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September 11th, 2012
09:24 AM ET

Opinion: American Muslims live in fear 11 years after 9/11

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.

soundoff (2,533 Responses)
  1. libdumb

    Don't tell me who I am going to trust or not. the Obama administration has demeaned Christians since he has taken office.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vulpecula

      @libdumb,
      Your comment demains Christains.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darrell

      Uh huh...and what other boogey man stories does your mommy tell you when she tucks you in at night?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff R

    Who is more fearful, a muslim in the U.S. or a Christian in Egypt/Iran?

    September 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • deep blue

      President Bush said "we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining."
      We are not Egypt or Iran, and we do not have to base how much freedom we give to our fellow Americans on them.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Admin

      Any non-Muslim in the entire Ummah should fear not for being discriminated against or have them called names like may occur in the US from time to time. Instead non Muslims in the Islamosphere need to fear for their heads being removed, their property stolen, their wives and daughters raped.
      You don’t hear about a lot of widespread violence and suicide attacks taking place around the world in the name of Christianity or Hinduism or any other religion for that matter. Apparently Ms Ali-Karamali must have missed the thousands of acts of violence committed in the name of Islam over the last few years.
      I’m having a hard time being sympathetic.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Researched..

    "Pagans indeed are those who say that God is the Messiah, son of Mary." Quran 5:72
    Fight in the cause of God those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for God loves not transgressors. And slay them wherever you catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter... But if they cease, God is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful... If they cease, let there be no hostility except to those who practice oppression" (2:190-193).
    chapter 9, verse 5 - "fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war)." Again, the preceding and following verses give the context.
    "but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity, then open the way for them... for God is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful."
    If Christians are supposed to be ‘People of the Book’ and protected how can Pagans as mentioned above be one in the same? My God is not your god, so how do you apply this to your way of living peacefully if this scripture is a taste of your beacon of living? Sounds like smoke and mirrors if not confusing. Sounds like a mission to convert or oppress those who desire to believe in their own God and faith without repenting to the Muslim faith.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bevis

    as they should

    September 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • R. Ben Madison

      It's sad - even tragic - but it's inevitable. The idea that Islam is a 'religion of violence' didn't start on 9/11; it started when the armies of the Caliphate surged out of Arabia and destroyed many of the classical civilizations of humanity (Egypt, Syria, Mesopotamia, Persia, North Africa and northwest India). Every Muslim has to live with that legacy. In a sense every Muslim takes the credit, or the blame, for that, simply by calling herself a Muslim.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ConantheDestroyer

    After 9/11, muslims should live in fear, or better yet, LEAVE. Just get out, go back to your homeland and see how you like it there. Not so much? Then STFU.

    Shame on CNN for giving this apologist for islam a podium on 9/11. Absolutely unconscionable.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      You are a complete moron. The United States is a country that has freedom of religion as most civilized countries do. Just because someone is Muslim, does not mean they should go back to their "home country". In most cases, that will be the United States! As someone who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, I say please shut your ignorant mouth.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • ConantheDestroyer

        I meant "ancestral homeland."

        Yes we have freedom of religion in this country, but when an ideology spurs its adherents to commit acts of terrorism, it ceases to be a religion.

        If we hadn't let them into our country in the first place you wouldn't have had to risk your life in Iraq or Afghanistan.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • BarbaraInPA

      Hey ConantheDingbat – I was born in Philadelphia. I'm Muslim. I abide by all the laws here.....so now what?

      September 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raya

      Because it's not like many American Muslims WERE BORN IN THE US. It's not like there are Muslims of all races in the US. Nope. Clearly all people who follow Islam come from one place and, since the US wasn't founded on a principle of religious freedom, we should dictate those who are Muslims leave. Seems logical to me.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • UncleSam4Ever

        Adherents of an ideology whose leaders preach "Death to America" and whose followers commit acts of terrorism should leave.

        Islam is not a religion, it is a political and military cult that is inconsistent with enlightened and civilized countries.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. KJ

    Please stop the hate. We are all one people. There are amongst us who would use any excuse to hurt one another. And they can be of any religion.

    Also, quoting lines from the Quran does not prove the followers of that religion do all that. I guess you have not read the old testament.

    Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged from Israel. (Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT)

    You should not let a sorceress live. (Exodus 22:17 NAB)

    "If a man lies with a male as with a women, both of them shall be put to death for their abominable deed; they have forfeited their lives." (Leviticus 20:13 NAB)

    A man or a woman who acts as a medium or fortuneteller shall be put to death by stoning; they have no one but themselves to blame for their death. (Leviticus 20:27 NAB)

    Whoever strikes his father or mother shall be put to death. (Exodus 21:15 NAB)

    If one curses his father or mother, his lamp will go out at the coming of darkness. (Proverbs 20:20 NAB)
    All who curse their father or mother must be put to death. They are guilty of a capital offense. (Leviticus 20:9 NLT)

    If a man commits adultery with another man's wife, both the man and the woman must be put to death. (Leviticus 20:10 NLT)

    A priest's daughter who loses her honor by committing fornication and thereby dishonors her father also, shall be burned to death. (Leviticus 21:9 NAB)

    Whoever sacrifices to any god, except the Lord alone, shall be doomed. (Exodus 22:19 NAB)

    They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. (2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB)

    September 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Read a book

      For wanting to quote scriptures from the Old Testament you fail to mention the tenants of the New Testament by which Christianity functions by. Let me know if you want to continue to makeself look foolish quoting a book you're probably never touched before. Of course, using Google Search for violent scriptures in bible doesn't count.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • jackinthebox

      enough with the fairy-tales

      September 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Oyster

    I don't know what the big deal is, just look at how well the Muslims have integrated into Europe and the valuable scientific and technological contributions they are making to society there. Muslims are world leaders when it comes to green energy and inventing cool new mobile devices. The real problem are the Buddhists who are just so aggressive, narrow minded and always screaming, unlike the Muslims, who are just so humble, peace-loving and receptive to new ideas.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat F

      LOL – all true!! But what have muslims done since the 12th century is what I would like to know.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mayfray

    Really, on the anniversity of 9/11 this is what CNN wants to talk about? Go away.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. libdumb

    This is nothing but a Hate Article by CNN against Christians.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mark

    Good. I hope they stay afraid and persecuted. Maybe then they'll leave.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sagebrush Shorty

    Personally I have absolutely no sympathy for these US Muslims. I don't see them buying a full page ad or a 2 minute TV spot condemning the atrocities committed in the name of Islam. Their silence gives tacit approval to the acts of terrorism perpetrated by their fellow Muslims.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      I don't see YOU buying a 2 minute spot condemning 9/11 either! Does your silence mean you are a sympathizer?

      September 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Doug484

    I am a veteran who fought for this dumb country.

    All of you people make me sick. Rather than try to understand each other, you focus only on hating each other. Don't act like Christianity is somehow more noble than Islam – both have a long history of violence (right up to today) and have long suppressed women.

    The truly sad part is as long as there are weak-minded fools there will always be religion.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • deep blue

      Faith is derived from ethics, not vise versa. All faiths believe God is good. Thus, no person will believe in a God that would endorse evil actions. Thus, faith is no excuse for evil, and no faith is responsible for evil. Individuals are responsible for evil.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Doug484

        I think you're exactly right. It is the people who allow themselves to be fooled by christian/islam leaders into thinking they have to hurt other people.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Read a book

      In terms of social evolution Christianity is decades ahead of Islam. Got anything to challenge that idea?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Doug484

        Go back and review my comment on weak-minded fools.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug484

      Wow, such hatred. This is the major problem. Do you actually think you're going to change my opinion?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rmahone

    I haven't seen much from the Muslim community here in the US taking a strong stand against the extremist part of their religion. They've had over a decade to do so and have not.....so, to hell with them all!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Karan-India

    Dear author,

    Instead of wasting your energy convincing rest of the world that Islam is a peaceful religion, please focus your efforts on getting rid of the Islamist terrorism. The only way to convince people Islam does not preach violence.

    PS: I do not believe in any religion. For me, science and humanity are the only religions worth considering.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Just_One

    I neither need nor want to hear muslims tell me how peaceful their religion is becasue I am not the one who needs to hear it. They need to save their sermons for those muslims who commit these attrocities, not their victims.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      I think the same thing about Christianity when I think of the Oklahoma City bombing. All religions kill people in the name of their god, this is just the freshest in your memory.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jack 2

        That wasn't done in the name of christianity...how rediculous to use that as a comparison

        September 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • db

        that wasn't about religion...don't condone it but had nothing to do with a church..

        September 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      Americans are all afraid. all of em. it is the engine of capitalism.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Blake G.

    It is pretty ridiculous the way some Americans think about Islam. It seems easier to hear from others what Islam does, or does not stand for and just believe that then to actually do your own research into it. Even common sense would lead you to believe that a religion that's been around for around 1,400 years and is one of the largest in the World could not have survived if it were based off intolerance and hate. Unfortunately common sense isn't very common it seems.

    I'll admit my knowledge on Islam is very limited. I have a good idea of the very basics of what Islam stands for but that's about it. Although I'm glad my ignorance of Islam doesn't lead me to fear or hate it and it shouldn't lead others to fear or hate it. If I had a fear a fear or something I didn't know much or anything about that's when I look into it to see if my fears are founded or not and usually find that they are not. Ignorance of someone else's life or religion is not a good excuse to fear or hate them.

    I've met and known a decent number of Muslims throughout my life and despite our religious differences (they following Islam and me Mormon) we never have a problem with each other over it and I find that at least everyone I run into here in America of different faiths and sects all have pretty common goals for our life. Be able to provide for ourselves and our families and be allowed to live our life the way we see fit without others telling us how we are suppose to live our life or what to believe and as long as our freedom isn't getting in the way of other people's freedom then I see no problems at all.

    It's the part of the American and even European populations that know so little about Islam but fear or hate them that will, if anything, cause more people of the Islamic faith to fear, hate, or be angry at our secular countries and our different faiths. Their ignorance of our lives, goals, morals, and freedoms we have in our communities is wrong and only causes more problems. But our ignorance of those same things about their faith and communities is wrong as well and only causes more problems. Unfortunately it seems a lot easier for some people to just hate and fear with little to no knowledge of the actual issues they hate then to try and be open to understanding it and actually taking time to research the Islamic faith and people and see that although our religions might be a bit different and we might have different books of faith we all have the same common goals and dreams for ourselves and our families and we are really just killing and hating each other for no good reason.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      Blake,

      I know all I need to by Islam's reaction to attacks on innocent people. When start to condemn these cowards and exile them from their religion, only then will I start to think of Islam differently. You can speak against it or be part of it. Silence is = approval of their actions and words.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Laurie

    Yes this is the type of article I would expect from CNN. This is a lot of nonsense and take the focus off the "real" concern.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  18. JDA379

    "polls show that Americans’ negative views of Islam have increased since 9/11, not decreased." Wouldn't you think that would be because of their religio-political sanctions world wide? Not because of the 'peaceful' Muslims we have in the US, but because of the maniacs still imposing militantly across the world. The same way more & more political Christians are being scrutinized because of ridiculous statements & actions – as they should be! Muslims deserve no special pass. All religions tend to complicate things, none of them deserve a pass, they should be scrutinized equally.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Jim

    The threat radical Islam poses to America is far greater than the concerns stated by this writer. The fact that Radical Islamists have let it be known they plan to attack from inside the country should put us on alert. Shariah creep is the infiltration of shariah law into our courts and those that wish to harm us creep just like that, except into our neighborhoods. On 9/11 perhaps it would be more appropriate to write a column detailing the problem Radical islam poses to America instead of telling us how it has inconvenienced you.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • denman838

      Jim, you hit the nail on the head, my friend. Could not have said it better.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      What makes you think a man and "19 others" in a cave in Pakistan have that much power to hijack a plane in Amerika? Please, just think over it.. 911 was done by Zionist Jews.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  20. muffin72

    Dear CNN....today is not about Muslims. Today is about remembering those innocent souls the that were killed by Muslims.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • deep blue

      Which included Muslims. Those in the twin towers were of many ethnicities, of many faiths. What the victims had in common was not their faith, but that they were Americans.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Which indeed included Muslins and a Mosque that was on the 17th floor of the South Tower.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  21. S. S. Smith

    A muslim woman was just arrested in Nashville this week for stating that she should take a gun and kill all her co-workers and herself (at Dell) because they were not of her faith and should die for it. Sooooooo, I believe it runs much deeper than we all suspect or could even imagine. I'm sorry you live in fear, but put yourself in our shoes maybe.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  22. january2454

    The basics of Islam are simply incompatible with democracy. The Islamic imperative to convert all "infidels" (which is everybody who isn't Muslim) just doesn't work in America.

    Muslims should never have come to America in the first place. It's just not the right culture for them to practice their very backward beliefs.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Ogedi

    The downfall of the article is the mis-statement: "Although countless Muslims have condemned the acts of 9/11 in the United States and worldwide" ... The US Muslim community has never adequately condemned the action of terrorists. And worldwide?.. they were dancing in the streets of Indonesia post 9/11. When some fanatical Christian commits a horrific act they are called out and condemned by their own. With the Islamic community there was mostly silence. Your non-action creates distrust after the horrific acts of 9/11 were NOT voiced with outrage. If you live in fear, join the club.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rak79

      I love this perception that the US Muslim society is one unison voice. Why is this double standard applied to us. In my own personal way I have condemned the atrocities of 9/11, facebook posts, in person, etc. I am not affiliated with a large society. Islam is extremely diverse with people around the world practicing it, thus there are hundreds of different groups in the US. This may dilute that huge voice that everyone seems to want, but it does not exist!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  24. TELawrence

    "Not all Muslims are Terrorists, but most Terrorists are Muslim"

    NOT ALL CONSERVATIVES ARE RACIST, BUT MOST RACISTS ARE CONSERVATIVE.

    Gee – sound familiar?

    September 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      Lawrence,

      Millions of the people who adhere to the religion you're defending want to kill you. No matter now starry-eyed you may feel about them, I can assure you, they do not feel the same way about you.

      Obama tried that theory out with his "charm offensive" to the Muslim world. Do they hate America any less as a result? Not that anyone can discern.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  25. mark

    Hard to feel sympathy for a group of people who CONTINUOUSLY fail to renounce their fellow followers terrorist activities. I have no tolerance for muslims of any kind strictly for this reason and thankfully I don't have to interact with them at all except to tell them FO and die.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Then you are part of the problem.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      You see the world through a very narrow lense. Try removing the filters that cloud your judgment and open yourself up to ideas that are not based in fear. You only see the facts that your fear-skewed perception will allow you to see, and thus you are living in a fear-distorted reality

      September 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duke One

      How do you know he's a Christian ? Sounds like you make a lot of assumptions you hypocrite !

      September 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tacitus Talks

      It is hypocritical to claim to be peaceful and to be American and to side with enemies because they happen to be the "same religion". How many Catholics-Americans of Italian decent fought Italy in the World War 2. Eisenhower was of German decent. How many Italian Americans or German Americans turned their weapons on American soldiers in World War 2. As a matter of fact, How many Nissei turned their guns on other AMerican troops? The answer: zero. How man Muslims-Americans murdered their fellow soldiers? How man of them were born here? There is a problem of loyalty with Muslims that are not found in any other group. That fact is ignored or down right lied about.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      And do you publicly renounce every act by Christian terrorists? Every time there is a mass shooting or that guy who flew his plane into an IRS building or bombed a hospital that offered birth control, do you post messages and go up to random strangers and say "I know a Christian committed this horrible act and I just want you to know that I renounce what he stood for"? Of course you don't. You probably say "We'll those guys are 'true' Christians. They're just angry lone nuts." See that's the problem. An angry lone nut who is white is just an angry lone nut, but if he's not white or belongs to some other religion, he's a terrorist part of a bigger problem. Similarly if a poor person hears voices that tell them to do odd or hateful things in public, we call them crazy and put them in a mental hospital. But if a rich, white woman hears voices that tell her to do odd and hateful things in public, we call her Michelle Bachmann.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gantry

        Bob.....I recommend that you put a sign in front of your house stating: "This House Is A Gun Free Zone".

        September 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • whybotherwithablog

      Opening this article to comments will naturally invite negative responses. Haters must hate at any cost. Duh!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  26. americano

    I'm an American and when I travel abroad I am constantly faced with anti-Americanism especially in Europe. People will always generalize an entire group of people, country race because of the actions of a few.Iit's something that I have learned to expect and accept. It's not right but its human nature and not much will change as long as war, terrorism and hate continue. Out in the middle east Muslims are killing one another while here in this country American service men and women within our armed forces are sacrificing their lives and families every day to defend our freedoms. Think about that and then decide where you rather live and where your patriotism should lie.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • lisabones

      Couldn't have said it better myself!

      September 11, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      And Americans never kill one another??? Why do you have more people in jail than any other nation on earth, yet you call yourself the land of the free?

      People around the world hate the USA for a reason. A reason that americans have been blinded to by their own propaganda.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Duke One

        Oh, I thought Obama fixed all that ! Lol !

        September 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • americano

        Paul, you are generalizing a country of 300 million people saying that we are blinded (ignorant) to our own propaganda. 300 million people is a lot of people. Are you sure everyone is like you say? Or, is it you the one who is ignorant. Stop spreading the hate.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Jmaag

    Muslims should live in fear. Since they do not police themselves we unfortunately have to do that for them. If American Muslims would lead the fight against Islamic terrorists they would have less to fear.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Americans should live in fear too

      September 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gantry

        Paul said:
        "Americans should live in fear too"

        Well PAULY GIRL, so should you and your friends.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      Stop with the hatred and ignorance...all of you!

      September 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Aniiko

    Lets be real... the fear that many have towards muslims and the fear that muslims have towards others was and is fixable. I have stated this to many of my muslim friends who have expressed their frustration, and after watching these morrons burn Qur'ans and disrespect a religion (even my own bf has little respect to muslims – he is a soldier) i know this answer is going to be hard to swallow. If muslims put as much effort in to spreading the positive things about their religion and themselves as individuals, that terrorist put in to trying to manipulate the system this fear would not be an issue. Much like how "white" america republicans have these KKK and aryans show up at the republican rallies and they do nothing to expel the association with them other than say, "not all of us are like that". That is not enough... Just like african Americans, whites, asians, hispanics, jews (religion not a race), muslims (yes there are white muslims) have to all as people work on the internal mechanisms to make sure they are heard. There have been several peaceful muslim rallies around the country protesting Islamic fundamentalism and terrorist, but the media does not report it. Well... if the terrorist can use the media to spread their propaganda, non terrorist should be doing three times the work to counter it. You dont put a band aide over a IUD wound. You have to yell at the top of your lungs every day, not just on this day, I am not a terrorist and you need to accept that. Forcing people to accept that you are not part of something negative is not bad. It is you breaking stereo types and educated those that are able to absorb information. what discuss me is that i know at Arlington cemetery some of those crosses have Muslims buried under them. it is only when this country stops closing its eyes and seeing only "white" people when you think of an American, but realizes there is no face of America because of our mixtures. There is no one face of a soldier, because of our dedication.... When you close your eyes and I ask who is american you should see your self or no one specific. When I ask you to close your eyes and tell me what a terrorist looks like.... you should say it can be anyone.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Ryan

    CNN you are a disgrace. The focus of today is on the victims, run this article front page? Muslims living in the US are not victims. They are the luckiest muslims on the face of the earth to be here with FREEDOMS FOUND ONLY in the USA. I never see them condemn Islam for its injustices against women which are in direct conflict with American ideals. Islam = intolerance. If you don't believe it, have lengthly conversations with those who "submit" to it. It's modern day religious fascism and it's not to be embraced. Use your freedom of speech, if you don't like Islam and you cherish freedom, say something.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • heavywords2012

      Right ON MAN!!!!!!

      September 11, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • doubledees

      Muslims dont like dogs – they are considered filthy animals. I have several muslim friends who wont come to my home because I have a dog and have told me flat out that she is a dirty animal!!!! So dont say that they like dogs – they dont!!! Dogs wander the streeets in Egypt, starving, and no-one gives them anything to eat, not even a dish of water. They treat their holy Koran better. I have no great love for them, as they're all two-faced liars, smile to your face and wish you dead behind your back. Her boo-hoo story doesnt touch my heart.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Muslim

      I like Islam and like the freedom of religion....too bad that people like you (the outspoken minority) pollute everyone else's minds with stereotypes and ignorance.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • heavywords2012

        Thats all you can say I bet.. Blah Blah ignorant, blah blah racist, nobody buys that bs card anymore. Get a new way to try and win your petty race war, clown.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • heavywords2012

        The way the middle east governs themselves is comedy.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moocow

      If she wrote a touching story about the victims of 9/11, she'd probably be issued a fatwa (death order) by her religious leaders abroad.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Craig

        Here is another lie filled with ignorance....not sure why you have so much hate and intolerance...

        September 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • rafael

      I agree completely, I make this point to Christians about Christianity ALL THE TIME and none of them can understand either.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • AChristian_Apology_for_our_ignorance

      CNN is not a disgrace . They are trying to create a much needed dialogue during a time that needs inter-reglious dialog even more than at other times. As for all of the comments about our Muslim friends I can only repeat some of the advice I recently shared: ...having been raised a Christian I think it only fair to share some of our ahh interesting advice. For example I learned from Exodus 21:7 that I can sell my daughter into slavery. Lev.25:44 also tells me that I can purchase slaves – but thankfully I am told it can it be from neighbor nations – I mean that would be immoral. Good thing I have the bible to keep me on the straight and narrow. Oh wait! We are only trying to embarrass and harass our muslim friends here and not discuss our own absurd passages. I'm sorry. (but really there are so many many more!) Please disregard this. Or better yet – realize that all of our texts have some absurdities and realize that those who live in glass houses should not be throwing stones!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • MeInSac

        Thank you! Hopefully some of these ignorant people will come to their senses.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • PevanB

      Well said!

      September 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  30. quantumelf

    The Quran is full of violent passages, especially about killing infidels and nonbelievers. A practicing Muslim can take their pick of its verses, as can the followers of other religions with violent passages of their own. Until they all are abolished, they have every right to "live in fear" of a rational, reasonable society that bases its thinking on lessening the suffering of all and enabling all to live in harmony without being oppressed by any certain religion or belief.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  31. heavywords2012

    Look for one he was born and raised here in the US. Hes not a Muslim from the middle east. Theres a big difference. Also, thats how people react when their attacked. The gov is in charge of security so their gonna check up on people that may be suspect. Maybe if the middle east so crazy and carless about life they would be treated differently but they don't. They act like mindless barbarians unable to govern themselves. To the mother, thank you for raising a productive citizen for this country. He served well, but dont forget the people who are responsible for your sons death. Your people have to fight for a peaceful existence in order to be treated as a peaceful people. God bless your son and may he RIP. His name is there, thats respect. focus your energy on the root of the evil in which killed your son.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Anonymous

    Normal Muslims are just as bad as the terrorists are. They condone what the Quran says about beating your wives, not giving women equal rights, killing atheists and so on. Furthermore, they never do any protests against their fellow terrorists. All Muslims are brothers, right?

    Muslims should be discriminated against the same way Nazis are discriminated against. Any rational human being would think the same of Islam as they would of Nazism.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • rafael

      When is the last time you protested against people of your religion who are mistreating others?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • MeInSac

      Please stop spreading misinformation.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mu'aatha

        WHERE does the Qur'an encourage violence against women?! it does NOT!! it FORBIDS IT! and the number of female MUSLIMS doctors, attorneys, and other highly educated women would scare you.

        if you cannot provide your source do NOT provide your ignorance. i would not misquote the Bible to you. do all Christians beat their wives?

        shall we talk about Timothy McVeigh? HE was a terrorist who took out a whole building, including a NURSERY SCHOOL. and a White Supremacist. and a Christian. where is the talk and the hate of HIS kind?

        get your facts together. spewing emotion is only spewing hatred and stupidity. it solves nothing.

        nothing.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kevin

        Islamic law allows for the stoning of women who commit adultery. Is that not violence? How about the other Honor killings that are so prevalent in Muslim society both here and abroad?

        September 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Isabella

        What misinformation are you talking about exactly?

        September 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Liberatus

    Stereotypes do not come about by accident–they develop because a part of a particular population has exhibited certain characteristics or behavior; the danger comes when we apply that stereotype to an entire population, and assume ALL people in the group possess those traits.

    Everyone is fearful of some other group based on these stereotypes, and that is undertandable. As humans, we use what senses we were given to try to quickly assess a situation for danger–it's instinct. Unfortunately, our first sense we use is sight, because it can be done from a safe distance and it is generally the first way we percieve a person. There is nothing wrong with "assessing" someone based on a sterotype–as long as you continue your assessment using your human gifts–like intelligence, for example-to make sure your assessment is accurate, or you change your assessment. Too many people want to make a judgment based on a stereotype, and never go any further.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Greg

    Dear Ms. Sumbul Ali-Karamali,
    I applaud your writing it is very enlightening. The problem I see with everything you wrote I do not see one piece that shows what the Muslim religion has done to bring itself into a positive spolight. When something happens it seems that Muslims run and hide. If you want to be AMERICAN well stand tall and fight to prove yourself. I have yet to see on any news outlet Muslims taking a stand for the American people, just them taking a stand for what they want for themselves.
    "Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country" This doesn't mean start some little group and push people around with lawsuits or threats, this means make a positive impact on society. Maybe and only maybe if the Muslim community would ban together to make such an impact the American people that you are so fearful of would begin to see that maybe they aren't so bad, but until they can stop ramming their rhetoric down our throats and making us look like the bad guy it is not going to happen. Not asking to assimilate just be American and know that this is the land of the free and the home of the brave, not a Muslim country. America is a melting pot of all kinds of faith, races, etc. and yes we have our differences but if provoked we stand and fight together as Americans.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Noelle

    Thank you for sharing. I had never really considered the side of the non-extremists, and as both and Christian and American citizen, I apologize for the fear you and members of your religion live in. Today is a grievous day, and it is important to remember the victims of the after-effects as well.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • doubledees

      Muslims dont like dogs – they are considered filthy animals. I have several muslim friends who wont come to my home because I have a dog and have told me flat out that she is a dirty animal!!!! So dont say that they like dogs – they dont!!! Dogs wander the streeets in Egypt, starving, and no-one gives them anything to eat, not even a dish of water. They treat their holy Koran better. I have no great love for them, as they're all two-faced liars, smile to your face and wish you dead behind your back. Her boo-hoo story doesnt touch my heart.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  36. mabear87

    What shame! The US tends to be the big bully of the world. People like Romney and Bush want to change the world to their view, yet neither is ethical, honest, or a real Christian (New Testament, Jesus). They are about a honest as the Muslim Imans who have no clue as to the rest of the world and pretend to be God. Whoops, that is Bush and Romney and Ryan, who has no experience and no clue as to anything. Hopefully our Congress will grow up and take care of the American people instead of Mitch McConnell.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • cooramoor

      OK, you are late for home room. Back to class with you. Learn fool!

      September 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  37. BemidjiJack

    Joe, you'll get what you deserve when you rot in hell. Until then, you're an oxygen thief.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Ted Ward

    After 9-11 I decided like any educated intelligent person to inform myself and read up on Islam, it's history and culture. The more I read and learned, the worse Islam looked. I suppose many Americans have by now done pretty much the same thing. If more Americans today view Islam negatively than ten years ago, it's because Americans have had the time to read and reflect and draw rational conclusions.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • saurov

      hehehe, makes me glee. we have been worst sufferers in their hand.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Bill

    Everything I learned about Islam I learned on this day 11 years ago. We have yet to be attacked by a Buddhist, Amish, Sikh, Hindi or any other religious sect. Muslims are just plain evil.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • weezer

      Tim Mcveigh was Catholic. Did you learn all you needed to learn about Catholicism when he blew up the Oklahoma Federal building?

      September 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • PevanB

        Sorry there zippy mcveigh was a catholic by association only and the new testament does not teach to kill those that differ with you unlike the rag of a book the mulims (lower case on purpose) read. NEW testament NEW testament "try understanding what you speak of before you open thy mouth fool?

        September 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Michael Chapel Hill

    Muslims in the US are better of than living in their own countries. If they are afraid, there is something wrong. However, Muslim countries do not allow ANY OTHER PEOPLE OF OTHER RELIGIONS TO LIVE IN PEACE IN THEIR COUNTRY.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      I would rather be a Muslim living in Ameria than a Christian "trying" to live in Saudi Arabia. Duh!!!

      September 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • PevanB

        GREAT POINT!

        September 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      I agree with u a 100%

      September 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smitty

      Other peoples' intolerance is not justification for yours.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  41. zozo

    of course u r from the most hated people of Egypt(what they called themselves coptics)–u guys will stay like that all of ur life hating and hating-i said go to the hell

    September 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gantry

      zozo, Please call 911 and have yourself committed. We'll vouch for you.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gollum

        hehehe

        September 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  42. joe

    NEVER NEVER FORGET 9-11-201 END OF STORY!!!!!!!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  43. SPW

    You have to assume that anyone in this comment area bashing Muslims can't be a Christian, because the things they say here go against Jesus' teachings.

    Otherwise, you're living in sin. I didn't make the rules, Jesus did.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dal

      I find the most insufferable and ignorant people to almost always be Christian and American.

      It's a shame that these people make the whole religion look bad as a whole.... Kinda seems familiar

      September 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Smitty

        Exactly, what their fairy tales tell them is to "Love thy enemy" and "Turn the other cheek." Justifying hate because the other group hates is exactly what Jesus (supposedly) didn't teach.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Kev1n

    I would say most people aren't afraid of muslims just like most muslims are not terrorists, so what is the point of this article except to just add fuel to the fire?

    September 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • rafael

      You make it all sound so nice!

      September 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  45. CaesarXIII

    Spoken like a true Democrat... Glad to see your partys colors finally going through.. Yellow,

    September 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Wootings

    Everyone lives in fear so long as religion still exists. I have to wonder if humanity will survive it's belief in fairy tales, or if ultimately religion just wipes out the entire race.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimbo

      People live in fear when there isn't religion, too. You may be aware of such names as Mao, Stalin, and Hitler, none of whom was religious.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Solitairedog

    Muslims don't like dogs? I hadn't heard that. Why don't Muslims like dogs? (Just kidding).
    But no kidding around, if Muslims are so open-minded and inclusionary, why do they make it a crime for a Muslim to convert to another religion? Why do they oppress women? Why do they install blasphemy laws that force people to hide their own beliefs on pain of death? Why do they kill members of their own family that want to assimilate into the American culture? I do believe American Muslims live in fear, but the rest of your reasoning doesn't hold much water.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      This was the best comment I read all day

      September 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  48. P. Zammer

    II'd have liked for the author to have provided even a sliver of evidence of "Islamic religious leaders" denouncing the attacks. I remember lots of imams and other such characters cheering on that day. Indeed, large crowds gathered in many Muslim countries bearing posters with bin Laden's image on them in the aftermath.

    And which laws of Islam did the terrorists break? Anyone who bothers to consult the historical facts will quickly find that the FOUNDER of the religion was a terrorist and a war-mongering, merciless invader of other lands.

    What a surprise: CNN gives no equal time to a writer who actually knows the history of Islam and won't mumble politically correct nonsense about this topic.

    The author of this piece may be a nice lady, but she is either lying through her teeth here or she is woefully ignorant of the facts.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Thezel

    To be fair, this women's parents were from India, so even though Muslim, it's really not the same background as those from the middle east, bent on destruction of Isreal, and hate America because of our oil interests.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Marcos

    Yes, it is wrong to conclude that all Muslims are radical terrorist. And yes all Muslims should be afraid. They should fear mostly what this small group of radical Muslims will do to destroy the fabric of the good Muslim community. I have yet to hear what Muslim are doing as a community to identify and capture these radical individuals. Not one incendent were an individual has been identified by the Muslim community and taken into custody for radiacal behaviour. As Americans we have kept our eye open and reported criminal behaviour when notice. We've made public and reported misbehaviour from our politicians and goverment. This is what we do to protect our common interest. American Muslims must join to remove these criminals and put an end to this radical behaviour. Only Muslims can do this kind of cleansing in their community. God bless us all and help us work through these difficult times.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  51. harleydavidson

    Generally speaking, Muslim is the worst religion of this era. It is the ONLY religion that condones murder and violence. It is the only religion where fathers kill daughters for honor sake, treats women as subservient to men. condones mass lynching if you say anything bad about allah and the kuran, condones stoning people to death for adultery, encourages people to kill non-Muslims, offers virgins to mass murderers. Recently, they were ready to burn a young girl alive when she tore off some pages from a Kuran. Of course, not every Muslim is a murderer and violent, but Muslim is the ONLY religion that condones violence. It empowers radical followers to carry out atrocious acts.

    We should NOT allow Muslim religion to infiltrate the USA. We have every reason to be vigilant against their advances.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • carruje

      Islam is the only religion that treats women as subservient? You should take a moment to break open a Bible and read First Corinthians 14:34-35.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Tracy

    Was former Pres Bush at the RNC? Was Cheney? Was Rumsfeld? Powell? How about Ashcroft? did he get any face time at the RNC? No? Didn't these guys control our world for awhile? Its getting harder and harder to sell this BS..."Freedom" now is "Jobs" There are lots of ways for a young an to make money these days....you simply sign up with an international corporation contracting in Afghanistan. Finish out the year and come home with a paycheck comparable to what you would have earned working in Clinton's America under Clinton a decade ago....If we got out of the middle east, we would find out how much money we spend there...that is why we are there until 2024.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Flippy123

    On 9/11 lets pause to remember those hijackers were people too and their religion of peace is being woefully maligned today.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Loblaw

      Let's not forget that it wasn't really their fault either, but rather American arrogance that forced them to commit these acts.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  54. lolwut

    Of course, by "Islamophobia," what Muslims like the author really mean is asking hard questions about and directing legitimate criticisms toward the totalitarian, Islamic supremacist religious/political doctrine of Sharia. Believing themselves above the sort of criticism that is directed toward every other religion and group that seeks political influence, they simply attempt to shut down debate by crying "hatred" and suggesting, via the phony pseudo-diagnosis of "Islamophobia" that speaking out against the promoters of Sharia and their enablers is tantamount to mental illness.

    The FBI's own crime statistics disprove this myth that there is any exceptional level of crime directed toward Muslims–you know, that phantom "anti-muslim backlash" that we've been assured is right around the corner ever since 9/11 but which stubbornly fails to materialize.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Danthefisherman

    What do Muslims expect? Every place in the world where there is discord and violence is Islamic based.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • TELawrence

      Knucklehead – there are over 1 Billion Muslims. The % of violence for that number of people is no greater than any other group, including Americans.

      If ALL Muslims were violent as you believe that would be ONE BILLION VIOLENT PEOPLE and I think we would have noticed that!

      September 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  56. saadia

    This Article is probably the biggest insult to non-muslim Americans. I can't believe that the writer is actually trying to gain sympathy for muslims living in America. Oh boo hoo: mosques got bombed/vandalized. boo hoo, muslims are getting picked on. boo hoo, muslims are misunderstood. Islam is a relision of extremism. It teachs violence and condones killing. The sharia laws allow for the murder of innocent women and children, and lays for formulas for how punishment should be dealt out. I personally don't trust Muslims. They have no loyalties, except to Islam. I really don't think that any muslim who pledges loyalty to America is being true. They are basically incapable of such an act. They come to western countries to reap the rewards and nothing else. This is perhaps not there fault, they are just wired that way.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  57. forreal89

    POLITICAL CORRECTNESS at its best

    September 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Michael

    So am I!!!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Mcshannon

    The freedom to express an opinion is truly freedom of speech and the author has that right, that we disagree with this particular opinion is also our freedom and to flaunt our own brand of opinion although some embedded in hate is just freedom of speech.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Flash1259

    The muslims are living in fear of those fanatical ( you are either with us or against us)terrorists hunting them down.

    in that statement ( you are either with us or against us) has created terrorism in and of it self.

    1. Ban all political parties and the donations they recieve from corporations, special intrest groups, lobbists and PACs
    2.all Americans have IMIGRATION history
    3. Just because you are white it does not mean you are right
    4.Corporations are not people. they are run by people who already vote and donate money
    5.universal health care is in every democracy except the USA
    6. The GWB adminastration from top to bottom is a corporate terrorist group stealing natural resources from other nations.
    7. Where is the electric cars? buried by auto and oil industries.
    8 impose a mandate that all new businesses and homes be built with renewable energy products.
    9. re regulate the banking system, create a government dept to make money , end the fed or mandate the government to regulate interest rates instead of the fox guarding the hen house
    10. Keep religion out of our government and our government buildings

    the political parties are not in the business of doing anything for the nation as a whole, they are self serving finger pointers who stagnates the progress of going forward

    September 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  61. dan

    If it were Christians (civilians) carrying out attacks killing thousands in the middle east, I'm sure the Islamic nations in that region would discriminate/ban/kill all Christians in their territory. I would approach the subject differently.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • carruje

      You might take into consideration, Dan, that American civilization holds itself to a higher standard than most middle eastern countries. It is silly to think that someone else's bad behavior justifies one's own bad behavior.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Oboy911

    "Muslim is peaceful religion" Prove it

    September 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pablo

      Christianity is a peaceful religion. Prove it?

      September 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  63. BJNJ

    My experience with muslims is that they are sneaky and seem to have no honor. They seem to live under the rules that it's wrong if you get caught and OK if you get away with it. I guess the real problem is they try to force religion into civil law. To summarize...if I meet a muslim he has to prove he is trustworthy to me. BJNJ

    September 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  64. John T.

    I was starting to like your article until you started lieing like : No religion can flourish for 1,400 years without being flexible and adaptable. My "behind" maybe flexible with what type of weapons you use? Muslims have been one of the most oppresive if not the most oppresive religions since 1,400 years ago.
    You probably didn't say that line in front of the jews you spoke off, they would have probably laughed at you instead of applauded.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Flippy123

    I have in person heard Imams state that if they had any say they would like for America to come under Sharia for everyone, no exceptions. I guess I just filled with hate so much that my own eyes and ears no longer function properly.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Rasheed

    Yes, but who are the ones being attacked > 90% of the times by the most destructive western weapons (of mass destruction) – almost all the times it's Muslims that are being targeted by war-terrorism. Maybe that's why.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Everything I learned about Islam I learned on this day 11 years ago. We have yet to be attacked by a Buddhist, Amish, Sikh, Hindi or any other religious sect. Muslims are just plain evil.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • PevanB

        Bill – Well said

        September 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bman

      brought it upon yourselves sir...and yes, terrorists certainly under-estimated the determination of the Western World.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  67. EROC

    It is hard when you know at this very minute there are plans being devised by muslims to kill as many Americans as possible. It is not fair to lump all muslims in this category but it is hard to separate. Know other group of people hate us so much. Some of it is justifiable in my mind but that doesn't make me feel any better that people want me dead.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Bev McMullan

    Unfortunately, what happened on 9/11 has scarred most of us... deeply. This is not something that we can easily forgive and forget. What people need to do, however, is to separate the extremists from the "legitimate" muslims who live peacefully, amongst us, in North America. They are not forcing their views, on us, as they are doing in England...they are not violent and they do respect our laws. We are definitely luckier than other countries. For most of us 9/11 was a loss of our innocence. I pray for all those lost souls and for the families they have left behind.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  69. RK

    Can't we all just get along!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • karek40

      Not unless you are willing to convert to Islam and to the specific sect they want you to. Man has never gotten along so thank you Rodney.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  70. RZDower

    CNN is a left leaning/progressive media outlet. They cannot let a day like this go to waste if they can somehow bend it in their political direction. Expecting them to simply honor those who perished 11 years ago at the hands of muslim hijackers is expecting too much. No, they cannot allow that. They must spin it backward to victimize muslims in America and take the focus off the real victims of 9-11. Way to go, CNN. Way to go...

    September 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marcos

      Please don't blame CNN for the lack of Muslim courage. Go find these criminals and bring them to justice. Then you can claim you're an American or human for that matter. The fact that you are here in these United States does not make you an American. The problem is that you put religion above all matters. Even when they have criminal intent. This behaviour makes you an accomplice and therefore you are just as guilty as the radical terrorist. Man-up!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Dave Smith

    Another thing: SHAME on CNN for publishing this article today, of all days. The insensitivity and general insult to the families of 9/11 victims is unconscionable.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • karek40

      I agree, this article should not have been published today.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • LC

        I also agree – very shameful.

        September 11, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rasheed

      Dave Smith, yes I see you point that you're hurt the article is being published today by CNN. But doesn't CNN do stories with western pov's for the 363 other days of the year, during each of which the Muslims have been terrorized by the West? Do you object to CNN publishing those then?

      September 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dave Smith

        In this country, we shouldn't focus on a backward and violent religion and its equally backward and violent adherents.

        September 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Marcos

        Rasheed, Please don't blame CNN for the lack of Muslim courage. Go find these criminals and bring them to justice. Then you can claim you're an American or human for that matter. The fact that you are here in these United States does not make you an American. The problem is that you put religion above all matters. Even when they have criminal intent. This behaviour makes you an accomplice and therefore you are just as guilty as the radical terrorist. Man-up!

        September 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  72. FreedomMan27

    Most Muslims are not terrorists. However, most terrorists are Muslims. It is a shame that the actions of a few Muslims basically destroyed the reputation of an entire religion.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • karek40

      Your statement is not an axiom, it is a theory yet to be proved. I do agree most terrorists are muslim, however, when the Mahdi comes on the scene then the statement will be all muslims are terrorists, if they are not they will be killed. Read their book.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Margaret

      It should be pointed out that None of the terrorists on 9/11 were Americans, nor were they from Iraq, but that did not stop us from going to war.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gavin

      Actually a small fraction of terrorists are Muslim. you should do some research before posting facts that you know nothing about.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  73. SPW

    It's primarily Christian extremists that bash Muslims all the time, those that think this is a Christian nation and belong to their people and that only Christian lives died during 9/11. Sickening, really.

    Way to follow your own religious text guys, but I guess if you pray away all the bad things you say and accept Jesus it doesn't matter.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • karek40

      Perhaps it is only christians that understand the antichrist and the mahdi are one and the same.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • callmeishmae

      lol..Christians understand something? Haha....I doubt that. The majority of Christians I've met just aren't terribly bright, and the possibility that they possess any sort of insider knowledge is dubious at best.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  74. forreal89

    PC at its best. LET US REMEMBER 911 forget about the Muslims go home

    September 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  75. 5975hr

    Make no mistake. The only reason those Sand Surfers are peaceful here is beacuse they have to TOLERATE us. UNTIL they get a power base within thye political system, (Legislative (YEP), EXECUTIVE(PRESIDENT and YES) and JUDICIAL (YEA, they even own that also) Money talks. WHen they gain total control, you will see the real side of ISLAM. ASK A NIGERIAN

    September 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  76. guest

    I am a non-muslim american (who lost many friends 11 years ago today) with a muslim wife, so I can see both sides of this issue. The author's article does nothing to help by ignoring very obvious problems in the worldwide muslim community. "Islam is a religion of peace" ... blah blah blah... Oh? What about your religous leaders issuing death warrants for people who draw cartoons? What about honor killings? What about woman's rights in Saudi Arabia? What if a retarded kids burns a few pages of the Koran? Is there any quality control at CNN?

    September 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Loblaw

      Muslims conveniently omit that all the time. Why should she be any different?

      September 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Commentor

      Exactly what I was going to type, but you beat me to it.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  77. edmundburkeson

    In America Muslims are protected by law. The only thing they have to fear is criminals. That is not true of Chritians in Muslim countries. So I do not think Sumbul you will find much credibility for your pity party for Muslims here. boo hoo!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Exactly ! you said it well.... I can only had details. Those details being : beheadings of infidels or dhimmis who do not follow islam, genital mutilation of young women in islam prior to puberty and the practice of boy love called bachi bazi in Islam. Between these 3 disgusting things and their hatred of dogs and pouring acid onto faces of girls that attend school along with burning Christians in churches or forbidding churches to be built in Saudi, well... I have no sympathy. I think we should have a law that says "when we can build churches in Saudi , then you can have a mosque here. " .

      September 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Da

      HENCE, THE IMPORTANCE OF "SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE"!!!
      America is a few REPUBLICANS short of becoming a IDEOLOGICAL crack pot NATION like many of those non secular countries everyone here have been naming.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • edmundburkeson

        If our government were atheist you would see the same anti-Christian bigotry that you see in Muslim coutries. It is not! It is a judeo-Christian view of civil governent which you see here. Atheists are far too intolerant of religion to produce the freedoms which we now enjoy.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  78. rabbit one

    i literally don't care

    September 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  79. libdumb

    Kind of like Christians during the Obama term. He will probably declare all our holidays illegal during his second term.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Real Tom Paine

      Oh, goodie! Does this mean you admit he's going to win, and that the atheist society we've all wanted is fast coming? Oh, happy day!!!!!!!! Idiot.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      And when he doesn't do any of the nonsense that you claim he'll do in a second term, are you going to admit you were overreacting? Or will you come up with some goofy excuse, rather than simply admit you were wrong?

      September 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Rock and Roll

    Rock and Roll baby, just Rock and Roll

    September 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  81. BemidjiJack

    Of all the stories that could be told on 9/11, this is the one that CNN chooses to make front and center? If you could, would you hand the keys of America over to Islamic extremists in order to advance your One World political correctness campaign? Here's a more appropriate headline – "Americans lived in fear of Muslims on 9/11, until they hit the ground after jumping to their deaths". Shame on CNN.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Bob Loblaw

    Another Islamofacist was assassinated in Yemen yesterday. That's what gives me hope for the future.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Joe

    Today is definitely not the day for this article to be posted. CNN you have 29 other days for this but you choose today for a Muslim "boo hoo" story. I hope you have something entertaining about lindsey lohan or a Kardashian story to make up for this.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Marc L from NY

    Boo freakin hoo. I'm sorry, but I'm not shedding a tear because American Muslims live in fear after 9/11. I haven't seen countless Muslims condemn the terrorists actions. I did see many Muslims dancing in the streets though after 9/11. I also have noticed that many Muslims outside the U.S. live by archaic laws. I recall many stories of people being killed for just speaking Muhamed's name, let alone some who have gone farther and attempted to satirize or discuss Islam (Theo Van Gogh). I don't recall Christians or Jews doing the same. While those Muslims might not represent a true American Muslim, they still are the image most people associate with Islam. That's just the way it is.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      What did you expect? Countless Muslims to knock on your door to let you know they were speaking out? Perhaps you expected them to text or tweet you? Because that's exactly what it sounds like. *YOU* weren't aware of something happened...so it couldn't possibly have happened.

      You have *NOT* read any stories...much less "many" stories...of people being killed just for saying Mohammed's name. Well, you haven't read any true stories.

      And you did *NOT* see "many Muslims dancing in the streets after 9/11. You saw some Palestinians. That's all. It wasn't Muslims all over the world. It wasn't thousands of Muslims. It wasn't even hundreds of them. You saw what *you* wanted to see...and now a handful has become "many Muslims".

      Well, I don't recall any massive protests or rallies against priests raping kids and the Catholic Church covering it up. Do you? Does that mean that Catholics (not the victims themselves or their families) haven't spoken out? Of course not.

      The fact is that *no* Americans should have to live in fear because other Americans don't understand their religion and are angry and hateful because of the behavior of a radical few. So you *ought* to care. Because "that's just the way it is" has excused every nasty thing we've ever done in this country. And it's nothing to be proud of.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  85. LB Colorado

    If you live in fear, leave. Living in fear is not fun. You have every reason to fear in the USA, we don't welcome you or want you, just like the muslim countries don't want or welcome me. DEAL WITH IT or LEAVE, we do let you leave this country, you will not be imprisoned for your belief, but know this, your fears are not something we hold sacred or care about how you feel. Freedom is for all people not just the men of the world, freedom also means you can leave. Muslim are not people of freedom and should not enjoy the fruits of our labor.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Spartacus

    Let them Live in Fear.

    Until this world Gets Real Honest about that/ their Book, they can suffer for all I care.

    The Quran is the single most hateful and disgusting afront to any G-D if there even were one, & to mankind in Mankin;d history and people need, especially Good Muslims need to start talking out loud about what is actually written in THAT PERVERSION of everything good in this world they call their Bible !!!

    It's Not that Bad Muslims are twisting it's meaning, it;s that the book itself is Twisted whihc is not even close enough to being a good enough adjective for the Hate Perversio9n Of Justice and Racism that screams out from every single one of it;s pages !!!

    and why CNN is so afraid of it I will never ever understand but if anyone wants anything to ever get better especially in the MUSLIM communities of this world, they had all better start telling the truth about what's written in That Book !

    September 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Ex-muslim

    Before you ask people from other faith to learn about 'YOUR' version of islam, I suggest you teach 99% of muslims 'YOUR' version of islam.
    'Your' version of islam is a human, civilized islam. The islam as per the Quran which 99% of muslims follow, want to take the whole word back to the 6th Century. It is cruel, intolerent to the most basic human rights. Clean your religion before you ask us to accept it.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Moocow

    9/11 only made the world more aware of muslim extremists. But Islam is indeed full of hate.

    Muslims are unwelcome, not only because of the stain of 9/11, but also because the way Muslims act outside of the Western world.

    Look at the general public in countries like Iran, Syria, Egypt, Somalia and the breakoff Russian countries. Muslim children are taught to hate the Western world from an early age. The general population, which are almost all Muslims, hold anti-West rallies and openly chant for the fall of the West. Often, in rural areas, people are put to death if you convert to another religion.

    CNN and other western news agencies usually censor the violence. But it doesn't take much digging to find your average, everyday Muslim outside of the US calling for Americans to die.

    The American-Muslims are watered-down Muslims. They live the American lifestyle while selectively practicing Muslim teachings. Example: Islam does not accept those who are non-Muslim and teaches people to hate "zionists". American-Muslims casually ignore this, so that they can live the American dream life.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  89. brianNH

    1. very poor taste of CNN to post this article on this day, but then CNN's focus is on promoting its liberal agenda.

    2. author – if you don't like it here in America, try moving to a Muslim country, where all or most of the people around you are fellow Muslims, and see how well THAT goes. Try Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afganistan, Yemen or any of those wonderful places where they can show you what real freedom and tolerance are – HA!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  90. bob

    All i need to know about islam and muslims, I saw on 9/11. I will never forget. I have studied the surahs, hadiths and seen the passages calling for our destruction and am aware of the rules and taxes for dhimmis as well as the islamic practice of takia. This article is part of that practice. This religion was stopped at the gates of vienna in the 1600's but has managed to out-birth Germans in Germany with turkish guest workers who have now embedded in that country to the point of receiving social benefits for multiple wives in violation of usual law. Britain has also taken to quietly paying islam polygamists social benefits. German reports indicate that by 2050 , native germans will be the minority in their own country. For more fun go to youtube and watch as the islamists at a county fair throw rocks and bottles and christians in Dearborn MI. There is your equal treatment. oh, and the 20 minutes of prayer time in a public school "carver" in San Diego CA but no 20 minutes of christian prayer time. Where is the ACLU or judicial watch on that issue eh ?

    September 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Flippy123

    Fitrah

    September 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  92. 1 opinion

    For all you narrow minded individuals put yourself in their shoes...what if a Christian, Jew, Buddhist, etc. had carried out the acts of 9/11 aka they were of your religion....How would you feel?! I will never forget and 9/11 effected us all but how can we call ourselves American or religious if we discriminate against others...

    September 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • LB Colorado

      It is not discrimination, they are not our friends, therefore, they are our enemies – ask the soldiers how wonderful they are. Live and Let Live is not a factor here – know that if they (muslims) could kill you they surely would.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike

        LB Colorado you know there are Muslims in the US military right??

        September 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Seth Hill

    He didn't exactly turn in his son, but that's a good start.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Roscoe Chait

    I read the article and most of the comments in this forum, and I just don't know what to say. What I remember is that after 9/11, I didn't see Muslims standing up and proclaiming that what the terrorists did was wrong. I didn't see the outrage. I didn't see the support for America. I did see Palestinians on TV handing out candy to children to celebrate the murders of our citizens. But I didn't see American Muslims doing or saying anything. For 11 years, I've wondered why, and I've come to the conclusion that most American Muslims are terrified of their religion, the control and wrath of their families and their Imams who still seem to live in the 13th Century. I guess according to this article, I'm just one of the ignorant who doesn't understand. What I am is hurt and damaged by the ravings of stone age murderers and shocked by the silence of those that claim they are not the enemy. Let them prove otherwise.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      one thing sticks out in my mind of that day..... NO muslim saying it was wrong or bad, just candy being handed out in lebanon and muslims in the mid east on TV saying "god is great". Thanks alot and bombs on your heads are great !

      September 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • cbc

        You have a vey selective memory or only watched biased reports. There were many Muslim leaders condemning the terrorists on 9/11 and after. They just didn't get any press coverage. The inflamatory images of people dancing in the streets and handing out candy got a lot more mileage (even though there is evidence some of these were staged)..

        American Muslim Alliance " American Muslims utterly condemn the vicious and cowardly acts of terrorism against innocent civilians. We join with all Americans in calling for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators. No political cause could ever be assisted by such immoral acts."

        Most Muslim political and religious leaders condemned the attacks. The leaders vehemently denouncing the attacks included the Presidents of Egypt, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, Libya, Syria, Iran and Pakistan

        The alleged Hezbollah "spiritual mentor" and Lebanese Shia cleric Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah condemned the attacks.

        Huge crowds attended candlelit vigils in Iran, and 60,000 spectators observed a minute's silence at Tehran football stadium.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moocow

      Yes, thank you for the reminder. I remember candy being passed around to kids in the Middle East too.

      That just shows you how violent and evil Islam is. While their governments had no choice but to condemn the attacks, the general public is the true show of Islam's sentiment of hate. The violence they show towards the West, and also to their own citizens is disgusting.

      Why is it that everytime a Muslim terrorist / freedom fighter / civilian is seen online watching their friends or children get shot, they scream out "God is Great". Yup...my kid just got blown up. God is Great!!

      Backwards religion.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  95. anna

    They can solve their own problems – GO BACK TO YOUR OWN COUNTRY – whether born in the USA or not –
    GO HOME!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rak79

      “…Expressly for the use of any preacher of any religious persuasion who might desire to say something to the people at Philadelphia; the design in building not being to accommodate any particular sect, but the inhabitants in general; so that even if the Mufti of Constantinople were to send a missionary to preach Mohammedanism (Islam) to us, he would find a pulpit at his service.”- Ben Franklin from his Autobiography

      September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  96. James

    Quran (5:33) – "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement"

    The religion of peace

    September 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Thanks it is a great quote and idicicative of Islam as are many other hadiths and surahs as well as the Dhimmi tax and the practice of takia.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • PevanB

      Here, here!

      September 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wootings

      Uh-huh. And there's no issue with the Bible telling you to stone gays to death, or anything else then?

      September 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • LB Colorado

        Actually there is no mention of stoning gays, it just says that it is wrong, actually an abomination, do what you do at your own risk. Don't drag the world down with you.

        September 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Typical

      Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors. [5:32]

      Except for those who return [repenting] before you apprehend them. And know that Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. [5:34]

      September 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • truth

      stop taking things out concept, that is devilish work, which only sick people do!!,,
      if you relay seeking truth read Qur'an cover to cover, and bible cover to cover,, and please compare and see which one has more Violante, and sickness.,,,

      September 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • truth

        it meant to respond to different post, but i guess CNN, change its location, to create confusion.

        September 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flash1259

      Kill Followers of Other Religions.

      1) If your own full brother, or your son or daughter, or your beloved wife, or you intimate friend, entices you secretly to serve other gods, whom you and your fathers have not known, gods of any other nations, near at hand or far away, from one end of the earth to the other: do not yield to him or listen to him, nor look with pity upon him, to spare or shield him, but kill him. Your hand shall be the first raised to slay him; the rest of the people shall join in with you. You shall stone him to death, because he sought to lead you astray from the Lord, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. And all Israel, hearing of this, shall fear and never do such evil as this in your midst. (Deuteronomy 13:7-12 NAB)

      September 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Needz

      "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger ............"

      Dont wage the WAR then.. u had answer in your question...... Anyone wants to kill you and is outside your door with gun..what u gonna do ? so same is dont wage the war first and you will be in peace... Punishment is for those who try to kill one as per Quran

      September 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • yah yah

      what is the punishment of those america dislikes DEATH so your point is,.....WHAT?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Human Guy

      11 When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets: 12 Then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall not pity her.
      Deuteronomy 25:11-12

      Religion of peace? Thanks Jesus

      September 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  97. jack

    Fear....isn't fear something you experience every time you see a muslim boarding the same plane flight as yourself or a family member? Or maybe fear is something you feel whenever you walk into a beach bar in Bali.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • callmeishmae

      Or perhaps fear is the worry that one's children will grow up to be as stupid as you.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Josh

    Ah haaa... so are the rest of us, Mrs. Ali-Kaeamali, thanks to... (some) Muslisms!!!!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Brent Bondolge

    Completely tasteless to give us this PC piece on this particular day. Completely tasteless. Insufferably politically correct to the very end, eh CNN?

    September 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • callmeishmae

      FOX, with their particular brand of brain dead propaganda, is more to your liking, eh?

      September 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Hobie

    No one in the U.S. wants to hear about the their problems! DEAR MUSLIMS; STAY INSIDE AND KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT ON 9/11!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • callmeishmae

      Who died and made you king? I doubt anyone would even put you in charge of your trailer park.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • LB Colorado

        The real King has risen, Mohammed not so much.

        September 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • NWT Scientist

      Thw amount of hate amoung these bigotted racist posts scares me!

      Too bad you could not honor those who pasted on 9/11!

      September 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
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