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Five takeaways from Pew’s comprehensive study on Islam
April 30th, 2013
03:33 PM ET

Five takeaways from Pew’s comprehensive study on Islam

By Dan Merica, CNN
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Washington (CNN) – A Pew Research Center study released Tuesday takes an in-depth look at Islam, including how Muslims around the world view extremism, sharia law and the meeting of religion and politics.

The study is a four-year effort by Pew, which conducted 38,000 face-to-face interview in 80-plus languages for the survey. In total, 39 countries and territories were included, all of which had over 10 million Muslims living there.

Here are the report’s five major takeaways:

1.) Differences between U.S. and international Muslims are vast

While Muslims in the United States share a belief system with Muslims abroad, the Pew survey released Tuesday and a Pew survey on American Muslims from 2011 reveals wide differences between the two groups.

An overwhelming number of Muslims outside the United States told Pew that “Islam is the only religion that leads to eternal life in heaven.” Ninety-six percent of Egyptians and Jordanians, 95% of Iraqis and 94% of Moroccan Muslims responded that “Islam alone” leads to heaven.

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When all Muslims outside the United States were considered, only 18% said many religions can lead to heaven. In the United States, that number is 56%, according to the 2011 survey.

Additionally, U.S. Muslims were more likely to have friends who were not Muslim.

“About half of U.S. Muslims say that all (7%) or most (41%) of their close friends are followers of Islam, and half say that some (36%) or hardly any (14%) of their close friends are Muslim,” the survey reports.

By contrast, an average of 95% of Muslims outside the United States said “most or all of their friends are Muslims.”

2.) Sharia law favored, especially by more devout Muslims

A whopping 99% of Muslims in Afghanistan told Pew that they favor sharia law – a Muslim code that dictates everything from dietary laws to morals – as the official law of the land.

Though Afghanistan is by far the most supportive of sharia, majorities in countries like Iraq (91%), Palestinian territories (89%) and Malaysia (86%) favor applying sharia to everyone in their respective countries. Support for this viewpoint was particularly strong in Southeast Asia, South Asia, Middle East-North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Analysis of the survey results by Pew found “most Muslims believe sharia is the revealed word of God rather than a body of law developed by men based on the word of God.”

Those who approve sharia becoming the law of the land generally pray more than their Muslim brethren.

Muslims who pray several times a day in Russia, for example, are over twice as likely to favor implementing Islamic law as the law of the land. The same split between those who pray several times a day and those who pray less often can be seen in Lebanon, the Palestinian territories, Tunisia and Turkey.

3.) Most Muslims believe religion, politics should be intertwined

A majority of Muslims surveyed in Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Middle East-North Africa told Pew that religious leaders in their respective countries should have political influence.

Much like favoring sharia law, religious devotion played an important role in these beliefs.

"Devout Muslims tend to be more supportive of religious leaders playing a role in politics,” the survey reads. “In a number of countries, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa but also in Southern and Eastern Europe, Muslims who pray several times a day are more likely than those who pray less frequently to say religious leaders should have at least some influence on political matters."

4.) Around the world, Muslims heralded religious freedom

Despite views that Islam should influence politics and law, an overwhelming number of Muslims told Pew that religious freedom was a good thing.

Ninety-seven percent of Muslims in South Asia, 95% in Eastern Europe, 94% in sub-Saharan Africa and 85% in the Middle East and North Africa responded positively to religious freedom, according to the poll.

“Overall, Muslims broadly support the idea of religious freedom,” the study states. “Among Muslims who say people of different religions are very free to practice their faith, three-quarters or more in each country say this is a good thing.”

5.) Islamic extremism widely rejected, but still a concern

Carrying out violent acts in the name of Islam is strongly rejected by Muslims around the world, according to the survey.

While a majority of Muslims, according to Pew, in all countries surveyed said “suicide bombing in defense of Islam” was rarely or never justified, “there are some countries in which substantial minorities think violence against civilians is at least sometimes justified.”

For example, in the Palestinian territories, 40% of Muslims said suicide bombing was often or sometime justified. In Afghanistan that number was 39% and in Egypt that number was 29%.

Despite most country’s disapproval of violence in the name of Islam, religious extremism – and in particular Muslim extremism – is a concern for a majority of Muslims in the world, according to the survey.

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“At least half of Muslims in 22 of the 36 countries where the question was asked say they are at least somewhat concerned about religious extremist groups in their country,” the report reads. “In most countries, Muslims are much more worried about Islamic extremists than Christian extremists.”

Concern over Muslims extremism was at it highest in Indonesia, Iraq and Guinea Bissau, where over 45% of Muslims said they were either very or somewhat concerned about violence in the name of Islam.

- Dan Merica

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  1. CROM

    Since this study is not comprehensive nor scientific, any conclusions drawn from it will be just as bad. Lying about their Islamic religion is an accepted part of their religious culture, worldview, and without any way of discerning who is lying and who is not, any subjective answers to slanted questions will get you slanted and evasive answers.
    Thus the study was a waste of time.

    May 1, 2013 at 1:27 am |
    • Terminatus

      Nothing to see here folks. CROM was ejected from his fanciful notion, landed on his ignorance, and had his trite, and unsubstantiated nuggets scattered all over the internet. Yuck!

      May 1, 2013 at 1:35 am |
    • Rev Tim Lovejoy

      I'd like you to remember Matthew 7:26. "The foolish man who built his house upon the sand."

      May 1, 2013 at 1:41 am |
    • Khaled el-Turki

      The study's accuracy aside, your ignorance is clearly manifest. Being truthful is an essential element of the proper Muslim character.

      May 1, 2013 at 1:41 am |
    • R.M. Gooodswell

      @ CROM

      PEW isn't a neutral source to be sure. You pay them – tell them what you need 'researched' – they then use the data they ve gathered to call the region of the country that best fits the numbers their client is looking for.

      whats funny is CNN uses them a lot:)

      May 1, 2013 at 1:45 am |
    • CROM

      U all mad, tho!
      By your reactions, I'd say I did pretty well.
      Thanks for proving me right. Your defenses are worthless.
      Your attacks only make my point stronger!
      Liars and slanted polls are not worth defending, you useless ninnies.
      Either prove that each person was being truthful or shut up and blow away.

      May 1, 2013 at 1:50 am |
    • R.M. Gooodswell

      Khaled el-Turki

      Is Judaism true?

      May 1, 2013 at 1:51 am |
    • Darren

      Crom, I agree with you. Having lived in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Morocco, and Afghanistan, I know from experience that this report is a crock of crap. This is not a religion of peace. They see non-muslims as their inferior. They will be friendly if they need you, but will turn on you at the drop of a hat. Muslims are not to be trusted....ever.

      May 1, 2013 at 1:59 am |
    • Khaled el-Turki

      @ CROM
      The burden of proof is on the accuser. Hence, you lost LOOSER!

      @ R.M. Gooodswell
      We believe in the fact that just like Christianity, Judaism too was a true, divine revelation in its original form and both religions got distorted at the hands of ignorants and those who preferred to promote falsehood for some worldly benefit. (PS. What I wrote is more than likely to open the door for a heated discussion but I will refrain from writing any more in this thread.)

      May 1, 2013 at 2:07 am |
    • CROM

      Thanks, Darren. I extend a pragmatic distrust to anyone claiming to believe anything delusional.
      Every religion is worthless in terms of guidance or moral values. There is no authority to any religion.
      Religion is nothing but lies and madness. The texts speak of horrible things that no one should consider as good.
      There is no such thing as magic. There are no gods that exist and there never were any in the first place.
      Religious rules are just primate impulses and instincts twisted and dressed up in shiny bullshit.
      Monkeys making cathedrals to gods that never existed because the wind moves like magic. The unknown is easily perverted into delusional answers. You got a lot of bang for your buck, didn't you? You're welcome.

      May 1, 2013 at 2:12 am |
    • CROM

      Khaled, I am not the accuser and did not start this argument. You start with your religion and you must prove it to be true, which you will never be able to do honestly because your god does not exist and never did. I shit on your religion. *PFFT*
      You are the one making the claim. You say a god exists. I say prove it. If you had no religion, you would not claim a god exists.
      You want religious freedom? Why should you have the freedom to lie? That is what religious freedom is, the freedom to lie.

      May 1, 2013 at 2:17 am |
    • R.M. Gooodswell

      Khaled el-Turki

      ok ... it would raise a heated discussion....bow out if you like, Just understand...Its your religion that's the problem...not you. (unless you truly believe throwing your life away in an act of violence will get a choice parking spot in Allah's country club in the sky)

      May 1, 2013 at 2:23 am |
    • Khaled el-Turki

      @ R.M. Gooodswell

      Unlike CROM, I can definitely see that it is possible to discuss with you in a proper and hopefully productive way. In response to your last comment, I would like to say that most definitely not my religion Islam and I sincerely hope neither myself nor any Muslim with a sound mind are problems. Acts of violence have no place in Islam and cannot be justified in any manner.

      May 1, 2013 at 2:31 am |
    • R.M. Gooodswell

      Khaled el-Turki

      The reason I ask about Judaism as it is the foundation for Islam. Islam uses just about all the prophets and messengers from Judaism.

      There is one MAJOR problem with Judaism though. Its timeline is way out of sync with the surrounding region, never mind the world. As.syria (Babylon), Egypt and the Hitt.ites all existed before the tribes of Israel ever existed...in some cases for thousands of years(Egypt). How can Judaism be true if its foundation is false? – and thereby Christianity and Islam?.

      Then there is the God of the desert himself. .......strangely ignorant of the world he created....didn't appear to the Chinese – who also predate Israel by several thousand years. and the Olmecs in the Americas – same deal.

      He had no interest in mathematics, chemistry, medicine- even basic medicine, astronomy......instead chose to hand down animal sacrifice, in some cases demanding human blood... his responses are those of a violent stone age raiding culture.....not that of a supreme being with Omniscience, Omnipotence and Omnipresence in his resume.

      May 1, 2013 at 3:00 am |
    • Khaled el-Turki

      @CROM

      Since you are not taking easy on your frantic attack on religions and believers, it is appropriate that you get refuted. Here goes...

      [1] You are the accuser. I believe in addition to your limited mental capacity you also have a short memory since you forgot about the following statement in your original post: 'Lying about their Islamic religion is an accepted part of their religious culture, worldview, and ...'

      [2] The fact that the belief in some form of deity goes as early as human existence could have been a wake-up call for you if your IQ had been higher. The instinctive belief that Almighty exists and we need to turn towards Him is in our very creation no matter how much you argue against it.

      [3] We believe religion is an invitation. Intellect is necessary for being subject to and comprehending this invitation but not sufficient for necessarily accepting it. If religion had been a matter of formal proof then everyone with a sound mind would have been obliged to accept it and it would no longer be an invitation and a test for the faithful. The existence of certain things can be established indirectly through their impacts, consequences, products such as notions of intellect, talent, etc. In an analogous manner, our intellect helps us observe, infer and appreciate the presence and attributes of the Almighty through His creation.

      Now CROM, go to sleep. I hope that tomorrow will be a day of enlightenment for you.

      May 1, 2013 at 3:08 am |
    • R.M. Gooodswell

      Khaled el-Turki

      the proof is in my post above....likely CROM is coming from a similar position as mine... Khaled, Allah is man made....If you are trying to be a good person, likely you would be doing so God or no God.

      May 1, 2013 at 3:17 am |
    • Khaled el-Turki

      @ R.M. Gooodswell

      Contrary to what you think, you do not have a proof because in spite of the fact that neither Judaism nor Christianity today are consistent with their original, authentic forms, you preferred to base your argument on observations made from currently available sources of Judaism.

      I kindly and sincerely request you to refer to Quran for Islamic beliefs on all the matters you have mentioned.

      May 1, 2013 at 3:28 am |
    • CROM

      Meh. Such lies I have seen thousands of times before. You cannot prove your god exists because there is no god.
      Beyond that, nothing you say has any worth in this discussion. Taqqiya is no different than what the RCC does, or any tv preacher, or anyone who profits from such lies and nonsense. Your religion is worthless and you will always fail to give it worth, for it is nothing but lies.
      It is not my fault that your religion is disgusting. You keep it alive. It should die instead. It is worthless and insane.

      May 1, 2013 at 3:30 am |
    • R.M. Gooodswell

      Khaled el-Turki

      oh Contraire my friend:)

      My statement is accurate...its base on actual Archeological evidence – cross referencing written histories of various culture in the region and looking for corresponding events with the out of region cultures.....

      Taking that with the ever advancing sciences we have today...its pretty obvious that there are no gods....never were:)

      Think about Allah for a second.....All powerful, all knowing and present in every place and TIME....but is being upstaged by mere mortals today...he should blow away the likes of Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein, Lawrence Krauss ect.

      the world...the universe is more exciting than a stone age God could ever image...we just need to stop killing each other and look.

      May 1, 2013 at 3:48 am |
    • Khaled el-Turki

      @ R.M. Gooodswell

      I am in full agreement with your following statement: 'we just need to stop killing each other and look.' and would like to add 'and listen.' to it.

      I am in agreement with the following piece of your preceding statement: 'the world...the universe is exciting'

      You are totally mistaken in the following statement: '...but is being upstaged by mere mortals today...he should blow away the likes of Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein, Lawrence Krauss ect.'

      The mere presence of mortals you have mentioned and others such as yourself and CROM is by the very will of the Almighty who wished to create the human being with the capacities of both believing and disbelieving, obeying and disobeying. Neither a believer's belief, nor a disbeliever's disbelief increase or decrease the dominion and majesty of the Almighty but rather serve as a precise manifestation of what He revealed to us in Quran.

      I am not able to understand why you are still failing to realize the broken nature of your argument comparing archeological, historical, etc. evidence against altered, no more authentic sources of religion and dismissing religions and the belief in a creator on the basis of this.

      In any case, I am finding this discussion not productive and am decided to post no more.

      I wish you the best in finding the truth.

      May 1, 2013 at 5:58 am |
    • R.M. Goodswell

      Many Muslims flat refuse to question their faith out fear... historically the pen alties for even questioning Islam or Christianity have been quite severe – usually death...and still is a very real pen alty in much of the Islamic world.

      American Muslims are different than International Muslims simply because the numbers aren't here yet – there wasn't a problem in Britain or France either, until their numbers grew....now there are Muslim only districts in London and Paris where police don't go without numbers.

      Muslims demand tolerance from the West but do not return it........Only a fool would open the gates to their city and let an invading force act as they please (usually to bad effect)...and we have done just that.

      Multiculturalism was supposed to show the world a better way...it was supposed to moderate Islam over time, similar to the West moderating Christianity. they didn't bank on Islam not meeting them halfway.

      We failed to influence change in Iraq and Afghanistan the way we did Germany and Ja pan after WW2 for two reasons
      1. Germany and Ja pan were previously industrialized – in Germany's case more so than the US, so it was easy the get them back on their feet. Afghanistan and Iraq just don't possess the mindset.

      2. Germany and Ja pan did not have Islam – which does not budge, does not compromise, ever. Our Ivy League Elite absolutely failed in every way to grasp this...a concept that left the avg. American shaking his head in disgust...and we are supposed to be the stupid ones.

      May 1, 2013 at 7:18 am |
  2. Terminatus

    Religion does not have to be a destructive force. The true premise of many religions is to honor one another, respect your fellow man, and live in peace. Then there is Christianity whose premise is to love and forgive. All I ever hear is the voice of the cynics, or the intolerant religious whack jobs who say "ban all religions", or "my religion is the best", blah, blah, blah. What a horribly narrow view you both share. Life does have a purpose, and the soul is real. But listen, I'm not gonna sit here and pretend I know what the answers are to your questions, scientific inquiries, or religious debate points, but I know religion does not have to be a scorched earth ideology. You cynics have no platform on which to speak because you find value in nothing. You religious zealots, extremists, and exclusionists have no platform on which to speak because you find nothing but intolerance and hate. Oh snap I gotta go, the WoW realms are back up!

    May 1, 2013 at 1:22 am |
    • R.M. Gooodswell

      "You cynics have no platform on which to speak because you find value in nothing."

      you are thinking of nihilist. completely different line of thought.

      Atheists don't believe in god(s)...believe we don't need some charlatan peaching at us to care about the world and the people in it.

      May 1, 2013 at 1:37 am |
    • boom

      so the incans and mayans were lvoed and respected by being lynched and their places of worship torched at the overseeing of men of the cloth?

      May 1, 2013 at 1:44 am |
    • CROM

      Your words are like a flying fart, Terminatus. Try proofreading next time. You will make more sense that way.

      May 1, 2013 at 1:52 am |
  3. Dsculpin

    For all those waiting for the return of their profit, why take such a passive position. Why don't you show a little initiative and head on up on your own. I am certain this earthly world would be much better in your absence.

    May 1, 2013 at 1:21 am |
  4. Lizard Lance

    This isn't exactly earth-shattering news. Like-minded people who flock together see the world one way - generally in negative ways, while differing-minds who flock together see it another - usually in a more open-minded manner. It's been this way forever. But if you want a guarantee that you're going to Heaven you best be a dog. All dogs go to heaven.

    May 1, 2013 at 1:14 am |
  5. CROM

    Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Three bald men fighting over a comb. They are worthless delusions and should all be destroyed.

    May 1, 2013 at 1:06 am |
    • Lizard Lance

      Bald men fighting over a comb. That's clever. But the rest of your message is fool's gold.

      May 1, 2013 at 1:11 am |
    • Terminatus

      Wait a second... Jesus Christ was delusional because he was tolerant of human need, loved his fellow man, preached forgiveness, taught others to turn from violence, accepted everyone as his brother, and sought to unite us? Okay CROM, get back to your Xbox. Lol

      May 1, 2013 at 1:30 am |
    • CROM

      Fool's gold? Lame. Your religion, whatever it is, should be destroyed.
      You don't like that? You are in denial. You don't think you're delusional and think these religions should be protected despite all evidence showing them to be anti-thetical to humanity and the future interests of the human race. Crazy people suck.
      You don't like being included with the crazies, you'd better start talking some sense, son.

      May 1, 2013 at 1:34 am |
    • Dianne

      Stories change completely from mouth to mouth within a few days even if they existed in the first place. A bunch of doofuses believe everything they hear from milleniums ago and defend the bogus stories they have been hearing. Funny world.

      May 1, 2013 at 1:38 am |
    • Terminatus

      Poor Crommy was groped by his Baptist uncle at a family BBQ, and now he wants to destroy all religion. Kay pal. Shouldn't you be leveling your Tauren Shaman or something? Leave the religious talk to the big folks now.

      May 1, 2013 at 1:38 am |
    • CROM

      Wow, Terminaldoofus, you are nothing but fail.
      If that's how you argue, I guess you aren't worth my time.
      Did you have a point to make or do you prefer showing your age?
      Try talking like an adult. Just try for once. It won't hurt much.

      May 1, 2013 at 2:00 am |
  6. ep tor

    The converse is true for other religions – at least partially. Christians believe that only Christians can go to heaven and achieve everlasting life. All others, including Muslims automatically go to hell. Most devout Christians in other countries would also like to see a return to the legal system as it was a few hundred years ago where the Catholic church had a great deal of legal powers and anyone caught praying to a "different" God like Allah (Muslims) would cause a great deal of public outrage and likely result in infidel charges before the Inquisition and almost certain conviction and execution. To a devout Christian every Muslim is an infidel condemned to the fires of hell and of course vice versa. Remember that the degree of religiosity (religious devoutness) is inversely related to rational reasoning ability (intelligence). This further born out by a recent study in the US where it was determined that people who are more conservative and religious have on average a slightly lower IQ (about .5 point) that people that are more liberal and less rigid in their thinking. Of course in deeply conservative countries where religion (all religions including Muslims and Christians) the general ability to reason rationally is almost non-existent and average IQ of the populace is many points below the western average and in some areas falling below the clinical imbecilic level.

    May 1, 2013 at 1:04 am |
    • TruthandConsequence

      Okay smarty pants, so Copernicus, Bacon, Galileo, Descartes, Newton, Planck and Einstein, all believers in God or a Creator, were a few points off your "liberal" IQ. What great contribution to science have you made lately?.

      May 1, 2013 at 2:04 am |
    • TruthandConsequence

      Oh, and if you need a few Muslim scientists of renown, here is a list of about a hundred http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Muslim_scientists – I am not sure what their 5 point smarter liberals achieved, but it must have been big!

      May 1, 2013 at 2:11 am |
  7. D

    This is such a ridiculous study.
    Why not do the same study on Christians and Jews?
    And so many ignorant commets. Shame that the world is filled with so much misunderstanding and hate.

    May 1, 2013 at 1:02 am |
    • R.M. Gooodswell

      Amazes me that billions of people can take the word of a handful of people who obviously do not have their best interest at heart....stone this person, burn that person ...that person is working on the wrong day...fine him....that guy doesn't believe in my brand god – hang him from a crane...... you call it misunderstanding and hate........

      yes I hate all religions..some more than others....as far as the misunderstanding goes ...I understand religion very well.

      best lose it all...now

      May 1, 2013 at 1:16 am |
  8. Pwd

    Muslims go to he'll not heaven

    May 1, 2013 at 12:52 am |
    • R.M. Gooodswell

      and they say the exact thing about Christians. 1350 years of fighting each other and...think on this for a second...God seems to be deaf to the prayers of both schools of madness.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:57 am |
    • boom

      so do those who wish ill will on others.

      May 1, 2013 at 1:47 am |
    • trent

      Tchess but according ti Islam those who are infidel will go to hell also, it is my understanding that we all pave the road to salvation and enlightenment through our own beliefs and having respect for the beliefs of others. Isn't Islam Judaism and Christianity all related need you be reminded of Abraham's sons Isaac and Ishmael both of who became fathers of two of the world greatest religions?

      May 1, 2013 at 2:18 am |
  9. kenny

    religion was created out of our two core instincts that govern every single thing we do and choice we make. survival and breeding. religion helps us survive and breed by making all kinds of rules on how to behave, don't kill fills survive, don't fffff til you have a person to raise the kids... (most are harder (stone-ier?) on women in this arena... hehe) ... there have been millions of religions throughout human history.... ( sorry young earthers .... yirthers???... humans have been around for a couple million years at least but we've gone through a few thousand religions since writing began 7 thousand years ago... gee how convenient for yirthers... people couldn't have lived before they could write-der- radiometric dating is fake – ka -durka - just look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_religions and if you still believe in heaven .... go ahead and coment...

    May 1, 2013 at 12:42 am |
    • Boris

      Hmmm..Wha? Nobody cares.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:51 am |
    • kenny

      you won't be disappointed in heaven... since when you die you sleep forever... like you never existed...

      May 1, 2013 at 12:55 am |
  10. Andrew

    There is no god. There is no heaven. It is an invention, a very clever one, to manipulate you. What is better than a promise of your delivery into paradise – a promise that can never be verified? I will guarantee you a place in paradise for just $1000. Reply for my mailing address. Certified checks only.

    May 1, 2013 at 12:32 am |
    • Rev Tim Lovejoy

      This so-called new religion is nothing but a pack of weird rituals and chants, designed to take away the money of fools.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:35 am |
    • thd

      You so funny dr. jones. You are correct when you say there is no god. There are many gods, but only 1 true GOD and he is calling your name tonight.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:37 am |
    • Answer

      The Rev has already sent for his starter kit.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:37 am |
    • Rev Tim Lovejoy

      And the Lord said, whack ye all the serpants which crawl on their bellies and thy town shall be a beacon unto others.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:39 am |
    • coolusernametwo

      Well, at least they don't rip your heart out while still alive (Aztecs did that, in the name of religion and to "appease" the god).

      May 1, 2013 at 12:40 am |
    • Answer

      That lord is Lord McFly you to the next building.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:40 am |
    • Lizard Lance

      You have no clue, yet you post as if you do. How odd.

      May 1, 2013 at 1:15 am |
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    May 1, 2013 at 12:30 am |
  12. Diane Villeneuve

    who cares what Muslims think>??

    May 1, 2013 at 12:24 am |
    • Rev Tim Lovejoy

      And he was cast into the fiery cauldron of Hell! The searing heat, the scalding rivers of molten sulfur!

      May 1, 2013 at 12:26 am |
    • Answer

      Let's see...

      By asking them how they think about certain issues, perhaps we could ascertain how psychologically stable they are?

      May 1, 2013 at 12:27 am |
    • jclover

      ..while at Mecca, the son asks his mom, "so, you want me to try to touch this meteorite, which we believe came from heaven, and if I can't touch it, you want me to point at it with right hand and say "In the name of God, God is Great, God is Great, God is Great and praise be to God".... "

      Well, Christians have the real deal sent from heaven.. and has resurrected to heaven.. Jesus Christ!

      We Christians love you as Jesus loves us and I know people who have converted from Muslim to Christian (Catholic) and have found themselves living much happier lives.

      Peace be with you.

      May 1, 2013 at 1:08 am |
    • Rev Tim Lovejoy

      I remember another gentle visitor from the heavens. Who came to earth... and then died... only to be brought back to life again. And his name was: E.T., the extra-terrestrial. I love that little guy!

      May 1, 2013 at 1:30 am |
  13. JustTheFacts

    "hellocracy"… You're joking right. If you honestly don't know the difference between a church founded by Jesus Christ (God) and a church founded by Mohammad (the devil) and if you need someone to explain it to you, and if you think that there's no difference… then either there's something seriously wrong with your mind, or else you're way too dumb for me to even be wasting my time with. In your post, you even alluded to the fact that you were smart. I wonder who told you that. Strange, but based on all I've seen from you, you're as dumb as can be...

    As for showing you proof, the following all the proof you need: Only one church or religion on the face of the earth follows the Apostle's Doctrine 100%. Only one. All other churches have "deviated" from the Apostle's doctrine. That one church which still follows the Apostle's Doctrine 100% is one true Church of Jesus Christ. And it is the only church or religion which will be saved. So you ask, What churches DO NOT follow the Apostle's Doctrine 100%? Answer: The Catholics don't. The Baptists don't. The Mormons don't. Buddism. Hinduism. Islam. The Jehovah Witness. The Church of Christ. The Church of God in Christ, etc. None of them don't. The list is nearly endless. Only one church one the face of the earth follows the Apostle's Doctrine 100% without deviating. Only one. If you want me to be more specific about which church that is, then my advice to you is to look for a church which baptize only in the way the Apostle's baptized – that is, in the Name of Jesus Christ. If that church baptizes you any other way, or in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost , then that church is false because that is not the way the Apostle's baptized. Finding that type of church would be a good place to start. Find the one church on earth which follows the Apostle's Doctrine 100% without deviating – and you will have found the one true church, and the only place where you can be saved…

    May 1, 2013 at 12:19 am |
    • Athy

      But is the Apostle's Doctrine the right one?

      May 1, 2013 at 12:21 am |
    • Rev Tim Lovejoy

      Matthew 21:17: And he left them and went out of the city, into Bethany, and he lodged there

      May 1, 2013 at 12:25 am |
    • ..

      Oh, shove it, you bible bully. Who the hell do you think you are? Two word, you idiot: prove it.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:28 am |
    • SoPoJim

      This is the problem....regardless of what religion anyone believes,everyone believes their religion is the true religion. Religion is the most destructive force on the planet,bar none.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:29 am |
    • Answer

      @SoPoJim

      Yep.. that is correct.

      In this modern day and age where we have nuclear arms we've yet to utilize that full destructive potential unlike what religion overall has unleashed.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:32 am |
    • Rev Tim Lovejoy

      God has never given up on anyone.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:33 am |
    • Answer

      A non-existent god of course can't even begin to start to give up.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:35 am |
    • David Dinger

      FBI, here I found one, get him before he ends up on the front page!

      May 1, 2013 at 12:36 am |
    • Rev Tim Lovejoy

      You put on the Michael Bolton CD, I'll put on my edible vestments!

      May 1, 2013 at 12:36 am |
    • Answer

      Go borrow the mormon underwear too..

      May 1, 2013 at 12:38 am |
    • Rev Tim Lovejoy

      Now, we are going to set this pile of evil ablaze.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:40 am |
    • Answer

      We watch as the Rev starts with himself at the center.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:41 am |
    • Rev Tim Lovejoy

      Matthew 21-27, "The Foolish man who built his house on sand".

      May 1, 2013 at 12:41 am |
    • Answer

      "Yellow pee in snow"

      –Croc3:1455

      May 1, 2013 at 12:42 am |
    • Bltzkrig

      I certainly hope GOD is not so petty as to care about which way someone was baptized. Moreover, I believe He is far to wondorous to allow a single path to lead to him. That would be so boring.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:43 am |
  14. justin

    Islam the Quintessial Evil is founded by Mohammad the paedophile under the advice of Satan to instigate the violent, evil, marauding mobs of the world. Islam is the fastest growing religion. So do roaches and pests multiply. They only need to be exterminated and eradicated

    May 1, 2013 at 12:18 am |
    • Athy

      But, do you like Muslims?

      May 1, 2013 at 12:20 am |
  15. CP in FL

    All religions should be banned. Unless of course they can prove that god exists using only science. Otherwise religions are nothing more than fairy tales that fool the simple minded into believing in nonsense.

    May 1, 2013 at 12:17 am |
  16. SoPoJim

    Anyone who believes in heaven is an idiot....we are all gonna die and rot in the ground like every other living organism.....there I finally said it

    May 1, 2013 at 12:09 am |
    • Rev Tim Lovejoy

      I remember another gentle visitor from the heavens. Who came to earth... and then died... only to be brought back to life again. And his name was: E.T., the extra-terrestrial. I love that little guy.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:13 am |
    • R.M. Gooodswell

      Wish the rest of the planet would acknowledge that fact..... Then we could quit all this BS fighting and actually do something of benefit ....like solve poverty, make a solid education available...and get the bloody hell off this rock!

      May 1, 2013 at 12:14 am |
    • Lizard Lance

      You, my friend, appear to be an idiot.

      May 1, 2013 at 1:16 am |
  17. Jeff

    Yes, but Muslims and Americans agree on 1 thing. If there is indeed a heaven, we can be sure Obama is not going.

    May 1, 2013 at 12:06 am |
    • Rev Tim Lovejoy

      Matthew 21:17: And he left them and went out of the city, into Bethany, and he lodged there.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:08 am |
    • Akira

      Tired and silly. Way to go.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:09 am |
    • Rev Tim Lovejoy

      I'd like you to remember Matthew 7:26. "The foolish man who built his house upon the sand."

      May 1, 2013 at 12:12 am |
    • ..

      I'd like you to remember to take out the garbage, but you never do, Rev.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:26 am |
    • Rev Tim Lovejoy

      I cast thee out!!

      May 1, 2013 at 12:26 am |
    • Answer

      Oh that's hilarious...

      "thee" – wee.

      What a tool.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:28 am |
    • Rev Tim Lovejoy

      We have some new pamphlets available in our church news rack including "It's Not Cool To Fry In Hell".

      May 1, 2013 at 12:32 am |
    • Answer

      You keep on printing them to no avail.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:33 am |
    • Rev Tim Lovejoy

      Matthew 21:17: "And he left them and went out of the city, into Bethany, and he lodged there"

      May 1, 2013 at 12:35 am |
    • Answer

      Silly as this...

      "Your pet gold fish is your wife."

      –Croc 2:1999

      May 1, 2013 at 12:36 am |
    • Rev Tim Lovejoy

      But no one is saying "Worship this" and "Jericho that".

      May 1, 2013 at 12:37 am |
    • Answer

      But no one is "you" and "so full of it."

      May 1, 2013 at 12:39 am |
    • Rev Tim Lovejoy

      Why are you here?

      May 1, 2013 at 12:41 am |
    • Answer

      Seeing how retarded you are.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:42 am |
    • G to the T

      @ Rev Lovejoy – Sorry Rev – I don't think they're getting the joke.

      May 1, 2013 at 1:43 pm |
  18. zaphed

    why dont we talk about other religions? Is violence the modern advertisement for islam. what a bunch of bull.

    April 30, 2013 at 11:57 pm |
  19. Rev Tim Lovejoy

    This so-called new religion is nothing but a pack of weird rituals and chants, designed to take away the money of fools.

    April 30, 2013 at 11:54 pm |
    • Athy

      Aren't they all?

      May 1, 2013 at 12:12 am |
    • Rev Tim Lovejoy

      I cast thee out!

      May 1, 2013 at 12:23 am |
  20. Julie

    ONe more thing – if the koran does say the things as posted by the name REALITY on this article then if muslims believe the koran why wouldn't they also believe what it says to do? My point is if your religion tells you to do harm to an innocent person would you not question how this could be?

    April 30, 2013 at 11:47 pm |
    • ChoppedStyx

      Funny how every religion can be used to justify any murder or violence. I would guess you've never really read the Bible or even considered all the violence done in the name of Christianity, otherwise you'd never have said anything so clueless.

      April 30, 2013 at 11:54 pm |
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