September 4th, 2013
01:10 PM ET

Syria explained: How it became a religious war

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
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(CNN) - How did Syria go from an internal uprising to a wider clash drawing funding and fighters from across the region?

In a word, Middle East experts say, religion.

Shiite Muslims from Lebanon, Iraq and Iran have flooded into Syria to defend sacred sites and President Bashar al-Assad's embattled regime. Sunni Muslims, some affiliated with al Qaeda, have rushed in to join rebels, most of whom are Sunni.

Both sides use religious rhetoric as a rallying cry, calling each other "infidels" and "Satan's army."

"That is why it has become so muddy," said professor Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma. "The theological question has returned to the center."

That's not to say that the warring parties are fighting over, say, the definition of God.

But the United Nations, in a series of reports, has warned with mounting urgency that the battle lines in Syria are being drawn along sectarian - that is, religious - lines. Both sides fear that whoever wins power will wipe out the loser.

"The conflict has become increasingly sectarian, with the conduct of the parties becoming significantly more radicalized and militarized," the UN said earlier this year.

And that's a really bad thing, foreign policy experts say.

Religious civil wars are longer and bloodier than other types of clashes, according to studies. They are also twice as likely to recur and twice as deadly to noncombatants.

"People hold onto religious fights longer than battles over land and water," said Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, an expert on foreign policy at Georgetown University and a 10-year veteran of the U.S. State Department. "It becomes existential and related to belief in a higher calling."

Some combatants in Syria appear to believe that fighting in the name of God justifies the most barbaric measures.

Remember that video of a rebel eating the heart of a Syrian soldier while shouting "God is great!"? Or the other video showing the beheading of three men with butcher knives, also while praising God?

According to international reports and U.S. intelligence, Assad's regime has been just as brutal, killing at least 100,000 citizens, including hundreds in a sarin gas attack on Aug. 21.

As Congress holds hearings to determine a response to that attack, Middle East experts say it's imperative to understand the major religious players in Syria, and why they are fighting.

The stakes couldn't be higher, experts say.

"If we come and and give one group a total win, we may be setting up an ethnic cleansing," Landis said.

The situation is Syria is fairly fluid, with lots of conflicting reports and shifting alliances, but here is our breakdown of the religious groups at war and a bit of background on their beliefs.


This small, secretive sect makes up just 12% of the Syrian population, but members have held prominent seats of power since the 1970s. Why? Because the ruling Assad family is Alawi.

Alawites consider themselves Muslims, but most mainstream Muslims call them heretics. Among the reasons: They believe that Ali, the Prophet Muhammad's cousin and son-in-law, is divine.

They've been ostracized almost since their 9th-century founding, so they keep many of their core beliefs secret. During the Ottoman Empire, they were not allowed to testify in court, Landis said.

"It was assumed they would lie, because the God they professed was man-made," he said.

In the 1970s, Hafez al-Assad, Bashar's father, built a brutal security force with fellow Alawites. They were the fingers of his iron fist.

Despite that, many Alawites initially joined the uprising against Bashar al-Assad, calling for greater freedom and government transparency.

As the conflict progressed, however, Sunni rebels targeted Alawite communities, pushing them back into Assad's arms.

To give you some sense of how some Syrian Sunnis feel about Alawites, here's what Adnan Anour, a cleric who fled to Saudi Arabia, has said: "As for those Alawites who violate what is sacred, when the Muslims rule and are the majority of 85%, we will chop you up and feed you to the dogs."


In May it appeared the rebels had the momentum and Assad's fall was just days away. Then Hezbollah, a Lebanese militant group, announced that it was joining the fray, and backing Assad.

Within weeks, this fierce group, led by Hassan Nasrallah, had managed to wrestle key cities from rebel control, turning the war's tide.

There aren't many Shiites in Syria, but the Assads courted them from neighboring Iran, Iraq and Lebanon, allowing them to build major shrines to the faith's founders in Syrian cities.

The strategy seems to have worked.

When Sunni rebels attacked those shrines, Shiites rushed in to defend them. Not that Sunnis and Shiites need many excuses to fight. They've been battling since the earliest days of Islam and continue to clash in Iraq and other countries.

Nasrallah harkened back to those early clashes when Hezbollah entered the fray, calling the Syrian Sunni rebels "murderers of Hussein."

Hussein ibn Ali was the Prophet Muhammad's grandson who refused to pledge allegiance to the ruling Muslim caliph in the 7th century. Shiites believe that he and his family were the rightful rulers of the Muslim community.


Sunni Muslims are by far the biggest Muslim sect, in the world and in Syria. It's estimated that Sunnis make up 75% of Syria's population of 22 million. But they've long been sidelined by the Assads.

It's little surprise, then, that most of the Free Syrian Army, the largest rebel group, is Sunni.

Within the Sunni coalition, there are remnants of the Muslim Brotherhood, who were brutally suppressed by the Assads; Salafists, who believe in a purified Islam based on its earliest days; and more secular-minded Sunnis.

In recent months they've been joined - sometimes to their consternation - by fighters from al Qaeda-linked groups. Always eager to fight Shiites and sow discord, these jihadists are every bit as fierce and battle-tested as Hezbollah, their sworn enemy.

It's unclear, however, how al Qaeda itself is involved in Syria.

The Iraqi-branch commander reportedly overstepped his authority in June by announcing a merger with Syria's al-Nusra Front, earning a smackdown from Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda's global leader.

At the same time, some Syrian fighters say they pretend to be al-Qaeda just to annoy the Assad regime.

Still, prominent Sunni Muslim cleric Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi has called on all Sunnis to join the fight against the Shiites and Hezbollah, calling them Hizb al-Shaytan, the “Party of the Devil”

Saudi Arabia and Qatar are backing that call with their wallets, according to international reports, hoping to prevent Shiites from gaining a stronghold in the region.


Christians, who form about 10 percent of the Syrian population, are essentially middle men in this civil war, caught between Assad's army and the Sunni rebels.

Under Assad, Christians had more rights than in many Middle Eastern countries, with the freedom to worship and run schools and churches. Their rights were limited however. The Syrian constitution says the president must be Muslim, for example.

According to UN reports, rebel fighters have targeted Christian communities, shooting up factories and detonating car bombs in Christian neighborhoods.

In addition, many Christians - in Syria and in the United States - fear the fate of Christians should Sunni fundamentalists take power in Syria.

They, like the Alawites, have been pushed back into Assad's arms.

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, perhaps with an eye towards a presidential run in 2016, is among the latest to express concern for Syria's Christians.

"I think the Islamic rebels winning is a bad idea for the Christians," Paul said on NBC's "Meet the Press," on Sunday. "All of a sudden we'll have another Islamic state where Christians are persecuted."

- CNN Religion Editor

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  1. What is going on? FREEDOM

    Funny how these people on here say no to the rebels due to some of them being Al-Qaeda affiliates (understandable), but say yes to the Assad regime who are getting support from Hezbollah (a terrorist group that attacks any group that supports Israel). Hypocrites much people.

    September 4, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
  2. KMS

    I think we should invade and force them to convert to christianity.

    September 4, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Charlamagne style?

      September 4, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
      • Dippy

        Charlemagne, not Charlamagne.

        September 6, 2013 at 2:23 am |
  3. Truth

    No one should believe in Arabs and their theology!

    September 4, 2013 at 7:21 pm |
  4. Lionly Lamb

    Charlotte's Web – CBD for Epilepsy


    September 4, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
  5. Lionly Lamb

    I am so sad to see the nation of Syria in such a governing debacle and their social order in duress... Should the USA embark on a military mission of limited warfare against the regime of Assad, why not just take Assad out and be done with it..? Why should the USA wage a missile war and quite possibly wind up killing innocent Syrians who are found too close to harm's way of our missile strikes..? What about those Russian warships in the area near US warships..? is the Russian navy putting on a show of force or..?

    September 4, 2013 at 7:12 pm |
    • Akira

      Deliberate assassination of a head of a sovereign state sends a dangerous message to the rest of the world. We cannot risk it.

      September 4, 2013 at 7:35 pm |
  6. Lindsey

    I say fight for the 10% of Christians in Syria if we do anything! Why are we wanting to fight against the only hope that Syria has for peace? Jesus Christ is the only hope for these Muslims! Pray that they will see the light!

    September 4, 2013 at 6:48 pm |
    • Jeff Dunham

      yes, ahmen! Syria is the home to 2.2 million Christians that will be tortured if the Muslim Brotherhood (aka Syrian Rebels) get control. Many of those are Americans, too. They will be killed. So, we will revenge a chemical attack and potentially kill 2.2M others, and set Israel in a bad spot.

      September 4, 2013 at 7:02 pm |
      • What is going on? FREEDOM

        And you think Hezbollah (aka a terrorist group that will kill any group that supports Israel) won't persecute Christians?

        September 4, 2013 at 7:39 pm |
    • RAY

      You and people like you are as bad as they are.

      September 4, 2013 at 7:06 pm |
    • Jen

      I'd bet that Lindsey isn't the sharpest tool in the shed.

      September 4, 2013 at 7:12 pm |
  7. stillwaiting aka Basho1644

    Oops, somehow my name got misspelled in a few of my posts. It's "stillwaiting" (aka Basho1644). I'm still waiting for any verifiable evidence of a deity, which I have never seen presented (as has no one else).

    September 4, 2013 at 6:15 pm |
    • modocer

      In your arrogance, you speak for everyone else. There are other ways of "seeing" besides thru the physical eye. I feel sorry for atheists who renounce the spiritual experience of others, and who deny for themselves the delight in exploring an aspect of human existence, and something only humans can enjoy...faith, and belief. For you who are only "intelligent animals", with no capability for the "spiritual", you are missing part of what it means to be "human". You are mentally and emotionally/crippled, and that is sad.

      September 4, 2013 at 7:40 pm |
    • Andrew Bilinski

      And I fear you will have to continue your vigil. But don't worry. The various factions mentioned above have their faith to sustain their blood lust. I guess you will just have to count yourself blessed?

      September 4, 2013 at 8:14 pm |
  8. Roddy 2112

    Religion and the belief in gods is for the uneducated, there is enough information out there these days that if you still believe in a god then you are just willfully ignorant.

    September 4, 2013 at 6:06 pm |
    • staillwaiting aka Basho1644

      Yup. Indeed. Thanks.

      September 4, 2013 at 6:12 pm |
    • sky

      there is only one god NATURE and all its CREATIONS.. respect nature and its creations and there would be peace...
      NATURE is the super power or you may call it as GOD becz without it there would be no life

      September 4, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
    • Tom

      I don't really agree. I study nuclear engineering and I am up to date on all of the most advanced science yet I still find some gaping holes in the theory's. Did you know that Einstein was religious? To think that there is enough information out there to prove that there is no god is ignorant and I'm assuming that you have not searched for proof on your own.

      September 4, 2013 at 6:50 pm |
      • Jen

        “It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.” -hopefully you've seen that one.

        Don't look for support for the Christian fables from that guy.

        September 4, 2013 at 7:14 pm |
      • carey

        Einstein was religious? Perhaps in the sense of being religious about being a non-believer. Religion is not the friend of science, and vice-versa, for a very good reason: science is predicated on questioning everything, on requiring rigorous proof of any assertion, and demanding empirical evidence for any claimed "truths." Religion is the opposite. It is the fabrication of men who use the power of gullibility to exert power and control over the "faithful." Most people require more evidence and exert more effort in examining a used car than they spend in choosing a religion.

        September 4, 2013 at 7:40 pm |
  9. staillwaiting aka Basho1644

    There is no Allah, nor any god, except as the source of problems. It will end with Islam vanishing, and all other theisms as well, for at one time or another, they all involve crimes in the name of their fantasies.

    September 4, 2013 at 6:04 pm |
    • Jeff Dunham

      I find it extremely hard for Atheism to exist as a religion. Imagine, a world with 133,000 microbes that have been pulled out of the soil from every depth all over the globe by oil companies and scientists. It's always the same 133k, and there are a trillion missing links between them, doesn't matter if you get them at 5 miles deep or 5 feet deep, mountain tops, valleys or ocean bottoms. It never changes. Where are the missing links.

      September 4, 2013 at 7:05 pm |
  10. Lionly Lamb

    Akira wrote on September 4, 2013 at 4:46 pm asking me, "Well done, Lionly, but who, exactly, are the 'immoral minorities'?"

    the "immoral minorities" are those who are against adult freedoms and adult liberties here within the framed works of our constitutionalized lifestyles... Cannabis sativa was made illegal by the USA's treasury department in 1930 when Harry J. Anslinger , the commissioner and drug czar for the federal bureau of narcotics began our nation's war on drugs and became our nation's prohibitionist main move on the wars against drugs which till this very day are still being waged...

    September 4, 2013 at 6:01 pm |
  11. Kenosis

    People rally behind banners, creeds, national identi ty and yes..religion. But are the banners evil? The creeds? No and neither are the religions that people use as idenitification to tell themselves from others.

    September 4, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
    • Ted

      There's a good case to be made that 2 of the main religions actually are evil. Christianity, for example, clearly supports slavery and other human rights abuses.

      September 4, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
      • Kenosis

        Always be wary about taking your 21st century perspective on human rights and how you apply them to another culture.

        September 6, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
    • Humanist11

      Why have these religions if they are not true? There is no evidence to give credibility to any of the hundreds of religions around the world. Just because many include some good, ethical rules to live by does not mean the remaining part of the religion is true or even humane. These false religions (and they are all false) give followers a justification for barbaric behavior. Even the non-violent followers perpetuate these false beliefs that allow the radicals to continue the violence. Syria is a clear example and the US should simply stay out of a fight that is not ours.

      September 4, 2013 at 6:07 pm |
      • stillwaiting aka Basho1644

        Hear, hear! to everything except possibly your last sentence (which can be debated on secular, humanistic grounds).

        September 4, 2013 at 6:17 pm |
  12. Vic

    I have noticed a "no hope for peace in the Middle East" sentiment throughout the comments. Well, that may be true. That is a Biblical area that has always been in turmoil. I am afraid the current situation might be an indication of the foretold "Armageddon!"

    September 4, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      Or most likely that is an open-ended doomsday prophesy – it can never be proven incorrect as there's always tomorrow.

      September 4, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
    • Ted

      Actually, Vic, your religion is partly to blame for the problems there, although Islam should get most of the blame.

      September 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
    • Foray

      Good observation!

      September 4, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
    • Up Your Rear Admiral

      Vic, I'll see you in the Rapture Capsule with the unicorns. Don't forget to wear your nose ring – the big steel one that I padlocked the chain onto when we were practising for the Uplifting.

      This time, though, close your mouth when the swirling starts and your head goes down, so the floaters don't get in like they did in our last practice.

      September 4, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
      • Jen

        The imagery that you have there is a bit too vivid.

        But I'll admit it was funny. ROFL.

        September 4, 2013 at 7:16 pm |
    • ME II

      " That is a Biblical area that has always been in turmoil. I am afraid the current situation might be an indication of the foretold "Armageddon!"

      Please, re-read your comment.

      September 4, 2013 at 6:07 pm |
      • Kerr

        A very sound point.

        September 4, 2013 at 6:17 pm |
  13. Lionly Lamb

    Who here in the USA has vested interests in our nation's war machineries..?

    September 4, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
    • Proof in the Pooding

      Israel. The U.S. always just "happens" to have a problem with all the countries bordering Israel.

      September 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
      • Lionly Lamb

        I asked a simple question which is vetted as being "Who here in the USA" and not elsewhere in the world... However has stocks in our nation's war machineries are the ones who want wars to happen...

        September 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
        • Lionly Lamb

          Whoever has stocks

          September 4, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
        • Tam

          Israel drives a lot of our foreign policies. To ignore that is ignorant.

          Speak plainly, Lionly.

          September 4, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
        • ME II

          @Lionly Lamb,
          The defense industry makes other things too; owning stock does not make one a war-monger. Unless promoting legalizing hemp makes one a drug pusher.

          September 4, 2013 at 6:13 pm |
        • Lionly Lamb


          I'm talking about the stock-markets and all the shareholders who have a shared interest in many national war mechanisms... Such issues have played a role in many prior wars from Napoleon to WWI and WWII...

          September 4, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
        • Lionly Lamb

          Sired ME II...

          Ever since the USA's legislative body gained control of the drug markets they have forced this "industry" to deal in ways that undermine our country's youths. Drugs like alcohol and cigarettes are taxed and regulated but the illicit drugs such as cannabis sativa are slowly emerging as becoming known as cures for many illnesses and diseases such as all forms of cancer and epilepsies and seizures... For thousands of years cannabis sativa was known for its curative powers and even here in the USA it was used to cure many illnesses...

          Harry Anslinger in the 1930s was our nation's first drug czar and he led the war on our nations fight against booze and all things considered to be dope... It was since the times of Harry Anslinger that our nation was hurled into the socialized stigma that drugs are harmful to our people especially our nation's youths... While I agree that children should not use any sort of drugs be they alcohol or cigarettes or reefer and all forms of illicit drugs, it does not mean that adults should be treated as being children...

          September 4, 2013 at 6:51 pm |
  14. This Blogger Has Expired


    September 4, 2013 at 4:23 pm |
    • This is an EX-blogger


      September 4, 2013 at 4:23 pm |
      • Akira

        Okay, I laughed.

        September 4, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
  15. ME II

    I don't know how accurate this article is, but if it's any where in the ball park it makes any US action very dangerous.

    It is sad that any outside efforts will probably be viewed with hostility, and yet as the article seems to imply there is little chance of an peaceful resolution by the parties involved.

    September 4, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
  16. Tammy

    Religion ain't good. Period. It's disgusteen.

    September 4, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
  17. Lionly Lamb

    Trillion Dollar Plant


    September 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      your pot focus has destroyed any miniscule iota of credibility you had earned talking religion.

      take your pot to a more appropriate forum and leave this belief blog for us adults.

      September 4, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
      • Lionly Lamb

        Sired D...

        War is war and the war on drugs by its worldly drug prohibitionists wanting to disenfranchise the little people whose only ways to find enlightenment is thru drugs goes beyond the righteous freedoms to live life as one so pleases...

        September 4, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
    • Doobs

      Lionly, we get it. You keep posting these over and over on every new thread. It's not relevant to the topic. Write a check to NORML and be done with it.

      September 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
      • Lionly Lamb

        Sired Doobs...

        Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and their stance for legalizing all drugs is a movement gaining strength here in the USA... The "war on drugs" is a war that infiltrated our country's legislative branch back in the early 1900's and these drug prohibitionists seem hell bent to keep drugs out of the hands of responsible adults and into the hands of our nation's young thru the black markets instead of becoming legalized like alcohol and cigarettes are...

        September 4, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
        • Lionly Lamb

          legalized and regulated like alcohol and cigarettes are

          September 4, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Lionly – grow some dreds and convert to Rastafarianism.
      Then you can get high for Jesus.

      September 4, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
  18. Reality

    Only for the eyes of our sisters and brothers of Islam:

    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..

    September 4, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
    • Reality

      فقط من أجل عيون الأخوات و الإخوة من الإسلام دينا:

      من الدراسات من أرمسترونغ ، رشدي ، هيرسي علي ، ريتشاردسون و البيهقي -–

      في خمس خطوات ل أبطل 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، و أحاديث 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 و الانفجار الكبير أو " غي ب G- NAB " ( عند بدء الكون لإعادة تدوير ) هي أكثر ترجيحا و ينبغي 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 لل تناغم .

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

      " 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 لل الاسلامي 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 و تساعد في إنقاذ العالم .

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

      September 4, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
      • staillwaiting aka Basho1644

        English translation, please?

        September 4, 2013 at 6:03 pm |
        • staillwaiting aka Basho1644

          Oh, I neglected to notice the English version above. Sorry!

          September 4, 2013 at 6:07 pm |
    • staillwaiting aka Basho1644

      Pretty good. Except please be careful to avoid the common misconception that Buddhism is a "religion". It is not - not in the theistic or supernatural sense. There is no notion of "god" in Buddhism. It is a philosophical approach to existence, grounded in clear awareness of what is real.

      September 4, 2013 at 6:11 pm |
    • Adam

      You're not making any arguments.

      You're basically just saying : "Because group A, B , C also believe in X, X is therefore false".

      That's poor logic.

      Also you're doing this fallacy :

      "You believe in X, therefore you suffer from neurons".

      Since you're talking about medical matters here, do you have scientific evidence supporting your assertion?

      September 4, 2013 at 7:32 pm |
      • Reality


        Joe Smith had his Moroni. (As does M. Romney)

        "Latter-day Saints like M. Romney also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."

        Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

        Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

        Jesus and his family had/has Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day demon of the demented. (As do BO and his family)(As do Biden and Ryan)

        The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

        Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie/horn-blowing thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

        Some added references to "tink-erbells".


        "The belief in guardian angels can be traced throughout all antiquity; pagans, like Menander and Plutarch (cf. Euseb., "Praep. Evang.", xii), and Neo-Platonists, like Plotinus, held it. It was also the belief of the Babylonians and As-syrians, as their monuments testify, for a figure of a guardian angel now in the British Museum once decorated an As-syrian palace, and might well serve for a modern representation; while Nabopolassar, father of Nebuchadnezzar the Great, says: "He (Marduk) sent a tutelary deity (cherub) of grace to go at my side; in everything that I did, he made my work to succeed."
        Catholic monks and Dark Age theologians also did their share of hallu-cinating:

        "TUBUAS-A member of the group of angels who were removed from the ranks of officially recognized celestial hierarchy in 745 by a council in Rome under Pope Zachary. He was joined by Uriel, Adimus, Sabaoth, Simiel, and Raguel."

        And tin-ker- bells go way, way back:

        "In Zoroastrianism there are different angel like creatures. For example each person has a guardian angel called Fravashi. They patronize human being and other creatures and also manifest god’s energy. Also, the Amesha Spentas have often been regarded as angels, but they don't convey messages, but are rather emanations of Ahura Mazda ("Wise Lord", God); they appear in an abstract fashion in the religious thought of Zarathustra and then later (during the Achaemenid period of Zoroastrianism) became personalized, associated with an aspect of the divine creation (fire, plants, water...)."

        "The beginnings of the biblical belief in angels must be sought in very early folklore. The gods of the Hitti-tes and Canaanites had their supernatural messengers, and parallels to the Old Testament stories of angels are found in Near Eastern literature. "

        "The 'Magic Papyri' contain many spells to secure just such help and protection of angels. From magic traditions arose the concept of the guardian angel. "

        For added information see the review at:


        September 4, 2013 at 11:22 pm |
    • modocer

      Thank you for copying someone else's work, and posting it as some sort of "intellectual revelation". There are other ways of "seeing" besides thru the physical eye. I feel sorry for atheists who renounce the spiritual experience of others, and who deny for themselves the delight in exploring an aspect of human existence, and something only humans can enjoy...faith, and belief. For you who are only "intelligent animals", with no capability for the "spiritual", you are missing part of what it means to be "human". You are mentally and emotionally/crippled, and that is sad.

      September 4, 2013 at 7:42 pm |
      • Reality

        Added details from history past and present:

        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 Marthon bombers.

        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 blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

        September 4, 2013 at 11:19 pm |
  19. Lionly Lamb


    September 4, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
  20. Lionly Lamb

    Governances of social prohibitionists against even limited wars will not ever be the cat's meow until socialized moral dependencies are lawfully recognized removing all societal wars from equalities of same gender marriages to any person's rights toward being socially free to use whatever form of herbal medicinal plant they want to use to ease their daily affairs' nefarious woes from under social constabularies embittered immoral constraints of systemically evasive dogmas regulatory enigmas prima fascist mongrel hordes overt rulings of suppressive natures...

    September 4, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
    • Lionly Lamb

      In other words, "Live free or die trying"...

      September 4, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
    • Alias

      You have no idea what really starts wars.
      Please stop showing what an insecure little troll you are.

      September 4, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
      • Lionly Lamb

        Sired Alias...

        Like you know why wars are started..?

        Governing propagandas usually starts all wars... The war on drugs was manifested in the early 20th century...

        Grass – The History of Marijuana (Narrated By Woody Harrelson)


        September 4, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
        • Alias

          Nice job.
          You took one word and put it into a completely different context. Very typical christian way to discuss.
          That added nothing to the topic, unless your goal was to change the topic.

          September 4, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
        • Lionly Lamb

          Sired Alias...

          I am for gay rights... I'm for the legalizations of all drug uses... I am also for anyone's rights to worship as they deem fit to so do as long as they harm no one else in their worshipping ways... The liberalizations of freedoms was once a U.S.A. right but the immoral minorities have waged war upon those whose only wants were to be free to use whatever drug they saw fit to use but these immoralists are against such individualized freedoms...

          September 4, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
        • Tam

          Don't trivialize this Syrian war by trying to conflate it to the fallacious "war on drugs". I get it. You want to push your marijuana agenda. Fine.
          The wars that are waged in this world aren't because of pot. Don't try to segue your agenda by inserting a few words about Syria before pushing pot. It's dumb.

          This is much more serious than marijuana. Cut it out. You look like a simpleton, Lionly Lamb. Is this the face you want to present to the world?

          September 4, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
        • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

          As somebody who usually paints LL with the 'retarded' brush, I have to say that he's got a point.

          September 4, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
        • Akira

          Lionly. Since when are you for gay rights?
          Have you changed your mind? Because I can remember some pretty hateful views you have embraced when the subject of gay marriage has come up.
          And you say that people should be free to do any drug they choose, but then go on to add "immoral minorities have waged war upon those whose only wants were to be free to use whatever drug they saw fit to use but these immoralists are against such individualized freedoms…"
          You seem to be talking out of both sides of your mouth, LL.
          Who are these immoral people? Elaborate.

          September 4, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
        • Lionly Lamb

          Sired Tam...

          Ever since a small vocal minority took up arms against people whose only harm was wanting to feel better thru the use of cannabis sativa: the whole of the USA was up in arms against "feel good medicines" which are now being proven to cure many illnesses and diseases including all cancers...

          The following video is declaring the scientific reasoning around cannabis sativa and its medicinal properties which have been played down by an immoral minority....

          Cannabinoid Profiles – THC, THCA, THCV, CBD, CBG, CBN, CBC


          September 4, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
        • Lionly Lamb

          lady Akira...

          My once being against gay rights cannot be justified for I see that moralism and civilly righteous clarities upon human conditionings go beyond the beliefs of the few who are found enthroned as being immorally dishonest... The basic freedoms here within the USA are just that, Freedoms to choose one's own Life and liberties no matter how the immoral minorities feel justifications to tell anyone how to live their Life according to the transgressions of other's objectivities...

          September 4, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
        • Tam

          The war in Syria has nothing to do with pot. Focus, son, focus.

          September 4, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
        • Lionly Lamb

          Sired Tam...

          The "war in Syria" is just that... A Syrian war... Why should any nation push their noses into any nation's civil disunity..? The USA will only benefit from their promotion of a "limited war" via the uses of missiles and their costs to re-supply said missiles which benefit only those who have invested stocks in the traded commissions with the stock markets...

          September 4, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
        • Tam

          I'll agree with that. We should stay out of Syria. And the US should legalize pot. State by state, it'll get done.

          September 4, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
        • Akira

          Well done, Lionly, but who, exactly, are the 'immoral minorities'?

          September 4, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
      • truthprevails1

        LL: It's not much further...you've changed your mind on gays rights; you're open about marijuana legalization and while you're still difficult to comprehend (it's the way you write...nothing personal)...it seems to me that you're at least willing to look at some facts.
        I've asked you this before...why do you need this belief in god? Why, when you obviously are not totally oblivious, do you hold on?

        September 4, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
        • Lionly Lamb


          Why do I have a belief in God you ask...

          My belief is not in God but rather a belief in the whereabouts of the kingdom domains of God...

          September 4, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
        • truthprevails1

          So some heavenly like parallel universe? Do you clasify yourself as christian?

          September 4, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
        • Lionly Lamb


          While I understand Christ's teachings, I am aghast at all the immoral Christians who keep repeating their transgressions... What I find believable from the KJVB is but a few measly wrote scriptures...

          September 4, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
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