Followers of Islam pray during Ramadan
Prominent scholar and professor Reza Aslan has urged people to not to associate Islam solely with third-world nations ravaged by terrorism.

You've probably heard that Islam is the world's fastest growing religion. But what does that really mean? Well, according to Pew Research Center, it means Islam will soon hold the title of largest religion on Earth. In fact, projections indicate that by mid-century (2050), there will be just as many Muslims in the world as Christians. By the end of the century, Muslims will comfortably outnumber Christians as the majority religious population on the planet.

What's Causing the Growth?Islam is growing partly due to larger families.

Researchers point to a number of factors for the Islamic boom. For one, Muslims have the lowest median age of all religious groups. This means that many more Muslim couples are starting families and raising children than their Christian counterparts.

Islam is also the dominant faith in underdeveloped areas of the world places that rely on larger families for agriculture or labor. The birth rates in such countries tends to be much higher, resulting in more babies. Finally, children born into Muslim families are more likely to adopt their parents' faith than, say, a child born to Christians in the United States or Europe.

All of these factors are putting Islam on track to outgrow Christianity.

Muslim Misconceptions

All too often, people picture the average Muslim as an inhabitant of a war-torn country somewhere in the Middle East. In reality, only a fraction of the world's Muslim population lives in the Middle East. It can be easy to forget especially if you live in the United States that over 23% of the entire population on Earth follows the Islamic faith. That's roughly 1.6 billion people!

Prominent scholar and professor Reza Aslan has urged people to not to associate Islam solely with third-world nations ravaged by terrorism. Places like Bangladesh and Indonesia, for example, have thriving economies and successful working governments. They are both Muslim-majority countries.

Migrants jockey for spots on a train headed for Europe
Refugees jockeying for position to board a train headed for Europe

Refugee Crisis

However, there is no ignoring the fact that millions of Muslims have become refugees as war and violence force them to leave their home countries. Many have fled to Europe. Some have come to the United States. While many nations have provided aid and taken in refugees, it seems that the crisis is no closer to being solved.

Analysis by Pew Research projects that the population of Europe will be 10% Muslim by 2050. The Muslim population in the United States will double during the same time period.

Proponents of admitting refugees argue that they need to go somewhere, and refusing them entry into Western countries is a heartless slap in the face. Others argue the issue is not so simple. Muslim immigrants, they say, bring along cultural and religious values which are closely intertwined and often at odds with Western values making their integration into society extremely difficult.

Humanity vs. Security

Of course, the potential problems are not just cultural in nature. Islamic extremists have committed countless acts of terror in countries all around the world. This has led to growing concerns about providing safe-haven for Muslim refugees. Although efforts are made to weed out potentially dangerous refugees, many have come to wonder if "vetting" refugees for ties to extremism is even possible.

What Next?

The issue essentially boils down to this: supporters argue that not only can we afford to take these people in, but we have a duty to do so. Opponents insist it is too risky, and will likely have long-term negative consequences for our communities.

So, will taking in Muslim refugees help or hurt Western countries? Do we have an obligation to help our brothers and sisters around the world, or should we let them deal with the problems themselves? We'd like to hear your thoughts on the issue.



  1. Marcel French's Avatar Marcel French

    Terrorism exists in all main stream religions. And the only way to get rid of it is to disband all main stream religions.

    1. Christopher Holloway's Avatar Christopher Holloway

      If that was done, would that solve anything? Wouldn't people still want to cause harm to another person? To disband all religions would with the expecting that it would remove all terrorists would be equal to saying that atheists are all peaceful loving people. That there are no atheists in prison or belong to a terror cell of some sort. Terror and creed comes from the heart of a person, not his or her convictions in a God.

    2. John Owens's Avatar John Owens

      How would you propose to effectively ban all mainstream religions WITHOUT the use of terrorism? It is ridiculous.

  1. Christopher Holloway's Avatar Christopher Holloway

    We as human beings have an obligation to care for the needy but should we judge those in need by their creed, race or personal convictions on whom God is or is not? Islam is not what the news portrays us to be. The majority of Muslims follow peaceful ways which is taught in the Qur'an and Sunnah of the last prophet. Sadly, there are negative people out there currently stating that they follow Islam however this is further from the truth. I also understand atheists have a quarrel against any religion. This is not against any particular faith. Terrorism has it's foot in creed and power. Those two useful aspects control the majority of the world and if you own those, you can control the inept. Islam has contributed much to the American life. There are many hundred Muslim men and women on the NYC police force and in the local and federal politics of this country. They created Algebra. And much more. Congress has recognized Muhammad, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, as one of the worlds best political leaders and generals. So there is much that we Muslims do for the good of humanity. Please do not judge us without knowing what we actually believe in first. Get to know a Muslim or call a Mosque.

    1. Memirsbrunnr@RobV (@Memirsbrunnr)'s Avatar Memirsbrunnr@RobV (@Memirsbrunnr)

      I tend to disagree with your extremely rose coloured views on the claimed academic achievements of islam. Islam has been extremely good in claiming all kinds of inventions of others by its own. Many islamic inventions have been made despite islamic totalitarian thought control, instead of stimulated by it. Even then, it is highly suspect that the islamic world have to go back all the way to its beginning to come up with claims of progress made by islam. If islam is so inductive to scientific progress, why is it that the whole of the islamic world has made less progress in the last 50 years in science than e.g. Israel makes in one year? Or that scientific and mental progress have essentially halted snce the middle ages, when Baibars barbarism stopped islam full in its scientific tracks.. In my view Islam has however been extremely good in in presenting and parading in other birds feathers as their own. The islamic world itself did not do much else then conserve knowledge, yes there was a time that islam burned less books then christianity, but that has been in the past for a long time. Amazing how you and your fellow muslims see your prophet Mohammed as the perfect being. What kind of God you are worshipping that a person, Tht in his trader, warlord, deceiver life went about falsely feigning to be nice in his early Mecca period his hippy period, then fled. And when he gained power in Medina did nothing but murder, pillage, and commit genocide. Traded in slaves, exchanged women amongst friends, killed a jewish man and forced the widow to marry him, married multiple girls, kept sex slaves, kept normal slaves , but made a law excluding muslims from slavery, but anyone else goes. Married a girl at 6 raped her at 9. etc etc etc.

      And yet this is the best most shining person ever to walk the earth.. The washing of the brain is strong in islam..

      1. Pat Alfus's Avatar Pat Alfus

        DITTO!! I agree with you 110%

      2. Glenn's Avatar Glenn

        Spot on and I anyone truly reads the Koran they would know Islam's goal is to bring the world to its knees to Islam. They do not assimilate and want no part of our culture, they just want what we have and to spread their Sharia Law.

      3. Dr. David's Avatar Dr. David

        It sounds too me like you are explaining Christianity through the Ages. Each religion has good and bad as part of it, if you choose to see only the bad, shame on you. I know many good and loving Muslims and they just want peace like you.

        It sounds like you have been brainwashed and are a bigot.

        1. Glenn's Avatar Glenn

          David I see you enjoy calling people a "bigot" when they state facts about a religion that by its very basis calls for its followers to enslave or kill anyone that doesn't believe as they do. Your ignorance is glaringly obvious to anyone that has the slightest knowledge of islamic belief.

      4. John Owens's Avatar John Owens

        I find great fault in any religion which has to publicly adore and praise its own prophet(s) each time the name is mentioned. Even a follower of that religion should see that behavior is ungodly. The man is dead. Nothing anyone says can help or harm him. His blessings or curses rely on God, not people. It is like saying Heil Hitler. Ridiculous and ignorant.

    2. Pat Alfus's Avatar Pat Alfus

      In terms of your commentary, "I also understand atheists have a quarrel against any religion" You need to realize that atheists do not car about religion. Just do not want to have it forced upon them. The quarrel is not about 'people believing in fairy tales' just only when they try to enforce the mythology upon the others. Allah, Jesus, Zeus, and Shinto are really no different than Superman, Batman, Flash, or The Fantastic Four. It is just that those fictional characters are identified as such by one and all as made-yp imaginary unlike those delegated to 'holy texts.'

    3. Calvin Pacheco's Avatar Calvin Pacheco

      Stop with the lies. The second half of the quran is vilence and domination. To say you aee a peaceful muslim means you are not following the quran.

      1. John Owens's Avatar John Owens

        Amen, Calvin.

  1. Brother Bill's Avatar Brother Bill

    Unfortunately, all peaceful ways listed in the Qur'an were abrogated by war like terroristic verses that came later. That is what most people fail to understand. When two verses contradict each other, the later verses. The earlier verses do not exist. Sorry, Nadir, but Islam did not create algebra. The name algebra is Arabic, but the Hindus discovered the principles of algebra much earlier. I have yet to see any real proof that Muslims do any good for humanity. Terror is part and parcel in Islam. The verse of the sword commands Muslims to kill Jews, and non-muslims. It was one of the last verses quoted by Mohammed, therefore all Muslims are obligated to kill non-muslims, as Mohammed was the "perfect man". Please tell us the truth, instead of the normal lies told by groups like CAIR.

    1. Roy L. Patterson's Avatar Roy L. Patterson


  1. Robert's Avatar Robert

    lets see, a religion that preaches death to anyone who does not follow it, they blow each other up and any one else that does not go along with their program they behead people which makes them barbaric at the lest, yeah i am Islamophobic

    1. Dr. David's Avatar Dr. David

      It sounds like you are a close minded bigot. Why is it okay for Christians to behave like barbarians, but no other religion?

  1. Rev. Theo. Klebes's Avatar Rev. Theo. Klebes

    I have several Muslims that are my friends. They call themselves progressives and do not follow what I call extremists. They do not follow the antiquated Sharia Law. My friends have brought their religion into the 21st century. There are many good Muslims in the world who condemn the atrocities of extremists using the name of their religion to create their jihad against western cultures. The extremists are a minority. We all agree that "Blessed are the Peacemakers".

    1. Pat Alfus's Avatar Pat Alfus

      However, do also know that if the followers of meKKKah ever get control, you, as a leader of another fayth, will be numero uno executed. The Hagia Sophia is no longer a basilica. Why? AMEN

    2. Roy L. Patterson's Avatar Roy L. Patterson


      1. Pat Alfus's Avatar Pat Alfus

        "Praise duh Lord," as YOU are telling the Truth!!! iz-SLUM is nothing else than a dogma enthroning violence. 632-1453-9/11 are all examples of that dreadful fayth. The only stoppage was in 1763 when Austria managed to end its push into Europe. Now, of course, they are using 'freedom of religion' to ruin the West. There is NO FREEDOM of RELIGION within the border controlled by that dreadful DE-ligion. Until I see/hear meKKKah come forth and denounce violence against women, L&G and Infidels; I will have no respect for the followers of that paleolithic philosophy, i.e., Flintstones 101. AMEN

  1. Galin Pheylan's Avatar Galin Pheylan

    Shining Wolf here. I do not disavow what has been written here against Islam and their prophet, but the same things can be said about the old testament. Both people came from the same prophet, Abraham. The same god spoke with their people over generations, (supposedly), through prophets and priests, many times telling them to kill men, women, children and animals. Adultery, Drunkenness, Lying, Killing, etc. has been both, performed by Men, and demanded by their god. I see no difference. And for those who think this nation of the U.S. has been founded upon christianism, think again; using the shield of Christ as a gateway to sin, christians killing christians, christians killing and enslaving the First People of this continent, later enslaving those from Africa and other countries. Treating other people, Chinese, Japanese, Irish, Hindus, Buddhists, etc. in ways not befitting their christian teachings. Should I go on? Man has found ways to control their fellow man, whether by way of religion, politics, a "marriage" of the two, or by mere charisma, destroying peoples, countries, cultures. So, tell, me where is the difference, and where and when will it stop?

    1. Roy L. Patterson's Avatar Roy L. Patterson


      1. Rev M Dodd's Avatar Rev M Dodd

        Roy, I beg the differ. In the U.S., we have cells of malitia, self appointed whit supremist, blacks against cops, athiest against any religion, and the list goes on...

        Killing of any kind needs to stop, be it nation against nation, or brother against brother. Yet these are the signs of the time.

  1. Pat Alfus's Avatar Pat Alfus

    iz-SLUM IS THE RELIGION OF VIOLENCE!!! since 632 along with 1453, 1667, and 9/11 I cannot think of anything of kind value from that dreadful fayth. From the back bedroom window of my childhood's home in Jersey City, I, literally, watched THE Trade Centers get built. Also, on my way to work, I saw them get destroyed and the despicable day. Furthermore, as a Gay person, I know that under the beeleefs of meKKKah; death is all they would want me to get. Yes, all regions are a waste but those coming from that dreadful desert place is the most despicable bare none. This devoted and faithful Democrat only agree with tRUMP on the matter of checking those people of violence before they come in and set up a caliph in my state (and country). Keep them all in the sand, where they belong. AMEN!

  1. Paul Hoogeveen's Avatar Paul Hoogeveen

    I am not nearly so disturbed by the small minority of people in this world who choose Islamic extremism as an expedient for their desires to lash out at the world, as I am by the readiness with which so many otherwise rational people are so easily led down the path of meeting hate with hate in kind.

  1. Mathayus's Avatar Mathayus

    Ok. The reality of it is this. In Islamic countries it is punishable by death to convert to any other religions. So naturally people born into Muslim families in those countries have no choice but to be Muslim. That is why it is the fastest growing religion in the world.

  1. Roy L. Patterson's Avatar Roy L. Patterson

    Islam is not a religion, it is a Political system that hides behind religion. Islam is the religion from Hell.

  1. Professor Albert Logjes's Avatar Professor Albert Logjes

    People don't understand the purpose of Islam and that is world dominance.

  1. kevin oleary's Avatar kevin oleary

    In the last days the devil Will be let loose on earth that's what you see happening now we are in the last days islam is not a religion of peace says in the Koran kill The infidels the Muslims can't leave islam allah is the devil the devil kills and destroys that's what allah does Muslim people prayed to the devil that's not for me I follow Jesus Christ the truth to the life and way amen

  1. James's Avatar James

    I read constantly comments both here and on other sites of how Islam is a religion of peace. I find it hard to fathom that when you look at their history and present teachings and actions against humanity. Rape is on the rise on a mass scale. Bombings, murder. Marrying children as young as 9 years old is normal for them, even today and raping them. All part of their "religiojn.'Not only by exteemists over seas, but by so call moderates. The Koran is literally filled with dictates to 'Kill the infildel" (us) and such criminal actions. Too many of these criminal actions are being found that they are carried out against innocents by none other than Muslims. I, personally have been attacked by these moderates. Claiming their were peaceful, and all the while threatening me with death, death and abuse for my family. This did not come about for any actions against them, but rather for asking questions and questioning their dictates. I was told in no uncertain terms, " You are an infidel. We are Muslim. Allah has commanded us to kill everyone of you. We are above you and we are the only ones who are spreading the truth. If you continue to ask questions, you will loose you life. We are above the laws of the land." End quote. This is what politicians and leftists want to rule our countries. Islam is nothing more than a political ideology, defying the laws of the lands and human rights while hiding behind a false guise of religion. It is dangerous and in the end it is going to be us who are about to suffer because of their fanatisim. They have already made this clear to us many times in their statements. I have read comments about talking with a Muslim or attending a mosque. One mosque in my area is under police investigations for preaching hate and promoting violence for the death of Canadians. If you really want the truth, I've always found that talking to an ex Muslim tells what is really happening. Trust me, it is quite enlightening when the truth comes out.

  1. Donald's Avatar Donald

    So many skirt the issue of what Islam teaches and presents to people. It is very backward keeping most from achieving anything of import. Lol and see how many Muslims have won awards for humanitarian pursuits. How many peace prizes, inventions, forwarding society or the human condition. We look at the Emirates and see glistening skyline, deisigned my foreigners and built by underpaid workers who live in filthy barracks or where 8-12 people live in a small apartment and share a. Bathroom with everyone in the same floor. Work ethics is terrible and life is subservant for the riches the elite lavish upon themselves while leaving the populace hungry, dirty and impoverished. Look at Gaza for another or anywhere Muslim government is prevailing. Poor, needy people with little to no hope of ever owning anything or living any kind of life. Mostly in fear. That is why they hate western culture. Many of us have 2-4 tvs in our homes while they can scarcely manage a tiny thing they share with neighbors. Really unprogressive as a religion and lifestyle who, as a whole do no accept any other and in their own religious book, they teach intolerance... if they. Crime the major influence then the population would surely backslide into a world of murder, strife, no progress and corrupt law that has little mercy.

    1. Roy L. Patterson's Avatar Roy L. Patterson

      AGREE 100%+++++

    2. Rev M Dodd's Avatar Rev M Dodd

      Don you raised some good questions here. I use to work at a University years ago and one of the Professor's was muslim. For the life of me, I can't figure out where his money went.

      Here's the senerio.

      I was a Secretary making $20,000 a year, drove a 2000 model used vehicle, and owned my own home in a low to moderate income neighborhood.

      He was a Professor making well over $90,000 a year, plus hefty bonuses and perks. Drove a late 80's delapitated vehicle and lived in a cheap apartment in the poorest section of town, with minimal furnishings. He couldn't afford to bring his lunch or buy his lunch and was always eating leftovers from faculty luncheons or student luncheons and gathering up food to take home. Where was his money going?

      1. John Owens's Avatar John Owens

        Al Qaeda

        1. Rev M Dodd's Avatar Rev M Dodd

          John, I thought of that, especially with numerous laboratory chemicals stored in unlabeled padded envelopes.

          But no proof. He is a Professor that teaches Lab courses and does Lab Research. And I haven't worked there in years.

          1. John Owens's Avatar John Owens

            Could have just been a miser, too. Depending on his nationality, he may also have been being extorted by someone to keep his family alive.

  1. Gregg's Avatar Gregg

    Has been prophesized for millenia

  1. I.S. Johnson's Avatar I.S. Johnson

    Now I could be wrong, however, perhaps if Christianity was not made up of mainly western nations who have engaged in the exploitation of people, resources, land and had not backed seemingly endless numbers of brutal dictatorships in the countries currently flourishing in Islam, those people may be more trusting of Christianity?

    Americans and Europeans have turned a blind eye to what their elected officials and their Corporate Citizens have done in dozens of poor nations around the world. This I believe is because they were happy to reap the benefits of those actions committed in their name. It has been nearly all carrot for the western culture and now we are getting the stick as those same government officials and Corporate Citizens have decided that we are tapped out and China, India, Indonesia and Malaysia pose better prospects for growth and profit. Why dose it feel like half of America is becoming a Third World Nation? Because that is the plan! Now Americans will be wage slaves. Now Americans can live in filthy Favelas. You have been sold out by your OH SO CHRISTIAN Corporations and Politicians.

    KARMA COME TO CALL! The creator created all of us. It does not care about dogma, money, fame, material success, the illusion of power and all the rest of the Pillars of Western Christianity. You cannot run and you cannot hide from your own choices people. Islam is growing, SO WHAT! The perversion of Dogma into Faith that has pervaded the Christian Protestant religions is more of a threat to Humanity. There are no kings, millionaires slaves or servants in the eyes of our creator, ONLY 7 BILLION ERRANT CHILDREN IN GREAT NEED OF A SPANKING. For the record, there are over 70 different sects of Islam and they are split into Sunni and Shia. You cannot discuss Islam as a single cohesive unit any more than you can do that with Christianity. The Islam commonly referred to in the media is a Sunni Sect called Wahabi. They are radical and considered a false faith by most Muslims. They are centered in Saudi Arabia as the Arabs were the only people to accept the teachings of the founder of Wahabism. If you are Democrat or Republican your leaders have protected and fostered the progenitors of this heinous sect so you could have cheap gas. If and when they kill you or your family just remember YOU ASKED FOR IT BY YOUR OWN LAZY SELFISHNESS. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" Remember that Christians? KARMA COME TO CALL! Everything that is happening in this world is not the creator's doing it is the result of humanity's own selfish greed and desire for ease and comfort in the face of the horrible suffering of our fellows around the world, much of it created by our governments and businesses.

    We have danced the dance and the piper wants his fee. The ills of our world are not the result of one religion or another, they are the results of Humanity's willingness to sacrifice TRUTH, HOPE, LOVE, HONESTY, COMPASSION and COMMUNITY for cheap gas, beer, video games and free porn. Just wait in another four years you will meet the other face of Corporatism/ Fascism!

  1. john's Avatar john

    I'm not at all surprised by the growth of Islam:

    Considering the frenetic, consumptive, competitive nature of societies that has been shepherded by globalization, the 5 Pillars of Islam seem like a blessed and sane relief to those of us with limited power and influence:

    Faith Prayer Charity Fasting Pilgrimage

    Which simple soul would not be attracted to these immutable principles?

    I’m not Muslim, but I’m well-served when, at times, I successfully incorporate these values into my life. Certainly, one can argue about the interpretation (or misinterpretation) of the Koran, or various aspects of civil law in predominantly Muslim countries, but the Fiver Pillars are the only aspect of Islam that is universal, solid, and immutable.

    People of diverse faiths might do well to pay heed to the Five Pillars.

  1. Rev. Rene's Avatar Rev. Rene

    Let all of us remember the history: Then there were more Jews than animists, then there were more Christians than Jews, Now we almost have more Muslims than Christians! And all have done absolutely "HORRIBLE DEEDS TO REMAIN SUPREME AS LEADING RELIGION: GOD WILLS IT!" (Dieu le veu!) Suppress a religion, it becomes stronger, history shows us; why are we surprised???

  1. Marcel French's Avatar Marcel French

    The only thing that is a surprise is how anyone can support and be a part of any group that has committed atrocities. If there where no sociological walls there could be less problems for everyone. And human evolution would not be almost at a standstill.

  1. Jay's Avatar Jay

    Do we really understand what the Bible and the Koran teach? What is literal and what is figurative? And with clear and truthful understanding, you have to ask yourself, "what do I believe", not just about religion but, about rights, mine and others. In western societies, we believe that everyone has the fundamental right to believe and live the way they see fit. As long as you don't hurt or impede on anyone else's right to do so. It's at this point where there is a clash with radical Islam. Who are the radicals and are they living out what the Koran actually teaches, or are most of the world's peace loving Muslim's living out the Koran's teaching? Christians aren't off the hook either. Many atrocities have been committed in the name of Christianity. Are those atrocities taught in the Bible on how to live life today?

    One problem in western culture today, especially in America is, most Americans say they are Christan but their lives show no sign of living the way Jesus taught. In fact, it's just the opposite. Most don't KNOW what Jesus taught and probably haven't studied his teachings most of their lives. Can they really call themselves Christians? Real followers of Jesus? It's not surprising that most of America's policies, laws and actions don't portray Christianity. They don't know who Jesus is. Just look at the American national debt.

    Islam seems to have so many sects. If you're a Muslim, how do you know what is true or the truth, if there is one Koran? Do you pick and choose what parts of the Koran you believe and what parts you don't? Which parts are to be followed and which aren't? It would seem to me that there would be some variation in belief on some parts of the text that wouldn't be crucial to the way a Muslim is to live life. This shouldn't change the fundamental teaching or the core message that the Koran is portraying. And yet, there is such a drastic difference between living a peaceful life and killing the infidel.

    We all need to do a bit of soul searching and be on a constant quest for truth. When you find the truth, be prepared to die for it. Wether that's today or 50 years from now, we will all face it. But, while you're here, why not live, laugh and love one another.

    1. Rev M Dodd's Avatar Rev M Dodd

      Jay, I can't argue with you on Christianity. I see so many sects of the Christian faith that it makes my head spin. For each denomination (Catholic, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist, et.) you have subsets of each denomination. Just in my area, I have seen four different types of Catholic Churches, some that teach classes and some that only holds ritualistic masses. I have counted eleven different types of Baptist Churches. And the list goes on, without boring you with all the Christian Religions and their sects or even Non-denominational Sects.

      So, it is no wonder the World is confused about Christianity, when those of us that are Christians can't agree upon one Christian Religion.

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  1. Jaded Mage's Avatar Jaded Mage

    the reason why they are so big? maybe it has something to do with the fact that they KILL you and your family if you want to quit their club?

    1. Ricktov's Avatar Ricktov

      That's the truth of it

  1. Ps.Alex Bosch's Avatar Ps.Alex Bosch

    Wisdom and understanding comes from God our Creator and from nobody else, religion is not from God it is "manmade" and that is why we have so many different religions. So whether you believe in GOD or Not, GOD is love and loves YOU!! and if anything you believe is not done in love, you are missing the "TRUTH"!

    You see, when you love the Lord Your GOD, with all your heart and soul and with all your mind, and you love your neighbor as yourself, you will know in your heart that every person you meet is GOD’s creation and special to GOD, just as you are special to GOD!. You will then not steal from that person, you will not hate that person, you will not harm that person, you will not say anything bad about that person,etc. - extract from my blog see post dated Nov 2016

  1. Marcel French's Avatar Marcel French

    I don't believe in a single parent creator but you make a valid point. We where given the great gift of freewill and everyone should be free to use that gift.

  1. Ricktov's Avatar Ricktov

    So here's a little anecdotal story, I was sitting next to a young man of the Islamic faith,and we started a conversation. I professed my ignorance but had once began to read the Koran, and was confused by a book that opens with basically ' don't kill people'. How it got so twisted?

    He told me about the vast majority of Musilims being peaceful etc yatta yatta. A little further in the conversation he said that, ya terrorism is wrong an tru Musilims condemn it. "But those soldiers, occupying Iraq, handing out chocolate bars and wishing people Merry Christmas, deserve to get blown up" I probed him a bit to feel where the joke was, and he wasn't!

    My take away, was every musilim believes in violence at some level. Yup I know that's a very narrow view from one conversation, combined with the fact that I can only think of one terrorist act committed by non-Islamic idiots in the past 20 year...

    If TODAY Christians were killing in the name of.. I would be on the front line taking back my religion, not trying to convince the world," we're peaceful except for that one, oh and those few, well and those ones over there don't count..."

    1. Roy L. Patterson's Avatar Roy L. Patterson

      Violence is Islam. Convert or be killed. Read the Quarn. Very, Very few Muslims stand up and protest against violence in Islam.

  1. Brother John's Avatar Brother John

    "The great unmentionable evil at the center of our culture is monotheism. From a barbaric Bronze Age text known as the Old Testament, three anti-human religions have evolved -- Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These are sky-god religions. They are, literally, patriarchal -- God is the Omnipotent Father -- hence the loathing of women for 2,000 years in those countries afflicted by the sky-god and his earthly male delegates." Gore Vidal

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities". Voltaire

    "This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it." John Adams

    "If people are good because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed." Albert Einstein

    "Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity. It is the mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus". Thomas Jefferson

    "Though the details differ across the world, no known culture lacks some version of the time-consuming, wealth consuming, hostility provoking rituals, the anti-factual, counter-productive fantasies of religion." Richard Dawkins

    "The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses." Albert Einstein

  1. Marcel French's Avatar Marcel French

    Exactly. Religion really only serves to control, seggrigate and create extremist groups.

  1. Hugh's Avatar Hugh

    Wow, it saddens me to witness so much ignorance and hate. You people sound just like the nazis did towards the jews. You should be ashamed of yourselves. You are not bringers of light but darkness. I encourage u to travel the world. U will find that people everywhere of every religion are more alike than not and that kindness abounds. You people really believe u are representatives of God? What a joke u all are!

    1. angel's Avatar angel

      You wear one of those vagina hats, don't you? Listen, Europe has closed most of their border's and booted these refuggees out because of a RAPE crisis they created. They go into other countries claiming Sharia law is above government laws, therefore, since Sharia laws allow them to RAPE women, they move into these countries and start raping and killing their woman. That is why there is such a crisis, nobody wants their women raped!! You can go and save them in their country, but don't come crying to us when you get raped by a hundred men!

    2. angel's Avatar angel

      Listen, Europe has closed most of their border’s and booted these refuggees out because of a RAPE crisis they created. They go into other countries claiming Sharia law is above government laws, therefore, since Sharia laws allow them to RAPE women, they move into these countries and start raping and killing their woman. That is why there is such a crisis, nobody wants their women raped!! There is no kindness in sexually assulted and raped. Your a liberal, don't you do marches to protect women against this??

    3. John Owens's Avatar John Owens

      Hugh, I suppose you are doing a lot of VIRTUAL travelling and not too much REAL travelling. You are lost in a fantasy world. Then again, you MAY be travelling as a tourist, so anyone you meet will be trying to suck up and keep the money flowing. You need a reality check. You certainly are no representative of God, because you are too naïve and lack any understanding of the real world. It is not IGNORANCE to understand one's enemies, and YES, we ALL, including YOU, have enemies. It is ignorance to believe that you do NOT. You are the joke, here. All religions are not equal and all people are not equal. All societies are not equal. THAT is stupidity.

  1. Eykob 3's Avatar Eykob 3

    All Muslims aren't bad i learned most have a good heart its the way the world treat Muslims that make some of them turn bad same as the way the world treated African Americans with slavery what is the outcome alot of African Americans are mad if we can all give respect we would all get respect people should stop the hate let people be who they are everyone is different we all bleed the same color....i don't like the hate messages I see on here....this is the land of the free so let people be.....#1

  1. Marcel French's Avatar Marcel French

    There's extremist everywhere especially in mainstream organized religion, no one has all the answers and it is all very personal. But what is most overlooked by all is the slowly growing truly enlightened humans, we all in our own way pray for peace and balance. But as long as extrimimist are allowed to thrive and hide among the masses there will not be any balance and very little peace. That's why there are souls like me true warriors, and we all know that regardless of our prayers we must prepare for war. There will be balance again it's just going to be a long a bumpy ride, till then Blessed be!

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