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Islam now world’s largest religion

March 31, 2008

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— Islam has surpassed Roman Catholicism as the world's largest religion, the Vatican newspaper said Sunday.

"For the first time in history, we are no longer at the top: Muslims have overtaken us," Monsignor Vittorio Formenti said in an interview with the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano. Formenti compiles the Vatican's yearbook.

He said Catholics accounted for 17.4 percent of the world population - a stable percentage - while Muslims were at 19.2 percent.

"It is true that while Muslim families, as is well known, continue to make a lot of children, Christian ones on the contrary tend to have fewer and fewer," the monsignor said.

Formenti said the data refer to 2006. The figures on Muslims were put together by Muslim countries and then provided to the United Nations, he said, adding that the Vatican could only vouch for its own data.

When considering all Christians and not just Catholics, Christians make up 33 percent of the world population, Formenti said.

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Richard Heckler 6 years, 8 months ago

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Their Goal: The neoconservative agenda

Established in the spring of 1997 and funded largely by the energy and arms industries, the Project for the New American Century was founded as the neoconservative think tank whose stated goal was to usher in a "new American century". Having won the cold war and no military threat to speak of, this group of ideologues created a blueprint for the future whose agenda was to capitalize upon our surplus of military forces and funds and forcing American hegemony and corporate privatization throughout the world. In their statement of principles they outline a fourfold agenda:

1) Increase an already enormous military budget at the expense of domestic social programs

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3) Forcing democracy at the barrel of a gun in regions that have no history of the democratic process
4) Replacing the UN's role of preserving and extending international order

(This all can be read in their own words at www.newamericancentury.org)

SpeedRacer 6 years, 8 months ago

"It is true that while Muslim families, as is well known, continue to make a lot of children, Christian ones on the contrary tend to have fewer and fewer," the monsignor said.

This from an institution that officially bans all forms of birth control. I can't believe how many times I have heard this remark as a condemnation of other races, cultures and religions. It has always been a big denial statement.

WHY 6 years, 8 months ago

"For the first time in history, we are no longer at the top: Muslims have overtaken us,"

Time for the next crusade, or maybe a child mostestation scandal in islam would level the playing field. I wonder how long it will be until athiests are on top.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 8 months ago

Still digging for justification for your own genocidal desires, eh, PA?

Godot 6 years, 8 months ago

The more accurate and meaningful comparison would be "christians" to "muslims." Then, I think, the result would be that there are more christians.

Confrontation 6 years, 8 months ago

"anxiousatheist (Anonymous) says: It doesn't matter which religion has more, they're all cave-man philosophies designed for the control and manipulation of large groups of people. Free your mind believers, reality is closing in:"

Best post of the day!

notajayhawk 6 years, 8 months ago

Godot (Anonymous) says:

"The more accurate and meaningful comparison would be "christians" to "muslims." Then, I think, the result would be that there are more christians."

I tend to agree - aren't there different sects in Islam, also? And even if you considered the differences between Protestantism and Catholicism to be more significant than those between Sunni and Shi'a, you could always throw in the Catholics who aren't Roman Catholic (like the various Orthodox churches and the Assyrians).

Haiku_Cuckoo 6 years, 8 months ago

It doesn't matter which religion has more, they're all cave-man philosophies designed for the control and manipulation of large groups of people

Wow. I guess the bumper sticker is right, Kansas really IS as bigoted as you think.

jonas 6 years, 8 months ago

"Who cares about that ridiculous guttural langauge and its indecipherable script, much less that it reads from right to left; a manner contrary to the 90% plus of all the right-handed people on the planet?"Mwaaah, don't make me think outside my well dug box! Japanese reads from right to left. Maybe you should try it, break out of the mold once in a while, grumpy curmudgeon type person. By the way, you Can fixate on something. It's in the dictionary, which I highly suggest you check the next time you criticize someone on their use of words, as you are now 0-2. (can't remember if it was this thread, too lazy to scroll up)

beatrice 6 years, 8 months ago

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Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 6 years, 8 months ago

Maybe, but there are more Buddhist than any of them. And quiet a few Hindus in India.

Katara 6 years, 8 months ago

Marion writes:Who cares about that ridiculous guttural langauge and its indecipherable script, much less that it reads from right to left; a manner contrary to the 90% plus of all the right-handed people on the planet?Who cares about the primitive superstition that it represents?Warlike religion attempting to conduct a Holy War?Holy War that "religion" into dust, regardless of which religion it is!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Hebrew also reads right to left. What's that about Marion and his Nazi sympathies again?

aginglady 6 years, 8 months ago

Wait..didn't the US create AIDS to take care of this problem?

aginglady 6 years, 8 months ago

Just wait until the new super resistance TB hits the world, things will change, in a lot of places.

Katara 6 years, 8 months ago

Marion writes:It's a JOKE, ya dizzy b****!I think they did that whole right-to-left thing just to be obtuse!I mean, if I lived in sand and had to depend on camels and donkeys for tranportation and shipping of goods, had to walk for miles and miles to find water, had to put up with a plethora of "prophets" from competing religiions; most of whom wanted to kill me to satisfy some BS thing in their very own Special Book, I'd probably be obtuse as well!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Jeez, you DO really hate the Jews. You know who else hated the Jews?[URL=http://imageshack.us][IMG]http://img147.imageshack.us/img147/3043/nahtzeedg6.gif[/IMG][/URL]

Katara 6 years, 8 months ago

Marion writes:It's a JOKE, ya dizzy b****!I think they did that whole right-to-left thing just to be obtuse!I mean, if I lived in sand and had to depend on camels and donkeys for tranportation and shipping of goods, had to walk for miles and miles to find water, had to put up with a plethora of "prophets" from competing religiions; most of whom wanted to kill me to satisfy some BS thing in their very own Special Book, I'd probably be obtuse as well!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Jeez, you DO really hate the Jews. You know who else hated the Jews?http://img147.imageshack.us/my.php?image=nahtzeedg6.gif

Katara 6 years, 8 months ago

Marion writes:"Funny thing::.I don't remember mentioning Jews in this thread::::::::..I can however, think of TWO "special books" which have origins in the Middle East and BOTH of those books tell you to kill unbelievers as well as the mryiad ways in which you might carry out such tasks!I din't write'em; I only poke fun at'em!It eill be a great day for Humanity when both of those books are regarded for what they are::compilations of superstition!"~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Hitler used "code" starting out too. Let's see...you didn't actually use the words Jews but you described many traits of the culture...it is similar to how some people use the term "those people". Wouldn't want to come out & openly spew your racial/or cultural hatred now, would you? _______Agnostick writes:"Marion always says he wants to save the babies from Tiller.Marion wants to save the babies, alright.For the winter.So he can toss 'em in the fireplace to keep warm."~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Only the white ones, Agnostick! Marion couldn't give a rat's a$$ about any of the other ones. Anyone who has been around for more than 24 hours on LJW can see what a white supremacist Marion is what with his postings of advocating genocide for anyone in the Middle East, his postings bagging on Native American cultures, his postings about the peoples of Africa, etc.Now watch Marion come back in to spin away. What an idiot! Anyone can read his posting history and see exactly what he said on all threads if they want the proof.

ZeroMaru 6 years, 8 months ago

"Marion writes:Who cares about that ridiculous guttural langauge and its indecipherable script, much less that it reads from right to left; a manner contrary to the 90% plus of all the right-handed people on the planet?"Actually, it's not just Arabic that's written right-left (RTL), but Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Hebrew, Maldivian, Urdu, Quechua, Mongalian, and many other smaller and extinct languages such as Aramaic and Egyptian. Most asian languages are written up-down as well, so instead of rows of text, it's columns. Chinese and Japanese are typically written left-right (LTR) only in signs. Otherwise it's RTL/up-down. Some Chinese newspapers are written LTR, but that depends on region. And not only that, but as the popularity of manga (Japanese Graphic Novels) grows around the world, many young people have grown used to the RTL direction of the books. Although the text is LTR, the books themselves progress RTL. The popularity of manga and anime has also led some to actually study Japanese. So even those who write in an LTR language are adopting a language that writes in RTL and are used to switching between the two. Considering the number of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Arabic (not to mention all the populations speaking the smaller languages) I'd say a whole lot more than just 10% of the planet writes in a direction different from LTR. And writing RTL is not difficult for right-handed people. Do your research next time. Also, Arabic is a beautiful language, both spoken and written. It's only indecipherable to you because you don't speak it dumbass. It's a phonetic language (much like Spanish, Latin, Japanese, Italian ect) unlike English in which we borrow many words from other languages, and some words don't even following the norm pronunciation. Like Salmon. You don't even pronounce the L! WTF is up with that? Not that I'm saying English is a bad language - hell I'm fluent in it. Don't be dissing another language just because you don't understand it or have something against the people who speak it.

ZeroMaru 6 years, 8 months ago

And yes I agree that Marion is a dirty white supremacist. And if Marion wants to point out how outdated rituals and what not instructed to kill non-believers, I will have to point out that Christians and Whites did the same thing. The Crusades, colonizing in the name of God, enslaving, torturing, raping and lynching of non-whites and christians in the name of God and their white supremacy.Grow up, only radicals (of any religion) follow the outdated beliefs. Everyone else knows enough it's wrong to kill or injure someone just because they don't agree with you.

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