October 26th, 2012
06:56 AM ET

Suicide bomber targets worshipers outside Afghan mosque, kills 40

By Masoud Popalzai, CNN

(CNN) - A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a mosque following morning prayers in Afghanistan's northern Faryab province, killing at least 40 people, according to Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai, a spokesman for the northern Afghanistan police chief.

More than 50 people were wounded in the blast that occurred as worshipers finished prayers to mark the start of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, said Ministry of Interior spokesman Sediq Seddiqi.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Afghanistan • Terrorism

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  1. Get our Troops Out!

    We really need to pull our troops out of the Middle East and let these Muslim animals kill themselves off. Less of a headache for us to deal with later...

    October 27, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  2. Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
    Prayer has been shown to have no discernible effect towards what was prayed for.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just go to http://santorum.com to find out more.
    Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    Prayer makes you fat, pale, weak, and sedentary.
    Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
    Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
    Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
    Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
    Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
    Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
    Prayer makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.
    Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
    Prayer gives you knobbly knees.
    Prayer dulls your senses.
    Prayer makes you hoard cats.
    Prayer wastes time.

    October 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer really changes things

    October 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • TrollAlert

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      "pervert alert"

      This troll is not a christian..

      October 29, 2012 at 10:18 am |
  4. Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

    Expect nothing better but mayhem among muslims by following of Wahhabism, goons, or Farsi ism denial of truth absolute, GAWD, and following of Wahhabi pagan Mithra ism, savior ism, neither commanded, nor allowed in Islam as a religion, but Thin Allah, consti pation of truth absolute.

    October 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      hinduism, absurdity of a hindu, copy cat.

      October 26, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
  5. Some Black Guy

    Hilarious! Who says muslims have no sense of humor? What a quirky bunch.

    October 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
  6. therealpeace2all

    Every time I see an article about a suicide bomber that blows him/herself to bits, along with other people... I'm always aware of just how horribly tragic that these people see and feel the need, for whatever reasons, to take such deplorable actions.

    I find myself at a loss as to what to say or do about it. I also find it odd that people really end up posting 'anything' about it, other than how tragic it is.

    What else is there to be said about this, really ?


    October 26, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      If we don't try to understand why these people do this then nothing will change. Clearly the belief in imaginary supernatural beings is a factor so, for me, after we agree that the events are tragic, the question is why do billions of people continue to believe obvious crap, and engage in beliefs and actions that continually bring them grief. What is preventing these people from shedding primitive beliefs and taking positive actions to improve their lives?

      October 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      Well, I think the many 'why's' are already pretty clear.

      I do agree, however, as to what to do about it?

      I'm curious... are 'you' any closer to an answer of what to do about it ?


      October 26, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      No magic insight or bullets here. But....

      I think these countries must figure things out themselves, despite how painful it might be – think Balkans, Libya, Egypt, Syria, etc. We should continue to hammer on the stupidity of religion and religious charlatans, in the developed and non-developed worlds. I would much prefer that the USA stop invading countries as this only reinforces hatred of "the west." I have no problem with "surgical strikes" after specific targets, but any significant "boots on the ground" invasions are counter productive.

      October 26, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      Your post sounds reasonable to me.

      " We should continue to hammer on the stupidity of religion and religious charlatans, in the developed and non-developed worlds. "

      We certainly are in agreement there, too.


      October 26, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • Ogre

      What a lame troll attempt. I give it a 3/10.

      October 27, 2012 at 3:26 am |
  7. No Religion

    Freedom matters. No freedom, no progress.

    October 26, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  8. Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

    Expect nothing better but mayhem among humanity by following of hinduism, denial of truth absolute, Allah, and following of hindu pagan Mithra ism, savior ism, neither commanded, nor allowed in Islam as a religion, but Theen Allah, consti tution of truth absolute.
    hindu Mithra ism, savior ism invented little over 100 years after Sydana Mohammad pbh by tribes of Kujar of north Africa and imposition as Fatmid Khalaphit by force by denial of Hidth and Quran, justified by hindu Judaism, pagan secularism to impose hinduism, racism by hindu, fabricated relationship with Family of Syadana Mohammad pbh to justify existence of hindu criminal Kings, a violation of fundamental commandment, human equality under the LA. truth absolute Allah. Cause of conflict among Muslim's and cause of down fall of Muslim's and Islam in Spain.

    Sunisim, invented by Turk's by corruption of Quran and hidth to justify existence of hindu King's as Khalipha, after death of Ruler Mohammad, but later renamed, Mehmmat, wisdom of spirit of truth by siblings from his Armenian wife, follower of hindu pagan Mithra ism, savior ism in 13th century.

    Christianity, invented by hinduism,. corruption of truth absolute by hindu Pharisees, pagan self centered, follower of hindu filthy pig ism by corrupted Torah, known as Greek Torah, translated and commented by Ben Asheer in 250 AD in Yiddish, secularist, self centered language, also known as Old Testament, part of book of Mithra ism labeled as Bible. A way to justify hindu criminal Kings and self proclaimed Prophets, fortune tellers as god's to rule over humanity.

    JUDAISM, Self center ism, pig ism, or Atheism, invented by hindu's pagan's of Egypt by corruption of truth absolute in Torah to Justify hindu pagan Pharaoh's and their hindu pagan Santans, goons as god's to rule over humanity with impunity.


    October 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar


      October 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      hinduism absurdity from book of hinduism, denial of truth absolute. Way of hind's, ignorant's.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      put some Hindu brand vinegar oil.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm |


      October 26, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      hindu's hind hurts, shafted with truth about their hinduism, illegality against truth absolute GOD and "HIS" humanity.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm |


      October 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      don't raise your smelly-camel-ass too high in mosque for the sake of Allah.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      No one know's better than a hindu's, how red it gets, after his pot head hindu sanatan filthy goon man god has blessed his hind for long time in following of their holy tradition of sodomy, Every hindu, ignorant loves to visit his hindu filthy temple, dungeon of illegality to be shafted. Favorite delight of hindu's, ignorant s.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      gifted nonsense talker.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      hinduism, absurdity of a hindu, denier of truth absolute.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • niknak

      Don't think you have been here long Mo, but this hindu guy is a real creepy nutjob.
      It is adviseable to just ignore his bizarre rantings.
      Trying to argue with him/she/it is fruitless.
      He even creeps out the other fundies, which is hard to do.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      I guess you're right Niknak,

      Hey Hindu boy, your Religious Studies teacher just called, you scored 100; of course, you flunk your English test again.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      Pain in hid of hindu's, ignorant s.

      October 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • Allah the moon god

      Dang. I let Karma Kow of the Korral. That was not kool. http://www.startribune.com/world/176092771.html

      October 27, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
  9. 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

    Yet another atheist attack – NOT,

    October 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  10. Sane Person

    What kind of a religion celebrates a man's willingness to murder his baby? Oh yeah.. A blood thirsty one like Islam.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • Huebert

      Or Christianity, remember Abraham.

      October 26, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • Sane Person

      Yes, the story originates from the Old Testament. But only Muslims have an annual day to celebrate it.

      October 26, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • ME II

      @Sane Person,
      A core component of all Abrahamic (yes, it is the reason they are called Abrahamic) religions and you want to single out Islam.
      Why don't Christians denounce this atrocity?

      October 26, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • Sane Person

      Because Christians tend to denounce the more atrocious parts of their scripture while Muslims tend to embrace it. This is an article about Islam. Christianity is irrelevant.

      October 26, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • Sane Person

      Also, I never said Christianity wasn't blood thirsty.

      October 26, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • ME II

      "Because Christians tend to denounce the more atrocious parts of their scripture while Muslims tend to embrace it. "

      Really? When have Christians ever denounced Abraham's attempted murder of his son?

      October 26, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • Sane Person

      My comment was about Islam. You are making a red herring argument.

      October 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • Sane Person

      This is the problem with these left wing hippies who are so afraid of being politically incorrect.. You can't criticize a single group without them making a red herring and trying to soften the blow of the crotique by comparing it to another religion.. A fallacious argument, if it can be called an argument. I'm allowed to talk about Islam without comparing it to another religion.

      October 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • ME II

      @Sane Person,
      "My comment was about Islam. You are making a red herring argument."
      I thought your comment was a question:
      "What kind of a religion celebrates a man's willingness to murder his baby?"
      And in the sense of celebrate, as in honoring, then the answer is, 'all Abrahamic religions'.

      October 26, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • Huebert

      The point of your argument seems to be that Islam is the craziest religion. I am disputing that by bring up tenets of other religions that I see as just as crazy. Political correctness has nothing to do with my argument. If I misunderstood your point please elaborate on it.

      October 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • Sane Person

      "A blood thirsty religion LIKE Islam"

      Not once did I imply its the craziest religion or the only blood thirsty one. This is a common rebuttal to any criticism of Islam; "well Christianity is bad too". Red herring.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Huebert


      Then you need to work on your communication, because your post read like you were trying to single out Islam.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • Sane Person

      Well this IS an article ABOUT Islam. So of course it's being singled out.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • Snow

      consequences of a comment.. and logical extension in a conversation.. you need to work on your communication skills.. You ASKED for the topic to be brought up.. you pointed people to that next logical direction.. and yet you were not prepared to follow through.. my advice to you is, think about consequences before making a statement.

      October 26, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • TR6

      @Sane Person: "Because Christians tend to denounce the more atrocious parts of their scripture "

      In all my long years on this earth I have never heard a christian denouncing any parts of their scripture. Explain, interpret, ignore, doge or just plain lie about it; but, never actually denounce it, no matter how atrocious it is and there are some amazingly vile parts.

      October 26, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • Allah the moon god

      What kind of religion celebrates a god who requires his son to die so he can feel better ?

      October 27, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • Allah the moon god

      Islam is NOT an 'Abrahamic" religion. They assert that. They say they believe it. In fact scholars know it is NOT. Islam is a moon god cult from Arabia. The Sin god was the ENEMY of Yahweh in the Bible. The Sin god is NOT Yahweh. There was no Mohammad. He was a fiction. It's a "ti'tle", not a person. Just like the "christ".

      October 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
  11. Mohammad A Dar

    these people have nothing to do with religious belief, young people in underdeveloped countries, who blow themselves up, most of them, are going through severe depression, caused by socio-economic, or political conditions, and fueled or exploited by religious mullahs. Show me how many kids of elites, or Mullahs themselves, are among the suicide bombers?

    October 26, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • ME II

      I'm not certain what the standard suicide bomber is like, but this news report disagrees with your statement:

      "These people are fairly well educated, mostly from middle class and not acting at all in despair. "

      October 26, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • Damocles

      @me II

      It is interesting that the more fanatical followers of any belief tend to come from middle class or better families. Maybe it's because they feel they are one step away from being 'elite' members of society and can be fed lies to stoke that belief.

      October 26, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      ok , DR. hindu, DUMB. Thanks for hinduism, absurdity.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  12. niknak

    Nothing shows how much you love your god then killiing people who don't share your belief.
    Look at them well christian fundies, because they are no different then you were, and will become in the future if you keep clinging onto your stone age fairy tales.
    A mind is a terrible thing to lose, to religion.........

    October 26, 2012 at 10:39 am |
  13. Sane Person

    A celebration of baby killing is interrupted by a suicidebomber... The religion of peace is at it again!!

    October 26, 2012 at 9:47 am |
  14. Namesake

    All this copy and pasting makes me sad. Be original. Make some comment that is your own.

    October 26, 2012 at 9:35 am |
    • Sane Person

      Not to mention the comments are longer than the damn article

      October 26, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • Poltergeist

      I wonder if they realize no one reads great walls of text? Are they for islam or against it? Heck if I'll find out.

      October 26, 2012 at 10:15 am |
  15. William Demuth

    I have always been frustrated by the Christian failure to adopt this approach.

    I worked dilligently to encourage thre "troubles" in Belfast, and had some significant luck,

    Alas, the whole suiciide aspects didn't catch on with them as much as with the Muslims

    I guess that means the Muslims really do love Allah, more than Christians love Jesus. (or perhaps Christians are to self centered and cowardly to actually sacrifice for their God)

    That is why the Muslims shall eventually defeat Christianity in the intra cult wars

    October 26, 2012 at 8:57 am |
    • niknak

      It is all in the reward.
      Xtians say all you will get is a ticket to heaven.
      By contrast, muslims tell their youth that they will get multiple virgins when they go. Although I am unsure what they tell their girl suicide bombers, but that is a small percentage of total suicide peeps.
      How xtianity might still win is that they have access to better and more powerful arms and bombs.
      Plus, most muslims countries are so backwards they all will most likely starve to death once the oil runs out.

      October 26, 2012 at 10:44 am |
  16. Rainer Braendlein

    St. John of Damascus’s Critique of Islam

    Webmaster note: The following passage is from Saint John’s monumental work, the Fount of Knowledge, part two enti-tled Heresies in Epitome: How They Began and Whence They Drew Their Origin. It is usually just cited as Heresies. The translator’s introduction points out that Fount of Knowledge is one of the most “important single works produced in the Greek patristic period,…offering as it does an extensive and lucid synthesis of the Greek theological science of the whole period. It is the first great Summa of theology to appear in either the East or the West.” Saint John (+ 749) is considered one of the great Fathers of the Church, and his writings hold a place of high honor in the Church. His critique of Islam, or “the heresy of the Ishmaelites,” is especially relevant for our times.

    There is also the supersti-tion of the Ishmaelites which to this day prevails and keeps people in error, being a forerunner of the Antichrist. They are descended from Ishmael, [who] was born to Abraham of Agar, and for this reason they are called both Agarenes and Ishmaelites. They are also called Saracens, which is derived from Sarras kenoi, or dest-itute of Sara, because of what Agar said to the angel: ‘Sara hath sent me away desti-tute.’ [99] These used to be idolaters and worshiped the morning star and Aphrodite, whom in their own language they called Khabár, which means great. [100] And so down to the time of Heraclius they were very great idolaters. From that time to the present a false prophet named Mohammed has appeared in their midst. This man, after having chanced upon the Old and New Testaments and likewise, it seems, having conversed with an Arian monk, [101] devised his own heresy. Then, having insinuated himself into the good graces of the people by a show of seeming piety, he gave out that a certain book had been sent down to him from heaven. He had set down some ridiculous compositions in this book of his and he gave it to them as an object of veneration.

    He says that there is one God, creator of all things, who has neither been begotten nor has begotten. [102] He says that the Christ is the Word of God and His Spirit, but a creature and a servant, and that He was begotten, without seed, of Mary the sister of Moses and Aaron. [103] For, he says, the Word and God and the Spirit entered into Mary and she brought forth Jesus, who was a prophet and servant of God. And he says that the Jews wanted to crucify Him in violation of the law, and that they seized His shadow and crucified this. But the Christ Himself was not crucified, he says, nor did He die, for God out of His love for Him took Him to Himself into heaven. [104] And he says this, that when the Christ had ascended into heaven God asked Him: ‘O Jesus, didst thou say: “I am the Son of God and God”?’ And Jesus, he says, answered: ‘Be merciful to me, Lord. Thou knowest that I did not say this and that I did not scorn to be thy servant. But sinful men have written that I made this statement, and they have lied about me and have fallen into error.’ And God answered and said to Him: ‘I know that thou didst not say this word.” [105] There are many other extraordinary and quite ridiculous things in this book which he boasts was sent down to him from God. But when we ask: ‘And who is there to testify that God gave him the book? And which of the prophets foretold that such a prophet would rise up?’—they are at a loss. And we remark that Moses received the Law on Mount Sinai, with God appearing in the sight of all the people in cloud, and fire, and darkness, and storm. And we say that all the Prophets from Moses on down foretold the coming of Christ and how Christ God (and incarnate Son of God) was to come and to be crucified and die and rise again, and how He was to be the judge of the living and dead. Then, when we say: ‘How is it that this prophet of yours did not come in the same way, with others bearing witness to him? And how is it that God did not in your presence present this man with the book to which you refer, even as He gave the Law to Moses, with the people looking on and the mountain smoking, so that you, too, might have certainty?’—they answer that God does as He pleases. ‘This,’ we say, ‘We know, but we are asking how the book came down to your prophet.’ Then they reply that the book came down to him while he was asleep. Then we jokingly say to them that, as long as he received the book in his sleep and did not actually sense the operation, then the popular adage applies to him (which runs: You’re spinning me dreams.) [106]

    When we ask again: ‘How is it that when he enjoined us in this book of yours not to do anything or receive anything without witnesses, you did not ask him: “First do you show us by witnesses that you are a prophet and that you have come from God, and show us just what Scriptures there are that testify about you”’—they are ashamed and remain silent. [Then we continue:] ‘Although you may not marry a wife without witnesses, or buy, or acquire property; although you neither receive an a-ss nor possess a beast of burden unwitnessed; and although you do possess both wives and property and as-ses and so on through witnesses, yet it is only your faith and your scriptures that you hold unsubstantiated by witnesses. For he who handed this down to you has no warranty from any source, nor is there anyone known who testified about him before he came. On the contrary, he received it while he was asleep.’

    Moreover, they call us Hetaeriasts, or Associators, because, they say, we introduce an associate with God by declaring Christ to the Son of God and God. We say to them in rejoinder: ‘The Prophets and the Scriptures have delivered this to us, and you, as you persistently maintain, accept the Prophets. So, if we wrongly declare Christ to be the Son of God, it is they who taught this and handed it on to us.’ But some of them say that it is by misinterpretation that we have represented the Prophets as saying such things, while others say that the Hebrews hated us and deceived us by writing in the name of the Prophets so that we might be lost. And again we say to them: ‘As long as you say that Christ is the Word of God and Spirit, why do you accuse us of being Hetaeriasts? For the word, and the spirit, is inseparable from that in which it naturally has existence. Therefore, if the Word of God is in God, then it is obvious that He is God. If, however, He is outside of God, then, according to you, God is without word and without spirit. Consequently, by avoiding the introduction of an associate with God you have mutilated Him. It would be far better for you to say that He has an associate than to mutilate Him, as if you were dealing with a stone or a piece of wood or some other inanimate object. Thus, you speak untruly when you call us Hetaeriasts; we retort by calling you Mutilators of God.’

    They furthermore accuse us of being idolaters, because we venerate the cross, which they abominate. And we answer them: ‘How is it, then, that you rub yourselves against a stone in your Ka’ba [107] and kiss and embrace it?’ Then some of them say that Abraham had relations with Agar upon it, but others say that he tied the camel to it, when he was going to sacrifice Isaac. And we answer them: ‘Since Scripture says that the mountain was wooded and had trees from which Abraham cut wood for the holocaust and laid it upon Isaac, [108] and then he left the as-ses behind with the two young men, why talk nonsense? For in that place neither is it thick with trees nor is there passage for asses.’ And they are embarrassed, but they still assert that the stone is Abraham’s. Then we say: ‘Let it be Abraham’s, as you so foolishly say. Then, just because Abraham had relations with a woman on it or tied a camel to it, you are not ashamed to kiss it, yet you blame us for venerating the cross of Christ by which the power of the demons and the deceit of the Devil was destroyed.’ This stone that they talk about is a head of that Aphrodite whom they used to worship and whom they called Khabár. Even to the present day, traces of the carving are visible on it to careful observers.

    As has been related, this Mohammed wrote many ridiculous books, to each one of which he set a t-itle. For example, there is the book On Woman, [109] in which he plainly makes legal provision for taking four wives and, if it be possible, a thousand concubines—as many as one can maintain, besides the four wives. He also made it legal to put away whichever wife one might wish, and, should one so wish, to take to oneself another in the same way. Mohammed had a friend named Zeid. This man had a beautiful wife with whom Mohammed fell in love. Once, when they were sitting together, Mohammed said: ‘Oh, by the way, God has commanded me to take your wife.’ The other answered: ‘You are an apostle. Do as God has told you and take my wife.’ Rather—to tell the story over from the beginning—he said to him: ‘God has given me the command that you put away your wife.’ And he put her away. Then several days later: ‘Now,’ he said, ‘God has commanded me to take her.’ Then, after he had taken her and committed adultery with her, he made this law: ‘Let him who will put away his wife. And if, after having put her away, he should return to her, let another marry her. For it is not lawful to take her unless she have been married by another. Furthermore, if a brother puts away his wife, let his brother marry her, should he so wish.’ [110] In the same book he gives such precepts as this: ‘Work the land which God hath given thee and beautify it. And do this, and do it in such a manner” [111]—not to repeat all the obscene things that he did.

    Then there is the book of The Camel of God. [112] About this camel he says that there was a camel from God and that she drank the whole river and could not pass through two mountains, because there was not room enough. There were people in that place, he says, and they used to drink the water on one day, while the camel would drink it on the next. Moreover, by drinking the water she furnished them with nourishment, because she supplied them with milk instead of water. Then, because these men were evil, they rose up, he says, and killed the camel. However, she had an offspring, a little camel, which, he says, when the mother had been done away with, called upon God and God took it to Himself. Then we say to them: ‘Where did that camel come from?’ And they say that it was from God. Then we say: ‘Was there another camel coupled with this one?’ And they say: ‘No.’ ‘Then how,’ we say, ‘was it begotten? For we see that your camel is without father and without mother and without genealogy, and that the one that begot it suffered evil. Neither is it evident who bred her. And also, this little camel was taken up. So why did not your prophet, with whom, according to what you say, God spoke, find out about the camel—where it grazed, and who got milk by milking it? Or did she possibly, like her mother, meet with evil people and get destroyed? Or did she enter into paradise before you, so that you might have the river of milk that you so foolishly talk about? For you say that you have three rivers flowing in paradise—one of water, one of wine, and one of milk. If your forerunner the camel is outside of paradise, it is obvious that she has dried up from hunger and thirst, or that others have the benefit of her milk—and so your prophet is boasting idly of having conversed with God, because God did not reveal to him the mystery of the camel. But if she is in paradise, she is drinking water still, and you for lack of water will dry up in the midst of the paradise of delight. And if, there being no water, because the camel will have drunk it all up, you thirst for wine from the river of wine that is flowing by, you will become intoxicated from drinking pure wine and collapse under the influence of the strong drink and fall asleep. Then, suffering from a heavy head after sleeping and being sick from the wine, you will miss the pleasures of paradise. How, then, did it not enter into the mind of your prophet that this might happen to you in the paradise of delight? He never had any idea of what the camel is leading to now, yet you did not even ask him, when he held forth to you with his dreams on the subject of the three rivers. We plainly assure you that this wonderful camel of yours has preceded you into the souls of asses, where you, too, like beasts are destined to go. And there is the exterior darkness and everlasting punishment, roaring fire, sleepless worms, and hellish demons.’

    Again, in the book of The Table, Mohammed says that the Christ asked God for a table and that it was given Him. For God, he says, said to Him: ‘I have given to thee and thine an incorruptible table.’ [113]

    And again, in the book of The Heifer, [114] he says some other stupid and ridiculous things, which, because of their great number, I think must be passed over. He made it a law that they be circu-mcised and the women, too, and he ordered them not to keep the Sabbath and not to be baptized.

    And, while he ordered them to eat some of the things forbidden by the Law, he ordered them to abstain from others. He furthermore absolutely forbade the drinking of wine.

    October 26, 2012 at 8:19 am |
    • Which God?

      Ahhh, Rabid Rainey is at it again. He spouts his BS, untruths, and after all, it's about his fake god. Fake it is, as is any religion. But, for Rainey, attacking one falsehood with another makes sense. Sense is something he lacks, as well as logic and intellect. Not saying he doesn't have a brain in his head, he just doesn't use it very well. or he wouldn't talk nonsense.

      October 26, 2012 at 8:48 am |
    • Reality

      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!!!!

      RB's 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,

      October 26, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • Poltergeist

      @all of you

      October 26, 2012 at 10:11 am |
    • AvdBergism source of filthy RainerBraendleinism©

      Absurdity of such a post. NO DOGS!

      October 26, 2012 at 11:39 am |
    • Allah the moon god

      Please explain yourself Rainer. That was not long enough. You need longer posts.
      (Have you ever considered medication ?)

      October 27, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
  17. Rainer Braendlein

    The Muslim Creed:

    I believe in Allah, the One,
    the Allmighty,
    Wrecker of heaven and earth,

    And in Muhammad,
    his only bigotten Son, our gang leader,
    conceived by the devil,
    born by a wh-ore,
    wallower among the Arabs,
    poisoned, died, eaten by dogs,
    Climbed down to the death's kingdom,
    staying there for ever,
    expecting Judgement Day,
    in community with Judas Iscariot, Adolf, Stalin, the popes,

    I believe in the Spirit of Satan,
    the unholy Ummah,
    Community of the sinners,
    my own righeousness,
    resurrection from the dead,
    everlasting intercourse.

    October 26, 2012 at 8:08 am |
    • Which God?

      More nonsense from a zealot, but of a different, made up, "religion." Sad. Hate to see a mind go to waste, and Rabid Rainey is truly "wasted." Nothing to live for execept the false hope of having something called heaven. Truly a religion for the dead, as it offers nothing in life. You have to die first for your "rewards."

      October 26, 2012 at 8:54 am |
    • Reality

      The Apostles' Creed 2012 (updated by yours truly based on the studies of NT historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

      Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven?????

      I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
      preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
      named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
      girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

      Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of

      Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
      ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

      (References used are available upon request.)

      October 26, 2012 at 9:14 am |
  18. Reality

    Simply add another example of horror and terror that is Islam-

    As the koranic/mosque driven acts of terror and horror continue:

    The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

    ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

    and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

    and more recently

    1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

    1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

    2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

    3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles. 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

    4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

    5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

    6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

    7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

    8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

    9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

    10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

    11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

    12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

    13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

    14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

    15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

    16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

    17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

    18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

    19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

    20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

    21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

    22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

    23) "October 4, 2011, 100 die as a truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded Tuesday at the gate of compound housing several government ministries on a busy Mogadishu street. It was the deadliest single bombing carried out by the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group in Somalia since their insurgency began. "

    o 24) Mon Jun 4, 2012 10:18am EDT
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A suicide bomber detonated an explosive-packed car outside a Shi'ite Muslim office in central Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 26 people and wounding more than 190 in an attack bearing the hallmarks of Iraq's al Qaeda affiliate.

    The bombing on a Shi'ite religious office comes at a sensitive time, with the country's fractious Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish blocs locked in a crisis that threatens to unravel their power-sharing deal and spill into sectarian tensions."

    25) BURGAS, Bulgaria | Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:27am EDT

    (Reuters) – A suicide bomber carried out an attack that killed seven people in a bus transporting Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, the interior minister said on Thursday, and Israel said Iranian-backed Hezbollah militants were to blame.

    26 ) September 12, 2012
    Envoy to Libya dies in rocket blast

    October 26th, 2012

    Suicide bomber targets worshipers outside Afghan mosque, kills 40

    October 26, 2012 at 7:46 am |
  19. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    Violence and death are the viral payloads of religion. Religious infection can simmer along in cultures causing perhaps only injustice and polarization then become fulminant, flaring up into its nastiest form. This isn't unique to Islam. Christianity is less than 70 years out from gas chambers and pogroms. Jews had the Irgun and now have the excesses of Israel.

    October 26, 2012 at 7:43 am |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      Disagree, although, it is difficult for intellectual liberal like yourself to admit, religions have contributed more to the humankind than science. Now for violence, it is an act of ignorants, who call themselves "religious".

      October 26, 2012 at 8:45 am |
    • Which God?

      Dar, you are a liar, as well as misinformed. All religion is man-made and false. You god is no better than any other made up fantasy. You have a weak mind and character if you need a superficial being to get you through life. Sad for you. Live the best you can, be kind to all, and have respect for the world in which you live. If all did this, without the constraints of any religion, we'd all be better off.

      October 26, 2012 at 9:00 am |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      Which God, if imaginary God is inspiring few, if not all, to stay away from smoking, drinking, stealing, then HE is doing no harm but helping to create better society, like your health advisories billboards and local, state, federal laws. Always see the positive sides of everything, not negative sides.

      October 26, 2012 at 9:10 am |
    • Poltergeist

      Which God, if it were that simple, mankind would have done that from the start.

      October 26, 2012 at 10:31 am |
    • Allah the moon god

      Arabia was a great scientific culture until Islamic Fundamentalism ruined it. If Mo here was ill, he would go to the doctor, and use science. If he needed open heart surgery, he would use science, and NOT pray. If DNA could get him out of prison, would he use it, or pray ? Case closed.

      October 27, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
  20. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    prayer changes things

    October 26, 2012 at 7:25 am |
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      October 26, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.

      October 26, 2012 at 11:07 am |
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