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God's Warriors

August 24th, 2012
11:51 AM ET

CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour travels to six countries on four continents to examine the intersection between religion and politics and the effects of Christianity, Islam and Judaism on politics, culture and public life. For the first time the reports, God's Jewish, Muslim & Christian Warriors, are available online:

God's Muslim Warriors: Iran

God's Muslim Warriors: Sayyid Qutb

God's Muslim Warriors: Women's rights in Islam

God's Jewish Warriors: The Six Day War

God's Jewish Warriors: Settlements

God's Christian Warriors: Evangelicals

God's Christian Warriors: Greg Boyd

God's Christian & Jewish Warriors: Protecting Israel

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  1. Anonymous

    I thank you for your reports, Madam


    August 24, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Reply
  2. janice CASEY

    To "God's Warriors" in which Pastor Hagee was interviewed, I would like to add Genesis~Ch.32 Vs.29.

    August 24, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  3. Maahan

    Thank you for this reports, but about the shia part I believe that the majority of Iranian youth think very different to religion. they are more open-minded than the elders!

    August 24, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  4. Muhammadriaz

    Demand of services and papermoney have a noice wellcome flag elase baby queen kinged paperdemand!

    August 25, 2012 at 2:39 am | Reply
  5. Krishnan Nathan

    GOD – The term GOD refers to three fold activities which go this way
    In ancient Hindu Mythology the Gods were delegated with specific powers to maintain the harmony of life and with a chek and balance of the lifestyles of the character called human being . With the brain functions almost like the Cerebrum,Cerebellum and Medula the powers and functions of the Gods were drefined in order. The administration ,Operation and Generation were confined to the TRIMURTI means three powers the Brahma (Generator) VIshnu (Operator) and Mahes (Administrator/Destructor). Brahma had assistants like Chitragupta(destiny writer) and his wife was Saraswati (Goddess of learning). Vishnu had has dasas who were later on defined as the Rakshasas or Mafia in today's terminology.He had his wife Lakshmi (the Goddess of wealth) . Mahesh or Lord Shiva once worshipped by the Huns had his battery of assistants like Yamaraj ( Lord of death) Shani (or saturn with absolute power of a Judge) and Shani had his sub assistants Rahu and Ketu one being a police officer and the other being a prosecutor of crimes committed by man in his term of life and even when gods were born as humans. Maheswar or Shiva had his wife Parvati (Goddess of Shakti the powers in varous forms and in various avatars of Durga, Kali, and so many . If you see the Hindu mythology you can see two deadly battles fought in two Yugas ( Dwapar and Threta) and now of course it is Kali Yuga where man will killl man for nothing as man leaves the planet with nothing and came to the planet with nothing . SHiva however is worshipped with full honour by the follwers of Islam in the Mecca and I have ample proof my statements . Shiva is a generous God with powers of Mritunjaya means he can take back the death sentence imposed by man on man in social form and also on man in natural form. Jesus Christ and Pegambar Hazrat Mohammad were both ardent worshippers of SHIva and had special powers gifted by Lord Shiva in many forms.If people understand these basics of life that human life is itself a gift of the lord to survive, recover and prosper during the ternure of life I do not think the so called warriors will survive as no warrors survived in the battle of Mahabharata the biggest battle ever fought on earth with destructive weapons of all forms saved by Hanuman the Rudra avatar of Lord SHiva. If those weapons were allowed to blast on earth the destruction of the mother earth was imminent and today I would not have been found writing these comments . Amen

    August 25, 2012 at 7:39 am | Reply
    • salil

      Thankfully your theory is not in the main stream society. We have enough destruction/degradation done by religions around the world including hinduism and your idiotic theory has no logic cause there is no proof that the world was better before this much beautiful kaliyug 😛

      August 25, 2012 at 8:25 am | Reply
    • Shibabrata

      your understanding of God in Hinduism is largely flawed. All you are talking about is stories of Hindu myths. I can assure you thats not really God is according to Hinduism. Stop confusing Hindu philosophy with Hindu Myths. God in Hinduism is one and omni potent who is NOT a super being. It is called the ultimate and supreme consciousness..that is – it is NOT a Living being..NOT a Human certainly and NOT capable of thinking the way human beings think.

      August 26, 2012 at 1:51 am | Reply
    • kerry

      Sounds like u r Scared... Be brave,stand up and SHOUT!!

      October 3, 2012 at 10:12 am | Reply
  6. Jacob M

    I find this report's thesis interesting, but I question why there is a focus on these three particular religions. If the purpose is to focus on the Abrahamic traditions, that's fine... but otherwise, why are Hinduism (~1 billion adherents), Chinese traditional religion or Buddhism (400 million), Sikhism (30 million) and even Juche (religion of N Korea, 20 million) being overlooked in favor of Judaism (15 million)?

    August 25, 2012 at 8:19 am | Reply
  7. T-Roy

    Why not produce a story that shows how Religion is purely tribal. 99% of the reason we are a specific religion is because of a combination of when we were born and what religion our parents and surrounded community are. These factors alone are the only reason someone is a Christian Warrior or Islamic Warrior.

    If you wrote this story 1000 years ago in ancient Norway, we could be talking about the Wotan warriors or Thors warriors. If this has been written in classic Greece, you would have written about the Athenic Warriors or Apollos Warriors...

    How about a real piece of journalism that asks the brutally honest and merciless question of why we teach children about religion prior to the age of reason. If we waited, our world would look a whole lot differently.

    August 25, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Reply
    • Noori

      I agree ..

      April 18, 2013 at 3:16 am | Reply
    • Louise

      absolutely true!

      March 28, 2014 at 3:58 am | Reply
  8. MYNA


    August 25, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Reply
  9. R

    You are missing one more Power, who binds all religion and there you will find answers what you are looking for global crisis.
    Can you understand the hidden meaning between these lines.

    August 25, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  10. R

    If this article is just as your routine exercise and assignment, then its ok.. but if you are really looking for global answers pertaining to Global Warrning, Violence like in Syria,Economic collapse, etc ...then you will have to go one step further.
    Let me tell you....only for this 12 years of my life has been wasted...and my career has been reduced to rubble.
    Christina I hope you follow comments after posting your news on website.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Reply
  11. Habib

    To all my dear friends.It's about 1000 years that a war over holy land has been going on and has never been ended until now.That's the reason Mrs Amanpour chose these specific religions,Because Jerusalem has been the point of conflict between these three religions.
    Sometimes I think about it and wonder:"What would happen if there were no religions"?And my answer is:"Nothing but a lot of innocent people wouldn't die in the war of Gods."
    Nothing is better than peace and friendship.I hate any kind of war.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  12. Marlboro

    And the Warriors of Freedom, please ?

    August 25, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Reply
    • kerry

      I am one of The Warriors.. Who r u?

      October 3, 2012 at 10:09 am | Reply
  13. Krishnan Nathan

    I never said the world was a better place before . All I wanted to say is that the use of destructive weapons for religious cause and killing mankind and to define that act as cause for a religion does not go in tandem with the true religious feelings. Nothing has been achieved and nothing will be achieved in a point of time. Only hatred and negative thoughts will hover around one's mind which witnesses a tornado of torment.

    August 25, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Reply
  14. Shibabrata

    In all of these videos one thing is is much less about God but more about capturing the resources. Land, power, government..all these centers of power are being captured in the name of religion. Religion was always a tool for gaining power.

    August 26, 2012 at 2:17 am | Reply
  15. Chick-a-dee

    @ Jacob M: Perhaps it is because the others you mentioned, despite their large population counts, are relatively insignificant to western history or to recent geopolitical economics.

    August 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  16. Arvoasitis

    A superb, well-balanced, credible series on a timely issue.

    August 27, 2012 at 7:38 am | Reply
  17. muslim

    I pull my comment and I'm sorry Ms. Amanpour

    August 28, 2012 at 6:59 am | Reply
  18. Krishnan Nathan

    When there is life there is death and where there is death there is no guarantee of life . While on the one side the scientists are giving us a stern warning that there will be acute scarcity of water and people will have to go Vegetarian, but on the other side we have the so called god's warriors who are going to achieve nothing but sorrow, distress and ill feelings for us one and all and let us rejoice their crazy idealogues. Amen

    August 28, 2012 at 7:16 am | Reply
  19. gosto

    Religion is humanity's most common developmental disorder.

    August 30, 2012 at 10:01 am | Reply
    • Louise


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  20. Sergio Roa Prado

    Why is now the report aired ? , because the republicans are mostly christian and the Democrats are liberals ?, Why is mainly showed the estremist in each religion ?

    September 2, 2012 at 12:24 am | Reply
  21. Laila El Khatib

    As a child,I was brought up in a moderate Islam(Sunni),and the basic teachings were the 5 pillars:1)To admit that there is only One God,and Mohammed is his prophet,2)Do your prayers,3)give to the poor,4)Fast during Ramadan,and5)Go on a pilgrimage (to Mecca,for those who can afford it financially,and if fit 5healthy).We learned the best morals we couldn't have learned elsewhere.We were taught to treat people equally(black,white,red,or yellow,Christians ,Jews,or Hindus...And Religion was never a political tool,or much talked about.This lack of respect for prople who are different than us ,was never put into question...We went to an American school,where the stuents were a melting pot;there were Muslims,Christians,Jews,and Hindus!During the 13 yrars,not once was the religious issue brought up.We always respected each other,and was very normal to find friens of four different religions!My 2 best friends were Christian....

    September 3, 2012 at 12:08 am | Reply
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  23. kerry

    God has One Spokesman...... Jesus. The one WE put on the cross.

    October 3, 2012 at 10:05 am | Reply
  24. kerry

    Every knee Will bow, every tongue Will confess......Jesus Christ is Lord of ALL.

    October 3, 2012 at 10:08 am | Reply
  25. Elias Issahaku

    "All Human beings are born Free and Equal, in Dignity and Rights; they are Endowed with Reason and Conscience; and Should Act towards one another in a spirit of Brotherhood" .

    October 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  26. Robin

    Thank you for the thought-provoking and excellent journalistic commentary Ms. Amanpour. As always, I find it insightful, carefully constructed and presented fairly. It must make God/Allah sad indeed that each warrior sector is so exclusive and so intolerant of the other. Surely respect has to be at the foundation of the beginning of all dialogue. THAT is my prayer. Thank you for your significant contribution to intelligent mutual understanding.

    October 10, 2012 at 10:40 am | Reply
  27. Noori

    am I missing something , it seems that the programs are not fully downloaded. Like on Syed Qutub its not the full program right? Rights of women in Islam too...they are all just fragments

    April 18, 2013 at 3:14 am | Reply
  28. rebesteves

    I am looking for the trailer for God's Warriors – a trailer to promote God Warriors before it started.
    Christine had a beautiful remark, something like "some ruled by god and some use god to rule..."

    December 12, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Reply
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