerr, thank you for your post, Peace out.

      December 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • William Shelton

      Excellent post, RainnMakerr!

      December 5, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • Dhulfiqar

      🙂 Great post. Good job.

      December 5, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • Hob

      I see someone talking to himself many times. How juvenile.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • Reh

      Infact Quran calls all the true adherents of faith as Muslims.

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

      December 5, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • Vickers

      9:5 Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

      See? Convert or die, convert or be attacked, kidnapped, tortured, robbed, etc. Muslims lie about Islam all the time.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • RainnMakerr

      Vickers, thank you so much for bringing this verse up. I was hoping somebody would. My friend this verse was for a specific group of people that had broken the treaty and killed innocent people. You should know the context of the verse before posting it. Nice try.

      December 5, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  4. John Geheran

    As with any totalitarian ideology, a daily diet of deceitful indoctrination beginning in childhood, brutal consequences for challenging the party line coupled with a culture that empowers men to suppress women goes a long way toward keeping the proletariat in line.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • Sass87

      Maybe you should stop listening to any north american media outlet on your interpretation on Islam!!! Go to your nearest university and enroll in an intro to religions course. That should help you out a little bit!! =)

      December 5, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • Hob

      Sass is a liar. What's wrong, Sass? Don't like the truth? Then I guess that explains why you like lying. Islam is filth.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • CosmicC

      Totalitarian Ideology = Organized religion.

      I'd add that Unitarian Universalists are an exception to this, but then we UU's cannot be called organized.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  5. Johnnydepp

    There should be a survey, ...Which is the religion you hate the most ?, and this should be sampled across all religious groups..invariably all religions..christians, hindus, buddhists and jews would categorise Islam as the most hated religion ..Now muslims should contemplate why this is so?

    December 5, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • moas786

      Johnnydepp, Hate is coming from your heart, so what religion are you??? that will answer your question for YOU!!!

      December 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  6. Load of Bullcrap

    CNN is getting ridiculous. I am amazed how they try to make Islam what it is not. But, don't worry, as soon as one Christian pastor is accused of molesting young men in his church, Christianity is bashed. Or, when Jews relocate Palestinians they become hated. But yet, Muslims kill other Muslims and other innocent people who do not believe as the do daily in the most hideous ways. But those individuals, in the name of "Allah," who commit these atrocities are considered "terrorists" or "extremists" and are somewhat separated from Islam, when Islam itself is the problem. Why can't CNN state the obvious fact: Islam is a blood thirsty system. They must be scared of being bombed. So much for that freedom of speech thing or being unbiased. Oh, I forgot, Islam does not allow freedom of speech.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • moas786

      What an appropriate log on name for you, "Load of Bullcrap" that is the only correct statement you have made thus far?

      December 5, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • Sass87

      I'm a Muslim, and I'm the most non violent, peaceful and one of the biggest proponents of free speech you will meet. How do you explain that?

      December 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • Hob

      Since Sass is a liar, I explain his lies as being the intestinal exudation of a diseased rat or other vermin.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • CosmicC

      This ignores all of the Christian on Christian (usually Protestant vs Catholic) violence.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  7. Mr. Zippy

    This article is barking up the wrong tree and making it way too complicated. Based on my personal experience with Muslims, they're more religious because they're scared witless of going to hell. It is a 100% earn-your-salvation religion. Extra points if you kill infidels. Now, see how easy that was?

    December 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • Reh

      It is an absolutely earn-your-salvation religion. You are responsible for your actions, choice of faith and decisions which determine your destiny in afterlife. The afterlife is a bigger truth than current life. World is not based on the principle of justice but the factor in the afterlife and the whole equation is absolutely balanced. No points for killing, either infidel or otherwise. There is no shortcut to salvation. You have to struggle, mostly with yourself, throughout your life to earn salvation.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  8. I am a Muslim

    AL SALAMO ALIKOM, This is our Islam salutation, I am religious because i love ALLAH ,most of us have more mistakes because they don't understand our Islam correctly , Dears please try to read about Islam then judge your mind.
    Thank you
    and AL SALAMO ALIKOM (again)

    December 5, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • leelanau

      And across the Jordan River they say Shalom Alechum.....How can Islam not reconcile with that?

      December 5, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • John Geheran

      Dear Muslim Sir: I have read the sacred Islamic texts, ahadith and other credible Islamic literature and concluded that Islam is a radical totalitarian ideology masquerading as a religion. Islam in my humble view stands alone amongst the religions of this world in that it COMMANDS the faithful to be intolerant – or worse – toward the kafir.

      December 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  9. MorePi

    The less educated a person is the more likely the person is to buy into the religious myth whether they are christian, muslim, hindu, or jew. It just happens that the muslims are the least educated people on the planet.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • Todd

      Say that at an engineering school.

      December 5, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  10. Fascist

    Soon we shall have an orderly world, based upon science and cleansed of atavistic "morality" myths. The death of the subject," and thus of liberal democratic fantasies, has set the stage for a resurgent fascism.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  11. Bob

    "Many Muslims increasingly define themselves in contrast with what they see as the Christian West ... That feeling has become stronger since the September 11 attacks"

    Sept 11 also increased the religiousness of many christians. It doesn't explain why muslims are more religious than christians.

    "'Muslims have this mindset that we alone possess the final truth,' Husain says."

    Christianity has this exact same doctrine and mindset. Doesn't explain the difference.

    "He notes that there has been no 'Enlightenment' in Islam as there was in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, weakening the link between church and state in many Christian countries."

    Yup, this is the reason. Muslims aren't more religious than 16th century Europeans. Let's hope the islamic world can go through this transition faster and with less violence than Europe did.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  12. Dan

    Muslims are more religious because they are still living in the dark ages.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • SecularBob

      all religion is living in the dark ages.

      December 5, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • Dan

      You're not going to catch me defending religion, but much of Christendom has been watered down by the moral imperative of individualism, the reach of science and impacts of multiculturalism. Of course there are still religious fanatics in every religion – sheltered and allowed to exist because of the non-fanatics – but, as this article points out, there are a lot more of them in the Islamic world. The Bible Belt is a pretty religious place, but it's no Saudi Arabia.

      December 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • DoctorDoom

      It can get pretty close if you're a "colored" person. The KKK is still alive in the hearts of many southerners.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • CosmicC

      The KKK doesn't just target blacks. They also go after Jews and Catholics. I'm sure they've added Muslims as well.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  13. MJ

    I agree with you that Muslims tend to be more "Religious" than others, however "Religion" and a firm belief in your faith are not always one in the same. Religious people tend to be much more legalistic and more about the laws and traditions than their love for God. This is very evident in the way the more extreme Muslims distort the teachings of the Koran to justify and enforce their laws.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • Fritz

      I guess you haven't really read the Q'uran yet, otherwise you would not be so dismissive of the psychotic violence that is at the heart of Islam.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  14. James

    How could anyone possibly say that muslims are religious??? Those that don't participate in murder, suicide and hatred against anyone different (including their own sects), are just as culpable by not speaking up against them. islam is NOT a religion,it is a violent corrupted philosophy.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • moas786

      James, only in your uneducated mind. Islam is the final revelation from God to mankind, thats why the Quran acknowledges the Torah and the Original Bible and Moses and Jesus peace be upon them. prophet Muhammed has said to his followers to "treat the jews and christians as your EQUALS because they also believe in the One God". we are ALL children of God. yes that includes you too James.

      December 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • 687saom

      @moas786 – I don't understand, why you think that your truth is the only truth? It just shows how brainwashed you are. What makes you think that your prophet – who lived after the Bible came to us, and most probably got all the hints for a new book from the Bible – gave the final revelation? And why you always make it a point that Islam accepts "uncorrupted bible" – just to feel more confidant by being a part of something great? Sound like boosting in front of a girl that you are friends with the coolest guy in the room. Does that make you cool?!!! Does saying that you accept Bible and Christ – albeit in your own way – give you more legitimacy?

      December 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  15. moas786

    if ONLY THE JEWS AND CHRISTIANS were to Follow the TRUE TEACHINGS OF MOSES AND JESUS peace be upon them, we would NOT have this much killings,wars,and land grabbings? if you claim to be part of these faiths, please follow the actual messengers and not the LIERS. MUHAMMED PBUH said to his followers, "that the ink of a scholar is more sacred then the blood of a martyr" and "do not oppress and yet do not be oppressed! last but not least, it is o.k. not to forget but it is Not o.k. not to FORGIVE!!! PEACE TO ALL YOU CHILDREN OF ADAM.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • 687saom

      Very nice words. BUT THEY ARE JUST WORDS AND NOBODY IS FOLLOWING THEM. I haven't heard of any religion that says that teaches you to kill, grab or go to war – well, may be except for Islam that does, in relation to non-Muslims. You say – "that the ink of a scholar is more sacred then the blood of a martyr" – then why there are so many Muslim "martyrs", in fact overwhelming majority of them. You say – "do not oppress and yet do not be oppressed! – then why are you oppressing non-Muslims in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, etc, etc. And oppressing the whole World with terror tactics?

      December 5, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  16. Joe

    I knew he'd have to bring Israel into it somehow. Even in a conversation about why Muslims are so religious these people have to find a way to insult Israel.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • NickZadick

      the Jews stole the country they call home! of course they are going to be mentioned!

      December 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • CosmicC

      Stole it? When? If you're going to argue that is what happened at the end of Exodus, when Joshua crossed the Jordan, I'll agree with you. After that, you need to read your history books a bit more closely.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  17. buddget

    Any religion that says convert or die is a poor example of the human race.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • moas786

      STOP your lies, you are ONLY fooling yourself because it does not say that.

      December 5, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • sumday

      maybe but it is a great example of human nature.

      December 5, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • Fritz

      It does say that. Read it and see! Read the Q'uran and see that every Muslim post is a flat-out lie. Non-Muslims are to be murdered, tortured, cheated, robbed, lied to, terrorized, and thrown into the fire. The Q'uran goes on and on about it over and over. When a Muslim says different he is lying. Judge for yourself and don't take the word of any Muslim EVER.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  18. tom

    A provocative headline, designed merely to stir up trouble. Great example of journalism. Yeah. Right.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
  19. Bill Deacon

    Muslims also have a much greater tendency to say their religion motivates them to do good works,

    I'm sorry I must have driven right past all the Muslim hospitals, orphanages, and homeless shelters. Oh wait they're probably all too busy sending foreign aid to other countries suffering from disasters, no? Well maybe they are busy building schools, roads and bridges in their own countries? What? not that either. Okay, I give. Can someone point to the good works of Muslims? This blog doesn't contain the space required for the contributions made by Christians tot he world. And before anyone gets started on the "evils" of Christianity, I fully understand that bad things have been done. I'm just asking for you to point out the benefits Islam has given to the world at large. Anyone? Bueller.....? Bueller...? chirp chirp.........

    December 5, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • Joe

      Ummm...go to a Muslim country and you'll see all those things you talked about. Just because don't see Muslim hospitals in your particular corner of Mississippi doesn't mean that they don't exist. Now, I didn't like this article either, but what you wrote is unfair.

      December 5, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • Melcoast

      Joe, all he wants to know are their contributions. That's what he asked. I think it's a fair question and if there are contributions then you and other Muslims supporters should be able to come up with several. Also, lay off Mississippi. With that statement you did just what you think Bill is doing to Muslims.

      December 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  20. tv

    Because if they aren't, they will be shot. That's a pretty good incentive.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
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