Editor's Note: Sumbul Ali-Karamali is the author of The Muslim Next Door: the Qur’an, the Media, and that Veil Thing, and Growing up Muslim: Understanding the Beliefs and Practices of Islam. She is on the steering committee of Women in Islamic Spirituality and Equality and is a member of the Muslim Women’s Global Shura Council, both of which aim to promote women’s rights and human rights from an Islamic perspective.
By Sumbul Ali-Karamali, Special to CNN
(CNN) - My father always told me never to talk about religion, politics, or other people’s children. He was part of a generation of American Muslims who wanted to stay quiet and assimilate into American life and not rock the boat. Growing up in Southern California, I tried to follow his advice.
But after 9/11, I found that I, along with other American Muslims, have had little choice but to talk about religion.
Although countless Muslims have condemned the acts of 9/11 in the United States and worldwide, American Muslims became objects of suspicion.
The 9/11 terrorists broke numerous laws of Islam and were denounced as mass murderers by Islamic religious leaders. Even so, Islam is viewed as a religion preaching violence.
In the aftermath, amidst the fear and anger, many American Muslims realized that the reason Americans were so quick to believe the worst about Muslims after the horrific attacks of 9/11 was that Americans knew little about even the most basic tenets of Islam.
And we realized that if we didn’t explain our beliefs and traditions, then other people would write our stories for us.
Despite our efforts, that’s exactly what has happened.
Although 9/11 did compel some Americans to learn more about Islam, it also triggered a wave of anti-Islam feeling that has burgeoned. And though there have been interfaith initiatives, books on Islam, documentaries, education efforts, and shows like "All-American Muslim," polls show that Americans’ negative views of Islam have increased since 9/11, not decreased.
Such trends cannot help but discourage even the most optimistic of American Muslims; many of us are more fearful now than a decade ago, and entire Muslim communities feel besieged.
Anti-mosque incidents have escalated in recent years. Earlier this summer, a mosque in Joplin, Missouri, burned to the ground. Last year, Roger Stockham was arrested with explosives outside the Islamic Center in Dearborn, Michigan. An arson fire seriously damaged a mosque in Wichita, Kansas, last year. And incidents of mosque vandalism have become more common.
Hate groups have been on the rise, too; one of the most horrific hate crimes was the murder of Shaima Alawadi, a young mother who had received anonymous notes calling her a terrorist.
Almost every Islamic studies professor or speaker I personally know - whether they are Muslim or not - receives hate mail and sometimes death threats.
How has this happened in our country? There are many reasons. It is not simply a lack of information about American Muslims, but also misinformation and, in many cases, outright fabrications about what Islam entails and what Muslims believe. An example of one of the most ridiculous is the assertion that Muslims cannot abide dogs; we are so evil, apparently, that man’s best friend is our enemy. (See Muslims with Dogs, a website that flippantly dispels this nonsense.)
The Center for American Progress issued a report in 2011 which documented a small but extremely well-funded network of anti-Islam fear-mongers who have worked diligently to spread misinformation about Islam. Directly or indirectly, these fear-mongers fomented the “ground zero mosque” hysteria, promoted the film “The Third Jihad,” which the New York Police Department showed as a training video - and was strongly criticized for doing so - and have been responsible for Islamophobic advertisements on public buses all over the country.
This anti-Islam rhetoric has been connected to violence, too: Anders Breivik, who murdered more than 70 people in Norway, cited anti-Islam bloggers numerous times in his manifesto, in which his stance against “Islamization” was a clear theme.
It’s not just a lack of information on Islam that American Muslims have had to battle, it is an increasing body of vitriolic myths and tall tales about Islam and Muslims that we continually have to explain or dismiss.
Particularly frightening is the eagerness with which public figures and political officials have leapt onto the Islamophobia bandwagon. Peter King’s “Muslim radicalization” hearings, Michele Bachmann’s baseless accusations of public officials being linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, and the NYPD’s long-term spying on Muslim communities (which produced no leads) are just several examples of the increasing demonization of every Muslim and, increasingly, the entire religion of Islam.
Rising anti-Islamic sentiment in America troubles Muslims
Islam is the second-largest religion in the world, and Muslims comprise more than one-fifth of the world’s population. No religion can flourish for 1,400 years without being flexible and adaptable.
The defamatory rhetoric directed at Muslims and Islam in this country has little to do with the actual religion or its adherents and everything to do with fear of the Other.
For American Muslims, the past decade has been tumultuous. We have emerged from private life to public life, into the public sphere in an effort to aid understanding between the communities of our multicultural country.
We do it not only for ourselves, but because irrational fear of Islam and Muslims is bad for all Americans: it frays the social fabric of our society; it creates divisions between Americans; it affects the health of our democracy; and it affects the wisdom of our policy choices.
In the last decade, I have encountered numerous Americans who understand this and who, despite the fear-mongers, have made remarkable efforts to connect with Muslims.
Recently, I spoke at a Jewish temple as part of their educational series. They broke into spontaneous applause during my talk on Islam and women, and gave me a standing ovation at the end.
They were one of the many moving examples of generosity and openness I have encountered in the past decade. And that, despite the discouragement and fear, is what gives me hope for the future.
The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Sumbul Ali-Karamali.
Anyone in America that is not white and ignorant lives in fear of the hatred coming from the GOP. We all live in fear of the thought of them getting elected to the white house and spreading their hatred through the country.
Anyone in America that is not white and ignorant lives in fear of the hatred coming from the GOP. We all live in fear of the thought of them getting elected to the white house and spreading their hatred through the country.
Speak for yourself. I am a Republican of Spanish descent with views that cross both conservative and liberal ideologies. Today, I had a wonderful time interacting with members of my predominantly white middle class community. At the polling place, people knew I was a registered Republican and I was never turned away. My vote was counted. Most of my friends and family are registered Democrats. There was no fear, no hatred. My spouse today went to a local farm for a corporate gathering in honor of our troops. There were both whites and non-whites, liberals and conservatives at this gathering. I believe that individuals like yourself want Republicans to hate. You don't represent non-white or white people of any ethic background or nationally. Represent yourself, log-off the internet, and meet people of various backgrounds. You may surprise yourself to learn that many don't follow your views of hatred and fear.
Sorry Frank but you described yourself as an Independant. Your Repubs are blatant liars and have selective amnesia. Please tell me how Paul Ryan voted YES to evry spending initiative proposed under Bush that drove us into debt, but now has this epiphany to become a fiscal hawk????????
Sounds like you are the one with hatred and intolerance. If you say something enough people might start believing you...that's all this talk about the GOP hating groups of people is about. If you believe in something and back it up with facts then the opposition seems to start spewing BS which is exactly what you are doing...because you have no facts to back up what you are saying.
Fact under Republicans America grows major deficits! Fact Republicans spent America into debt and now want to act like they were not responsible. Fact Paul Ryan voted yes to numerous policies that were not funded under Bush. Fact the Republicans have no plans to get us to prosperity they have turned a country built on being UNITED to a country based on individualism.
Typical liberal drivel. You would sell out your own country and family only to sound "tolerant." Your terms terrorist and Muslim are synonomous. Enlighten up. The world is dangerous and not all faiths are equal when it comes to advancing humankind.
That synonym can be used for white=Klan. That is the logic you are using. Hey Italian=mobster, Spanish = car thief, black =drug dealer lets go on America
you are a 100% correct!
Actually, all faiths are equal when it comes to advancing the human species...in that they fail to advance any aspect of humankind.
Your screen name reflects you well
Sure does I am the child of a black man and I reside in Harlem on 140th St yes it does reflect me.
عندما يتوقف الإسلام الوعظ الكراهية لليهود والمسيحيين أمن إسرائيلي، توقف التفجيرات الانتحارية والهجمات ذات دوافع سياسية الإرهاب الديني وجرائم الشرف وقطع الرؤوس، والدعاية التقية، ثم ربما، إذا كان التغيير يأخذ حوالي 200 سنة، ثم يعود والتحدث إلينا. ثم درج نقود الإسلام في حالة حرب مع الغرب. الدار الإسلام، هو في حالة حرب مع دار آل حرب، درج نقود الإسلام يخضع العالم. الإسلام لن إخضاع الغرب، وسول Invictus لا ندع ذلك يحدث، من أي وقت مضى.
إذا كنت لا تحب أمريكا، وهناك الكثير من البلدان المتوافقة مع الشريعة الإسلامية التي يمكن أن ترحل إلى النفس
Exactly. Crazy is as crazy does. No more talk – they need to show results.
You lack respect!
Nice wall decorations. Translate
Author needs a fact check. The young mother she spoke of was killed by her husband because she wanted a divorce. It wasn't a "hate crime" but just another senseless murder by someone in this "peaceful religion". Shame on this author for not getting the facts and shame on CNN for posting this today of all days.
This is borderline insanity. A man tells the story about how his culture is affected by the actions of its extreme members and 90% of the comments are hateful. What a load of ignorant crocks are you, who speak ill of a man for speaking up? You think members of your race or religion aren't responsible for atrocities? Should we all be judged just as harshly as those who committed them?
9/11 is a sensitive time for all Americans obviously, which is why it is even MORE important to address issues like this at a time when the the emotions that come with the tragedy are fresh within us. It makes me sick to see the way most people in the comments have chosen to respond. This is why we can't have nice things.
"This is why we can't have nice things"
Perhaps people are tired of the half-truths and obfuscations here.
Muslims are not the most persecuted religious group, and fare far better than a young black male, statistically.
Wahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.......People don't like me
Get over it
Statistically, muslim males finish HS, and otherwise educate themselves. How do you like ME now?
Come on HOMIE stop it. Islam is the religion for te black man you need to get your Roots on as you know they were praying to Allah on that boat after the good old Christians prayed over you before placing you on tha boat to be a slave. Christianity is nothing but a rogue bracket of Judiasm
It must be Redneck Hick at CNN today. These comments are just hateful and stupid backed up by nothing but just hate for the sake of hate. This level of hate makes you no difference to the hate of the terrorists. They just hate.
Yes, because we fly planes into their buildings, decapitate defenseless individuals, and strap bombs to our kids and promise them they will see Heaven after the boom!
hello you terrorist. who is "they"? and don't forget the middle east has been invaded and occupied like no other region in the world. yes there will be some nut jobs as a result. don't forget the first gulf war in the 90s and subsequent sanctions killed millions of iraqis and mostly babies. don't forget the 2nd iraq war that was started on the lies of WMDs. So obviously there are going to be some hot heads resorting to violence and that would be irrespective of a religion. you can't say this for certain because the same isn't happening in other lands. Or you'd see a similar reaction if not the same. People are people.
I agree with you. There is far too much blind hatred and bigotry these days. There is good and bad in all communities.
one day all people will realize that religion is a crock and has done much more harm then good for this world....until then keep praying to false deities, im sure something good will happen
God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance that's getting smaller and smaller and smaller as time moves on and people get educated.
You clearly live in your own world. For most people there is a God.
Every one who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe-a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble. – Albert Einstein.
You might want to check out what the Genome Project has discovered – that Jews and Arabs share a common paternal ancestor.
It amazes me how many people equate faith in God with being scientifically ignorant or uneducated. I wonder how many people who espouse this actually have a formal science education, or if they just conveniently accept any scientific claim is presented to them? Do they understand and practice the scientific method in their daily lives? As an engineer who was educated in the biological sciences, my experience with chemistry and biology only revealed an intelligent design and incredible order which emerged from the entropy of the universe. How can you witness the development of a child from a pair of cells and not be convinced there is a higher power at work? Ignorant? Hardly. Inspired? Certainly.
Stalin was an atheist. Don't blame religion, blame humanity.
Stalin was the object of verneration, and used that as a tool to kill millions. Mao did the same thing. People killed and died for the object of their veneration.
Don't hate on us.
No, blame Stalin.
The vast majority of Muslims throughout the world publicly condemn the 9/11 attacks, only 7% of the entire Islamic population, the fringe radicals, believe that terrorism is a good thing. I apologize that you all choose news networks that fail to bring you the opinions of people other than Americans, but these are the facts. Islam teaches kindness and forgiveness, the sooner you all learn that this hatred is based upon the actions of a few, you'll make the world a better place for the majority. Also, suck it, I actually got an education.
I hope you realize that not all americans are full of hate and violence either. Unfortunately for us it is way more than 7%.
Yes, it is a peaceful religion... within their own group. However regarding outsiders or non-believers. Verse 48:29 – "Muhammad is Allah's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another." & Verse 66:9 – "Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites, and deal sternly with them. Hell shall be their home, evil their fate." I could go on but do I really have to? The Koran is a good read though...
So is the Bible depending on which edition you read as there has not been one word changed in the Quran. you can go to Turkey look at the Original and reads word for word. Christians cannot say that as they make changesto please society to what is to be God's word. Just enlighten on the memo sent by god to make those changes.
I have never seen a muslim go on TV and say that most muslims are against the extremest. I think this needs to happen alot more before you will see what you call Tolerance.
"""only 7% of the entire Islamic population, the fringe radicals, believe that terrorism is a good thing"""
If you really did get an education, Bunky, you would know that 7% of 2 BILLION Muslims is a LOT of people. I wouldn't use this argument if I were you.
67.3% of statistics quoted in comment threads are complete bu!!-$4!t.
@BC: If you have "never seen a muslim go on TV and say that most muslims are against the extremest," then you are a good example of what @fearthecape is referring to - people who have chosen to insulate themselves in an echo chamber of like-minded people, and refuse to see the other side. I have seen dozen of Muslims come on TV and say exactly this - on CNN, the major networks, etc. I don't know whether you simply have chosen a channel that prefers to incite hatred, or whether you simply tune out anything that doesn't fit your preconceived world view, but the simple reality is that numerous high-profile Muslims have publicly condemned terrorism.
(As a note, although there were small pockets of people who celebrated 9/11, there were many more people who mourned it, even in Muslim countries. For example, there were candlelight vigils throughout the middle east, including in Tehran's Mohseni Square and by Palestinians in Jerusalem. I have been struck that some channels seem to entirely focus on the few people who celebrated, while other channels present both side. Both deserve to be presented, so the obvious question is, if a channel is choosing to focus on one or the other, what is their agenda?)
Since 911, everyone is controlled by fear. That was the plan and it worked splendidly.
Speak for yourself! I live in happiness!
No fear....just angry.
Your screen name says it all
It's not enough to condemn the attacks. Muslims need to join the effort in exposing and apprehending the butchers and murderers. Just condemning the attacks is lip service. I understand someone in California likely can do little more than stand up and voice their condemnation of the radicals, but when the common Muslim in the countries where extremists live do nothing, then the perception that pretty much all Muslims support terrorism will hold true.
And that is my biggest issue with these followers of the "Religion of Peace". They don't take a very PUBLIC stand to denounce the filth. They just whine about being stereotyped.
the other Scott
Many Muslims have done exactly this. Many of the Al Qaeda operatives who have been captured were captured with the help of Muslim governments. For an example, you can google "Yemeni al Qaeda."
It is depressing how common willful ignorance is on these forums, with people definitively stating things that are obviously false. I don't know whether you are just ill-informed or intentionally trying to cast Muslims in a bad light, but I would suggest that you take the time to learn about the rest of the world rather than just parroting the talking points of our own hate groups.
Muslim American – no such thing, never will be!
What and ignorant comment. People that generalize and categorize people that way is what this article is basically about. Ignorance is the problem and the caricature that ignorant people have of other people–that they are all the same are all some negative stereotype is a blatant form of discrimination and intolerance.
Welcome to Earth. 1000s and 1000s of years of wars – because that tribe doesn't want that tribe to take their stuff, or that tribe wants the stuff that the other tribe has, etc. It is not going to change and there will NEVER be CoExistance. The best places to live are places where people speak the same language, use the same currency, have the same culture, and absolutely shut the F up about whatever religion they get involved with. These people come here and shove their religion in our face and wonder why we don't like it, or notice them more than others. Get rid of that "my religion is special" crap, speak english, shut the F up about your religion-based laws, and nobody will even know you are there. Assimlate, or you will NOT be welcome, here, or anywhere else.
The people who write in this blog all are showing anger, which is not what any "true religion" teaches. I was raised a Catholic and have always been taught to respect other religions. If I do not see, then what do I fall back on to believe? If I cannot hear, then what do I fall back on to believe? So many think that "seeing" and "hearing" are "believing", but they have not found God, they are so called "fighting in the name of God" when they are truly "blind to how God sees them". We can't control our past, but can brighten our future. Respect others and understand that "we have no control" and "God has all control". What is being argued here has little truth and all of what is wrong in the world today. There is only one thing we should truly fear (fear meaning respect) and that thing is God. Love one another as God has loved you. Follow this advice and make the world a better place. Sound to simple? Try it, I dare you!
How successful have you been in getting other muslims to love one another in Syria? How is that working out?
It will take time just like it took for the whites to stop terrorizing blacks here in America. Please take note it was only in 1965 that the Equal Rights act was signed.
Santa Clause is better then god or baby jesus or allah or whoever – at least Santa brings presents every year!
The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Sumbul Ali-Karamali. Last statement of this story tells it all.
Yes, Catholics have a long history of respecting other religions.....
Mohamaad the Prophet was a child molester. Dude was the man that started the religion. They believe in taking everything by sword. I am not religious in anyway, but Letting these people into out society will be a problem in the future. Look at Europe. UK, FRANCE, are being taken over. Look at reality America and wake up.
And you think that Christianity is any better? Abortion clinic bombing, closed minded, child molesting, adulterers! Read a book! Christians at one point were responsible for some of the most awful hate crimes all in the name of religion. And they had the audacity to back up their convictions that they were doing this in the name of God! There are radicals in all faiths and it would be easy for us to judge everyone by the few ignorant individuals who do such: whether they are Christian, Jewish, or even Muslim
Sorry Billy Bob but your view is totally retarded. When was the last time a Christian strapped a bomb to himself and blew up a building in the name of Christianity? Im still waiting..................................................
@Billy Bob, yes, Christianity is better. Christians on the other hand fall short of the Glory of God everyday. Christ is our example – perfect and sinless – meaning he was neither a warlord nor a child molester. Our example is Christ. Muslims example is Mohammed. There is a big difference between the two.
first of all retarded is no longer a politically correct term to use. Second, I believe it was in the 80's that we had radical Christians bombing abortion clinics but perhaps you were not born then or are too illiterate to use the computer in which you type to do a simple Google search and look it up. At any rate, the point that I was making is that it is because of ignorant individuals who view that there religion is the only right religion that the world is in the shape that it is in. Think of Ireland. We have two factions of Christians who all agree that Christ died for our sins who fight and bomb each other all the time. Sad when you think about it
Yes, 1000 yrs ago Christians were as lunatic as Muslims are today – they need to stay in the Middle-East until they evolve. We dumped the rule of the Christian Church in favor of intelligent thought well over 500 yrs ago – when they evolve as we have, then we can CoExist – not before.
Christianity is nothing more than a theory. A theory is something that cannot be proven. So to dogmatically ascert that your viewpoint or religion is better or right over another individuals is crazy. There have been radicals in both Christianity and Muslim faiths that have done heinous things but that doesnt make them all bad
Boy those muslims at the DNC convention in Michigan sure looked scared as they booed putting God back in the platform and adding Jerusalem. They were yelling and waving their arms. They don't want GOD mentioned anywhere in the U.S. Actually there were many more boos than Yea's. What a sad day for America.
We say God all day Allah means God. Think before you write they say Allah in the churches also Mr. the muslims don't want God in America
I'll respecte Islam when it respects its own people. Where's the Muslim help for the people in Syria? Oh, its too much to ask to help out fellow Muslims, oh religion of peace?
Muslims are killing Muslims all over the Middle-East, and in India they are killing Hindu. Africans are kiliing Africans all over Africa, and in the ghettos of the USA too. That is what desparate people do more than any other bunch. Why are they desperate? Maybe becuse they believe in fantasy of a god that will provide for them? Or maybe they don;t do much thinking at all. If that god, or that hope, is providing for them, what are they fighting for, and why are they coming here? REALITY. People become desperate when the overpopulate their resources and have little or nothing to live for. India is a very ancient civilization, long overpopulated, but they grew tired of warfare and evolved into a people with very little desire for stuff – living in hideously humble homes and eating hideously little food – they lowered their standard of living to a meager existance. The muslims have been fighting over farmlands and oasis for +5000 years, but have not grown tired of fighting yet. Europeans, Africans, and Americans either. Question is, do you lower your standard of living to accomodate billions and billions and billions of peole, or fight for the standard of living that you have – Muslims are fiinding out that Americans want to fight to keep their stuff and don't wnat to share it with others and don't want to lower their standard of living to accomodate people who have not figured out yet that they need to stop breeding like mindless animals, hoping that a god will provide for them.
You made no sense in your rant. America TOOK everything and built upon that to become the great nation it is. As For Africa the Brits distributed the land as if was their own so they bear a lot of the blame for the constant riffs.
Tyrone are you suggesting the US got to it's high levels of education, scientific discovery, ingenuity, entrepreneurship, health care, athleticism, respect for the individual respect for the individual and numerous other world leading achievements solely by taking from others? I hope your argument doesn't start with the white man taking North America because that is pedantic and played. The Muslim Arabs took Syria in 636, India and what is Pakistan, the moral cesspool of the world. Why have these societies not become great countries as the US has? My guess is it has a lot to do with the xenophobia and bigoted hatred Islam not only brings but commands it adherents to practice. Any religion that can't tolerate criticism must really have a lot to hide, just ask a scientologist.
really shame on cnn for putting this article today , what the hell where you guys thinking it makes me feel like voting fro romney
America see the ignorance that is within our communities!!!!! What does CNN have to do with this person deciding something so critical as the POTUS????? This person is telling us they are about to base who they elect overa CNN article. You are one of the folk mad at the government that your private employer still has not paid you beyod a 3% raise over the past decade. There are many people affected by those terrorists not just CHRISTIANS how about AMERICANS died of all likes in that horrible act of cowardice. Go find a rock to bang your head against.
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So today on 9/11 we need to read about how MUSLIMS are scared in America? DUMB!
Yes...because its all about tolerance....Obama will probably have a speach tonight and will talk about our piece loving Muslims all around the world....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
You obviously know nothing of the tenets and practices of mainstream Islam.
And don't want to know any more than I know already,And that is ALL muslums are filthy animals & have NO place in this country , they will NEVER be welcome here
@ Mike aka Mr.Islam: When the Muslims across the word and particularly in the US march in the streets to protest violence AGAINST Americans or anyone else, then we will take your notions about Islam being a peaceful religion seriously. All I ever see is you guys burning other countries' flags and celebrating American deaths whenever one of you commits a heinous crime against humanity. I have never seen in this country Muslims marching against violence unless it involves one of your own. But then in your own countries you kill each other bc one is Sunni and the other is Shia Muslim. So much for peaceful religions. You guys can't even refrain from killing each other.
There is a fundamental conflict between American Values and the Muslim religion, (as practiced throughout much of the world.). America is founded upon specific values, including freedom of religion.
Yet, within Muslim dominated countries - the Muslim majority imposes their will and intolerance for allowing any alternative religious practices. Thus, when "American Muslim" push a message of a peaceful religion and wanting to assimilate - such messages ring hollow.
When an American is allowed to practice his/her Christian, Jewish or other faith freely and without threat or persecution with Saudi Arabia and many other countries - then and only then will I accept the author's claim of Islam being a "peaceful" religion.
To Muslims I say - "Be the Example - Practice what you Preach [about Islam being a peaceful religion]. When there is demonstrated substance behind what – here to for – have been false claims and a demonstrated intolerance for any other religion - then I and most Americans will readily accept the premise of Islam being a peaceful religion.
Until then - the answer is a resounding NO!!!
And, for anyone who still thinks it's a religion of peace, let me remind you what the word Islam means. It means submission.
So Bruce surely you are describing an America post 1965, because Jews and blacks were persecuted prior to them and frankly to this day they are still harmed by the almighty right white man. Remember your rhetric to be white is to be pure.
Tyrone and exactly what year will it be that you stop whining about the past and make it a better future?
"and entire Muslim communities feel besieged."
Hmmm. We're scared of the atrocity happening again.
We cannot tell the good fromthe bad.
And YOU will not tell the good from the bad, either.
SO there we stand......
so true ....I agree with all you said....
This is a good point. I worked at a national semi-conductor company some years ago and had a friend (call him Khalid, no this real name). He and I were friends, or so I thought. A few years after I moved to a new job, I found out that Khalid and three others were part of terrorist cell in the Pacific Northwest. And Muslims wonder why there is wariness on the part of non-Muslims. I work with many Muslims in my current job, and I really enjoy working with them, and I can't believe they would do the atrocities that the extremists do. But then again, I thought Khalid was my friend too.
you have more chances dying from a car accident or a heart attack or being robbed . so, I wouldn t worry about khalid
Or the Mexican drug cartel....right Roberto?????
that is correct. Again, you have good chance getting killed by drug dealers if you re a druggie . you know we have a lot of druggies here
Welcome to the mindset of a minority everytime we enter a place heavily populated by whites. Once again you all are on your high horse please stop forgetting all the torture your race has placed on other races. Life did not start on 9/11/2001. Are we forgetting we created Osama we created Sadaam they were allies before being enemies as long as they did America biddings in their nations. We hate Cuba but kiss China A$$ both are communist not to mention the heavy muslim polulation in China asthey were apart of the Ottoman Empire. Our hands are not clean by any means. Look after all the mone spent in Iraq the justification is he killed numerous iraqi's in the 1980's!!!!!!! Well that was during the time he was an allly. You keep drinking the kool aid Jim Joners
Thanks for insulting us on one of our darkest days. Cry to someone who cares.
Yes, if you don't tell your own story others will tell it for you. But mostly, those others are Muslims. Many Muslim courts, Muslim clerics, Muslim mobs, and Muslim terrorists have a version of Islam they're only too happy to share. And that version of Islam is real. It isn't only imagined, though it may be exagerated. And while it is a minority of Islam worldwide, it isn't rare either.
It seems to me that Islam is going through a time much like the Christian dark ages or the European Inquisition where powerful forces have hijacked Islam for sinister purposes and a good portion of Islam has gone along with it because they hope it will deliver them some combination of wealth, power, and vengeance.
If Islam wants to truly be the peaceful force it claims to be and is for so many, then those people need to win it back from the lunatics and heretics that are hijacking it. Just as true Christians need to oppose and manage pseudochristian groups like the KKK, Muslims need to take care of their crazies.
Islam's biggest problem is inside Islam, not outside.
Shame on CNN for posting this today, of all days.
Shame on you for thinking it's a disgrace to publish something about an Islamic American on a supposedly patriotic day...
Today's a day for us to remember the victims of 9/11.
3000 or so died, and far more suffered a ton of loss.
But for the vast majority of hundreds of millions of Americans, we suffered nothing directly than fear and anger.
For the millions of Muslims who were living here peacefully, and are not the extremists that committed the horrible act, they have suffered enormously.
Today's a day to remember the victims of 9/11. Peaceful American Muslims should come well after direct victims, first responders, and their families ... but well ahead of the average non-NY American who hasn't seen much direct suffering like peaceful American Muslims have.
We've got to find a forum that allows those of you who are Christians who hate Muslims and those Muslims who hate Christians to annihilate each other without impacting those of us who aren’t interested in holy wars or even religion, for that matter. Wouldn’t everybody be happier if the Jihadists and the Muslim-hating neocon evangelicals could all be dumped off on Greenland, for example, and allowed to go at it to the end?
I‘d chip in for fuel.
What do you expect from a news company that hates America...just like king Obama.
Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive.
What are you whining about now?
Awwwwwwww. Poor Muslims. They only have their psychopath radical brethren to blame.
And whose brethren are the KKK, Skinheads and other radical American terrorist? I hope you feel sorry for those poor, misguided sicko's too. (Great big smile of sarcasm)!
The KKK never flew jets into buildings... although they suck too
Once again whites have a terrorist path and to this day still have terrorist groups. Oh yeah you use the terminology "Militia" for them.
So a second community in the USA now knows what if feels like to live under the boot and heel of racists. Welcome to America. I think its about time that the "other Americans" get rid of the racists. Vote them out of politics, fire them from jobs, drive them to Arizona then nuke the whole state...
yeah we should pay for their health care housing cable cell phones and give them ebt so they can have cigarettes and beer on all of us racist tax payers tab. funny those people dont have a problem with the white dr. when they are sick or the white banker when they cash their check. if you want to get rid of racism then talk to your own race about doing their part and maybe things will change. they are the ones who talk about color not us do your part and i dont care if your green.
Marcus in Schenectady NY the druggies are WHITE my man to be truthful in Harem the majority of dope users and coke abusers are white. Your kind is the majority so you have more people on welfare than us. You are dwindling in numbers so enjoy your talk now it will be different when you area senior you will be the minority ans the spanish take over. We know you all make sure blacks are locked away to stunt the growth of our population as we satisfy your drug crave and go to jail for it.
Ummm...if you knew anything about Islam you would know it is rather multicultural; therefore, Islam is not a race.
if it's fear to be deported don't care about it
Muslims in the USA, or in Europe, do not want to live quietly and assimilate. They do not assimilate to western culture at all, never had, never will, simply because Islam preaches violence and intolerance. On one hand, you have the radical muslims using violence, and on the other hand you'll find the moderate muslims following a conservative intolerance which matches their family and lifestyle bu which is adverse to our western values.
Exactly. Despite the constant propaganda of the liberal mainstream media, Americans saw what Islam really was on 9/11. These fluff pieces aren't going to change that.
My opinion about Islam did not become worse, my opinion about religion as a whole became worse; the useless fairy tales of the past that many morons still believe today.
If they were really besieged the way that Muslim besiege Christians, and even other Muslims, in other countries, then you would be reading about their deaths as the result of suicide bombing and beheadings weekly, even here on CNN. Any Muslim living in this country should count themselves VERY lucky. Atleast they have the freedom to practice their religion without the possible pain of death by the extremists majority-in-power around them.
Muslims do not need to be fearful of the national American government.
They sometimes need to be fearful of local law enforcement and government. And they certainly need to be fearful of a strong segment of the hate filled public. When Sikh's can be massacred because they appear to be Muslim (ZERO connection of religions at all), if that doesn't demonstrate why Muslims are fearful, nothing will convince you.
As they should.
As they should! Americans do not want this ideology of global domination and sharia law to exist in a free and democratic Nation. Islam belongs in the Middle East along with its population. We will never accept them and their twisted ideology.
What percent of American Muslims do you imagine want America to live under Sharia law?
What is Sharia low? !
It's the opposite of Sharia high :)
The percentage that supports CAIR, MSA, ISNA, etc. The percentage that allows Salafism to be propogated in their Mosques.
Muslims in America have much less to fear than Christians and other religions in Muslims countries. I am against any kind of violence against a group, but frankly Muslims should do some soul searching instead of complaining. If anything the world has learned a lot more about Islam after 9/11 and what we learned wasn't pretty. For example, if the terrorist attacks were such an insult to real Islam, why didn't we see Muslims in the streets crazy enraged like we saw them after, oh I don't know, the Mohammed cartoons, or some Koran burning? Are Muslims telling me that a terrorist attack in the name of Allah that killed 3000 people is less deserving of Muslim rage than a cartoon? Maybe if Muslims learned the wonderful art of self criticism, and started seriously asking if there's anything THEY can do to gain more respect and acceptance from the West, instead of playing victim, then things my change. And again, it takes nerves to demand acceptance when Islamic countries are the least accepting, most bigoted and intolerant places on earth.
This is one of the best responses I have read in this, admittedly, very emotional issue.
"""Are Muslims telling me that a terrorist attack in the name of Allah that killed 3000 people is less deserving of Muslim rage than a cartoon?"""
I like this. What is more sacred than human life?
More fearful than 10 years ago? Maybe more fearful than 12 years ago, but not 10 years ago.
It's sad people fear Muslims, when what they should really fear is extremists, no matter what they cloak themselves in. Extremist Muslims, extremist Christians, extremist atheist, extremist politically ... all seem to serve hate and descrution of the other rather than tolerance and working to change.
I think your religion is fundamentally flawed and I would never live in a muslim country
If people tend to no like Muslims, it's only because nearly everywhere Islam is practiced in mass, human rights violations and war run rampant. Think about that before you write stupid articles like this please. That's not to say Judaism and Christianity aren't also hateful, harmful religions because they certainly are. Islam just seems to take the cake at this particular time in history.
Of all the days out of the year to publish this opinion, you choose 9/11...wow...you've got to be kidding me...
So if this cult is such a wonderful peaceful group, then where were their terrorist leader, errrrr I mean Imans at PUBLICLY decrying the horrors perpetrated by their fellow followers of the "Religion Of Peace?"
Nothing like commemorating 9/11 wih boatloads of bigotry.
The point is this is soooo RUDE!!! Imagine losing your family member on 911 and reading this piece TODAY!!! CNN you should be ashamed of putting this OPINION piece INSTEAD OF HONORING those who we lost to include first responders and other unsung heroes!!!
70 Muslim-Americans working in the World Trade Center died on 9/11, right alongside their fellow Americans. How do you think their families would feel reading these comments?
Kind of a funny article and to be honest I read it for enjoyment to see how and to what extent the author can lie and try to befool the common people.
Reason for my belief, who else could understand and have experienced islam at its best from the ones who belong to Asia and India ???
Centuries of brutal atrocities on other religions to convert them to islam, religious fanaticsm and tendency to bring destruction to everything that seems to be civilized and progressing are the key points of this religion. It follows one practice of hatred with brutality, nothing else.
Even most of the US muslims, if you know them and you sit with them then you know best, how much hatred they hold in their hearts for America, even after residing here, consuming the resources here but still totally against this country.
Best of luck to the author for this propaganda.
America should be in fear!!! Leave it up to Obama and he'll let them take over America!!!
Which is why both Bin Laden and Ghaddafi died while Obama is President.
@420...Muslims do kill other Muslims. :)
Hate to bring this up but are you even aware that 9/11 happened during Pres G.W. Bush's watch?
As a Christian and a veteran, it's appalling that innocent Muslims have lived the past 11 years persecuted. Clearly the people who are responding are ignorant to the history of the middle east and the role Western socieiy has played in it.
CNN, just all the MSM and leftists, playing the sympthay card for their Muslim friends.
Not as much fear as Christians in Muslim countries feel.
Seriously? This is the headline story on a day like this? This is why I can't stand CNN any more.
A headline story like this, is exactly what is needed on a day like this.
So sorry the few you interviewed feel that way. Imagine a Christian in Iraq or Afghanistan......this is why they have airplanes....you can fly OUT of America just as well as you flew into it. Bye Bye!!
(1) Jonathon Pollard should be executed for treason.
(2) Religious extremism particularly from the Abrahamic faiths should be wiped out assidiuosly.
(3) Can't we all get along? Can't we all just get along?
No one cares about these fanatics hiding behind the psuedo-religion of islam. They have no place in the United States for their hatred tells them so. This article is an insult today. Their fear is well founded.
As a Hindu (a religion at odds with Islam in India) in the US, I think the responses here are reflective of many things:
– The hatred that the average post here displays for Islam suggests that the fortune of living in America does not make its way into some American hearts. Ironic that many should complain about the lack of Muslim assimilation in the US, because the real issue appears to be the lack of assimilation of what is just, decent and good with these particular people.
– The hatred that the average post here also displays why some of these people should not be judging terrorists. If they can work up such hatred in their dainty lives in utopia with ample access to all it takes to live life, why scorn at impressionable kids surrounded by misery and violence who take up terror as a misaligned way to escape?
– Christianity is officially the world's most violent religion, purely by track record - what Christians have done to non-Christians. Between the holocaust and the crusades, this is cut and dried. I just happen to separate the goodness of America from the fact that most of its citizens are Christians. I am swayed more by the goodness of the average American I know and love and not by the need to typecast them based on their religious beliefs.
The holocaust was done by a pyscho named Hitler who killed tons of Christians as well as Jews and the Cruisades were how long ago? Now, how long ago was 9/11? HOw about the Bali Bombings? HOw about the failed NYE bombing over LAX? How about the score of bombings across the middle east on a monthly basis? HOw about the way Saudi Arabia treats its women? How about the way Iran kills its people for simply protesting?
Get real, get a brain and analyze things correctly!
Its a poor counter point that doesn't stand up to my argument. Comparing the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima to what Muslims do is truly the height of naivitée.
Agree with the rationalization that the atom bomb was used after Pearl Harbor. If you comprehend my core point it is not that the use of the atom bomb was right or wrong. It is that no-one ever spins it as a case of a Christians killing non-Christians. When it comes to acts of terrorism, however, there is always a spin of Islam as the center of the intentions therein. That is what I am pointing to as double standards.
Shhh... Neeraj thinks he's the all wise one, the all seeing one, the all... whatever one, because he's Hindu and believes there is only one path to stupidity...errrr.. foolishnes... errr, whatever. He's a child if there ever was, with little or no understanding of either Christianty OR these United States.
I forgot to mention the atom bomb in conjunction with the holocaust and the crusades.
Get educated. The atom bomb was used during war time on a country that bombed us first! And was in the middle of destroying Asia!
The US has always been and will always be a Protestant country. I say this as a lapsed Catholic, the only way people truly assimilate into the US is to accept the Protestant mindset. As long as people like you do not accept this, you will always be an outsider and not welcome.
At least Americans are not burning them like you Hindu guys did in many parts of India.
Wow! Sounds like you are all ready to pour hate into this argument as well. Hmmmm... Hate to fight hate. Sounds like a no win proposition. Have a nice day.
REPLY TO NEERAJ:
Your post demonstrates sheer foolish ignorance regarding many topics you touch on... but most foolish is your claim that Christianity is the most violent "religion". To begin with, it's NOT a religion, but a "faith". Secondly... ever hear of "Mao"? You know... the guy who slaughtered 60~70 MILLION of his own people, in one sittling no less! Nah... I didn't think so... you're too busying living in your prehistoric world of Hindus. Oh, ever hear of Pol Pot? No? Not again!
And to claim that people like HitIer, Stalin, and others were "Christians" is a bit outlandish! Okay... it's more than a bit outlandish. It's a real stretch of the imagination.
As I said, your fooIish ignorance shows quite well in your post. You'd do well not to post any further – lest you display more of your ignorance and truly make a fooI of yourself.
When it's middle eastern terrorists that do it, hey, it must be Islam! When a psycho influenced by Nietzsche did it, his religion had absolutely nothing to do with it.
What? Christianity responsible for the Holocaust. That isn't even a stretch – just an ugly biased untruth. And the crusades? Lets beat the remnants of the dead horse. I guess you comfortable saying the Christian church is in the same position as Muslims? Ignore the charity, ignore the outreach of the church to those whose lives were destroyed by awful events; Haiti, Katrina, 9/11, many more and pretend that Christians are still just as bad as Muslims.
I have seen people use the example of one individual Christian nutjob to make the entire Christian community being crazy, bigoted, & murderous still be used. At the same time though, that same person can turn their back on the atrocities commited by the Islamic faith and defend them because they get called a mean name on the street. Tell that to the families who have watched their relatives get butchered on TV.
My point is one and only one. There are millions (likely tens or hundreds) of muslims that are better human beings than an equal number of Christians. This is not about religion, but about individual choices. People make choices; not religions.
So . . when a Christian does murder or rape, its a "Nutjob". And when a muslim does the same becomes "Islamic"? Tell that to Palestinians who are getting killed while protesting occupation. Tell that to all the innocent Iraqi civilians who lost their family by your soldiers for no reason. By the way, who created Laden?
How very self-righteous of you to LIE and say Christianity is in any way a violent religion, at the same time you profess that you (oh self-righteous one) don't hold that "cut and dried" "FACT" against them.
Do you not even realize what you've said, there?
I claim that you do not even understand what makes a person a "Christian". Put another way, you don't even know what a person does to become a "Christian". So, how can you possibly know if anyone even is/was a "Christian"?
You can't, but that doesn't stop your pride-filled mouth from running.
Never said Christianity is violent. I did say that Christians have committed way more violence than those adhering to other religions.
Neeraj.. you do know that most of CNN readers are anti- christian athiests right? So the hate you see is not mostly by Christians.
As to your claim that christianity being the most violent religion? It is never been the teachings of the religion to be violent. The difference here is that Islam teaches violence and teaches supermacist ideology. If your PC mind dont belive me look at how the indians and Srilankans live in the Middle East. Move there are live for a year.
Please see above. If I meant to speak about Christianity, I would merely be contradicting my initial point. I think it's important to separate people from religion. Religion is an emotional topic and by inexcusably linking the two as many of the people do (the attacks against me on this thread all exhibit this very trait), these people are merely exploding the amount of hatred that results.
Nicely put and very well stated!
you are absolutely wrong. i m also from India. compare what Islam did and what Christaianity did to India. Well u r in the USA due to secular education brought by British and Christianily. How many temples did the British break? compare that with Islam who with glee rampaged India breaking temples and everything sacred. religious persecution was brought to india by Islam and British did not resort to violence in the name of Christianity.
Thankyou. Well put.
When the hindus killed the Stien kids in India, the christians only held a peaceful march.
Try that with a muslim. Neerag will pick up his dothi and run with a muslim chasing him with a machete.
So Stfu you self rigtheous foo.
hehehe, i like it.
Neeraj: How many temples are there in the middle East? = 0
How many in Christendom?
so true. i think he is a Paki.
Neeraj, you seem to hold some misconceptions about both Hitler AND the Crusades. Hitler was a bigot and an equal opportunity mass-murderer.
The Crusades resulted from Muslim aggression and occupation (and messing with pilgrimage routes). It took the Christians hundreds of years to get their act together in response. Their subsequent brutality was a result of anger stoked by centuries of Muslim aggression.
Reminds me of Star Tek. Soon we will be hearing "Resistance is Futile!"
Why would any Muslim be afraid if they truly believe in what the afterlife promises?
Why would any Christian, Buddist, or Hindu?
The Muslim, Catholic, Buddhist, Hindu, Taoist, and everyone else who rejects the Savior, should absolutely fear death. They all believe the same earn-your-salvation/ascension idiocy.
In fact, there are actually only two religions on earth.
Trust the Savior
Being afraid of death or torture is a natural human instinct. Most people are afraid to die, despite their beliefs. It does not matter what your faith is, or lack thereof. I am an ICU nurse and I can tell you that the most religious are the ones praying the hardest over the bedside hoping that their loved ones will survive. Are you afraid of pain or death, Lisa? I would assume so.
what a shatty thing to see on the CNN front page
What about plain old Americans, you think we are not in fear.
We are in fear.....of idiots like this author
you are in fear of everything. youlive in fear. you need fear. you know whatcauses fear? ignorance
The entire world is beginning to fear America.
Well, then don't come here, don't ask for money, and don't ask for help in muslim wars.
Look at all the terrorist attacks on the USA in the last twenty years – all by Moslems. Look at the effort to incorporate Sharia law in the USA – all by Moslems. Look at all the mosques being built in the USA. How many Christian churches are being built in the Moslem controlled countries. I will never trust a moslem.
That's not true. What about the OKC bombing and the Atlanta olympic bombings? Not Muslims! I don't like them either, but at least lets get some facts straight.
Idiotic! I was just watching the footage from 9/11 and heard the news anchors reporting about how the Palestinians were dancing in the streets by the thousands on that day! Muslims commit at least 95% of all terrorist attacks; their brains are still in the dark ages! They should all be exported back to whatever desert cave they crawled out of!
hard to trust what you can't spell.
Totally not true. The last 5 attacks in the US were by white gun bangers. Colorado, Minnesota, Gaby Giffords. They all deranged terrorists in their own right. Note that all religions promote hatred towards another religion. The best solution for this is atheism.
Yes... let's ALL be just like Mao!!! I mean, hey, what's another 60~70 MILLION people, right?
Oh, and as an atheist, I say you have NO right to live. Or any other rights. Nor does your family. It's THAT easy when one is an atheist. There are no such thing as "inalienable" or "human" rights. Just privileges.
This is an article that CNN publishes on 9-11 anniversary? AYFKM!! We have to focus on the feelings of Muslims? FU CNN!! FU!!! Did you ever publish an article on the fear that Christians live through daily in Muslim countries?
finally, someone who know how to speak up
Amen to that, pretty low even for cnn. And don't beIeve they live in fear for one moment. They will lie even for no reason.
Forget about Christians; what about Jews?? Tell me how many synagogues are in these Arab countries, yet Israel is knocked daily for being a Jewish state. When Muslims start worrying about other religions, we will worry about them.
The only people the Christians have to fear in Muslim countries are the Radical Muslims. The only people the Muslims have to fear in this country are the Radical Christians. Radicalism is the danger, wherever you are.
You'll notice that in all these comments there are none by anyone that says they actually know any Muslims. And that's it right there. Of course we don't know any Muslims, for the simple reason that if they can get by with it they don't want to have anything to do with us. This woman's tearful and self-serving article is full of you know what, and she knows it too, but it's fairly well written. Like it's been said and it's absolutely true, the single overriding goal of the Muslim religion is to dominate and take over the world. Just google the riots in London and look at how many rioting Muslims are carrying signs saying just that, Islam Will Dominate The World. And then this young lady comes along and says it's not true. Give me a break. I hope they get even more fearful than they are, maybe then they'll start leaving.;
How do you know who knows who? My father is a Christian from Syria who immigrated to America in 1980. I know your people very well. Your people killed by grandfather in his Damascus office in 1942 in Damascus because he was wearing a cross.
hehehe, they won't leave. they never left India. they are just occupying inch by inch. doing the same in Europe. Islam s a plain political force.
Some of us hated Islam well before 9/11. 9/11 was just yet another topping on a hate filled caked built by Muslims over centuries. Any religions that tries to suppress others, women especially, is not a religion, but a barbarian habit disguised as something holy. And that is why there never has and never will be an undertanding between Islam and the west. And Im an athiest, not a Christian.
The more I read about Islam and converse with muslims, the more scared I get. It's hard to spread your beliefs about hate, murder, and supression of basic human rights and have people not be scared of you. Sure, there are some liberal muslims out there who don't think all their non-muslim neighbors should be beheaded – or that their wives have rights – but they are the small minority and are not considered muslim by muslim leaders. Here's a picture of muhammed: (X) (X)
Your comment is very revealing about where you stand and your unwillingness to accept Muslim Americans as part of the great American fabric. The video in this article depicts a Muslim American first responder (and there were others) who rushed to the help of fellow Americans when terrorists attacked our country. My son–a Muslim America born and raised in America–enlisted in the Armed Forces soon thereafter and was deployed in both Iraq and Afghanistan where he fought the terrorists. He was wounded several times in battle. Muslim Americans are peace-loving just as Americans from other faith-based communities are. May I suggest that you study Islam in depth (and not through books written non Muslims or through the internet) before you comment about Islam and Muslims? Peace.
Your own ignorance of Islam is amazing... beyond amazing actually.
You have little clue about Islam and their presence here, and even less about what being an American is about.
I apologize for TJ's ignorance. These comment sections seem to attract the worst of american society. Your son is a hero who served his country valiantly, but I know you don't need me to tell you that.
Ask those Muslims that you meet if the denounce Hamas or Hezbala. If they don't answer "yes", well that is your answer. And to what I understand, there is NO such thing as a "Moderate Muslim".
Not my problem.
I feel sorry for the Sikhs most of all, whom some knuckleheads think are Muslims.
So now the Land of Freedom needs a dress code?
"Never Again" upside down.
Interestingly, according to the FBI statistics, the majority of religiously motivated hate-crimes are against Jews. Around 65% of religious hate crimes are against Jews, 12 or 13% against Muslims, and the rest is split among the other groups.
That may be true in America, but in the world it's Christians. Christians face the most discrimination and brutality of any of the three major monotheistics faith on Earth.
Who gives a crap and why would you post this story on a day like today? CNN show some respect for crying out loud.
Thank you mother.
AMEN! This is a bad day for the story.
If you don't give any crap regarding this article, why then would you you give a crap about CNN posting it on today? Bro.
Not buying it. True believers of the Koran are not moderate as the author would like us to believe. The infidel or non-believer is Islam's enemy and is to be destroyed. Moderate Musllims are an oxymoron.
I agree completely.
If all muslims are bad, then why CIA used taliban during cold war? Why Afghanistan is an ally of USA? There is no ‘holy wars’ going on. Its just a 'Oil war'..
The Old Testament is full of stories about the complete and utter destruction of so-called sinners – the Genesis flood, destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the destruction of Jericho, the destruction of the Amalekites, etc. Based on that, one could make the same argument the Judaism and Christianity teach that "sinners" should be destroyed, which is of course ridiculous. Religious texts are all about interpretation, not literal meaning.
Try telling the interpretation line to the Muslims who are trying to kill cartoonists or Salman Rushdie for insulting the all powerful divine prophet.
Why would Muslims live in fear? The US Government is to blame for what happened 11 years ago.
They live in fear because they are being blamed for everything. Terrorists (by definition) in this country are burning down Muslim homes, Muslim mosques, killing innocent women, and so on. Police departments are doing nothing but spewing more hatred, and the US government does nothing....
Nice. And on Hitler's birthday can we get somebody to do a fluff piece on how the NAZIs were mistreated when they were really a nice bunch of people?
9/11 was really a pretty trivial act of intolerence in the thousand years of Islamic aggression against the rest of the world. Pretty much the first things Muhammed did after making up the religion was to start murdering his neighbors. When the man who started the religion engaged in mass murder and genocide.. it's kind of hard to buy into claims that terrorism is against what he wanted.
Awful use of strawman, really nazis? what does nazis have to do with this article. If you've studied islam, then you would know that Muhammed regarded christians and jews with the utmost respect and regarded them as people of the book. Also you would see the aspects of jihad(holy war) were completely perverted by radicals. Much like how the far right perverts christianity(I take this to offense I'm christian) for their own schemes.
No, he did not have the utmost respect for Christians and Jews. Have you read the Koran? Christians and Jews are called apes and pigs in the Koran. Khaybar was the first genocidal slaugher of Jews. Or do you mean the "respect" by allowing Christians and Jews "to live" by paying the jizya.
"American Muslims live in fear 11 years after 9/11" Well, perhaps they wouldn't if they all (especially the Palestinian muslims) stood, worldwide, strongly and visibly up against terrorism, turned other muslims over to the police if they were found out to be planning a terrorist attack, and so on, instead of celebrating, dancing in the streets, handing candy out to kids, and honoring their homicide bombers, when terrorist attacks take place.
Who is Aman, is that some terrorist we should be worried about?
Petercha... perfectly written... let those Muslims do what you have written.. and then we will understand them!!!
Muslim-Americans live in fear? T-S-. When I hear universal condemnation of islamofacism from Muslim-Americans, I will be sympathetic. When I hear anti-semitic rationalizations of islamofacism, I am not sympathetic.
And Americans and any non muslim we still live in fear of muslims, they are promise heaven if they kill us.
Living in America, with muslims, flying with muslims, even been in the same building is to be fearfull that any of them can kill us.
We have examples everyday, I want the so called "american muslims" to put themselves in our shoes.
They are loyal to islam not to a country, not even to their families.
By your actions you shall be judged...... Yes, 9/11 & also, throwing acid in the faces of youg girls trying to go to school, lighting a 3 year old boy on fire (Yusef, now being treated at Children's Burn Ctr. Los Angeles) the young girl whose nose & ears were cut off..... Vicious & vile incidents, one after another and you want ME to be sympathetic to Muslims?
Well said. That's true.
yes the quran promotes violence, and if people wants to deny it that's a different story, but it does against every person who is not a muslim. Why they come here and they ask for freedom and in their country they can't even allow building a church?
Stop the hypocrisy
Wah wah wah you reap what you sow. The same Muslims that kept quiet (or quietly cheered....), too bad. Go back to your horrid sqalid Sharia-ruled "countries" if you think its so bad here. Don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out.
WITH OBAMA IN OFFICE, WE ARE ALL SCARED
I'd be scared without Obama. Bush just kept calmly reading to the kids at that school he was visiting while he was told about the attack. It has nothing to do with politics – it has everything to do with the caliber of the person charged with leading this country. Obama ordered the hit on Osama Bin Laden. Bush claimed victory and then couldn't find Osama for three years while intelligence knew exactly where he was. Go figure.
Adults do NOT panic in front of small children & frighten them about things they have no way of understanding. He did exactly right until he could calmly leave the room. CLINTON himself SAID three times, he knew exactly where Osama was, but, declined to go after him due to 'legal' issues....... None so blind as those who refuse to see!
Yeah Obama only made the call to kill Bin Laden. Something Bush could not do. Well in a way Bush refused forcing the USA in to a war with Iraq for no reason.
Let the name calling being. Go ahead and vomit your guts out!!!!
When Islam stops preaching hate for Isreali Jews and Christians , stops suicide bombings , politically motivated religious terror attacks ,honor killings , beheadings , and taqiyya propaganda , then maybe , if the change takes for about 200 years , then come back and talk to us . Untill then Islam is at war with the west . Dar-al Islam , is at war with Dar-al Harb , untill Islam subjugates the world . Islam will not subjugate the West , Sol Invictus will not let that happen , ever .
If you do not like America , there are plenty of Sharia compliant countries you can self deport to .
" Dar-al Islam , is at war with Dar-al Harb"..Its interesting how some people google,copy and paste any Arabic term they find on the internet to add more credibility to their comment...wow!
The most dangerous person Muslims need to fear is an educated Infidel .
You lied about Shaima Alawadi. She was not killed in an Anti-Muslim hate crime. It was staged as an Anti-Muslim crime and was actually an honor killing. Taquiyya.
We are pretty much being COLONIZED by Muslims in America. They are giving birth like rabbits. Why are we so BLIND, why is that we Americans FORGET TO QUICK. It has only been 11 years.
We should pay attention to what Europe is today. Muslims taking the streets of Paris, Muslims taking seats in the Congress of the Netherlands, Muslims protesting about EVERYTHING in the UK... is that what we want here? PEOPLE WAKE UP!!!!
well said...London has become London-istan and more cities and countries are on same path. Better to undrestand and tackle the conspiracy of to breed like pigs.
You haven't actually been to London, have you. Stop being fed talking points by conservative radio and go see the city. Then you won't make such ignorant remarks.
They are doing more than good here and not threatened in any way. It is just a propaganda for muslim forums here to gain more publicity and to pose as helpless in eyes of people. Peoples like this author enjoy top publicity and top career and perks by running fake propaganda and holding positions that can hold any relevance in a sophisticated world only.
She is just doing it for her career, fame and money and nothing else. If she is not going to run this propaganda, she will have no job and will be sitting at home for sure.
I really dont care about the muslims. I dont want to know them, what their religion is all about..Whether it is peace or violence or their laws or their history. Neither am i interested in finding out if they are good people with a few bad apples. It is total indifference on my part
That is what the Brits thought till it was too late they have taken over, read Londonistan .
From Muslims I expect nothing but more acts like September 11. These people DO NOT ASSIMILATE.
The scariest part of it... WE AMERICANS FORGET WAY TOO QUICK.
i have seen the bahaviour of muslims being from India which has a substancial number of them. ii is common experience that as soon as muslims brred in number and gain in strength they aasert themselves and stake claim over land and resources even through violence. Islam is more a polital foce than a spiritual force. we can see what is happening in muslim majority nations and europe. USA beware, do not be soft. i want atleast one land in the world which stands firm.
Please, give me a break. The author is claiming coveted victimhood status for Muslims, in part be referring a bogus "anti-Islam" murder of a young woman that was actually committed by her own family, who fabricated a threatening note. There has been a rise in the negative perception of Islam specifically because more Americans have read the Koran and the Hadiths. As a result, more Americans understand that the violent actions of Muslim terrorists are firmly grounded in the religion of Islam. Not some radical "hijacked" version of Isalm, but the religion that Mohammed gave to his followers. If you want Americans to have a more favorable view of Islam, you'll have to fundamentaly change the Islamic religion.
yes, but look at the reformations that have taken place. today nobody cares abou these things in india. i request you to pay a vist and see for yourself.
Muslims are safer in the US than any other muslim majority country. They are their own biggest enemy. Dont let them try and fool you, muslims kill more muslims than anyone else. Pieces liek this story are absolute rubbish if you really think about it. Hiow many muslims have been killed in the US since 9/11 by Americans seeking "justice"? The only deaths I hear about here are daughters or wives killed by their brainwashed husbands or fathers for "honor" People like Sambul need to take their heads out of their butts and get with the program.
I am a rakhine budhist from mynamar(burma). All begalis(muslim) immigrants from bengladesh claim themself as rakhine-muslim and cliam land as native. We have never accepted rakhine-muslim, and now they changed as rohingya. Here, I saw american muslim in article. I don't know what will happen in US.
When they are minority, they wrote like this article. Will become majority, Sheria is the law and destroy host...
Some of us know the pattern of what they do but many liberals can't see ahead. thanks for the comment, maybe it'll wake some others up.
Why do Atheist Liberals in America defend Islam but criticize Christianity?
because they are in denial. they can't put two and two together to see ahead
Only if you are muslim
i'm a liberal and a atheist, have been a member in good standing with the Atheist alliance of America. We do not promote Islam. We believe that both religion spread hatred and are the main cause of most of the worlds problems, they want to control anyone you doesn't believe as they do.
Take a look on christian minorities in countries dominated by muslims.
Right, learn how to treat others from those who practice hate and intolerance. While your at it, why don't you try to learn how to be a model citizen from Charles Manson?
They're living well. Obviously your speaking from ignorance. Get on a plane and actually go and see for yourself. Other's religion is the least of their worries.
"""Why do Atheist Liberals in America defend Islam but criticize Christianity?"""
Okay, I have to respond to this drivel. You could NOT be more wrong.
I'm an atheist with a liberal lean. It's been my experience that atheists come down even harder on Islam than on Christianity. Ever read Hitchens' books? I would wager a "no" for an answer. Well, start reading bub.
I think you'd be hard pressed to find a knowledgeable atheist who defends Islam.
At least Christianity has attempted to reform and accept that humankind is now existing in the 21st century. For American Atheists, the most powerful religion – the one which tries to enforce its ideology on everyone here through laws and education policy – is Christianity. For this reason it is more of a major concern for us.
Not all of us atheists are against Christianity.We still remember 9/11.
There seems to be a lot of negative emotion on here today.
Gee, I wonder if the choice of topic combined with the date might have something to do with that.
Freedom of religious choice and freedom from fear are things every American should expect.
However, in the real world, talking about how nice a group of people is, on a date when some of that group of people comitted unspeakable atrocities against innocent unarmed unsuspecting civilians, was perhaps not the most effective way to communicate that particular message.
Stop peeling the scabs off the wound, it makes us turn around and bite.
This has ZERO to do with freedom of religion – no one is advocating that the government ban or regulate Islam. This has everything to do with islamofacism, and the failure of Islam to condemn it universally.
When the extremists of one group get the extremists of another group to attack innocents in retaliation then they've done their job. Way to do the terrorists work for them.
If you can't tell the difference between an American Muslim and a radical nutjob, then you need to get out of the house more.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” -Mark Twain
I was amused by the American-Muslim group. Does every religious member get this tag? American-Christian? American-Buddhist? American-Atheist? How about immigrants? American-Mexican? American-Canadian? I'm pretty sure any self-respecting Muslim would not to be called a American-Muslim; especially the radicals that are currently in a 'jihad' against the 'American-Infidel.'
Only when the Muslim 'victims' want sympathy on today of all days call themselves American-Muslims to hopefully stir the American population into believing that they stand apart from the violence, murders, and 'executions' Muslims perform on a daily basis. How about Muslims as a whole make a international public statement standing against that violence performed by the 'radical' portion?
You hit the nail on the head and untill they can see that they will have a probelm.
Their publoic statement is to remember 9/11 with a blood drive.
Was there a public statement from a church after Norway shooter Anders Breivik killed 77 people? Oh wait! He was a Christian. . .so it should be an isolated nut-job. Nothing to do with terrorism. Isn't it?
So . . .why should Muslims keep giving statement for a nut-job by a terrorist who was created by your beloved country?
I believe they wanted to call themselves Americans but because of the post 911 hysteria and Islamophobia, the millions of law biding US citizens who happen to be Muslim are forced to bear the term American Muslim.
Are we suppose to feel sorry for them? They joined the religion, not us. How can we hate something we know nothing about. Most Americans didn't even know what a muslim was and didn't care till we saw them operate around the world. They are taking over countries by violence just to install and impose their religion. The so called moderates stand back do nothing. It's not these nice people that we fear, it's the religion itself that we fear. The extremists imams and clerics control this relifgion. The koran is geared to control and oppress. This religion is set in stone and these nice people can't change it unless they protest against the extremists in masses.
And yet you hate something you know nothing about. Thanks for letting everyone know that your ignorance come from ignorance. It makes everything else you are saying make sense.
So nobody cares or wants to acknowledge the attrocities committed in the name of Christianity over the centuries?? Need I emphasize the word CENTURIES? You cannot blanket judgement over every single Muslim because of the actions of a few. If we did that for others acting in the name of their religion we should all be condemned. Don't forget too, sometimes individuals will use the guise of religion when they actually only want to incite hostility.
So write another article.
How about you go and read the countless books already written in the history section of your local library.
I already have! And written a few as well.
lets assume what the christians did was true. Does thet mean that it's now ok for the muslims to murder?
Wow. You really don't even get what I just said. Let's just say you commit a horrible act on another person. You label yourself under a certain group of people such as a particular race or class. The person you've committed the act against is of a different group. You commit this act and say you did this in the name of your group. Then I look at you and decide that the entirety of your group is evil and against the other groups based on your actions. Do you get that? Probably not. I bet I'll just confuse you even more as you don't seem to have good reading comprehension.
inallfairness...Yes, I get what you're saying but it's wrong. These so-called modeerates sit back and do nothing. they have a duty to control that religion. if Christians did what they did many other christians would quickly condemn the christians who did it
"""So nobody cares or wants to acknowledge the attrocities committed in the name of Christianity over the centuries?? """
Blah blah. This is not the subject. It is not the issue. Address the subject and we'll talk then.
I should not be surprised at the comments listed here. Using some other real world examples,
"It is unfortunate that innocent people have to suffer for the actions of others. However...as long as Catholics around the world continue to harbor and defend pedophile priests they only have their fellow Catholics to blame."
Until the entire Christian world stands up and condemns and actively fights radical movements within the religion, they have no moral high ground upon which to stand. – if you do not get the reference, look at Catholic pedophile priests, Westboro Baptist Church, various Tea Party groups, etc.
If you knew how we (the world) really felt, you'd change America.
F-OX is a racist/redneck platform.
Sucks to live in fear no? Well, because of your fellow domestic terrorists, ALL Americans live in fear. – Timothy McVeigh, Unabomber.
I will leave with a quote that while Biblical, can be considered a universal truth – Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
Looks like you just cast it there Charlie. LOL
That's an awesome way to put it.
"your fellow domestic terrorists" ???
Charles; Lay Catholics do not harbor pedophile prists. Second of all, NO Catholic tries to use scripture to defend this abhorent behavior. The Church,from top (most Bishops,most Cardinals,and the Pope) to bottom (average Catholic),has denounced this scourge that has infected some of our priests,and therefor,our Church. To remain Catholic means to remain strong in the tenets of our faith and in our love of Christ. There is no room for tolerating the failings of these few priests. (Yes,few in comparison to the total number of Catholic priests throughout the world.) Also,the Catholic Church has paid untold millions of dollars to victims of abuse.
Why do radical Muslims and radical Christians continue to use their Holy Books to rationalize the evil that they do? Why are they not paying for the harm done because of their evil deeds? They should be made accountable,just as Catholics have been.
Charles you are missing the point of what all these people are saying. Muslims play the victim card all the time and as FBI records will show very little of hate crimes are towards Muslims. As for your ignorant comment about Catholics, the church and bible does not promote the sick actions of these people. Did they mess up by trying to cover it up you bet they did and 99% of the world would agree with that. Muslims on the other hand are told to hate and lie and cheat and steal in their Koran. The Koran of Muslims is filled with 80% of hate and violence and how to lie and kill your way to heaven. This is taught every Friday by the Iman. The Koran is a political Ideology not a book of peace. I would suggest you know what you are talking about next time before you make your comments that make you look like a ignorant Islamist apologist.
I wish I could feel sympathy for a group that believes attacking innocent civilians all over the world, abuses women and treats them as dogs, that willingly speaks and accepts the idea that those who don't share their beliefs must be destroyed, and is the first to scream foul when someone doesn't "respect" him as he believes he should be.
You must be talking about the fundamentalist christians, right?
American-muslim? I did not know islam was a race. Good advice, try not to single yourself out.
Muslims can play the victim 364 days of the year. Today is not your day! P.S. Shaima Alawadi's murder was an "honor killing".
and american bigots and murder anyone and everyone that is not their Religion cuz it is the american way...
"Neo-Nazi shooter who gunned down six at Sikh temple was former soldier who was leader of racist white-power band"
Seeing the anti-American propaganda constantly spewed by C-NN it's easy to see why come countries choose to control the media.
Why don't you move to one of those countries, then?
u mean foxfax....
u see cnn is a WORLD WIDE news organization where foxfax is a local propaganda machine
Sucks to live in fear no? Well, because of your fellow muslims, ALL Amercians live in fear.
Notice the same can be said from a black or jewish person right here in america as the majority still has a fraction that hate with no justification. So who we blame all the white folk???
and because of the peace loving christians ALL gays live in fear, and thanks to the mormons all blacks live in fear... oh wait they rewrote their rules a few years ago
If you knew how we really felt, you'd move to Canada.
Until the entire Muslim world stands up and condemns and actively fights the radical movements within the religion, they have no moral high ground upon which to stand.
I'm having a hard time seeing that. They have no problem being seen when they want a mosque but they won't protest against extremists. that's the problem, the average American can't see these protests if there are any and can only see what the religion does against us and our interests.
That is so true. When it concerns what they want they can turn out in the streets en masse. They reap what they sow.
to this day not EVERY AMERICAN has condemned racism until then are Americans not worthy of being moral???? To judge a group as a whole is dumb. Are all whites racist since the klan is white??????
So when will the Christian nations and communities start confronting the radical movements with in their own religion like the ones that established those Jesus Camps?
as long as u stand up and point a finger at others just like your christian crusaders did b4 u, u have no moral high ground to point down from
It is unfortunate that innocent people have to suffer for the actions of others. However… as long as Muslims around the world continue to wage ‘holy wars’ they have only their fellow Muslims to blame.
no as long as OTHER religions which claim to be peace and luv spread hate, u have YOURSELF to blame....
christians are full of hate and jealousy.... what other religion has their spiritual leaders FEAST ON young boys they preaches hate towards gays..... and u all eat it up out of bigoted hate things Mr Jesus NEVER taught
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