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Muslims in North Caucasus concerned about ‘extremism'
April 23rd, 2013
09:47 AM ET

Muslims in North Caucasus concerned about ‘extremism'

By Dan Merica, CNN
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Washington (CNN) – A majority of Muslims (57%) in Russia’s North Caucasus – including Chechnya, Dagestan and five other Russian jurisdictions – are either “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” about religious extremist groups in their country, according to a Pew Research Center survey.

That number is higher than Russia as a whole, where more than four-in-10 Muslims in the country express the same level of concern.

This region of the world, particularly Chechnya and Dagestan, has been in the news recently because the suspects in last week’s Boston Marathon bombing – Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger brother who is still alive, and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older brother who died in a shootout last week – had familial ties to the region.

The two brothers were born in Kyrgyzstan, where 62% of Muslims told Pew they were very or somewhat concerned about extremism in the central Asian country.

Monday night, Dzhokhar told investigators that his older brother, Tamerlan, was the mastermind behind the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and injured more than 260 people. Tamerlan appears to have become increasingly religious in the years leading up to the bombing, and interviews with family in Russia indicate that the older brother was radicalized while in America.

While there is so far no evidence that the brothers were associated to international jihadist groups, in August 2012, soon after returning from a long visit to Russia, Tamerlan created a YouTube channel with links to a number of videos including sermons or interviews with radical preachers.

Though extremist groups from Chechnya have carried out terrorist acts since the early 2000s, most of those attacks have been focused on Russia. An example: the Beslan school hostage crises in September 2004, where more than 300 people were killed.

Though experts say the Caucasus are quieter now, Thomas de Waal, an expert on the region, says there is a constant a low-level Islamist insurgency there.

The Pew data released Tuesday is part of a larger report on the state of Islam conducted from October 2011 to February 2012, with research collected before the Boston bombings.

The survey also found that Muslims in Russia’s North Caucasus – the dominant religion in the region – are more concerned about Islamic extremist groups than Christian groups. Thirty-six percent of Muslims said they were primarily worried about Islamic extremists, while only 2% indicated they were worried about Christian groups.

Russia, as a whole, is primarily Christian, with 73% of its population identifying with the faith, according to Pew’s 2012 Global Religious Landscape report. About 10% of the country’s population is Muslim – most of which live in the Russian Caucasus.

Likewise, in the brothers' birthplace of Kyrgyzstan, 32% of Muslims were concerned about Islamic extremist groups, while 5% were concerned with Christian extremism. According to Pew’s numbers on world religions, Muslims make up 88% of the country’s population, while 11% of Kyrgyz people are Christian.

In light of the bombing, Muslim leaders in Boston and around the United States condemned the attacks. “I don't care who or what these criminals claim to be, but I can never recognize these criminals as part of my city or my faith community," said Yusufi Vali, executive director for the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, the largest mosque in the Boston area.

Imam Talal Eid, the imam at the Boston Islamic Institute, told CNN that he would refuse to give Tamerlan last rites. "A person who is devoted does not kill innocent people," Eid said.

- CNN’s Eric Marrapodi and Jake Tapper contributed to this report.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Islam • Polls • Russia • Terrorism

soundoff (902 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    Lycidas, most liberals don't really give a damn what or if you believe: they consider it a private matter. If you can't bear criticism, then shut yourself off from their responses. The only thing you seem to be interested in is a fight, presumably because it falls into this presecution complex that all fundementalists fall prey to. Its your ego that draws you into the fight, not a real sense of outrage over seeing someone else's viewpoint. Hardly the act of someone who really is secure in their faith.

    April 23, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
    • Lycidas

      Pot, meet kettle.

      April 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
  2. b

    asldkjfl;aksjdkl;fasdfasd

    April 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
  3. John Smyth

    There will be peace in the world when religion is a footnote in the history books.

    April 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
    • Hadenuffyet

      Hardly , you have something someone else wants, they'll try to take it , regardless of religion or absence thereof. .

      April 23, 2013 at 4:23 pm |
    • Mike Taylor

      THIS! Victimize no one, love your self and others, help who you can...the rest of religion is about nothing but political control...and as far as moderate Islam is concerned, even in Turkey, the most moderate of Islamic countries(despite a frightening turn towards fundamentalism) they will throw you in prison for saying anything deemed insulting to Islam

      April 23, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      "When all soldiers lay their weapons down
      or when all kings and all queens relinquish their crowns
      or when the only true messiah rescues us from ourselves
      It's easy to imagine there will be sorrow no more".

      – Dr. Greg Graffin (Bad Religion)

      April 23, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
  4. A Muslim who lives in the USA

    I understand the anger resulting from those actions and I don't blame non-Muslims as much as I blame the media. Think about this, if those guy weren't Muslims, do you think the media would ever mention their religion? (honestly). In other words, the previous sad events that we had this year, like the boy that slaughtered 26 kids and teachers –> did any one talk about his religion? or his belief system? actually, it was just been explained as a sick boy who wasn't able to fit in his community (which is a fair explanation that never shows up when the killer is a Muslim!). Another way of looking at, 25% of the earth population is Muslims, how much violence is INITIATED by Muslims? so, if Islam is violent, do you think that the media would be dying for a violent event from a Muslim in the other side of the earth? please give yourself a chance to breathe a fresh air outside your biased media.

    April 23, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
    • b

      the difference is islam inspires and is the said reason of the bombers or killers. Religon plays no part in the others, that's why you don't here it compared. has a mulism EVER bombed people with religion NOT being the reason?

      April 23, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
    • z2cents

      i think you are missing the point. He killed people because of his faith and his religion. Just like mental health is a problem where some of the patients resort to violence, islam is a problem where a lot of people resort to violence. Denial is not going to solve any problem.

      April 23, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
    • treblemaker

      I totally understand your view. However, the USA is primarily a Judeo-Christian nation, and basically the 1972 Munich Olympics unprovoked massacre of some members of the Israeli team by Arab extremists, the Muslim faith has had a negative connotation among most Americans that still exists today. And with the unprovoked cowardly attacks by Muslim extremists on Sept. 11, you will have to understand the mass media for their obsession with Muslim extremism in any form.

      The root of the problem is not Islam against the USA, but Islam against the state of Israel. Because we were the first to recognize Israel as a nation (5 minutes after they formed), the Arab world has been against the USA since that moment. We have had Arab friends in the past, and in some small measure we still do, but any Muslim with extremist views considers the USA as their sworn enemy, and will try any measure to bring us down. But if you really think about it, sir, Muslim extremists are against any person or organization that do not believe what they do, and their agenda of jihad is perpetrated against anybody, not just the USA. Like I said before, Muslim extremism, more than any other extremism, is a malignant cancer affecting the entire world, not just their own backyard.

      April 23, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
    • E.C. Chang

      I understand what you're saying here, but you also need to realize that in cases where religion is mentioned, it's because the perpetrators cite it as their motive. If the brothers Tsarnaev bombed the marathon because they're opposed to Obamacare, or gun control, or paying taxes, their professed faith might have been a footnote. But their motive, as communicated by the surviving suspect, was to "defend Islam." (Apparently marathon runners and spectators are a big threat to the faith?)

      Instead of protesting that it's all the media's fault, I think the Muslim community in general would do well to realize that this kind of extremism is all that some people know of Islam, including some impressionable young adherents of your own faith. If mass slaughter of "infidels" is not supposed to be acceptable under the tenets of your faith, then I think you need to do a better job of communicating that to your fellow Muslims. Otherwise, their actions are going to start speaking a lot louder to outsiders than your words.

      April 23, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
    • clayton

      If any of the other tragedies had been motivated by religious fervor, yes, that angle would have been covered. They were heinous acts commited by crazy people. That may be the case here as well, but the motivation is still religion. If Islam really is a religion of peace, it is long overdue for moderate Muslims to call out the extremists and condem this belief system.

      April 23, 2013 at 4:20 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @treblemaker
      I don't want to minimize the tragedy of 9/11, but to say that it was completely unprovoked betrays your ignorance of American interventionism in the Middle East over the last 100 years.
      In 1944, the Anglo-American Petroleum Agreement was drawn up between Britain and the US where they divided the middle east amongst themselves, for example.
      Anywhere there is oil, the US has intervened with political processes (including democracy), usurped national infrastructures, fostered civil wars and rebellions and otherwise exercised it's imperial might in a never ending quest to spead the "Pax Americana".
      Do a little research into what the US has wraught in the middle east and South America in the latter half of the 20th century.

      April 23, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
    • Mark

      The religious background of the boston bombers is a vital fact in the events that transpired. The 2 men acted based on their religious perception of the world and this country. The shooter in Sandy Hook did not act based on his religious world view.

      April 23, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
    • Alias

      Most rational people will agree with this post.
      Unfortunately, there are a lot of closed minded idiots on this site that will argue with anyone who doesn't agree with their belif system.
      As I said earlier, we should all pray to jesus to save us from his followers.

      April 23, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
    • A Muslim who lives in the USA

      Hello everyone, I highly respect your point of views even though they are harshley against my beloved religion that I know its peaceful teachings more than you know your immediate family. However, I have to clarify the following:
      1- Most of you says that the killer religion is highlighted when s/he is a Muslim because it's the motivation. If this theory is true, does it make sense that 1.2+billion terrorists only do, let's say, a 100 or a 1000 terror actions a year? also, does it make sense that any crime committed by a Muslim (who should be judged as a human) has ALWAYS to be rooted to extremism and CAN NEVER be rooted to personal issues? Additionally, if the Boston bombers weren't Muslim, would the same bad event be called a terror attack?
      2- When you say it's all about Islam because the suspect said he's defending Islam, Does it make sense that the 1.2 billion Muslims are scholars and their understanding of Islam is 100% correct? I mean, how many Muslim scholars (even abroad) said that Boston bombings is a good deed vs how many of them have condemned this criminal action? My point is, please don't mix the principals of Islam that more than a billion believer follow them PEACEFULLY vs a very few misguided/lost minds that claim to be Muslims. In fact, Allah (God) said that our prophet has only been sent to be a mercy for the whole mankind. Another fact, our prophet, even in pure war situations, used to order all his followers to avoid harming elders, kids, women and even not to cut a tree. A sincere advice from me, take few minutes and learn the basics of Islam and its teaching and then judge whether Islam is violent or not.

      April 23, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
  5. Fred maxine

    ... how about "Extremism Worrying Christians" being more important?

    April 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
    • b

      what terror has a Christian ever committed in the past 10,000 years. just name 1, but you can't because Christians are not extreme, unless you think opposing gay marriage is terrorism.

      April 23, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
    • Huebert

      @b

      Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma city bomber was a christian extremest.

      April 23, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      being a christian.

      April 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      How about the Manmasi National Christian Army and the National Liberation Front of Tripura, who force Hindus to convert at gun point and are known to encourage the murder of Hindu children?
      Those people are simply following Saint Augustine's doctrine of 'cognite intrare' – or 'lead them in' which justifies and encourages torture, vandalism, forced conversions and using violence to convert others in the name of Christianity.
      How about The Army of God and other groups who kill doctors in the U.S. ?
      What about white supremacist Christian terrorist groups like the Aryan Nations, Aryan Republican Army, Phineas Priesthood, and The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord?

      April 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
    • Brother Maynard

      b sez:
      "what terror has a Christian ever committed in the past 10,000 years. just name 1, but you can't because Christians are not extreme, unless you think opposing gay marriage is terrorism."
      You're kidding right. With out even trying to think hard ... the IRA; the Inquisition. The Spanish conquistadors ( sp? ); Strong arguement for the slave trade

      April 23, 2013 at 4:20 pm |
    • Athy

      Read about what christians did to Hypatia.

      April 23, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
  6. tony

    If leaders in these countries simple just change the state-religion to something to a more easy going religion
    The Swedish king in 1536 made the switch from catholic to Lutherans as the official state religion without any problems.

    April 23, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • Lycidas

      Just like how the US has tried shifting the nationwide religion of Christianity to Atheism? And then look what happened. We're going down the toilet.

      April 23, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
    • An Awesome Message from P.W. Swivel

      To Lycidas

      People are People

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbD3Hlbvafo

      Thanks for watching.

      April 23, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
  7. KBNJ

    Only 57% of Russian Muslims are "SOMEWHAT or very concerned"?!?! Sorry, but that number speaks volumes. If you can't hear it, you're DEAF.

    April 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
    • KBNJ

      Russia’s North Caucasus, sorry – how many school and theater killings does it take?

      April 23, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
  8. kevobx

    Casting stones, Elijah is picking up all those stones for the twelve tribes the children of Israel (1st Kings 18:31) to enter into the new Jerusalem in Revelation 21:12.

    April 23, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
    • Smarter than U

      Thanks for that pointless gibberish. I am fulfilled.

      April 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
    • Flatsguide

      Wasn't that on The Beatles White album?

      April 23, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
  9. joe

    Really misleading headline. "Extremism worries Muslims". 57% of muslims in the northern caucuses of Russia? WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
    • Mark

      Exactly!! I'm so F-ing tired of this liberal, "sympathetic to Islam", media B-ll-Sh-t.

      I also personally believe that Muslims are as "concerned" about extremism about as much as the Skin Heads or the KKK. Their only "concern" with extremism is that there isn't enough of it.

      April 23, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
  10. Bill

    Why doesn't the article say something like, "A near-majority of Muslims (43%) in Russia’s North Caucasus – including Chechnya, Dagestan and five other Russian jurisdictions – are unconcerned about religious extremist groups in their country, according to a Pew Research Center survey." Also, of the 57%, what percentage are "somewhat unconcerned" insofar as thay are only "somewhat concerned?"

    April 23, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
    • b

      when there is a problem, its important to highlight the problem. not minimize the minorities lack of concern.

      April 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
  11. A Traveler

    Fascinating thread: there seems to be two different Realities posting. One is realistic. The other cannot form a complete phrase without leaving words out of it (and is ranting and paranoid).

    April 23, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Might well be only one

      Reality has little of his namesakes virtues.

      April 23, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
  12. His panic

    This is too little, too late.

    It has been more than 1,400 years of teaching all kinds of wrong doings. From Polygamy and Pedophilia to cruelty, hate, fanaticism, injustices, war and violence. That is not going away and is still very much the belief, the teaching and the daily practices the world over. We don't even have to go to their countries anymore to see what they do all the time. They have been in our cities long enough, we see and hear almost daily what they do to their own relatives, wives, daughters and women. We have seen their Fanaticism, hate, crimes and murderous rampages.

    We have seen enough, the world has seen more than enough, their history is well know. They will answer to God and His Son Jesus Christ. They may even have to answer to many in this world before that.

    April 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
    • William Demuth

      You know you are right Got Mit Uns!

      We have to open the camps again.

      The lamp shades will help the economy

      April 23, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
    • DB

      Speaking of answering to Jesus Christ, you might want to work on that hatred and rage that's consuming you.

      April 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
    • His panic

      @ DB,

      Trying hard to project your own self on others huh?

      April 23, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
    • His panic

      @ William D.,

      Just your opinion nothing more than that!

      April 23, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
  13. Smarter than U

    57% may be a majoriity but on a matter such as concern of extremism in Islam, it is an awful slim one. If this was such a wonderful peacefulll religion, 99%+ would and should be concerned about extremism.

    April 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
    • His panic

      Exactly! Less than that is little more than mere momentary remorse.

      April 23, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
    • ME II

      Considering they many religious folks engage in selection bias for own religion, I'm surprised more didn't say 'Muslim extremists are not Muslims, therefore I'm not concerned about extremists in my faith'.

      April 23, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
  14. sanityrules

    If these Muslims are really concerned , they will start turning over the extremists in their midst to the authorities.

    April 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • William Demuth

      They already do

      They locked up THREE evangelicals last week alone.

      I hear they might execute them, God Willing!

      April 23, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
  15. Reticuli

    No muslims I know posted or shared pictures of the Boston bombers on their facebook pages to help ID and find them.

    April 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • William Demuth

      First of all, you wouldn't know a Muslim if they ho slapped you

      Secondly, they ALSO didn't falsely accuse any brown folks for looking, well, BROWN

      April 23, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
  16. Reality

    Putting the kibosh on all religion and ending all this craziness in less than ten seconds: Priceless !!!

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated/reborn Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    • A constant cycle of reincarnation until enlightenment is reached and belief that various beings (angels?, tinkerbells? etc) exist that we, as mortals, cannot comprehend makes for a no on Sikhism.

    Added details available upon written request.

    April 23, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
    • Reality

      Ввод крест на всякой религии и заканчивая все это сумасшествие менее чем за десять секунд: Бесценный!

      • Насколько он знает или может сказать, что не было никакого Авраама т.е. основы иудаизма, христианства и ислама не существует.

      • Насколько он знает или может сказать, что не было никакого Моисея т.е. столпов иудаизма, христианства и ислама нет силы цели.

      • Был не Габриэль т.е. ислам не терпит неудачу как религии. Христианство частично удается.

      • Там не было никакой Пасхи т.е. христианство совершенно не как религию.

      • Был не мормонов Морони т.е. это не более чем бизнес-культ.

      • Священная / почитается коровы, обезьяны богам, касты, превращения и, следовательно, не может индуизма как религии.

      • Жир Будды здесь, тощий Будд там, перевоплотился / Reborn Будд везде делает для не по буддизму.

      • постоянный цикл реинкарнации, пока просветления не будет достигнуто и вера, что различные существа (ангелы?, Tinkerbells? Т.д.) существуют, что мы, смертные, не может понять, делает для не на сикхизма.

      Добавлена более подробная информация предоставляется по письменному запросу.

      April 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
    • An Indian

      I'd agree with all of that except one - if you consider considering cows to be sacred to be a bad or stupid thing, you're not very discerning. A sacred cow is no sillier than a sacred human. Put it otherwise, cows are as sacred as people. They're sentient beings. Unlike humans, they dont go bombing one another. At worst, they may drop some cowpatty on your lawn.

      April 23, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
  17. Lycidas

    CNN, persecuting believers, one religion at a time. So much for your "tolerance," leftists.

    April 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
    • William Demuth

      I keep asking them to focus on the Fundies, but you guys just bugger little boys

      If you want press, blow something up.

      April 23, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
    • Dennis

      And thank you for your lack of tolerance also,"righties"!

      April 23, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      Do you have an example of CNN persecuting christians?

      April 23, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
  18. A Traveler

    @ Lycidas
    Science is the best bet to remove the stench of organized religion forever.

    April 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
    • Lycidas

      Atheism is a faith based religion that worships science.

      April 23, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Lycidas
      No, that would be "scientism".
      The prefix "A" = lack of
      Theism = belief in gods.

      A + Theism = lack of belief in gods.
      It is a negative statement that says only what one does not believe.
      It is a bit like calling a singer an "ainstrumentalist" – the term tells you what they don't do, but gives to indication as to what their skill actually is.

      Atheism implies no behaviours, morals, scientific knowledge, or other characteristics whatsoever.

      April 23, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
    • Lycidas

      Belief = religion. You are wrong. Sorry.

      April 23, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
    • Entil'za

      @Lycidas- religion requires an internal structure and adherance to a set of rules. Science isn't exactly like that. It's flexible and redefines itself all the time.
      Sure you can say that some people have faith in science but it's not a religion and doesn't deal with the spiritual and moral aspects of humanity. That's what religion does. Science defines reality while religion defines spirituality.
      Even Milton would have known that.

      April 23, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Lycidas is a fake. Not the real deal.

      April 23, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
  19. Lycidas

    CNN's leftist agenda of atheism has been proven through many articles such as this, shining a negative light on religion. It's usually against Christianity, but they've had another target for the past week. They'll get back to bashing Christ soon enough.

    April 23, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Wow you really are just a moronic troll aren't you?
      "WAHHH WAHHH, someone is calling Christians on the stupid shit they do, I'm so persecuted now WAHHHH."
      Get over yourself you pathetic little tool.

      April 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Bash him?

      Wasn't he the guy we nailed up?

      Bashing was so stone age.

      I guess if he comes back now, first it's Guantanamo for some water boarding and then lethal injections!

      After all, he DID get a death sentence, so if he turns up alive, we are obligated to kill him again.

      April 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • Lycidas

      More "tolerance" from hawaii. Thanks for that. You're so kind and forgiving. You're so caring, and thoughtful and willing to allow others to believe that which you hate with your atheist religion. I can see you swinging far from the left all day long.

      April 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
    • Dennis

      And we can expect to find your eternal bashing of CNN on these forums also.Let's get you a road map so that you can find your way on over to Fox News for your daily dose of reality.We have heard more than enough of your bellyaching already!

      April 23, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
    • Lycidas

      You haven't heard anything from me because you cannot hear me speak. It's alright for you to have your "free speech," right? As long as YOU are allowed to bash my faith, that's ok, right? But you liberals don't want to let me or other believers have a voice. How's that for your tolerance. The hypocricy of your atheism religion and lack of morality is grossly underestimated by many.

      April 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
    • The Real Tom Paine

      Ayn Rand was an atheist, and she inspired the Right to go out and destroy social services with abandon because she felt that would make people truly free: she also saw religion as a tool of the State, and another inhibition on being free. Would you attack her?

      April 23, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Awww how cute. Passive persecution complex. Like no ones seen that crap before. Keep crying, the only ones who care are those who want preferential treatment like you do.

      April 23, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
    • Entil'za

      @hawaiiguest- don't get too worked up over the person using the Lycidas handle. She is just a troll that has taken a few other people's names and went kind of stupid today since around 11AM.

      April 23, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
    • An Indian

      Yep. Its really hard to be a Christian these days. They're sooooo persecuted.

      April 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
  20. Stephen Hawking is an Idiot

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPO3meEuU24

    April 23, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
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