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Five takeaways from Pew’s comprehensive study on Islam
April 30th, 2013
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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. Reality

    Learning Aide #1

    From the studies of Armstrong, Rushdie, Hirsi Ali, Richardson and Bayhaqi––

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    The First Five of the 77 Branches:

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your self-cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

    Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

    In Arabic- the official language of many Islamic countries:

    من الدراسات من أرمسترونغ، رشدي، هيرسي علي، ريتشاردسون والبيهقي -–

    في خمس خطوات لأبطل تأثير 1400 سنة من الأساطير الإسلامية:

    (-خطوات اتخاذ أقل من دقيقتين لإنهاء-ببساطة مدهشة، دقيقتين لإحلال السلام والعقلانية إلى أكثر من مليار فقدت النفوس لا تقدر بثمن!)

    هل أنت مستعد؟

    استخدام "الفروع الإسلامية 77 من" الإيمان "مجموعة الإمام البيهقي المترجمة كنقطة انطلاق. في ذلك، وهو ما يفسر الفضائل الأساسية التي تعكس صحيح" الإيمان "(إيمان) من خلال الآيات القرآنية ذات الصلة، وأحاديث نبوية." أي ملخص لطيفة من المعتقدات القرآن والإسلامية.

    الخمسة الأولى من الفروع 77:

    "1. الإيمان بالله"

    كما يعرف أيضا باسم الله، الرب، زيوس، الرب، الطبيعة الأم، وما إلى ذلك يجب أن تضاف إلى الخلايا العصبية التطهير الذاتي الخاص.

    "2. إلى الاعتقاد بأن كل شيء غيرها مما كان الله غير موجود. بعد ذلك، الله سبحانه وتعالى خلق هذه الأشياء، وبعد ذلك جاءوا إلى حيز الوجود."

    التطور والانفجار الكبير أو "غي ب G-NAB" (عند بدء الكون لإعادة تدوير) هي أكثر ترجيحا وينبغي أن تدرج في "المندرجة" في سبيل الله إذا كنت لا تزال تشكل "بجمعية العقارات، tionist".

    "3. إلى الاعتقاد في وجود الملائكة."

    A بندا رئيسيا لتطهير الخلايا العصبية. الملائكة / دي VILS هي الإبداعات الأسطورية من الحضارات القديمة، على سبيل المثال HITT خائبي، لشرح / تعريف الأحداث الطبيعية، والاتصالات مع آلهتهم، والطيور الكبيرة، والرياح المفاجئة، وحماة خلال الليالي المظلمة، وما إلى ذلك لا "ثينجيس افسح المجال ل جميلة / UG-LY" بزيارة أي وقت مضى أو تحدثت إلى محمد، يسوع، مريم أو يوسف أو جو سميث. اليوم سوف نصنف الملائكة كما F-airies و "القصدير كير تكون LLS". تصنف الحديثة دو VILS مثل دي مونس هيئة اجتثاث mented.

    "4. إلى الاعتقاد بأن جميع الكتب السماوية التي تم إرسالها إلى الأنبياء مختلفة صحيحا. ومع ذلك، وبصرف النظر عن القرآن، كل الكتب الأخرى ليست صالحة بعد الآن."

    ومن البنود الرئيسية في حذفها. لا يوجد كتب في ولاية روح السماء (إذا كان هناك واحد) فقط حيث لم تعد هناك ملائكة لكتابة / نشر / توزيعها. القرآن، OT، NT وما هي ببساطة الكتب التي كتبت من قبل البشر للبشر.

    اخترعت الأنبياء من قبل الكتبة القديمة عادة للحفاظ على الجماهير غير المتعلمة في الخط. اليوم ونحن ندعو لهم فرز الأصوات للتناغم.

    النبوءات كما invali مؤرخة من قبل الطبيعية / الله / الله الهدايا من الإرادة الحرة والمستقبل.

    "5. إلى الاعتقاد بأن جميع الأنبياء صحيحا. ومع ذلك، ونحن مأمورون اتباع النبي محمد (عليه الصلاة والسلام
    صلى الله عليه وسلم) وحده ".

    قضى محمد ثلاثين يوما "الصيام" (أسطورة رمضان) في كهف الساخن قبل أول اتصال له مع الله الملقب الخ الله عبر "ممتزوجات افسح المجال ل جميلة". الحس السليم يتطلب حذف الخلايا العصبية من # 5. # 5 هو أيضا المصدر الرئيسي للالاسلامي VI-olence أي تحول محمد "سريع، يحركها الجوع" hallu-cinations إلى واقع فظيع لغير المؤمنين.

    المشي هذه خمس خطوات، ونحن نضمن الانتعاش الكامل من الطرق الإسلامية الخاصة بك!!

    للأسف، لا توجد العديد من المعلقين مسلم / القراء على هذا بلوق لذلك "مدة دقيقتين" العلاج هو عدم الحصول على لأولئك الذين في حاجة إليها. إذا كان لديك صديق مسلم، ترسل له نسخة وتساعد في إنقاذ العالم.

    تتوفر خطوات مماثلة في طلبك للحصول على deprogramming الأساطير المسيحية واليهودية والبوذية والهندوسية والوثنية .

    In Urdu (official language of Pakistan)
    سیکھنا

    آرمسٹرانگ، رشدی، ہرسی علی، رچرڈسن اور بیھقی – کے مطالعہ سے

    اسلامی خرافات کا ترک کرنا، یعنی 1400 سال Deprogram سے پانچ اقدامات:

    (-اقدامات سے کم دو منٹ ختم-صرف حیرت انگیز، دو منٹ پر ایک ارب سے زیادہ کھو روح-انمول امن اور سمجھداری لانے لے!)

    آپ تیار ہیں؟

    ایمان "اسلامی کی 77 شاھاوں" کا استعمال کرتے ہوئے ایمان "ایک نقطہ اغاز کے طور پر امام بیھقی کی طرف سے مرتب کی ایک مجموعہ. اس میں انہوں نے سچ کی عکاسی ہوتی ہے ضروری خوبیوں کی وضاحت کرتا ہے" "متعلقہ قرانی آیات اور نبوی اقوال کے ذریعے (ایمان)." قرآن اور اسلامی عقائد کی ایک اچھا خلاصہ یعنی.

    77 شاخوں کے پہلے پانچ:

    "اللہ میں 1. ایمان"

    خدا، Yahweh، Zeus، یہووا، ماں فطرت، قدرت، وغیرہ کے طور ارف اپنے خود صفائی نیوران میں شامل کیا جانا چاہئے.

    "2. اللہ غیر موجود تھا کے مقابلے میں وہ سب کچھ دوسرے پر یقین کرنے کے لئے. اس کے بعد، سب سے زیادہ ہائی اللہ ان چیزوں کو پیدا کیا اور اس کے بعد وہ وجود میں آیا."

    ارتقاء اور بگ بینگ یا "GI-B جی نیب" (کائنات کو ری سائیکل کرنے کے لئے شروع ہوتا ہے جب) مزید ممکنہ ہیں اور آپ کو ایک "crea-tionist" رہیں تو اللہ کے لئے "akas" شامل کیا جانا چاہئے.

    "3. فرشتوں کے وجود میں یقین کرنے کے لئے."

    نیوران صفائی کے لئے ایک اہم شے. فرشتوں / DE-vils قدیم تہذیبوں میں پورانیک مخلوق، مثال کے طور پر ہیں Hitt-آئٹیئایس، کی وضاحت / قدرتی واقعات کی وضاحت کرنے، ان کے معبودوں، بڑے پرندوں، اچانک ہواؤں، سیاہ راتوں کے دوران محافظ، وغیرہ نہیں "خوبصورت / UG-LY wingy thingies" کے ساتھ رابطے بھی پہلے کا دورہ کیا یا محمد، حضرت عیسی علیہ السلام، مریم سے بات کی یا جوزف یا جو سمتھ. آج ہم F-airies اور "ٹن-KER ہو-lls" کے طور پر فرشتوں کی درجہ بندی کریں گے. جدید DE-vils DE-mented کے DE-mons طور پر درجہ بندی کر رہے ہیں.

    "4. مختلف نبیوں کو بھیجا گیا ہے کہ تمام آسمانی کتابوں سچے ہیں یقین ہے کہ کرنے کے لئے. تاہم، کے علاوہ قرآن مجید سے تمام دیگر کتابیں اب جائز نہیں ہیں."

    ایک اور اہم شے کو حذف کرنا. (ایک ہو تو) جنت کی روح ریاست میں لکھی کوئی کتابیں لکھ / شائع / ان کو تقسیم کرنے کی کوئی فرشتے نہیں ہیں بالکل اسی طرح جیسے ہیں. قرآن پاک، OT، NT وغیرہ صرف انسانوں کے لئے انسانوں کی طرف سے تحریری کتابیں ہیں.

    انبیاء عام طور پر لائن میں غیر تعلیم یافتہ عوام کو رکھنے کے لئے قدیم کاتبوں کی طرف سے آویشکار کیا گیا تھا. آج ہم ان کے لئے-دھن tellers کہتے ہیں.

    پیشن گوئی بھی مفت کیا جائے گا اور مستقبل کے قدرتی / خدا / اللہ کی طرف سے تحفہ invali-ء کو کر رہے ہیں.

    "5. ہر نبی سچے ہیں یقین ہے کہ کرنے کے لئے. تاہم، ہم حضرت محمد (صلی علیہ وسلم کی پیروی کرنے کا حکم کر رہے ہیں
    صرف) اللہ علیہ وسلم. "

    محمد ایک "خوبصورت wingy thingy" کے ذریعے اللہ ارف خدا وغیرہ کے ساتھ ان کی پہلی رابطے سے پہلے ایک گرم، شہوت انگیز غار میں (رمضان لیجنڈ) کے تیس دن "روزہ" گزارے. عقل # 5 کی ایک نیوران منسوخی کا مطالبہ. # 5 بھی کافروں کے لئے خوفناک حقیقت میں اسلامی VI-olence یعنی موڑ محمد کی "روزہ، بھوک سے چلنے والی" hallu-cinations کا بڑا ذریعہ ہے.

    ان پانچ مراحل پر چلو اور ہم آپ کے اسلامی طریقوں میں سے ایک مکمل وصولی کی ضمانت!!

    "دو منٹ کی" علاج اس کی ضرورت ان لوگوں کو جو کرنے کے لئے نہیں مل رہا ہے تو بدقسمتی سے، بہت سے مسلمان مبصرین / اس بلاگ پر قارئین کو وہاں نہیں ہیں. آپ کو ایک مسلمان دوست ہے، تو اس کی ایک کاپی بھیج دیں اور دنیا کو بچانے کے لئے مدد کرتے ہیں.

    مطابق اقدامات پر عیسائیت، یہودیت، بدھ مت، ہندو مت اور Paganism کی خرافات کا ترک کرنا deprogramming کے لئے آپ کی درخواست پر دستیاب ہیں ..

    May 1, 2013 at 7:35 am |
    • Brooklyn

      voodoo witchcraft

      May 1, 2013 at 7:37 am |
    • Jim

      You left out the part where they accept child brides (MOLESTATION) and beat their women into submission. The hanging out in a cave for 30 days caused hallucinations due to hunger & dehydration. They forgot to mention he was hiding because he was a wanted man and was later killed/murdered by one of his own kind.

      May 1, 2013 at 8:00 am |
  2. Rainer Braendlein

    The Banu Qurayza (Arabic: بني قريظة; بنو قريظة‎ alternate spellings include Quraiza, Qurayzah, Quraytha, and the archaic Koreiza) were a Jewish tribe which lived in northern Arabia, at the oasis of Yathrib (presently known as Medina), until the 7th century. In February/March of 627 AD, their conflict with Muhammad led to a 25-day siege of Banu Qurayza ending in the tribe's surrender.[1] There is much debate about the number executed with some estimating that between 400-900 men were beheaded, [2] while the Sunni hadith simply state that all male members were killed, without specifying a figure, and one woman.[3]

    May 1, 2013 at 7:24 am |
    • Brooklyn

      kinda like christians did, before we tamed them

      May 1, 2013 at 7:35 am |
    • Reality

      o WHERE WAS YOUR GOD(S) WHEN THE FOLLOWING TOOK PLACE:

      The Twenty (or so) Worst Things GOD'S CREATURES Have Done to Each Other:

      M. White, http://necrometrics.com/warstatz.htm#u (required reading)

      The Muslim Conquest of India

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

      Rank …..Death Toll ..Cause …..Centuries……..(Religions/Groups involved)*

      1. 63 million Second World War 20C (Christians et al and Communists/atheists vs. Christians et al, Nazi-Pagan and "Shintoists")

      2. 40 million Mao Zedong (mostly famine) 20C (Communism)

      3. 40 million Genghis Khan 13C (Shamanism or Tengriism)

      4. 27 million British India (mostly famine) 19C (Anglican)

      5. 25 million Fall of the Ming Dynasty 17C (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion)

      6. 20 million Taiping Rebellion 19C ( Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion vs. a form of Christianity)

      7. 20 million Joseph Stalin 20C (Communism)

      8. 19 million Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C (Islam)

      9. 17 million Timur Lenk 14C-15C

      10. 16 million Atlantic Slave Trade 15C-19C (Christianity)

      11. 15 million First World War 20C (Christians vs. Christians)

      12. 15 million Conquest of the Americas 15C-19C (Christians vs. Pagans)

      13. 13 million Muslim Conquest of India 11C-18C

      14. 10 million An Lushan Revolt 8C

      15. 10 million Xin Dynasty 1C

      16. 9 million Russian Civil War 20C (Christians vs Communists)

      17. 8 million Fall of Rome 5C (Pagans vs. Christians)

      18. 8 million Congo Free State 19C-20C (Christians)

      19. 7½ million Thirty Years War 17C (Christians vs Christians)

      20. 7½ million Fall of the Yuan Dynasty 14C

      May 1, 2013 at 7:37 am |
  3. Brooklyn

    christian/muslim,, all the same. Wish they'd finally grow up

    May 1, 2013 at 7:23 am |
    • Liberalism RequiresTyranny

      I'd counter that it is liberals and Muslims that are the same. You both hate sincerity, honor, and truth. You both fight against those things, every chance you get.

      May 1, 2013 at 7:30 am |
    • Brooklyn

      however liberals see muslims and christians as lunatics,, we just put up with these delusional freaks.

      again, christian/muslim,, all the samre

      May 1, 2013 at 7:34 am |
    • jon wilson

      When 90% of the worlds terrorism is committed by radical Muslim extremists. especially in the last 30 years I'd take Christianity over Islam any day

      May 1, 2013 at 8:11 am |
  4. CJ Topspin

    I wonder how long it will take the world to view religion (and Islam in particular) as a social vestigial organ left over from prehistoric times...an element of humanity that would serve better serve us all if it was completely cut out and eradicated?

    May 1, 2013 at 7:18 am |
    • Liberalism RequiresTyranny

      Of course, you don't want your religion affected. You think you and your religion are exempted from this conversation. Why? I presume it is because you perceive that someone else's religion involves slightly more rituals than yours. So, their religion is "dangerous" and yours is exempt. How convenient for you.

      May 1, 2013 at 7:24 am |
    • Rupert

      @Liberalism RequiresTyranny

      Atheism is not a religion! Get it through your thick fucking skull!

      May 1, 2013 at 8:47 am |
  5. Kebos

    Please! There is no heaven. Anyone who believes otherwise should give it serious thought. Move past the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus mentality.

    May 1, 2013 at 7:09 am |
    • Liberalism RequiresTyranny

      So you think everyone should adamantly and rudely argue about things that they have absolutely no way of knowing? You have zero way of knowing whether there is anything unseen because you've decreed that there can be nothing unseen. God's plan worked perfectly on you, as it always does.

      It also worked perfectly, to make you a sad testimony for others to see.

      May 1, 2013 at 7:27 am |
    • Brooklyn

      correct Kebos.. sad these religious are still practicing voodoo witchcraft. And they teach their kids the same, child abuse.

      Nothing like destroying a childs critical thinking ability. And their lives are all based on fears. And if they deny it's fear, the CIA and FBI need to watch them – that makes them good candidates for terrorist.

      May 1, 2013 at 7:32 am |
    • jon wilson

      How do you explain our existence then? Just some rattling of parts in a box? Comparing God to Santa clause is like comparing a kids marble to the space shuttle. You can't compare the two.

      May 1, 2013 at 7:52 am |
    • jeann

      @ jon Wilson

      There are no degrees of imaginary "things". All imaginary thing are the same, be it tooth fairy or god.

      As for the rattling in a box, is that the sound your shrunken brain is making in your skull? Are you so proud of your ignorance that you are compelled to sharing it with all? If you don't know much about the universe (and you seem to know precious little), study it. You'll be pleasantly surprised that we no longer live in the days where we have no explanation for lightning and have to invent gods to explain it.

      May 1, 2013 at 8:16 am |
  6. Rainer Braendlein

    We have too little knowledge about the historical Muhammad. If every Westerner would really know who Muhammad was he would get frightened, and put in every effort to abolish the Islam-crap.

    Theophanes Confessor, the great Greek historian, about Muhammad: "... his repute spread abroad, and everybody was frightened ... " ("abroad" means from Arabia to the Eastern Roman Empire).

    May 1, 2013 at 6:49 am |
    • WASP

      @rain: We have too little knowledge about the historical Jesus. If every Westerner would really know who Jesus was he would get frightened, and put in every effort to abolish the Christianity-crap.

      read your bible all the way through. main fact to know jesus was a fake, he was in the woods for 40 days and ate nor drank anything.
      fact after two to three days a human dies of dyhadration, after two to three weeks humans die of starvation.

      all religion should be banished and it's followers shown the error of fantasy driven thought.

      May 1, 2013 at 7:07 am |
    • Kebos

      Jesus, if he existed at all, was a man. Mohammed was just a man. Were they well-meaning men? Perhaps, who knows their intentions. Were they delusional? Absolutely and without question.

      May 1, 2013 at 7:11 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      @WASP

      At least the historical Jesus did not behead people in contrast to Muhammad who was a man of bloodshed.

      Muhammad was a bloodthirsty beast. It is a historical fact that Muhammad once exterminated a whole Jewish-Arabic tribe of Medina (Yatrib), all members of the tribe were slain (before Arabia became Islamic there were Jewish-Arabic tribes and even some Christian-Arabic tribes in the very south and the very north of Arabia).

      May 1, 2013 at 7:18 am |
    • Liberalism RequiresTyranny

      Notice that all Wasp or Kebos have is their prejudiced imaginations. But, that is enough for liberals.

      May 1, 2013 at 7:33 am |
    • Rupert

      If jesus is god (like the bible says), then you can’t compare mohamed’s atrocities to those of god/jesus.

      May 1, 2013 at 8:53 am |
  7. Tim

    86%-99% Muslims want Sharia Law. Wow!! That is so outrageous.

    May 1, 2013 at 6:47 am |
    • Brooklyn

      christians had their time of destruction too,, thanks to secular society, we tamed the christians

      May 1, 2013 at 7:38 am |
  8. Rainer Braendlein

    @Syed92

    You are a Muslim? You poor devil!

    May 1, 2013 at 6:43 am |
  9. bankrupt1

    I can't believe this, but I actually went to a church like this by mistake. It was in someone's house. Back in the 70's. There were no women there and they all knelt like this. (islamic people must have good knees) There were no women there. I thought it was weird and left. Someone on the bus told me to try this church when i first moved there. Not for me.

    May 1, 2013 at 6:37 am |
  10. Squrl

    I wonder why the statistics are broken down between american muslims, and the rest of the world only applied to certain questions. Why didn't they show how many american muslims believed that:

    1. Violence in the name of Islam is ok and,
    2. What percentage think politics and religion should be mixed?

    Odd that the most controversial would be left out. Are they scared of what the answers would show?

    May 1, 2013 at 6:06 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      It is absolutely meaningsless to ask Muslims about anything because they are liars. As long as they have no temporal power they pretend to be most tolerant people. As soon as they have seized power or rule they behead you if you don't admit the Islam, or they let you pay tribute, if they are "gracious".

      May 1, 2013 at 6:17 am |
    • Irrational Exuberance

      Pew did breakout that information. It is Question 90, on page 146 of the report that was released. 81% said targeting civilians is never justified. 6% "didnt know" (?!?!) and the rest said it was at least sometimes justified.

      I love the cognitive dissonance by some of them. Countries where >60% of Muslims support the death penalty for turning from Islam also report 80%+ support religious freedom (Egypt only support freedom of religion by 77%).

      A poll is meaningless is people don't have a common operating picture. You can't support "freedom" of religion if you are going to kill people for exercising it. Some specific countries for that: Malaysia, Afghanistan, Palestinian terr., Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan.

      May 1, 2013 at 7:08 am |
  11. Rainer Braendlein

    From the article above:

    "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.

    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."

    Unquote.

    According to its history the Muslim Community (Umma) is a gang (spiritually seen, and temporally seen). We should not assume that any member of the Umma (Muslim) tells us the truth concerning any matter. A Muslim will only tell us things (lies) which promote the wealth, power and influence of the Umma.

    The US-Muslims know that they are observed strictly at the moment. They cannot afford to become more conspi-cuous, and therefore they pretend to be very tolerant people. Yet, the truth is that they want to take over rule in the US and worldwide long-terms. This criminal gang, the Umma, wants to make the whole world her slaves, and take tribute (taxes).

    Don't let us be naive, but exterminate the damned Islam (I don't mean that we should kill Muslims; it is only about the Islamic doctrine and the Umma as an evil organization). Buttom line the ordinary Muslims themselves are victims of the Umma which keeps them away from the true faith which is the faith in Jesus, God's eternal Son.

    It is a historical fact that Muhammad, the founder of the Umma, was a murderer, a thief and a womanizer. When the root of a community is bad, how can the community itself be better?

    http://confessingchurch.wordpress.com

    May 1, 2013 at 5:55 am |
    • Bob Rae

      If the world makes any sense it would dictate that people who treat other people as they would like to be treated are destined for heaven, regardless of who they hold as their G-d. It is your staement that your religion has an exclusivity with G-d and an exclusive path to heaven which causes wars,sadly.

      May 1, 2013 at 6:20 am |
    • Science

      And the big promlem..............threre is no heaven according to phyisics !

      May 1, 2013 at 6:26 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      @Bob Rae

      My dearly beloved, you are not far away from the kingdom of G-d because Jesus said the same like you. The only question is how we can become such people who treat other people like they themselves want to be treated by them.

      Answer: We become loving people through the releasing power of Jesus' death and resurrection. God still loves his people Israel. Be one of the first who believes in the Messiah, Jesus from Nazareth.

      May 1, 2013 at 6:27 am |
    • Science

      Oops damn thumb .........problem

      May 1, 2013 at 6:27 am |
    • Earthling147

      All religions say the same thing. They have to – it's how they recruit members. The reality is that no one goes to heaven, because there is no such place. It's just a device used by the wealthy and powerful to keep the poor and weak from rebelling by giving them false hope that once they work themselves to a miserable death to support the lavish lifestyles of the wealthy, that somehow there's a reward to make up for their suffering. Religion is evil.

      May 1, 2013 at 6:32 am |
    • Syed92

      You are really a nice person. "That is the biggest lie" because I am a Muslim by the mercy of God Almighty!

      May 1, 2013 at 6:34 am |
    • Science

      RB.............Backfill............for you !

      ......Can you read............made it easy for you ! ...........now the mission is to share the knowledge !

      Origin of Life: Hypothesis Traces First Protocells Back to Emergence of Cell Membrane Bioenergetics

      Dec. 20, 2012 — A coherent pathway – which starts from no more than rocks, water and carbon dioxide and leads to the emergence of the strange bio-energetic properties of living cells – has been traced for the first time in a major hypothesis paper in Cell this week.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121220143530.htm

      May 1, 2013 at 6:35 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      @Earthling147

      What you write would be correct if you would refer to the Roman Catholic Church or the Umma (Muslim Community) but it is not right concerning genuine Christianity. The first true Christians gained no wealth or power through their faith but only persecution, poverty and banishment.

      May 1, 2013 at 6:40 am |
    • Science

      RB.............made IT real easy for you to share.

      From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life

      http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2aOriginoflife.shtml

      No angels the pope kicked them off the team last year !

      Listening to the Big Bang – In High Fidelity

      Apr. 4, 2013 — A decade ago, spurred by a question for a fifth-grade science project, University of Washington physicist John Cramer devised an audio recreation of the Big Bang that started our universe nearly 14 billion years ago.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130404170154.htm

      Facts work when teaching children !

      Science

      May 1, 2013 at 6:40 am |
  12. Don_in_Odessa

    There is no law that is good, save that one law that allows total freedom to the individual. Total freedom, that is, that does not impinge on the freedom of another.

    May 1, 2013 at 5:34 am |
  13. Adam

    Heaven is a myth for idiots.

    May 1, 2013 at 5:31 am |
    • New point

      Why do we find it so acceptable to call eachother "idiots" in our society? Is it because we've imagined ourselves superior to mentally challenged persons?

      May 1, 2013 at 5:38 am |
  14. dennis

    JESUS IS GOD, WHO BECAME A MAN, TO PAY THE PRICE FOR OUR SINS.
    DON'T BE DECEIVED BY THESE FAKE REPRESENTATIVES OF GOD
    EVEN TODAY,
    ASK ONE OF THESE FAKE FAKE RELIGIONS TO HEAL THE SICK.
    THEY CAN'T

    JESUS IS ALIVE AND WELL.
    HOW DO WE KNOW? THERE IS POWER IN HIS NAME TO HEAL.
    HE HEALED ME OF HEART DISEASE. NO QUAD BYPASS SURGERY FOR ME.
    HE IS GOD!
    JESUS WORDS ARE COMING TRUE EVERY DAY.
    ONLY GOD CAN PREDICT THE FUTURE, THAT'S WHY HE PREDICTED THE FUTURE.

    NO SO CALLED PROPHET, SAID HE WAS GOD
    JESUS SAID, HE AND HIS FATHER, WERE ONE AND THE SAME.
    JESUS IS A VERY BOLD MAN, AND GOD
    HE SAID I LAY DOWN MY LIFE, AND HAVE THE POWER TO TAKE IT UP AGAIN.

    May 1, 2013 at 5:26 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      To which church do you belong to?

      May 1, 2013 at 6:03 am |
    • Earthling147

      If he lived at all, Jesus was an ordinary person with some progressive and quite liberal ideas. If he was alive today every last one of the right-wing lunatics who pound the bible so enthusiastically would condemn him and lambaste him as evil incarnate because of his socialist views. But he's not alive – if he lived at all, he's been dead for two thousand years. Dead is dead. The only place god exists is in your mind. Religion is evil.

      May 1, 2013 at 6:36 am |
    • Kebos

      You know, saying it with ALL CAPS ON, doesn't make it any more factually correct. Just saying.

      May 1, 2013 at 7:14 am |
    • Reality

      Moving now to the 21st century:

      (from Professor JD Crossan's book, "Who is Jesus" co-authored with Richard Watts)

      "Moreover, an atonement theology that says God sacrifices his own son in place of humans who needed to be punished for their sins might make some Christians love Jesus, but it is an obscene picture of God. It is almost heavenly child abuse, and may infect our imagination at more earthly levels as well. I do not want to express my faith through a theology that pictures God demanding blood sacrifices in order to be reconciled to us."

      "Traditionally, Christians have said, 'See how Christ's passion was foretold by the prophets." Actually, it was the other way around. The Hebrew prophets did not predict the events of Jesus' last week; rather, many of those Christian stories were created to fit the ancient prophecies in order to show that Jesus, despite his execution, was still and always held in the hands of God."

      "In terms of divine consistency, I do not think that anyone, anywhere, at any time, including Jesus, brings dead people back to life."

      May 1, 2013 at 7:29 am |
  15. LAST DAY

    "Shariah Law" should definitely be followed only by Arabs in Saudi Arabia,

    because in this regard Quran was thus basically sent down only to these Arabs in Mecca

    and the surrounding Cities in Saudi Arabia.

    (please, see in this respect now: Quran, Surah/Chapter Shuura, Verse No: 7)

    And "Universal Modern Islam" should certainly be followed by all believing Peoples on earth now,

    as it has thus clearly been prophesied and confirmed

    by prophet Moses and Jesus and David and Muhammad (peace be upon them)

    by the Word of YAHWEH ELOHIM = HUWA ALLAH

    here now:

    http://www.holy-19-harvest.com
    UNIVERSAL MAGNIFICENT MIRACLES

    May 1, 2013 at 5:08 am |
    • Science

      NASA: Mars could have supported life

      Star Dust we are .

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWdU_px9ApE

      Peace

      May 1, 2013 at 5:24 am |
    • Earthling147

      It's a bunch of bull crap, just like all religion.

      May 1, 2013 at 6:37 am |
    • A potential puddle of ice on Mars=LIFE. A livng breathing baby on Kermit Gosnell's altar of abortion does not?

      Then Gosnell snips the babies spinal cord with scissors and this is okay. Obama gives a speech at Planned Parenthood condoning this murderous behavior and then says "God bless you" at the end of the speech? Which "god"- Ha Satan?

      May 1, 2013 at 7:46 am |
  16. satriyo1

    Reblogged this on alfaatih1453.

    May 1, 2013 at 5:03 am |
    • momo

      Re-blogged your re-blog on whofuckingcares.com.

      May 1, 2013 at 9:23 am |
  17. wjm

    I would like to ask the christians in Nigeria, Afghanistan, Egypt, Palestine, Indonesia, Tanzania how they feel about their religious freedom in those countries. Nearly 30 years ago the government of Ontario, Canada specifically said that Sharia law has no place in our society. We have all the laws we need, and they have been pretty effective for the couple of centuries. I wonder, did they ask these questions just of men. As women have no rights under Sharia law as it effects them, what they might say. I know that under Sharia law women do have rights as stated in the Koran, its just the men running things tend to forget about them, especially in most countries where the Muslim faith is dominant. Every religious book is flawed and that's why the people in free societies, do not subscribe to religious laws. When they asked the people of faith, did they ask them if stoning people was a good or bad idea? What about death for a blasphemer? What about cutting limbs off? What about public flogging? As for fanatic extremism, there is no place on the planet fot that. One person mentioned that there are about a billion muslims on the earth and that because of that number we should pay attention. Everybody pretty ignores China and they have more than a billion, same can be said for India. If numbers simply decided what the rules are for the game, then what's the use of having all those bombs. Those of us in free societies understand the meaning of respecting each others rights, including free speach, art, writing. Its been a long battle to get where civilization is today and it took a terrible price to secure. Were not interested in going backwards. So thanks for the update about how muslims feel, on your next poll ask the rest of the world what they think about them, make sure to provide the answers like you've done here.

    May 1, 2013 at 4:57 am |
  18. RichardSRussell

    Faith = all available evidence says it's false — certainly unproven, possibly even completely ridiculous — yet I choose to believe it anyway.

    Faith is the world's worst method of making decisions, ever.

    Nobody ever uses faith to decide anything that really matters. If there's ANY more reliable method available, they always use that and never think twice about using faith.

    This applies to ALL religions, not merely Islam. Faith is like the cancer that underlies all the symptoms represented by the various religions.

    May 1, 2013 at 4:46 am |
    • Mark From Middle River

      Richard, since we have covered this already. There are things that are just unfounded and even ones such as Steven Hawkins have not set down in stone. Saying that you do not know is not the same as unproven. What some Atheist want is for everyone to have as much Faith that it is not God or Gods than there is Faith that it is a God or Gods. It all still comes down to having Faith in your choices.

      >>>"This applies to ALL religions, not merely Islam. Faith is like the cancer"

      Failure to find a path to coexistence and tolerance .... has always been the Cancer. From your views to Rev Fred Phelps, to the both of you anyone that is different will always be the Cancer.

      .>>>"Nobody ever uses faith to decide anything that really matters."

      I will remember that during Black History month. Stories of Harriett Tubman and Martin Luther King and their Faith in God

      "“Twant me, 'twas the Lord. I always told him, 'I trust to you. I don't know where to go or what to do, but I expect you to lead me,' and He always did.” "Harriett Tubman.

      May 1, 2013 at 5:02 am |
    • lol??

      "Gal 3:5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, [doeth he it] by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?"

      God proved His Word. If you refuse or can't accept that it's not God's fault. You can "tell" God He's wrong for doing it this way and you have. He gave you the freedom to do so.

      May 1, 2013 at 5:14 am |
    • lol??

      Why hasn't Islam outgrown their "law"? In Christianity it's like this:

      "Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [to bring us] unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith."

      May 1, 2013 at 5:20 am |
  19. Dillon

    One wonders if within "freedom of religion" is included the right to convert from Islam to another faith, or the right of those other religions to proselytize. Without these two, there is very little freedom of religion.

    May 1, 2013 at 4:37 am |
    • Mark From Middle River

      My favorite is how they are ok with a Christian or a Jewish woman marrying a Muslim man but, they forbid a Muslim woman to marry a non-Muslim.

      Basically, that a woman will automatically be so weak that they will naturally convert to Islam or that they might convert to Judaism or Christianity.

      May 1, 2013 at 4:40 am |
  20. Moo

    I find it highly ironic that the country with more Muslims then anyone else, Indonesia; is only mentioned once, and in the very last paragraph.

    May 1, 2013 at 4:28 am |
    • Mark From Middle River

      No oil in Indonesia 🙂

      May 1, 2013 at 4:31 am |
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