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. HamsterDancer

    All dogs go to Heaven.

    Yeah, I know. I haven't even looked at all the comments yet but I know somebody already said it.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:58 am |
  2. Knob

    Muslims are going to cause the demise of modern civilization. Muslims are twisted psychologically from an early age to be intolerant. Their customs and beliefs are sick, their dominance of women and girls is sick, their violence toward non-Muslims is sick. What every Muslim should know is that they have the power of free will. Break away from the sickness.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:57 am |
    • Jack

      I slob on you.

      May 1, 2013 at 11:06 am |
    • snowboarder

      they are indoctrinated into their religion and it dominates their society. they have no frame of reference to think otherwise.

      May 1, 2013 at 11:14 am |
  3. God's Towrah(instructions/Law) are still applicable today

    When the righteous judgment of the Lord comes, it will start with those who've misrepresented(taken His Name in vain):
    Eze 9:1 ¶ He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man [with] his destroying weapon in his hand.

    Eze 9:2 And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them [was] clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar.

    Eze 9:3 ¶ And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which [had] the writer's inkhorn by his side;

    Eze 9:4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

    Eze 9:5 And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:

    Eze 9:6 Slay utterly old [and] young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom [is] the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which [were] before the house.

    Eze 9:7 And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city.

    Eze 9:8 ¶ And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord GOD! wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy fury upon Jerusalem?

    Eze 9:9 Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah [is] exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD seeth not.

    Eze 9:10 And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, [but] I will recompense their way upon their head.

    Eze 9:11 And, behold, the man clothed with linen, which [had] the inkhorn by his side, reported the matter, saying, I have done as thou hast commanded me.

    It will start in His sanctuary.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:56 am |
    • God's Towrah(instructions/Law) are still applicable today

      There are very few in the "Church" today who sigh and cry for the abominations committed in our nation.

      May 1, 2013 at 11:02 am |
    • snowboarder

      those are some pretty nutty verses.

      May 1, 2013 at 11:16 am |
    • ..

      Yeah, they should stop slughtering the innocents in our schools and inner cities via drive bys with their guns. Oh, wait...that's not what you mean is it? Oh. You mean it's fine for God to commit genocide. Never mind.

      May 1, 2013 at 11:31 am |
    • God's Towrah(instructions/Law) are still applicable today

      No, I mean like the 70 million+ babies that have been sacrificed on the altar of abortion for starters....

      May 1, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
  4. Reality

    What Pew should have noted as a preface to their report:

    Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

    This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, the Filipino “koranics” and the Boston Marathon bomb idiots.

    And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

    Current crises:

    The Sunni-Shiite global blood feud (e.g. Iraq, Syria, Pakistan) and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:56 am |
    • Finny

      Gosh, take out the "Arab" part and it sounds like your typical televangelist...

      May 1, 2013 at 1:40 pm |
    • Reality

      Yes indeed:

      Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

      Current problems:
      Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

      May 1, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
  5. wolfyb

    Well, I clearly remember as a child the intertwining of Christianity, particularly Protestantism with the law. Remember "Blue" laws. This is not to mention the powerful influence of Christian groups over the media. Alas there is little of this left. I say alas because society has gotten much crasser and less civil. It seems that society must follow a factless form of belief, or descend into what we have now. I think I prefer the prior.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:53 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      Since all of those laws are unconst!tutional, they should never have been passed in the first place...now we have to remove the lie "in god we trust " from our money...return the pledge of allegience to the way it was originally written, and get all ogf your religious garbage from OUR schools and OUR governmental offices.

      There are still laws on the books that won't allow atheists from holding office and in Arkansas an atheist is not even allowed to testify in court...unfair to those of us that do not need religion.

      May 1, 2013 at 11:01 am |
    • Marcus

      I still can't buy beer on Sunday morning. What's with that 'stuff'?

      May 1, 2013 at 11:05 am |
    • DavidTX

      " I say alas because society has gotten much crasser and less civil."

      So it's alright to force your beliefs on others as long as you are polite about it? The only one who thinks they are being polite is the religious sandy v ag ina forcing their beliefs on others, everyone else see's it for what it is, disgusting self absorbed bigotry.

      May 1, 2013 at 11:32 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      You can't buy beer on sunday mornigs bacause of the "Blue laws"...you are supposed to be in church.
      The law is unconst!tutional so you can challenge the law on those grounds and have it removed from law.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
  6. JustStopIt

    Muslim hang out with Muslims, especially in countries with a largely Muslim population. Big surprise. Conservatives hang out with conservatives. Liberals hang out with liberals. You watch TV channels, listen to radio shows and read information that supports your view. Hispanic live where other Hispanics do because they're more comfortable. So did the Irish, Germans and every other population group newly come to this country. None of this should surprise or startle anyone.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:50 am |
  7. FourleafTayback

    If muslims are in Heaven....wait...that sounds like hell. Can't they have their own where they can only kill each other?

    May 1, 2013 at 10:48 am |
    • meifumado

      No heaven no hell no worries

      May 1, 2013 at 11:17 am |
  8. Diane Blake

    who goes to heaven? Protestants and Catholics are split.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:33 am |
    • MrSmiley

      I will be the only person going to heaven...at least that's my belief. You can't say nothing...

      May 1, 2013 at 10:41 am |

      Sitting in a chair, Berg made the following statement: “My name is Nick Berg, my father’s name is Michael, my mother’s name is Susan,” the man said on the video. “I have a brother and sister, David and Sarah. I live in … Philadelphia.”The video then changes to a scene of masked men, with Berg sitting in front of them. After reading a statement, the masked men were seen pulling the man to his side and putting a large knife to his neck. A scream sounded as the men cut his head off, shouting “Allahu Akbar!” – “God is great.” They then held the head out before the camera.

      May 1, 2013 at 10:48 am |
    • sam stone

      "You can't say nothing..."

      May 1, 2013 at 10:56 am |
    • DavidTX

      Scott Roeder put the gun to Dr. Tillers head and pulled the trigger thinking to himself in his head “God is great.” then attempted to spell out his religious beliefs before the cameras.

      May 1, 2013 at 11:38 am |
    • Bill Deacon

      David Scott Roeder was a diagnosed schizophrenic. Are you claiming the Muslim extremists who decapitated Daniel Pearl and Nick Berg were also schizophrenic?

      May 1, 2013 at 11:45 am |
    • DavidTX

      "Are you claiming the Muslim extremists who decapitated Daniel Pearl and Nick Berg were also schizophrenic?"

      I would not be surprised.

      May 1, 2013 at 11:54 am |
    • Bill Deacon

      So your original reply seemed to lump Muslim violence with Christina violence but now you propose that both cited incidents were driven by mental illness. Are you then painting all religious people with the broad brush of mental illness or just those who practice violence?

      May 1, 2013 at 11:56 am |
    • DavidTX

      "now you propose that both cited incidents were driven by mental illness."

      All violence towards other humans is driven by mental illness. It does not matter if that illness is in the form of a religion or just in your own head.

      What I was trying to point out is that when Christians hear about any brown skinned person with any muslim background they are automatically an Islamic Radical fighting a Jihad that America must stomp out during our war on terror. However, when it's a clean cut white guy like Scott Roeder or Tim McVeigh, you jump right to "Well those people were crazy, just insane, totaly nuts so we don't have to discuss their proclaimed ideology and Christian backgrounds..."

      All of them are just one step further than you are Bill, on their way to religious crazy town.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
  9. JustTrustMe

    Where is India in this conversation. Very convenient to disregard what was for the longest the largest Muslim population in the world. Reminds me of the austerity report. Looking for extremes and disregarding positive examples.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:31 am |
    • Reality

      India was in the discussion. The Muslim part is now called Pakistan and Bangladesh.

      May 1, 2013 at 10:45 am |
    • meifumado

      India is Hindu, check out the history of India and Pakistan.

      May 1, 2013 at 10:47 am |
    • jb

      Actually, the question deserves a better answer. Indonesia and Pakistan probably have larger Muslim populations. While India is predominantly Hindu, there are nearly as many Muslims in India as in Pakistan. As a minority religion, they are probably less dogmatic, but I would like to read the entire Pew Report.

      May 1, 2013 at 11:06 am |
  10. MrSmiley

    Religion = Political Parties = Always trying to force your beliefs on others

    May 1, 2013 at 10:26 am |
    • sean

      Don't push your beliefs about other people pushing their beliefs on me!

      May 1, 2013 at 10:44 am |
  11. Eat pork and drink beer

    Islam is evil

    May 1, 2013 at 10:22 am |
    • meifumado

      I like pork chops!

      May 1, 2013 at 10:48 am |
    • God's Towrah(instructions/Law) are still applicable today

      Isa 66:2 For all those [things] hath mine hand made, and all those [things] have been, saith the LORD: but to this [man] will I look, [even] to [him that is] poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

      Isa 66:3 ¶ He that killeth an ox [is as if] he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, [as if] he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, [as if he offered] swine's blood; he that burneth incense, [as if] he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.

      Isa 66:4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose [that] in which I delighted not.
      Isa 66:15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.

      Isa 66:16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.

      Isa 66:17 They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one [tree] in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.
      When the Lord comes back, you don't want to be eating a BLT.

      May 1, 2013 at 10:51 am |
    • Science

      Grilled on open fire works well for pork chops !..........with wood from that apple tree !

      May 1, 2013 at 11:01 am |
    • ..

      Notice every one of Towrah's verses are about killing.

      Blt's arwe delicious and I will absolutely be polite enough to offer the Lord one.

      May 1, 2013 at 11:38 am |
    • Science

      God's Towrah(instructions/Law) are still applicable today...................

      rather read the fossil records................... OK........... education for works or children !

      First Snapshot of Organisms Eating Each Other: Feast Clue to Smell of Ancient Earth

      Apr. 29, 2013 — Tiny 1,900 million-year-old fossils from rocks around Lake Superior, Canada, give the first ever snapshot of organisms eating each other and suggest what the ancient Earth would have smelled like.


      May 1, 2013 at 11:57 am |
  12. Pockets

    This planet will never have peace until ALL religions have ceased to exist.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:21 am |
    • andres

      Even without religion, man will find some way to justify killing and controlling others. So getting rid of religion will do nothing to stop the violence. It is in our DNA.

      May 1, 2013 at 10:28 am |
    • mike

      Sounds like you believe that religiously.

      May 1, 2013 at 10:32 am |
    • meifumado

      We will still fight, it is in our nature.

      We just wont fight about silly fairy tales anymore!!!

      May 1, 2013 at 10:50 am |
  13. blon0026

    45% concerned with Muslim extremism is a concern for me! How can you not be concerned when there are people in the name of your religion killing and hating, when you claim your religion is a religion of peace? Seems like more people should be concerned with the violence than are...

    May 1, 2013 at 10:16 am |
  14. Johnny 5

    Heaven and hell do not exist. This is the only life you will ever have, enjoy it, and be nice to people. Stop killing over a place that you will never get to or a deity that doesn't exist. Our existence counts on it.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:16 am |
    • Pockets

      You said better than I did, thank you.

      May 1, 2013 at 10:22 am |
  15. Richard Yates

    Ah, the ignorance of religion in all its glory. Islam has no corner on that market. Many Christians have similar views. They are all just dancing around the fire and waving chicken lips.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:15 am |
    • Pockets

      Religion is ignorance personified.

      May 1, 2013 at 10:23 am |
    • Science

      Agree.................laws of association makes it part of that devil's cult !


      May 1, 2013 at 10:23 am |
    • Schmaltz

      Chickens have lips?

      May 1, 2013 at 10:37 am |
    • Andrea Yates

      "It was the seventh deadly sin. My children weren't righteous. They stumbled because I was evil. The way I was raising them, they could never be saved. They were doomed to perish in the fires of hell." Satan influenced my children and made them more disobedient, I had no choice but to drown the five of them in the tub...

      May 1, 2013 at 11:49 am |
  16. Jeebus

    Muslims herald religious freedom, but at the same time they don't know anyone who practices a different religion. That right there tells me they don't actually know what religious freedom even is. They want freedom for their own religion to be codified into law, but they have no room for any other religion to be granted even basic freedoms.

    Seeing this poll shows clearly how similar Islamists are to conservative southerners. Both groups are incredible intolerant of any cultural or religious differences because they are never exposed to them. Muslims living in the U.S. have to be more accepting of other religions because they have to live and work with people from different religions on a daily basis.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:08 am |

      Sitting in a chair, Berg made the following statement: “My name is Nick Berg, my father’s name is Michael, my mother’s name is Susan,” the man said on the video. “I have a brother and sister, David and Sarah. I live in … Philadelphia.”The video then changes to a scene of masked men, with Berg sitting in front of them. After reading a statement, the masked men were seen pulling the man to his side and putting a large knife to his neck. A scream sounded as the men cut his head off, shouting “Allahu Akbar!” – “God is great.” They then held the head out before the camera.

      May 1, 2013 at 10:44 am |
  17. Religion

    Guess what?

    Heaven is a fairytale.

    Fairytales are for children.

    Time to grow up.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:07 am |
    • sam stone

      seems that way to me

      May 1, 2013 at 10:11 am |
  18. brad

    And then you got the non-religouse people, caught in the middle of the stupid religions just wanting to be free to do what they want. I hope, so much, that if we ever leave this planet, we ban religious people from going, They have made this world what it is, and they deserve it. The settlements should also ban religious people from setteling their. Would it end all problems? Of course not, but it would solve a whole lot of them.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:06 am |
    • Brother Maynard

      "I hope, so much, that if we ever leave this planet, we ban religious people from going"
      Uh .. I kinda get what your saying here ... but the reality is that we humans are stuck here on earth.
      It takes about 9 months just to get to Mars. AND once your there ... you have to stay there for 2 ( Earth ) years, because of the earth / mars orbital cycle. And all of this is to a planet that really cannot sustain human life.
      A better option is to show the believers that their 'faith' is delusional.

      May 1, 2013 at 11:28 am |
    • R.M. Goodswell

      @ brad

      yes- absolutely....If for no other reason to prevent one of these lunatics from being filled with Godly Inspiration and blowing up the ship, station, or dome because 'God' commanded it!.

      May 1, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
  19. Read this


    1.ALL-OR-NOTHING THINKING – Also called Black and White Thinking – Thinking of things in absolute terms, like “always”, “every” or “never”.

    2.OVERGENERALIZATION – Taking isolated cases and using them to make wide generalizations. For example, you see a single negative event as a never-ending pattern of defeat:

    3.MENTAL FILTER – Focusing exclusively on certain, usually negative or upsetting, aspects of something while ignoring the rest

    6.MAGNIFICATION & MINIMIZATION – Exaggerating negatives and understating positives. Often the positive characteristics of other people are exaggerated and negatives understated.

    May 1, 2013 at 9:57 am |
    • R.M. Goodswell

      all that is open to interpretation though:

      9/11 was an isolated incident
      Lockerbie was an isolated incident
      Achille Lauro was an isolated incident
      the subway and bus bombings in Britain – both isolated incidences
      the bombings daily in Iraq and Afghanistan – all isolated incidences
      the killing of Theo Van Gogh an isolated incident

      then these events that stirred up huge groups of a "peaceful" religion:

      remember Muhammad the teddy bear in Sudan? ..they were ready to kill that woman – isolated incident
      Remember the recent anti Islam film – (a bad film at that) isolated incident
      the threat on Salman Rushdie's life for a book? isolated incident
      The burn the Quran day (stupid- but that didn't stop riots) isolated incident

      all isolated incidents.....with a single common element: Islam.....time after time but we are not supposed to notice.....
      These people are ready to riot and kill on a dime....
      worse is said everyday about Christians and their crazy religion....where are the riots? where are the death threats? the daily bombings?

      your post is nothing more than justifying fence sitting... as if that EVER solved anything.....

      May 1, 2013 at 2:21 pm |
  20. Dyslexic doG

    Islam will be a "Religion of Peace" when EVERY Muslim who is not an extremist, is a Muslim who abhors extremism and is fighting Muslim extremism with thoughts and actions every day.

    Until then, Islam IS NOT a "Religion of Peace".

    May 1, 2013 at 9:41 am |
    • Read this

      9.LABELLING and MISLABELING – Related to overgeneralization, explaining by naming. Rather than describing the specific behavior, you assign a label to someone or yourself that puts them in absolute and unalterable negative terms.

      May 1, 2013 at 9:58 am |
    • brad

      Their is not such thing as a religion of peach. Every religion in the world has it's radicals that kill in the name of their religion. I mean, even in Christianity, when troops go off to war, priest bless it, they are blessing murder, rather right or wrong, it's still murder. They preach hate against anyone not of their faith, they devide families and the list goes on.

      May 1, 2013 at 10:09 am |
    • Mo

      Islam is Religion of Peace. If you dont believe me I kill you!!

      May 1, 2013 at 10:15 am |
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