Survey finds religious freedom did not increase during Arab Spring

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  • Moontan Roanoke, VA
    July 8, 2013 7:48 p.m.

    @TylerD ... "People of the Book" is a term the Koran uses to describe non-Muslims. Muslims are safer in countries dominated by such.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    July 7, 2013 3:43 p.m.

    What? Religious freedom did NOT increase during the 'Arab Spring'?


    Want to know who predicted that it would not?

    Glenn Beck.

    Yeah, that's right, THAT Glenn Beck.

    Glenn Beck: most of the time he gets it absolutely right. And, yes, that's why liberals can't stand the guy.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    July 4, 2013 11:27 a.m.

    Women who get raped in Moslem countries are as free as they always have been to be stoned or go to prison for having sex for someone other than a man they are married to.

  • Capsaicin Salt Lake City, UT
    July 4, 2013 6:05 a.m.

    REAL religion -- the kind that teaches and inspires -- is by invitation only. I wonder how many arabs know the difference between religion of personal individual acceptance through invitation, and the predominant arab religion that teaches unrighteous dominion through force and coercion.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    July 3, 2013 9:32 a.m.

    A country dominated by “people of the book” does not protect the rights of people who believe in another book or think they are all just books?

    “I’m shocked, SHOCKED to find that gambling is going on in here!”

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    June 24, 2013 8:54 a.m.

    Widespread unrest foes not automatically translate into religious, economic or political freedom.

    It was gullible media and political elites who assumed that just because the "Arab Spring" wanted to throw out new set of tyrants, that they were automatically going to install something that looked like western democracy. They failed to realize that the majority of the disgruntled Arabs were Islamic fundamentalists. Their vision of "improved" conditions means adherence to Sharia law in a theocracy.

    Sharia and Islam have been proven to NOT be the path to western style democracy, economic or religious freedom. Why we supported the Arab Spring is a mystery.

    The fact that we think that the Syrian rebels, demonstrably linked to radical Islam, are worth supporting is not only a mystery, but a travesty. Sarah Palin was right- this is a fight where we should sit back and let Allah sort it out. It is not worth a drop of American blood or one (borrowed!) dollar to be involved in that fight.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    June 24, 2013 8:23 a.m.

    That's because the Arab spring is as much or more about increasing individual freedom, not religious freedom. If anything, what they seek is freedom from their oppressive religious leadership. Religion is the cause, not the victim.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    June 22, 2013 5:36 p.m.

    It is not just the United States that doesn't understand history. We have the ability to learn from almost anywhere, even without a library. We have the world's largest information network available to most anyone but the media has lulled people's minds to blissful reality TV that isn't reality.

    Teachers have some restrictions or districts apply restrictions on what can be said and done in school and especially the text book writers that have 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 on the move.

    Our leaders used to be trusted or at least trusted more than now, even in Utah. There isn't really local news anymore with substance without national flavors.

  • twells Ogden, UT
    June 22, 2013 8:44 a.m.

    It is amazing how really ignorant all our so called smart leaders think they are. No one bothers to read-I mean really read. History is something that happened yesterday. Americans have very little sense of world history. We do not connect the dots. Islam will never be about Democracy-it is a Theocracy. Of course Muslims want to live in a Democracy - then they want us to become like them. The questions is why-our politicians tried to convince the American public the Arab Spring was never about religious freedom.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    June 22, 2013 6:51 a.m.

    Of course it didn't. Did anyone really think that much change would happen in months or even years? If they did, they were lying to themselves.

    Lets look at the US. In the Civil war we had where Blacks were "given" their freedom, it took nearly 100 years for the Black community to fully realize the benefits of what was fought for in the 1800s.

    So why would any reasonable person think major changes like religious freedom in the middle east would take even just a small fraction of time to be realized? Hopefully it will not take 100 years... but by following the example here in the states, any expectation less then that would be being very optimistic.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    June 22, 2013 4:05 a.m.

    Our CIA, NSA and other forms of INTELLIGENCE should have known that in the world they live in. This is a disgrace to their profession that politicians make a heyday out of it over the past 2 plus years. We should also be ashamed that political gain is not what we want as the world's leader. We are letting our politicians in Washington, D.C. make a shambles of our 200 plus years as a power for good, not appearing good. Sometimes, you need to make the right move for the good of the country. In fact, it is not sometimes, it should be every second of the day. We have a lot of people in our country that died for the cause of liberty and freedoms. There is not a guarantee of justice as we see from a lot of the Supreme Court decisions made in the past 50 years for political correctness instead of the Constitution of the United States of America. These men and women on the court will have to answer for their decisions and Congress' lack of action in doing something for our Founding Fathers.

    The President always talks about going over a line.