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Rising anti-Islamic sentiment in America troubles Muslims
The ruins of a mosque in Joplin, Missouri, after a fire last month that Muslims leaders suspect was an arson.
September 5th, 2012
01:19 PM ET

Rising anti-Islamic sentiment in America troubles Muslims

By Moni Basu, CNN

(CNN) -
When the nation pauses to remember 9/11 next week, a group of Tennesseans will gather at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Franklin for a commemoration. But it will be more than that.

On the program, called "The Threat in Our Backyard," is a lecture on Islam in public schools and a short film on Sharia finance.

It's a program organized by people who feel the American way of life is threatened by Islam - in particular, Sharia, or Islamic law.

Sharia would bring ruin to America, says Greg Johnson, vice president of the 9/12 Project Tennessee, a sponsor of the event that advocates for shifting government back to the intent of the Constitution's authors.

He says he has nothing against Muslims, but he takes issue with the tenets of Islam.

Sharia, he believes, would mean that practicing homosexuals would be put to death, women would not be educated and would be married off to men chosen by their fathers, and non-Muslims would become kafirs - nonbelievers - relegated to second-class citizenship.

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"And I don't want that coming to America," Johnson says.

He's not alone in his fears.

A tide of anti-Islam sentiment has been swelling across America in recent months, strong enough to prompt one imam to wish for the days immediately after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks when President George W. Bush declared that Muslims were not our enemies; that the war on terror was against a select few who acted upon their hate for America.

"In the 11 years since, we have retreated," says Abdullah Antepli, the Muslim chaplain at Duke University who likes to call himself the Blue Devil Imam.

Muslims make up less than 1% of the U.S. population. Yet, say Muslim advocates, they are a community besieged.

Hate crimes against Muslims spiked 50% in 2010, the last year for which FBI statistics are available. That was in a year marked by Muslim-bashing speech over the Islamic center near ground zero in Manhattan and Florida Pastor Terry Jones' threats to burn Qurans.

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Antepli likens the current climate to McCarthyism. Left unchecked, he says, anti-Muslim fervor, like racism and anti-Semitism, has the potential to evolve into something dangerous.

This year's holy month of Ramadan, which ended August 19, was marred by a spate of violence at U.S. Islamic centers that included a fire, a homemade bomb and pig parts. The incidents were unprecedented in scale and scope, says the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

At least seven mosques and one cemetery were attacked in the United States during Ramadan, according to the council and other groups that track such incidents.

Particularly visible on the anti-Muslim radar has been the state of Tennessee, where a mosque opened during Ramadan after two years of controversy. The new Islamic center in Murfreesboro opened a few weeks ago after delays caused by legal wrangling, community protests and vandalism.

Also in Tennessee, incumbent congresswoman Diane Black found herself publicly opposing Sharia after her opponent Lou Ann Zelenik made it a campaign issue.

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State senatorial candidate Woody Degan's website also mentions Sharia:

"VOTE CONSERVATIVE! VOTE Anti-Sharia, VOTE Against Internet Taxes, Vote FOR Gun Carry Rights! VOTE for your PERSONAL RIGHTS!"

And Gov. Bill Haslam recently came under fire for hiring lawyer Samar Ali, a Muslim woman from Tennessee, to work in the international division of the state's economic development department.

Ali's critics called her Sharia-compliant and a website called Bill H(Islam) attacked the governor for pursuing "a policy that promotes the interest of Islamist (sic) and their radical ideology."

The website links to another that discusses, among other things, Islamic infiltration of public schools.

"I cannot stress enough the seriousness of their push to spread their religion to all non-Muslims throughout our country," says website author Cathy Hinners, another speaker at next Tuesday's 9/11 event in Franklin.

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"Why? Why are Muslims so adamant that we accept their religion? The answer is simple. The answer is in black and white. The answer is in the Muslim brotherhoods "Strategic Goal for North America." It's called a global caliphate. One religion, one government, one law... called Sharia."

In November 2010, more than 70% of voters in Oklahoma approved a ballot initiative to amend the state's constitution that banned courts from looking at "legal precepts of other nations or cultures. Specifically, the courts shall not consider international law or Sharia law."

The amendment died after a federal court ruled it discriminatory.

"That was very explicitly anti-Islamic," says Glenn Hendrix, an Atlanta lawyer who specializes in international law. "It specifically referenced Sharia."

This year, 33 anti-Sharia or international law bills were introduced in 20 states, making it a key issue. Six states - Louisiana, South Dakota, Kansas, Arizona, Louisiana and Tennessee - adopted such laws prior to 2012.

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Two Tennessee lawmakers attempted to pass a bill this year that would have made it a felony to practice Sharia, but it failed.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations says the anti-Sharia bills are based on draft legislation promoted by David Yerushalmi, an anti-Islamic lawyer from New York.

Yerushalmi founded the Society of Americans for National Existence, an organization devoted to promoting his theory that Islam is inherently seditious and Sharia is a "criminal conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government," according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups.

"Ideally," says the center, "he would outlaw Islam and deport its adherents altogether."

Hendrix says anti-Sharia legislation is not necessary since U.S. courts ultimately are beholden to U.S. law.

But it sends a strong message to the Muslim community.

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The American Bar Association, which opposes federal or state laws that impose blanket prohibitions on foreign laws, says such legislative initiatives stigmatize an entire religious community and "are inconsistent with some of the core principles and ideals of American jurisprudence."

Valarie Kaur, a legal advocate and hate crimes specialist, says proponents of anti-Sharia bills are battling an imaginary threat.

"There is no push to install Sharia law in the U.S.," she says. "Anti-Sharia bills target the religious principles of Muslim Americans and fuel anti-Muslim rhetoric and bias. As a Sikh American whose community has too often become the target of hate, I believe it's time to stand against all forms of racism and religious bigotry."

An attack at a Wisconsin Sikh temple last month killed six people. Many believe the shooter mistook Sikhs for Muslims. A Sikh gas station attendant in Arizona was the first victim of reprisal after the 9/11 attacks.

Kaur blames tough economic times and an amplification of hateful speech for incidents like the temple shooting and the momentum behind the anti-Sharia campaign.

For Muslims, Sharia - which means "path to the watering hole" in Arabic - is the divine law revealed centuries ago in the Quran that governs all aspects of life. More often than not, it's the most sensational parts of Sharia - like cutting off a thief's hand - that garner the most publicity.

U.S. courts bump up against it in cases of divorces, inheritance, child custody, enforcement of money judgments and commercial disputes or tort actions.

A trial court in New Jersey, for instance, ruled that a husband, who was Muslim, lacked the criminal intent to commit sexual assault on his wife because Sharia permits a man to have sex with his wife whenever he wants.

That's the kind of ruling that fuels anti-Sharia activists.

Nashville health-care investor Andrew Miller says there's no room for democracy within Islamic ideology. All you have to do is look to any Islamic state, he says.

"If you wanted to pray to a large rock and that was your God, I could care less," he says. "But the minute you want to put a gun to my head and say you will pray to this large rock and your family will or you will pay the price, that's when I see a bully. I see an overbearing ideology that wants to force and coerce people.

Miller describes himself as a tolerant person but not when it comes to people dictating how others will live.

"That's antithetical to the freedoms that we value, the liberty we value," he says.

The message that Islam is evil has been repeated so many times - sometimes directly, sometimes in a more subtle fashion - that it has sunk in as reality in the hearts and minds of many Americans, says Antepli, the Duke chaplain.

Part of it is fear of the unknown, he says.

"I, too, would have a monstrous image of Islam if I did not know any better."

But another part of it is orchestrated, he says, referring to "well-organized and polished" anti-Islam websites that have sprouted in recent years. Marry that with ignorance and the end result is lethal, Antepli says.

The Center for American Progress, a liberal research and advocacy organization, published a report last year that attributed the rise of Islamophobia to a "small, tightly-networked group of misinformation experts."

The report called "Fear, Inc." lists seven foundations that gave $42.6 million to think tanks to promote anti-Islamic thought.

It describes "deeply intertwined individuals and organizations" that "manufacture and exaggerate threats of 'creeping Sharia,' Islamic domination of the West, and purported obligatory calls to violence against all non-Muslims by the Quran."

The issue of Sharia, say some Muslims, has become a political hot potato in an election year.

GOP candidates Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann mentioned Sharia in their campaign speeches. This year's Republican Party platform makes mention of foreign laws:

"Subjecting American citizens to foreign laws is inimical to the spirit of the Constitution. It is one reason we oppose U.S. participation in the International Criminal Court. There must be no use of foreign law by U.S. courts in interpreting our Constitution and laws. Nor should foreign sources of law be used in State courts' adjudication of criminal or civil matters."

That's the message Miller hopes people will take away from next week's 9/11 meeting; that the tenets of Islam go against the constitution of the United States.

It's diametrically opposed to what people like Antepli and Kaur will be saying as America remembers the horror of terrorism. Hateful sentiment, they say, is not the answer.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Islam • Politics • Tennessee

soundoff (2,383 Responses)
  1. bill constantine

    I do not care for Moslem people....get out of the United States...This is a christian country....The Koran wants you to go back to your countrys..

    September 6, 2012 at 1:27 am |
    • reader

      Wake up buddy from your shell. This is secular state........ and stop burning yourself by hating other people. Start loving people make your life livable.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:43 am |
  2. ScottCA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQgI4bHpAlA

    September 6, 2012 at 1:27 am |
  3. American

    Great, America used to be a melting pot...you adapted to American ways and became an American. Islam pushes that you take your ways and infiltrate theirs and take them over.
    Proud to be American.
    Do not allow Islam to rule our land.

    September 6, 2012 at 1:21 am |
    • Abduhl Goatfukkr

      Amen!

      September 6, 2012 at 1:41 am |
  4. Lost

    Run away from anything that disrespects womanhood, and condones the enslavement of others...no matter what the religion.

    September 6, 2012 at 1:16 am |
  5. Michael

    I agree that Sharia is dangerous... but so is giving Christianity sway over EVERYONE'S civil rights. Which we already do... let's pay attention to the monster that's already in our backyard before worrying about the one overseas.

    September 6, 2012 at 1:12 am |
  6. jamessavik

    Islam has never been a peaceful religion. It demands submission- which is the meaning of the word Islam.

    Submit to Islam or die. That is the only choice they offer.

    September 6, 2012 at 1:11 am |
    • reader

      I don't know what you read my friend. Submit or die may be you write it. You submit yourself to God who is your creator or face hell fire. Human are send to earth for test to see what they do. If you do right you will be fine after death otherwise enjoy your time on earth. So you are free no restriction. Whatever you do you will do to yourself. Simple message. You waste your time here to regret later ...upto you. nobody is allowed to kill you....

      September 6, 2012 at 1:33 am |
  7. Tr1Xen

    I'm apathetic about religion. I don't hate it, but as an atheist I guess I don't understand what all the anger and fuss is about either. Personally, I have nothing against any religious people as long as they mind their own business. I'll even take it a step further and say I don't have a problem with them preaching their religious beliefs as long as they can accept, "Thanks, but I'm not interested" as a response. I don't force my beliefs (or lack thereof) on anyone. I don't think it's too much to ask for others to act likewise. Why can't we just live and let live?

    September 6, 2012 at 1:11 am |
  8. Manda

    Uh oh. The people who believe in fairies are calling the people who believe in elves crazy and dangerous.

    September 6, 2012 at 1:07 am |
  9. Stew

    How come I'm not surprised: Sikhs get shot and killed and the muzzies once again try to spin it somehow to make themselves look like they're the victims. At the same time, thousands of Sikhs, Hindus and Christians are getting massacred in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh by muslims.
    Hey muslims: we don't like you bigots anymore. Leave this country.

    And I am saying this as an atheist and liberal.

    September 6, 2012 at 1:07 am |
    • Simran

      @Stew,
      Since you mention India, I agree that Muslim extremists have been responsible for terror attacks.

      But let's look at the riots now – The most recent and controversial Godhra riots (Gujarat) – general communal riots on a large scale across the state, in which 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus were ultimately killed and 223 more people were reported missing.[1][5] 523 places of worship were damaged: 298 dargahs, 205 mosques, 17 temples, and 3 churches. Muslim-owned businesses suffered the bulk of the damage. 61,000 Muslims and 10,000 Hindus fled their homes. Preventive arrests of 17,947 Hindus and 3,616 Muslims were made. In total 27,901 Hindus and 7,651 Muslims were arrested.

      How it all started? On 27 February 2002, 58 Hindus including 25 women and 15 children, activists of the Vishva Hindu Parishad and other Hindu pilgrims (Kar Sevaks) returning by the Sabarmathi express train from Ayodhya,[11] were burnt alive in a railway coach by a large Muslim mob.[3][4] in a conspiracy.[4] The conspiracy theory was backed by the fact that rumor of Abduction of Muslims girls by Kar Sevak was spread throughout the locality which is a Muslim majority area.

      Initial media reports blamed the local Muslims for setting the coach on fire.[13] The New Nanavati Report states that the Attack on the "Kar Sevaks" on the train from Ayodhya was pre-planned, and exonerates Chief Minister Narendra Modi (WHO WAS NOT MUSLIM)!

      September 6, 2012 at 1:35 am |
  10. wartech0

    I would like to point out something, but before I do I would like to clarify somethings. Number one I do not take any religious affiliation and number two I don't agree with organized religion. That being said I like to separate people in to two groups. People who do the moral thing, and people who do unmoral things. Morals in this context are like values, everyone has differing morals but that doesn't matter because we all have a sense of what we feel is right and what we feel is wrong. Now lets consider that you have the power to turn invisible, and you know stealing is wrong. How many people would steal in that case? I think people turn to religion because, one they want to believe there is something after life, and two are afraid of punishment for not following religious laws (in the after life). So, considering these two ideas how many truly religious people are out there? Very very very very few, you can call your self a Christian, or a Muslim, or a , but you really are not. Its funny that the Christian religion teaches tolerance yet I see very few Christians actually practicing it. Quit hiding behind your religion, if I were to die today, and me and some of the Christians I know were standing at the gates of heaven, who is more likely to get in. I lived my life and treated everyone with the up most respect I could because I felt it was right, while the people behind me did it because they didn't want to go to hell. How selfish can people be?! If you truly believe in your god, he will know the truth about you. The thing is you can believe whatever your preacher tells you to believe but there is inconsistencies in all religious texts, and when you stop questioning and reasoning, you lose all humanity.

    September 6, 2012 at 1:07 am |
    • Rosie

      "there is inconsistencies in all religious texts". maybe true. But then again, unlike the bible, only the koran claims to be god's word. Yet it states that the earth is flat and the sun turns around it. And that mountains were built to prevent earthquakes. And that semen comes from behind the kidneys. This proves the koran is not god's word, making mohammed a lowlife liar and scam artist and islam nothing more than a fraud.
      That's all I have to know. islam is just a load of steaming BS.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:12 am |
    • bill constantine

      The Koran does not want its Moslems to leave their countries and go to christian ones...Interpret it this way..Saudi Arabia does it that way.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:23 am |
    • Kafir4Life

      Mr moderator, you allow Rosie to misrepresemt the facta but you woud not allow my side of the argument..truely an agenda

      September 6, 2012 at 1:34 am |
  11. Ellen

    I mus say I like the sight of a burned down mosque.

    September 6, 2012 at 1:03 am |
    • reader

      We need to clean great land of America from people like Ellen who are leaches on this land and want to destroy the peace on this land.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:26 am |
    • Harris

      I think Ellen is right. Sorry, @reader, you have no clue. Better the muslims than us. They come here and bring all their hatred, intolerance and violence with them. They try to impose their laws on us and say we are lower than dogs and pigs. They preach anti-Semitism and the destruction of Israel. And we should just sit still and accept that? Are you retarded or what?

      September 6, 2012 at 2:38 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      And how much do you like the sight of a burned down church or synagogue? I'm an atheist but have no desire to see any in ruin...

      September 6, 2012 at 3:04 am |
  12. Mac

    As an African American, I wish to give my 2 cents here: Muslims claim that islam has a special place in Black American communities. Which couldn't be further from the truth. It never had (unless you mean the fact that most of the blacks were rounded up by muslim slave traders in Africa and then sold to the whites. Mohammed called blacks raisin heads, had many black slaves and sold 2 black slaves for 1 arab slave because blacks were worth less).
    The liberal media like CNN, HuffPo etc propagating islam is just disgusting. Too bad it's all too obvious. Their desperate attempt to make islam more accepted in the West will ultimately fail. Because people aren't stupid, can read the news and form their own opinion and can see the big, big writing on the wall: islam is backward, violent, racist, hateful and intolerant. It is a travesty that these very people ask for more tolerance of something as intolerant as islam. I guess that's what you call bigots. And hypocrites.

    September 6, 2012 at 1:02 am |
    • reader

      Mr. Mac Islam was the first religion who preach to end the slavery for blacks. Not only that they were treated equal and in quran it says " nobody is greater than other based on money or color but who is most pious". So read the real history again.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:29 am |
    • Harris

      @reader, wrong again. You must be a muslim spreading your taqqia. Islam promotes slavery. Mohammed the pig was a slave trader and racist. He sold 2 black slaves for 1 arab slave because he said blacks are worth less. Most of the black slaves we had in the US were bouight from muslim slave traders who rounded the slaves up in Africa. Also, the muslims enslaved lots of Europeans.
      So you saying that islam is against slavery is just one big pile of BS.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:41 am |
  13. Abdel, the ex-muslim

    More lies and manipulation hoping some gullible reader will believe islam is peaceful. This article claims that sharia is "the divine law revealed centuries ago in the Quran that governs all aspects of life". As an ex-muslim, I can assure you this is only HALF THE TRUTH!

    Here is what the 'Umdat as-Salik wa 'Uddat an-Nasik (Reliance of the Traveller), THE classical manual on sharia law/islamic jurisprudence says about Jihad:

    o9.0 JIHAD
    (O: Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada signifying warfare to establish the religion. And it is the lesser jihad. As for the greater jihad, it is spiritual warfare against the lower self (nafs), which is why the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said as he was returning from jihad.
    "We have returned from the lesser jihad to the greater jihad."
    The scriptural basis for jihad, prior to scholarly consensus (def: b7) is such Koranic verses as:
    (1) "Fighting is prescribed for you" (Koran 2:216);
    (2) "Slay them wherever you find them" (Koran 4:89);
    (3) "Fight the idolators utterly" (Koran 9:36);
    and such hadiths as the one related by Bukhari and Muslim that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:
    "I have been commanded to fight people until they testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and perform the prayer, and pay zakat [infidel tax].

    THE OBLIGATORY CHARACTER OF JIHAD
    o9.1 Jihad is a communal obligation
    o9.3 Jihad is also obligatory for everyone

    THE OBJECTIVES OF JIHAD
    o9.8 The caliph makes war upon Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians (N: provided he has first invited them to enter Islam in faith and practice, and if they will not, then invited them to enter the social order of Islam by paying the non-Muslim poll tax [...] in accordance with the word of Allah Most High, "Fight those who do not believe in Allah and the Last Day and who forbid not what Allah and His messenger have forbidden-who do not practice the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book-until they pay the poll tax out of hand and are humbled" (Koran 9

    September 6, 2012 at 12:56 am |
    • reader

      Pls stop lying. If u r a real ex-muslim I can see everything you write half from quran to use it in a way u like to manipulate. You did not write that in Quran it also says (if I read half) " Do not go close to Prayer" ....rest is ... "when u r drunk". If I do not read whole and stop at prayer I can tell people hey in Quran it says do not go close to prayer........Pls go to http://stage1.whyislam.org/
      to learn the facts. Even if you are christian, did Jesus ask you t spread hate? or moses ask to spread hate? I respect all prophets because thats what I was taught in Quran. I don't know about u.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:23 am |
    • Abdel, the ex-muslim

      @reader not true. Are you really trying to say the 'Umdat as-Salik wa 'Uddat an-Nasik is wrong? LOL! The Al Azhar people won't be happy with you! If there's one manual on islamic law, then it's the 'Umdat as-Salik wa 'Uddat an-Nasik.
      Your comment makes absolutely no sense. Either you are stupid, ignorant or just lying. We all know islam is violent and intolerant. They preach it at almost every mosque on Fridays, also here in the US. As an ex-muslim, it is my duty to inform non-muslims about the danger of islam.
      The koran says apostates like me who speak against islam must be killed. I say FAQ U.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:46 am |
  14. Rogue351

    I cannot in good continuous vote for a party that the KKK, Arian Nation and NRA call their own. For this reason alone I will be voting for Obama. Hate, which is backed up every singe day by Limbaugh, Beck and Hannity is not the way forward for this nation regardless of political views. Hate was not in the original plan that founded this nation. Progress, unity, Acceptance not tolerance is what America is about. Acceptance for new and better ways of doing things. Acceptance of new emerging cultures inside our boarders. Acceptance that people love who they love and it is not your right or anyone else right to pass laws or discriminate against that. Acceptance of freedom of religion including those that choose no religion. I choose to vote against hate and choose to vote for Obama.

    September 6, 2012 at 12:52 am |
    • Abduhl Goatfukkr

      obama? we'll pray for your recovery.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:59 am |
  15. Steve-O

    "Muslims are the first victims of Islam. Many times I have observed in my travels that fanaticism comes from a small number of dangerous men who maintain others in the practice of this religion by terror. To liberate the Muslim from his religion is the best service that one can render him".

    – Earnest Renan (French Thinker, 1823 – 1892)

    NOTHING HAS CHANGED SINCE THEN.

    September 6, 2012 at 12:51 am |
  16. Steve

    It is ignorant and uneducated to even for one second think it is okay to not educate a woman or to say that she has no say in who she marries. Tradition, culture, religion...rubbish. Human is human and she has just as much right. That thought in no way is anti-Islamic, and is in absolutely no way meant to speak bad about any religion, but those who believe that women should not be educated are wrong regardless of what they believe.

    September 6, 2012 at 12:46 am |
  17. denouemen

    Shocking! Christians would NEVER try to convert non-Christinas to their religion like those Muslims do! They would never try to shove their beliefs down America's throat, like trying to force people to say Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holy Days or something evil and destructive to America like that!

    September 6, 2012 at 12:42 am |
  18. ScottCA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUtxDPOCLFA&feature=relmfu

    September 6, 2012 at 12:42 am |
  19. Human Rights

    First of all I want to make it clear I love people of all religion what ever they believe and not to change their way or comment how they pray who they trust and what dress they wear.But I do worry when people demand same thing at one place and turn there face other side when others demand same thing on different part of the world.If you care about human values, democracy, womens right,safe environment for kids and religion freedom in One corner of the world and on the other corner how you disregard those values.I was stunned about reading reports in Pakistan about forceful conversion of minorties, torture on women and kids, are we taliking about humanity and values of religion.No matter what people say United States has shown example of values. It has shown full support to Sikh community as well .and what happens in other countries government agencies are involved in conversion and torturing and spreading hate about one religion or the other, A case of blasphemy just little child got prosecuted and put in jail to show their power in a country where 99 percent population are muslim and they are worried about this eleven year old girl is a threat to their religion or they show spirit of fundamentalism and then demanding and talking about human rights. Let us teach our kids human values in schools respect not to scare each other.

    September 6, 2012 at 12:41 am |
  20. jingo

    Nothing has killed more people than the import of christianity into the americas. Nothing even comes close. Missionaries, forced conversions, child molestation. First they killed the aboriginals and stole their land and then the forced violent christian proselytizing in both north and south america. Only the mentally corrupt believe in religion any more.

    God promises to "send his fear before the Israelites" and to kill everyone that they encounter when they enter the promised land. 23:27 Exodus

    In the cities that god "delivers into thine hands" you must kill all the males (including old men, boys, and babies) with "the edge of the sword .... But the women ... shalt thou take unto yourself." 20:13 Deuteronomy

    Jesus says that he has come to destroy families by making family members hate each other. He has "come not to send peace, but a sword." 10:34-36 Matthew

    God will "cut them in the head" and "slay the last of them with the sword." Any that try to escape by diving to the bottom of the sea will be bitten, at God's command, by a sea-serpent. God will set his "eyes upon them for evil, not for good." 9:1-4

    God will laugh at your misfortunes, mock you when you are afraid, and ignore you when you ask him for help. And if you seek him, you will not find him. 1:26-28

    Do us a favour and keep your christianity away from all of us.

    September 6, 2012 at 12:25 am |
    • Tril

      Do us a favor and find the deeper understanding of those passages, your elementary understanding is profound.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:33 am |
    • ScottCA

      Christianity is a threat no doubt, but Islam in its current evolutionary state presents a far greater threat than any other religion to humanity. the penalty for leaving Islam is death. the penalty for blasphemy in Islam is death.

      The makers of south park are to be killed by the decree of Islam for making a cartoon parody, this is insanity.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:46 am |
    • chuck

      im glad you looked up on google so verses in the bible and didn't care to check the background of the verses. these verses will make sense if you understand the verses surrounding them and stories behind them.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:00 am |
    • ScottCA

      Chuck arguing the bible is like arguing the meaning of a child's drawing of the monster in their closet. There is no evidence of god existing, no evidence whatsoever.

      Just as it is insanity to believe in the 6ft tall green monster in my closet without evidence of its existence, so is it insanity to believe in god without evidence.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:30 am |
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